A Mouse Trap in Privatized Military HousingA common complaint among residents of military base housing—including at Camp Pendleton in California and Fort Belvoir in Virginia—is the unwelcome presence of mice in their homes. While their spouses are serving our country here and abroad, many military family members are left behind to set traps, clean up droppings, and throw out damaged property in an ongoing, losing battle against rodents. And all too often, these residents report not only getting no help from their landlords, but being blamed for the infestation. If you are struggling to get rid of mice in your base housing and are not getting assistance from your Lincoln Military Housing landlord, you may be able to take legal action to protect your family and your property from these dangerous pests.

Mice Do More Than Just Squeak

They may be cute in cartoons, but when you see a real mouse running across your kitchen floor, there is nothing cute about it. In fact, when you see mouse droppings in your drawers and chewed boxes and bags in your pantry, you are seeing evidence of your family’s exposure to potentially deadly germs. House mice are capable of the following:

Damaging property.

Mice can chew through almost anything and will destroy carpet, insulation, bedding, and clothing to create material for their nests. They will make holes in walls and chew through electrical cords, destroying appliances and entertainment systems. Any food they come in contact with is unfit for consumption and must be thrown out, costing homeowners hundreds of dollars.

Spreading disease.

Humans can be exposed to disease through contact with mouse droppings as well as through airborne particles released from droppings, urine, and saliva. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), house mice in the U.S. carry diseases like lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), leptospirosis, and salmonellosis. Imagine finding droppings and urine stains in your baby’s crib—something that has happened on military bases, including Camp Pendleton.

If you see signs of mice in your military base housing, you need to act quickly to try to keep the problem from getting worse. Contact your landlord immediately, and demand that he send an exterminator. Take pictures of every sign of mice in your home.

When You Might Need a Lawyer

No amount of mouse excrement in your drawers or bedding is okay. Especially if you have children, you may need to vacate the home for your own safety. If your privatized military landlord is refusing to help—and even blaming you for the problem—you may be able to sue for damages. No matter where in the U.S. you are stationed, contact me through the form on this website to get the legal advice and assistance you need to protect your family. I have helped other servicemembers get out of leases, get forfeited deposits back, and sue for damages, and I may be able to help you, too. Contact me online or call me directly at 855.982.2400 for a free consultation.


Michael F. Cardoza, Esq.
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