to want to kill a defenseless woodland animal?

(65 Posts)
YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 06:43:28

Stupid bastard fucking squirrel.

Two days ago, I hired a handyman to seal up the hole at the side of our house where the little shit was living.

Squirrel cannot take a hint. He is hanging off the roof, chewing on the wood trim, trying to reopen his door. Have been out there numerous times yesterday, and three times already this morning to try to scare him off. There are little shards of wood all over the ground.

The squirrel is getting progressively more bold and threatening, making hissing noises at me when I go out there.

I really hope the neighbours weren't awake to see me, in my dressing gown and a pair of DH's trainers, raising a finger to my roof and saying 'GO AWAY! FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE TO LIVE!'

I have never wanted to kill an animal, until this morning. Am sooooo tired. Waking up early makes my morning sickness worse.

So AIBU? Have I missed out some 'humane' way of getting the squirrel to fuck off? Does anyone know a hitman in the Northwest?

BouncingTurtle Sat 16-May-09 07:15:33

I feel your pain. When I was 16 and about to sit my GCSEs a pair of greenfinches decided to nest above my bedroom window. The little fuckers used to wake me up at 3-4am with their cheeping.
I wished all sorts of unsavoury fates on them.
In the end we had to wait until the chicks had all flown the nest, then we went up and destroyed it.

Would you like to borrow my cat? Little git is in my bad books for nearly killing a blackbird, luckily it escaped!

cornsilk Sat 16-May-09 07:44:01

Squirt it with the hosepipe.

pooka Sat 16-May-09 07:47:53

Are you sure that it doesn't have baby squirrels - would explain the hissing and the desperation to get in to the kittens (or if male, is trying to get into Mrs Squirrel and babies)? Or maybe it's pregnant and it's nest for the impending confinement was in your roof?

[disclaimer: I know nothing of the mating season of the squirrel]

JollyPirate Sat 16-May-09 07:53:33

Squirrels can be a nightmare. I used to feed them at our previous house until a couple (or may only have been one but sounded more) decided to take up residence in the loft above the kitchen - the noise was unbelievable.

Took months before they left and can't remember even why they did go. Perhaps because I stopped feeding them.

JollyPirate Sat 16-May-09 07:59:07
YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 08:36:19

Pooka, I did wonder about baby squirrels, but really doubt it. The handyman brought his jack russell terrier into the loft with him to scare them out, sawed through the plasterboard and plywood to have a look, couldn't see any nest or anything. The plan was, if I heard any further scrabbling/scratching in the loft, we'd get a humane trap to put up there in case of a trapped squirrel. But all the current noise is definitely coming from the outside.

cornsilk, our hosepipe is unfortunately not powerful enough to reach up to the peak of the roof, so I think the plan now is to find a toy store, get a super-soaker water gun, and fill it with pregnant lady urine (or something offensive to squirrels, whatever that might be).

Tried to go back to sleep, but haven't been able to. Between DH and I, been back out to shout at squirrel 6 more times.

DH is ill and quite exhausted. So much so, he mumbled sleepily 'Do squirrels lay eggs? We could steal its eggs'. The man has two science degrees, he is clearly not well. hmm

PuppyMonkey Sat 16-May-09 08:39:39

grin at your dh.

Can you tempt it somewhere else - further away from your house - with some nice food or something?

YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 08:43:56

BouncingTurtle, thanks for the offer of your cat. The squirrel accesses the roof/his door by jumping off the outer branches of a nearby tree, and those probably wouldn't support a cat's weight. Am still making nice with a local cat just in case!

Tree probably should be cut down anyway, survey said it was too close to the house.

Very glad the Google car didn't choose this morning to photograph our road!

RumourOfAHurricane Sat 16-May-09 10:50:33

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Oh,don't get a humane trap-you will have to kill the squirrel if you catch it.It is illegal to release grey squirrels into the wild,so if the trap doesn't kill it,you will have to.You can't just let it go elsewhere.

