The squirrels around here are such a pain. I don’t say that lightly because I’m a huge animal lover. But when it comes to putting my husband at risk (ie house repairs due to squirrel damage), I draw the line and the squirrels are no longer my friends!
The pesky things have been chewing holes in the back of our “barn” (aka unheated addition we use for storage) for a couple years. Nate keeps climbing up there and covering up the holes with metal. It works, but the squirrels hang upside down from impossible positions and chew more holes just above the metal. They did this last fall and at that point, there wasn’t time for Nate to cover those holes up before winter so we let them be. A squirrel family “wintered” in our barn roof. Luckily they never made it in the house.
The squirrels leave in the summer (it gets too hot in the barn) so this past weekend, Nate patched up the newest holes. It always makes me really nervous because it’s a good 30-40 feet high, but thankfully he was able to get it done safely with the help of our neighbor.
Our neighbor also has squirrel troubles and he has a hav-a-heart trap that he uses to trap them and then lets them loose a couple miles away. He’s trapped & removed 4 squirrels so far – I think two or three of them were almost-grown babies that were born in our barn. Well now, there is one lone “baby” squirrel that has been hanging around our house and chirping and screeching at us for 2 days straight now. He wants to go back in his cozy barn home, but he can’t.
And he’s not happy about it. He’s been chewing on other parts of the house and trying to get in. I feel a little sorry for him, but then when I see what he’s been doing to the house in just a couple days, I don’t:
Our neighbor put the trap on less-inclined part of the roof. I’m hoping he’s able to catch him.
He’s sitting out there, screeching at me through the window while I type this – look:
On another note, look at the temperature this morning- 56 degrees outside! Fall is in the air! I love this time of year!