Vacant House Bites
Warning graphic images follow! Not really, but what follows is one of the perils of showing foreclosed vacant homes.
This story starts with a bank repossession house that I have listed in the west end of Louisville. Last week, I did a routine check of the interior of the house including the basement. I then went outside for a visual check of the roof. As I got back in my car, I noticed lots of black specks on my light gray pants. I quickly got out of the car and brushed off my pants getting rid of the insects that were attracted to me. I never thought a whole lot more about it until later the next day. While I was drying myself off after my morning shower, I noticed several red spots on my leg. Examining further, I see that they start at my sock line.
I am thinking about what I have done to deserve these red spots, which I am quickly determining to be insect bites. I think back to my visit to the west end listing. Then it hits me!! Two weeks previous, a cat had gained entry into the house and died on the basement steps. The property management company disposed of it and that problem was solved. However, after 2 weeks, the fleas on the cat were getting a little hungry. Enter the first warm-blooded mammal, and dinner was served.
Should I have known better? YES. Is this my first rodeo? NO.
So, here comes The Hollinden Team recommendations for showing vacant houses.
- Clothing is crucial. Sandals and shorts are not a good idea anytime you are showing foreclosed homes for a myriad of reasons.
- Some big rubber bands can be helpful. Wrap these around your lower pants leg and it will slow the migration to warm, juicy, flesh. The clips that a biker uses may work as well.
- Insect repellent with “DEET” should work well. I have never had any issues with fleas above my knee-line. By the time that fleas arrive at my knees, they are fully gorged.
- Send in a sacrificial animal first to walk around. Just kidding!
As I finish this, there are still more questions. Did I bring any fleas into my car? Worse yet, did I bring any into our home? Fumigating the car will be my first step in preventing more fleabites.