Do you know anyone who has an air rifle & is a good shot?

tattifer Sat 16-May-09 11:02:08

YANBU I spent hundreds last year trying to squirrel proof the wooden bit all around the roofline.

And then there's the holes in the cob...

YANBU about wanting to kill the squirrel - My FIL is a calm, kind and compassionate man, but the mere mention of the S word is enough to get the steam coming out his ears. Have no advice to give, but just wanted to say I am seriously impressed with your aiming ability if you are able to fill a water pistol with wee...

YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 11:18:41

We are back from Argos, armed with this!

A mere water pistol wouldn't have worked, as we need more range to reach up to the top of the house. This one supposedly goes 30 feet, and on testing it does make it up to the peak of the roof. It also has a two inch wide opening for the tank, so if I do find out pregnant lady urine has squirrel-repellant properties, it will be easier to wee in than those tubes they give you at the antenatal clinic. grin

Plan now is to give him a good soaking a few times, and if he continues to come back for more, I've got cayenne pepper to mix in and coat the wood for a little surprise next time he has a gnaw. <<rubs hands together, laughs maniacally>>

abraid Sat 16-May-09 11:25:54

Grey squirrels are not defenceless--they have almost wiped out the reds, who really are sweet and, more importantly, native.

I'd get someone to shoot it.

Makeda Sat 16-May-09 11:59:32

Yank I have images of you looking like Elmer Fudd with super soaker!

Abraid, according to JollyPirate's link above grey squirrels aren't the main reason for the decline in red ones - it's deforestation and the fact that the UK is on the edge of their preferred climate. Grey squirrels are more adaptable. (Have no idea if that's 100% true, just quoting. I thought they had wiped them out too ).

I know if you want to feed birds but dissuade squirrels you have to put chilli on things, because birds doin't have the receptors that let us (and squirrels) feel the heat of chilli.

RustyBear Sat 16-May-09 12:15:41

Apparently the grey squirrels are now in danger of being pushed out themselves by black squirrels - which are genetic mutations of greys with higher levels of melanin and testosterone - apparently they are both more aggressive and more attractive to the grey females.

In a few years you might be looking back with nostalgia on your current pest.....

frazzledgirl Sat 16-May-09 12:17:53

YANBU, because I am currently entertaining murderous fantasies of what I'd like to do to the bastard fox tribe next door who keep me up all night.

Have bought a water cannon myself, and am planning to douse next door (it's been empty for a couple of years) with a mixture of Jeye's Fluid and chilli powder.

Unless anyone can think of anything more noxious/effective?

YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 12:27:19

'Yank I have images of you looking like Elmer Fudd with super soaker!'

Be vewy, vewy quiet! I'm hunting skwirrels!

I think I'm bigger than Elmer (6 months pg), but not as bald. Must look ridiculous though, 30-something preggo, creeping around the side of the house with a giant plastic weapon.

Local lad (aged about 9) helpfully suggested a 'machine gun'. I said I didn't think they'd let us buy one of those. 'Oh no' he said, 'you'd have to get a licence first'.

Makeda Sat 16-May-09 12:44:11

Slightly off-topic, but related, my Grannie had problems with squirrels stealing off her wooden bird table and scaring off the birds, so she bought a metal one, but they still managed to climb up. So she covered the pole with vaseline and then used to sit with a cup of tea watching the squirrels run up the pole and then slide back down! grin

Not sure that machine-gunning the roof of your own house is the right way to go, though I can imagine at 6am it would be quite satisfying

thumbwitch Sat 16-May-09 12:49:47

squirrels = rats with big furry tails.

Vermin pests in the UK; if you find an injured one and take it in to fix it, you then are not asupposed to be allowed to release it back into the wild.

I too feel your pain (and yours BouncingTurtle) - I have nesting sparrows in my eaves (although they haven't been too bad this year) and because they are now on amber alert for species threat, I feel duty bound to allow them to stay there, despite the irritating scritchin and cheeping.

YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 14:07:05

Squirrel has had his first soaking!

