I am on a mission. A mission to rid our house, attic, walls, eaves, etc of bats and squirrels. It’s not bad enough that we have to kindly usher out the occasional bat (see: smacking them with a broom and throwing them out the front door) because we have crafty bats that LIKE their home and find a new way in when I slam an old door on them, then they shimmy down the balloon framing in this 1906 house and make an entrance through our pocket doors. We’ve had exterminators over before to assess the problem and all we got was “Well, we can lay paste traps, but you could do that yourself for free.” Uh, thanks! NOT addressing the actual problem - them getting in. So, I’ve climbed out windows, stuffed steel wool in holes, filled it up with Great Stuff - and that worked just fine for a while. But, they find a way back in their beloved home. WAIT!? MY beloved home.
No, it’s NOT BAD ENOUGH! We have squirrels now too. I could hear the little bastards scurrying about in the unfinished side of the attic when I was in my studio yesterday. I knew we had a hole in the soffit. We examined it, couldn’t figure out how to close the darn thing up. “When we have money….” Well, turns out you NEVER have money, it’s just a fact. So, here I am crying and beside myself, freaked out at all the possible BAD outcomes.
Bill from Animal Removal Services came by yesterday, set out these lovely live traps and we’re going to start addressing the issue from squirrel to bat. It is a process, you have to do things in order, or you’re just sealing up animals in your attic to die, rot and stink. I could NOT believe all the other holes he ended up pointing out to me as we walked around. I swear, the former owners just painted over a rotting soffit and made it look just fine and since we’re two stories down, we couldn’t see!
This is going to take alot of time and ALOT more money that we just don’t have right now. So, I’ve decreed that the ONLY animals allowed in this house are the four in this picture and any family dogs that come to visit. All you bats and squirrels are on notice.