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Dead Squirrels in Wall

Squirrel (4)     I thought I’d take care of the squirrel in the attic on my own, but I had no idea I’d end up with dead baby squirrels in the wall.

I’d discovered I had a squirrel in the attic one day when I heard some noises, went to investigate, and found the evidence.  Some of the attic insulation had been pushed down to next to nothing, there were droppings everywhere and a nasty smell, and the boxes we used to store our stuff had been chewed through.  The quilt my grandmother made had some of the stuffing pulled out of it, and some of the books and papers we had stored up there were trashed.

My husband’s been stressed out at work, so a squirrel in the attic was the last thing I wanted him to have to deal with.  He’d survived his company’s layoffs, but he now had to work twice as hard without extra pay to cover the work that was normally done by three people.  I decided not to tell him about the squirrel in the attic until I’d solved the problem.

Early in the morning, about the time I usually heard the noises in the attic, I armed myself with a hammer, nails, and chicken wire, and waited quietly outside watching the roof line.  Sure enough, after about 25 minutes of waiting and watching, a squirrel squirmed out of a small gap next to the attic vent and jumped up into a nearby tree branch.  I grabbed the ladder, and spent the next two hours climbing, swearing, sweating and trying not to fall while I hammered ugly chicken wire over the gap.

Problem solved.  Husband none the wiser.

About two months later, I started to smell a nasty smell in my son’s bedroom.  I made him clean it, then I cleaned it properly while he was at school.  I still couldn’t find anything.  I spent the good part of an afternoon sniffing around, and finally determined the smell was coming from inside one of the walls.  Yet another problem I didn’t want to add to my husband’s burdens.

I ended up cutting away a small square of the wall, put the flashlight setting on my cell phone, turned its camera on, and stuck my phone inside the wall so I could figure out what was going on.

Dead baby squirrels were inside the wall.

I must have sealed up mama squirrel’s access to my attic, without knowing there was a nest with baby squirrels in there.  Apparently they squirmed around and fell down inside the wall.  I could only see two of them.  I hoped there weren’t more.

I think it just might be time to involve my husband.  Unless . . . I could get Allstate Animal Control out here in the next day or two and they could get the dead baby squirrels out of the wall.  Maybe, just maybe, my husband doesn’t have to deal with yet another problem.

Dead Squirrels

squirrel removalAll right, some bizarre or perverse people will do some really weird things with a dead squirrel, in the name of “good, not-so-clean” fun.  They’ll put them in shadow boxes, stuff them and set them up in little scenes, strap them to the hood of their car, take funny pictures, throw them at other people, and one company’s even made beer bottles out of them.  It’s enough to make you shake your head and wonder about humanity.

But, when you have a dead squirrel rotting away in your walls, it is no laughing matter, and you really don’t care about the state of humanity.  You just want that dead squirrel removed as quickly as possible.

Maybe the squirrel got into the attic by chewing a small crack in the soffit just a little bit wider, or squeezing through a small hole next to a vent that wasn’t sealed properly.  Most species of squirrels have several dens in their territory, and that can include your walls, your attic, your chimney, or wherever else looks like a nice, warm and protected space.

Once inside, the squirrel found the joys of insulation, which doesn’t irritate its skin the way it irritates ours.  Maybe you’ve got some personal property stored up there, and it gnawed its way through a box and went exploring through your stuff, urinating and defecating wherever it pleased and stealing things to use for its nest.  It has to constantly chew on things, and plastic boxes, wiring, soft metals, cardboard, and wood are great materials for it to use to file its teeth down.

Squirrels love to explore, and it ran all over your building, chewing, contaminating, investigating.  Then one day, it went the way of all living creatures and passed away in a wall space.  You didn’t even know the dead squirrel was there, until the smell in that room got stronger and stronger and bad and then worse.  Maybe flies found it quickly and laid eggs, which developed into maggots, which then became flies, and now you have a fly problem in your building.  Maybe it’s just the odor of decomposing flesh that’s overpowering you.  Maybe there’s more than one dead squirrel rotting away in there.

Suddenly, stuffed squirrels posed to look like they’re doing the cha-cha isn’t so charming anymore.  You want that dead squirrel removed and quick, and you want to make sure you don’t have any other squirrels living inside your building.  That’s when it’s time to contact a wildlife removal professional.  They can take care of the problem for you, and then maybe you can book a vacation to tour the museum full of dead squirrels posed as famous Americans.  Hey, whatever tickles your funny bone.