DH snuck out quietly to check he was there, came back for the Super Soaker. He pumped up the water pressure, we both crept out, and DH jumped around the side of the house and got the little bastard!

Squirrel jumped to the tree for cover, and DH handed the weapon over as I could see where squirrel was (DH a bit colour blind). Kept shooting up into the tree, but ran out of ammo so had to run back to the kitchen to refill. As I came out the back door, DH shouted 'he's on the fence!' so letting out a war whoop, I ran over and started shooting as Mr Squirrel made his escape.

DH said it was like something out of Saving Private Ryan. He is calling me his 'little commando'. grin

He is only slightly disappointed that I didn't use the water cannon feature--instead of a long stream, it shoots a drenching flood at short range. Had I had the presence of mind to pull the other trigger, I was close enough to have hit the squirrel. Poo.

We have now filled up the 4 litre backpack attachment that came free with the gun. Waiting to see if he dares to return.

cornsilk Sat 16-May-09 14:50:36

PMSL at water gun commandos. Have you got any water balloon grenades as further back up?

Kimi Sat 16-May-09 15:44:43

I would have no problem killing it, how about some food left down with rat bait in it?

Ripeberry Sat 16-May-09 15:58:11

You can borrow my neighbour's teenage son. He loves shooting wild animals angry, he is usually after crows, magpies, rabbits and foxes.
He is sitting at his window right now, shooting at the crows in the trees accross the road.
He also likes to walk down the road (private) with an unsheathed shotgun, but at least it is 'broken'.
Otherwise i'd be straight onto the police hmm

YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 15:59:21

Kimi, the council did put rat bait up in the loft a few months ago, and said it would also kill squirrels. It wasn't touched, and I still have it, but wouldn't want to put it outside in case neighbour's cat or other (nice and not-damaging-my-house) wildlife got ahold of it.

cornsilk, no grenades yet, but we will take it under advisement!

DH has been watching the History channel too much. He is making Churchill-sounding speeches about having 'won the battle, but we have not won the war'.

Still waiting. Two squirrel-free hours thus far. Have put sheets on the washing line as camouflage.

Ripeberry Sat 16-May-09 16:02:26

Glad the water pistol seems to work grin

grin

D'you think your sheets will stay dry, or will they fall under friendly fire?

YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 16:04:54

Ripeberry, I'm not convinced he's gone for good! shock at your neighbour's son, sounds scary (and a little sociopathic?).

YanknCock Sat 16-May-09 16:05:44

The sheets will do their duty and sacrifice themselves if need be.

<<salutes washing line>>

YanknCock Sun 17-May-09 09:01:45

An update, in case anyone is interested:

Squirrel stayed away all day yesterday after the first soaking. We were feeling pretty happy and confident.

Then, this morning. . .

Little bastard started in gnawing this morning at 6am. We got out of bed and went out, DH dressed in ninja black wielding the gun, me in my dressing gown again holding the backpack with extra water.

The furry shit is fearless. He came back at 1/2 hour intervals, to be chased off again by one or the other of us and the gun.

After four times, we suspect this is not working.

I got out the hot chillies, ground them up with a hand blender, added cayenne pepper powder and hot water, and let brew. Strained mixture through a nylon sock (DH's idea, and a good one). Gun filled with fiery pepper water.

Went out and found squirrel there AGAIN, so have tried to coat all the areas he was chewing on with pepper water. A bit difficult as it was slightly windy and I was trying to shoot straight up into the air!

I'm so tired, I want to cry. I think I might have some pepper water in my eye!

frazzledgirl Sun 17-May-09 09:06:39

Yank, grin at "The furry shit is fearless".

Pepper water is a great idea, may try that myself.

And an update from me - we didn't hear a thing from the foxes last night, after DH marked our garden with his own, ahem, water mixture, and threw the rest over the fence (again, it is an empty house).

