Sunday, February 23, 2014
Inside the eaves.
So, I took a look around. Sure enough, up at the corner of the roof, there was an opening where the flashing had come loose. And a matching opening at the opposite corner of the house. Just enough room for an cold squirrel to squeeze on in. And, once they were in, I'm sure it was no trouble at all to find their way down the plaster walls to the first floor eaves where they have set up two cozy condos, one front, one back.
They make rather considerate neighbors. They get up around the same time as the sun. You can hear them moving about as they get ready for work. Then, they come home about the same time I do, and settle down for the night. But, considerate neighbors or no, they had to go.
So, I did my internet research, and found that loud noises will often scare them off. So this Saturday, while I was out and about for a while, I turned the stereo up real loud. When I came home, I climbed up on the ladder and plugged up the holes.
It worked for the back condo, I haven't heard another peep. But this morning, at approximately 6:42, I was startled awake by the tenants in the front condo. Seems they are rock and roll lovers, and hadn't left because of the noise after all. They were quite frantic, running up the wall to the (now plugged) exit, then back down, the scurrying in circles. I couldn't leave them trapped in there to die, so, with a heavy sigh, I got myself up out of my warm bed, rousted Joe out of his, and we got the ladder back out to unplug the exit. That ended the frantic noises in the walls.
I was telling my story at a gathering yesterday, and a lady with experience with critters told me that if the music didn't chase them out, the best way to get rid of them would be to put coyote urine in their space. Fortunately for me, since I don't have any coyotes handy, and have no idea how I would get them to pee in a cup if I did, the third hardware store we went to today had some for sale in a well-sealed box.
We shoved a couple of the packets into the eaves through a handy outlet box, and now we'll see. I hope it'll get them out - it would work for me, I can tell you that much. I caught a whiff through the package seal - whew!