An Illinois woman came home to find an unexpected visitor inside. It wasn't an intruder of the human form but more like a cute furry friend. Except this friend is one you do not want inside your home, not one from the wild at least.

Although they appear to be "cute" you definitely do not want to experience a wild squirrel inside your home. This is exactly what happened at a Northern Illinois mom. She described it as a literal nightmare.


By the way, it wasn't just one fluffy friend, you should know it was actually two squirrels that made their way inside.

How Did The Squirrels Get Inside The House?

These squirrels didn't find a hidden key or sneak in when nobody was looking. It is believed they got into the chimney, made their way into the attic, and soon started running rampant. The infestation caused dirty damage and forced the family out of their home for more than a week while waiting for the squirrels to be caught in live traps.

Between the costs of staying somewhere else, cleaning products, the costs of new curtains, and major inconvenience, you can imagine this infuriating for the family, not to mention terrifying.

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Is The Property Owner Responsible For Pest Control?

As a renter, it's important to know your rights when it comes to pest control in your apartment or rental property. While it's easy to assume that the responsibility for pest control falls solely on the tenant, in many cases, it is actually the landlord's responsibility to ensure a pest-free living environment.

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The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services states that landlords are responsible for providing a pest-free living environment for their tenants. This means that if there is a pest infestation in your rental property, such as mice, bed bugs, or roaches, it is your landlord's responsibility to address the problem and take appropriate measures to remove the pests.

Landlords may also be required to take preventative measures to keep pests from entering the rental property in the first place. This can include regular inspections, sealing cracks and gaps in the building, and ensuring proper waste disposal.

What To Do If There's A Pest Control Problem In Your Rental

If you do discover a pest problem in your rental property, it's important to notify your landlord as soon as possible. They should then take prompt action to address the issue, which may include hiring a professional pest control company to remove the pests.

It's worth noting that in some cases, landlords may attempt to pass the cost of pest control and removal onto the tenant. However, according to the Illinois DCFS, landlords may not charge tenants for pest control services unless the tenant caused the pest problem through their own negligence.

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