Don't know if this works on squirrels but maybe worth a try?

springlamb Sun 17-May-09 09:11:10

Do you have any outside electric sockets? Would it be worth trying one of those plug-in ultra sonic things to try to deter it? Some of them also have an electromagnetic effect through the wiring of your house, so even if you could plug it in at the nearest socket inside the house...?

I have been hearing weird noises in one of my ceilings this week, had a look under the floorboards with this snazzy camera on a string thing that dh brought home from work (I accused him of being a travelling gynaecologist but he said he used it to look inside petrol tanks). Can't see anything, but I have plugged in one of these devices. Heard nothing last night, but was kept awake by this little 'blipping' noise that the bloody thing makes!

Buda Sun 17-May-09 09:12:53

PMSL at this thread.

Sorry YanknCock but it is funny!

Good luck. Be careful out there!

YanknCock Sun 17-May-09 10:07:54

Can't take credit for the pepper water idea, got that from t'internet, some lady who uses it to keep squirrels off her bird feeder (as Trillian said, birds don't have receptors for chillies). Will let you know if it works though!

Our main problem is getting it high enough to really coat the wood. It's windy out, so not getting the range we were yesterday.

I was initially kidding about using urine to keep him away, but am getting desperate.

Have seen those sonic devices, wondering if they really work? The closest we could get it would be to put it in the loft, but would that deter the gnawing on the outside of the house?

While we were outside, the neighbourhood cat wandered into the house, so I am trying to speak 'cat' and broker some kind of arrangement. Cat looks bemused by my offer of 'catnip for life'. Has replied 'mrowwww'. Is that a deal?

frazzledgirl Sun 17-May-09 10:38:05

I've never tried one of those sonic devices myself, but the guy next door waxes lyrical about the one he bought to get rid of mice.

And I suspect he's right, since the week he bought it was the week we discovered we had mice hmm...

RustyBear Sun 17-May-09 11:39:32

The sonic things work to keep out mice, but they won't drive them away if they already have a nest - we got one after I found a mouse in my oven, but we had to trap the whole family one after the other to get rid of them all.

Since then it's kept them away, until DH unplugged one to plug in some vital piece of equipment, when we got a couple more. So it may not be overwhelming enough to work on a rodent as determined as this one seems to be.

NorksDrift Sun 17-May-09 12:04:33

You need this to wear!

YanknCock Sun 17-May-09 15:52:51

Oh dear. Looking at those sonic devices, saw the wording:

'EXCEPT FOR HAMSTERS, GUINNEA PIGS, PET MICE OR RATS - THESE SQUIRREL PEST CONTROL REPELLENT UNITS WILL NOT AFFECT OTHER ANIMALS, PETS OR HUMANS.'

Um....we have an exception. An elderly Russian Dwarf Hamster called George. He's stinky and bites, but I don't want to blow his little eardrums out!

Pepper doesn't seem to be having any effect whatsoever. Was so tired I fell asleep for a couple of hours and woke up to more gnawing. Could hear noises I thought were coming from inside the loft, but it seems the squirrel is just running all over the roof and it's echoing everywhere on the first floor. Is he trying to drive us insane?

Looked at a few more sites advocating pepper spray. I may not have done it correctly, as some recipes suggest letting the mixture soak overnight. Maybe it wasn't strong enough? [clutching at straws emoticon]

frazzled, if you do try the pepper, keep the above in mind.

Will call tomorrow about getting the two squirrel launching pads trees near the house cut down.

DietDisasterTriesAgain Sun 17-May-09 17:16:09

Yep pesky squirrels are a pain. They dug up all the bulbs I planted last month - was really looking forward to a flower filled garden. Good luck on your mission!!

air rifle?
are you in surrey? DH will come round and take it out for you if you like.

YanknCock Sun 17-May-09 17:55:17

newsocks, unfortunately am in Warrington (north Cheshire), or I would gratefully have your DH round to shoot the little shit!

Along with getting the trees cut down, I will call a local pest control place tomorrow and see how much they charge. We've already spent £60 on the handymen, £25 on the water gun, and £3 on various types of pepper. Time for the pros, I don't know what else to do, except hope it keeps raining heavily (which seems to keep him away).

