Times are tough enough without me having to get rid of squirrels from our attic. My company made me cut back on my hours so that I’m home more and make less, but hey, at least I still have a job, you know? So, I’m home, and I’m working on the computer looking for some extra work to fill in the gaps, when I hear this noise overhead, coming from the attic.
I try to ignore it for a while and make a couple of phone calls. But, after a while, the rustling, the running, the pitter-pat just drives me crazy. I stand on my chair and pound on the wall. It’s quiet for maybe ten seconds, but then starts up again. I bring in my dog who barks at the ceiling, but the squirrels don’t even care.
Finally, I crawl on up there, and wouldn’t you know it? There’s squirrel mess everywhere. They’ve even gnawed up some of the wood up there, and left a scattering of their droppings. It could be worse, I guess, it could be something really filthy like mice or something, but squirrels are bad enough.
I go outside to see where the squirrels are getting in, and finally find a couple of holes right up under the eaves. That’s gotta be it. So, I make a trip to the hardware store, figuring I’ll just plug up the holes, clean up the mess, and that’ll be that. Good thing I got to talking to the guy there. He told me I could plug up the holes, but if the squirrels had babies in there, I’d just get a worse problem. If I make it so mama squirrel can’t get back in to her babies after a long day of foraging for food, she’d do anything to get in there. She’ll tear through the stucco and wood and make an even worse mess for me to repair.
So now what? I’ve got to wait for the babies to grow up and leave the nest? How long would that take, and why should I have to deal with listening to the annoying rustling sounds above my head, knowing some wild creature and her babies are up there? Plus, we store stuff up there, and I don’t want them rummaging around in my stuff. No, it’s time to get rid of squirrels and now!
I consider myself a do-it-yourself kind of guy, but this was all kind of new to me. What do I do? Poison? Set a trap? What’s legal and what’s not? I have no idea. It’s not like they teach you this kind of thing in high school shop class. It’s just not worth the hassle, I think. It’s definitely time to call a professional. Once they get rid of the squirrels, I can plug up those holes and that’ll be that. Maybe I can learn how to do it right, and find a job with the pest control service? Who knows, these squirrels might be a blessing in disguise.