My Home Inspector Blog: "I've Been Bitten!"- Temecula Home Inspector

"I've Been Bitten!"- Temecula Home Inspector

"I've Been Bitten!"- Temecula Home Inspector

First Choice Inspections was founded by Temecula home inspector, Steve Stenros, nearly a decade ago. Here in southern California, a home inspector always needs to be on the lookout for job hazards. Not only are there hazardous conditions inside a home, there are numerous creeping or crawling critters to watch out for as well.

Rattlesnake in Murrieta

Just last week, while sitting in my office, I noticed the gardener looking intently in the hedge row at the edge of our lawn. Curiosity got the best of me, so I went outside to see what he was looking at. He had nearly stepped on a rattlesnake, which was now coiled up in the vegetation at the edge of our lawn. I quickly ran inside, grabbed my camera, and snapped a few photos before dispatching the snake.
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I am especially careful when entering a crawlspace area under a home. My protocol is look left, look right, look up, then enter. I've run into rats, rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, skunks, opossums, raccoons, and pit bulls in crawlspaces.  That's right- pit bulls! A pit bull actually followed me into a crawlspace once! Fortunately, he was so joyous over his new-found territory, he wasn't interested in tasting me. (Then an idea came to me... Mount a video camera on a helmet, place it on my home inspection dog, and train him to systematically film the crawlspace area!)
Rattlesnake in Murrieta

 

 

 

Once, when inspecting an attic area at another Temecula home inspection, I heard a rustling noise at the location where the bathroom exhaust fan duct penetrated the roof line. There, only five feet away, was a foot-long rat coming in through the roof opening! Startled as we both were, he quickly exited and, luckily, I did not misstep and go through the ceiling!

 

 

 

Rattlesnake in Murrieta

 

Just last year, while inspecting an outbuilding at a home inspection in the foothills surrounding Temecula, I moved a few gardening utensils out of the way to view the foundation, I was nearly bitten by a coiled rattlesnake! 

 

 

A few weeks later, a large dog nearly jumped a five foot fence to get a piece of me! Inspecting homes is an exciting occupation. I'm always happy to still have all my parts intact when I arrive back at the office after a busy home inspection day!

 

 

Steve Stenros is a CREIA-certified home inspector with the MCI designation (Master CREIA Inspector) and is the founder of First Choice Inspections. A FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek is always provided with every standard home inspection. When looking for a professional Temecula home inspector, give Steve a call at 888-335-3040.

 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsSteve Stenros • May 07 2011 09:55AM

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Steve...   Keep an eye open...  Glad you did not get bit by that snake...   Withh all the things we home inspectors must keep and eye out for you guys down south can add one more to your list.

Have an Excellence Day Steve...

Ron Bibler Excellence Exterminating Co. www.santarosapestcontrol.com  Excellence Home/Building Inspection Services www.santarosacahomeinspection.com  707-570-2000

With Infrared Thermal Imaging we can see the sub-termites and the amount of damage they have done inside this wall Over $ 4,500.00 To repair this wall...   Excellence the leaders in Infraed Thermal Imaging.

 

 

Posted by Ron Bibler (Excellence Exterminating Company, Inc. ) over 6 years ago

I like the infrared photo of the subs, Ron!

Stay busy!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

Yikes, Steve! Great shot of the rattlesnake... though a bit unnerving. I’m glad you and your gardener didn’t get bit!

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) over 6 years ago

Bill: A day above ground sure does beat one below!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

I like the idea of a canine camera carrier to assist with the craw spaces.  Was on a bike ride this weekend and saw a large king snake crossing the trail.

Posted by Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall (RE/MAX United) over 6 years ago

Those king snakes get big!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

Rats and snakes are too scary. I guess I did not think of your area having rattle snakes.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 6 years ago

There are quite a few of them around here, Maureen.

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

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