There are traps you can get, but not sure that's helpful for one specific demonic squirrel who never seems to be on the ground. Always up a tree, on our fence, or on the roof.

bramblebooks Sun 17-May-09 18:27:30

yankn maybe I could hire you to watergun the little 'shitehawks' (you may recognise the local parlance) who give my MIL grief in Appleton, just down the road!

springlamb Sun 17-May-09 19:19:56

Well I am not going up and down the street asking if anyone's little darling has a hamster or a gerbil. Our little Rosie is long dead, it don't seem to bother the dog (well nothing does really, he just snores on), and I am SICK of spending the evening trapped on the sofa humming the tune to the Gremlins.
[Da da da da da-da, da da da da da-da...)

YanknCock Sun 17-May-09 22:24:25

springlamb, does your device's packaging give any indication of the range on it? Wondering how far it would have to be from the hamster not to affect it. I hadn't even thought of whether or not neighbours have hamsters/gerbils, but I wouldn't have thought the range on a sonic device would go far enough to matter?

Researching squirrel repellent recipes/methods on internet tonight, and loads of people seem to swear by the cayenne pepper. Another thing suggested was some sort of fabric soaked in ammonia---so maybe pregnant lady urine was the right idea?

But do I really want to be spraying my own urine from a water gun, 30 feet into the air? Is that too much like pissing into the wind?

And am very cheesed off because I remembered what I was dreaming about when the gnawing woke me up. I was thinner than I've been in ages, my pelvic pain/nausea was gone, and I was about to be shagged senseless (vivid pregnancy dreams are great, aren't they). That was one dream I really didn't want interrupted. sad angry Stupid bastard squirrel.

My best mate's DH is a sniper and took out a rabbit for my ma ... They are up in Harrogate atm but buying a house in Lymm so sporadically around. I also know a man in Lymm with a squirrel trap - when full he chucks it in his water butt (due to not being allowed to release them). Either any good to you?

I hate the feckers (am a gardener) but would keep going the pepper water/urine route I think ...

<awaits flaming by animal rights activists shock>

YanknCock Mon 18-May-09 10:37:55

Dita, YES! I phoned pest control this morning, and he said it would probably make more sense to get a 'hobbyist' to shoot it, because if they come out they charge £45/hour, and could run up a huge bill if squirrel doesn't make an appearance.

Pest control coming out today anyway, as handyman discovered we had a big bees nest in the loft too. The guy said he'll bring a gun and shoot the squirrel if it's around, but I fully expect the little shit to hide as he seems to be most active in the morning.

He does think we've probably walled up squirrel babies and that is why the squirrel is being so persistent. But after this long, he said they'll be dead. Feel quite bad about it, but we honestly thought we were going about it the right way, as many websites said over and over 'scare them out, patch up the hole'.

To make matters worse, the pepper spray, though strained through one of my nylon socks, is clogging up the water gun.

Dita, will see how today goes, and if we still need a shooter will sign up for CAT and message you. Thank you!

Can't believe I'm pimping snipers ... I don't have CAT myself so not sure whether you can get in touch that way or not. I would usually just stick my email address on here but genuinely a bit anxious about receiving hate mail from squirrel lovers, so best thing I can think of is if you sign up here, which should only take a minute, then put out an FAO Rulla and I'll find you ... Bit random, sorry, but best I can think of!

Good luck with pest control today

springlamb Mon 18-May-09 14:34:09

Yank, no range given on the packaging. But no noises last night either.
Didn't notice any crying kids up at school this morning (YKWIM, 'poor Peppa, dead in his cage this morning, has he gone to heaven...').
May I add (before the heartless bitch comments), I have cried buckets over the years as our own furries croaked. There was Toto, then Albie, then Dixie, her daughter Snowy, then the guinea Ginger, and lastly Rosie. I am too old for any more furry friends - reckon the dog has about 10 years left, so that'll give me a break.

YanknCock Mon 18-May-09 14:43:50

<snurk> @ 'pimping snipers'

Trees are coming down tomorrow morning. Really not what I wanted to spend my Health in Pregnancy grant on, but getting rid of this squirrel will greatly help my mental health, so I can sort of justify it that way. I mean, being woken up early and throwing up in frustration is detrimental to my health, right? [grasps wildly]

Pest control guy here now, sorting out the bees first, then will hang around for about 15-20 minutes to see if squirrel makes an appearance. It was on the roof when the guy arrived, but quickly buggered off into the woods.

Fingers crossed.

Tripperfinn Mon 18-May-09 16:32:03

just want to say i hope u get it sorted v soon, can't be good for a pregnant lady's nerves, our problem is rats, currently waiting for DH to get home from work to remove a dead one the size of my MIL's yorkie terrier from one of my kitchen cupboards sad

Grumpyoldcaaaaaaaa Mon 18-May-09 16:39:24

I'm 2 days off my due date, huge, bored and grumpy.

I am quite feverishly gripped by this thread [no life emoticon], I've always said squirrels are just rats wi' pretty tails.

I await developments.

Congrats BTW!!!!!

Paolosgirl Mon 18-May-09 16:48:16

My BIL, who is one of the nicest, most mild mannered men, loathes and detests squirrels. They have a massive garden and he spends many happy hours killing them with a shotgun. We're all quite shock, but he feels no remorse. He's had so much damage done to his house and garden that he's happy to send a few to squirrel heaven, and pins their tails up on his shed wall to remember them by <shudder>

springlamb Mon 18-May-09 17:55:43

I'm sadder about the trees than I am about the imminent death of your dear friend Archibald the squirrel, Yank.
And now Rats have put in an appearance, don't get me going on rats. I caught one once stealing an entire loaf of bread from my kitchen at the old house. I've had a downer on them since.

YanknCock Mon 18-May-09 20:08:27

Well, the squirrel didn't make a further appearance, so just paid the guy for killing the bees. He says the squirrel is most likely a female who has made a nest, and she will get in eventually, through any means necessary, if not dealt with. He did mention trapping, but...he said where we'd want to put the trap was right in view of neighbours, and if there were squirrel fans around they might purposely release the squirrel in protest (apparently it happens a lot). So his advice was to hire someone to shoot it, and he gave me some ideas as to where to look (but will give Dita's friend's DH first crack if he wants it!).

Dita, I think as long as your email preferences say you're willing to receive CAT messages, you don't need to pay. I've sent a CAT thing to you with my email address (and it seems to have gone through), but if you don't get it, will try the other method.

springlamb, would it make you feel better about the trees if I told you right across the street there is a really nice wooded area? And these particular two trees were planted way too close to the house and would be quite dangerous if there is a storm? The survey we had when we bought the house recommended getting rid, so it's just a bonus if it deters future squirrel lodgers.

Grumpy, hope your baby makes an appearance soon. I'm already bored with pregnancy, can't imagine what it will be like in 3 months!

Condolences to those dealing with pests, it is a frikkin' nightmare.

YanknCock Tue 19-May-09 12:01:08

Pictures of the saga so far on my profile, enjoy!

Three trees in total taken down. While the guy was here, my neighbour came round and asked if we were thinking of doing another tree in our garden that is really close to their house. Agreed it could go too if she would go halves on the extra £50 the guy wanted to do it. Our garden looks sooooo much bigger now, and will get a lot more light! It is north facing, so was very dark a lot of the time.

Squirrel was gnawing this morning, which drove very ill DH into the other room. I had my earplugs in, so managed to sleep in a bit later than the last few mornings. With the trees gone, it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the squirrel to find an alternate route up to the roof. Perhaps I should put vaseline on the pipes now?

YanknCock Tue 19-May-09 15:17:58

Am seriously going to cry now.

Sitting in living room, vaguely heard huge scraping and thumping noises, thought they were coming from something outside (someone moving a bin, dragging a tree branch, I dunno). Went outside, didn't see anyone or anything around.

Then heard noise coming from kitchen (which is on the same side of the house as the squirrel hole). Had DH turn off telly, stood perfectly still outside kitchen and listened. Something is definitely in the wall. Armed with a mop, started opening cupboards, ready to bash whatever the hell it is. Can't see that it's made its way into the cupboards, maybe it only sounds like that due to the echo.

So either we have a new pest (rats???), or that fucking squirrel has found a way back into the wall and has moved from the first floor to the ground.

If I were religious I'd be looking for a plague of locusts next. What did they do to get rid of the plagues? Do I need to sacrifice a goat or something? I like goats, they've not done anything to me aside from make nice cheese. sad

leonifay Tue 19-May-09 20:21:30

...well, they left their homes, well they let the slaves leave there homes. (i'm not suggesting thats what you should do)
<goes back to lurking>

PufferFish Tue 19-May-09 21:42:29

I fully sympathise Yankncock!

I've had my fill of British wildlife too. We have field mice and voles in our wall cavities and I can hear them running around on the lounge ceiling while I watch telly (despite having at least 15 industrial traps hidden around the house). Had lots of lovely litters of wild rabbits living in the garden a few months back until they contracted mixmatosis (sp?) and died slowly and horribly, one by one (on one particularly dark day I had to scoop up 5 dead baby rabbit corpses). To add insult to injury, we seem to have acquired a resident squirrel in the last fortnight who has been hanging around the garden, digging holes and ripping up my (previously blooming) strawberry plants angry!

YanknCock Thu 21-May-09 10:15:17

I have NO idea what is going on now. Heard faint scrabbling the last two days in the wall/roof area on 1st floor. Went out this morning to look, and A squirrel is definitely in the wall, but not sure it is THE squirrel.

All the gnawing since the initial hole-filling has created a crevice between the brick wall and the roof (normally covered by wood trim boards, but chewed away). The crevice doesn't look big enough for it to have gotten in, but supposedly they can get through really tight gaps.

So when I go out now, I can hear little noises, and then suddenly I see squirrel arms reaching out of the crack! Is this one that got walled in? Or is it the same one who has gotten in and is just enlarging the hole? No idea what to think now!

Please can we have an update Yank! Am v anxious to know if you're getting any more sleep.

YanknCock Sun 24-May-09 14:15:15

Wish it was better news. . .

Squirrel does not seem to be as much of an early riser now--it waits until about 7ish before running/thumping all over the roof, which echos into both bedrooms. I don't know how it's getting up there with all the trees down, but it has clearly found a way. It is also back living in the wall, but mostly getting scratching/scrabbling sounds rather than the gnawing. Appears to have made a new entrance right next to the old one (as predicted by pest control guy). The wooden boards will need replacing as they are chewed to shreds (but not until we're sure he is gone).

Am slightly worried as we have houseguests for the next two weekends. One is a MNer who is familiar with the story--I should probably buy a spare pair of earplugs for her just in case.

Can't do much with it being bank holiday weekend, but planning to phone up the pest control guy and see if he's got any more ideas. If we'd had someone to shoot it before it managed to make a new entrance, that would have been better, as he was out in the open sitting on the roof so much of the time. Now he'll just hide in the wall.

Maybe ammonia-soaked rags pushed into the new opening? Or mothballs? We are running out of money.

I really hate that furry little shithead.

merryberry Sun 24-May-09 14:19:58

oh dear, you are proper pestered by your pest! i have my own earplugs grin. points to:

inner london postcode
2 small children
overcrowded house of colombians to the left
roof dwelling sweeties from bristol to the right
snoring dh
and general i gave up sleeping much over 4 years ago-ness

YanknCock Sun 24-May-09 14:37:08

grin @merryberry

You might find the relative silence up here disconcerting (we did at first). It is now notable when we hear a police siren, very different from being off the main road in Greenwich!

All I can say re: the squirrel is, pack your earplugs. . .

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