Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My new job can be official squirrel trapper...

...because I have now had quite a bit of experience.




Do not be fooled by this furry little thing's attempt to be cute. They are nefarious, persistent and evil little pests. Obviously there is a story behind my blog suddenly being hijacked by a squirrel. Last week, a very unsuspecting Jay went out to start his car and it would not start. He had not moved his car for ten days after having his wisom teeth out and then having dry sockets and then getting sick, so he thought that maybe the battery was dead. The next day we tried to jump-start it with no luck. So, the car got towed off to find out what the problem was. Yes, squirrels. They had built a nest in his engine and chewed through his wiring. $400 worth of damage. He got the car fixed and all was fine until Saturday. Our neighbor, a slightly paranoid officer of the law and good friend, called Jay to ask if he had seen any suspicious people in his driveway because he thought someone had cut the wires on his truck. Jay assured him that he was not being stalked but had been a target of our evil squirrels while Jay's car was off getting fixed. They met up in the driveway and Jay went to show him what the squirrels had been up to in his own car. When he opened up the hood a squirrel shot out at his head and scampered off, and sure enough the wires had been chewed through. Again. After a lot of squirrel cursing and quite a bit of throwing rocks at the heckling critters, I went off to my uncle's and returned with a squirrel trap. As of this morning I have successfully trapped three squirrels. Much to Jay and my neighbor's dismay, they have all been driven off and released into the wild (well, one was released behind a liquor store on our way to dinner yesterday, but there were trees). It seems like every time I trap one I see about four other squirrels standing around near the trapped one, so this could go on for quite some time. I am determined to greatly reduce the squirrel population around my home, especially since I spent a thousand dollars last spring sealing up the attic and having our phone line rewired. They also started in on my neighbor's other car, so for now the score stands at squirrels: 4 cars (counting Jay's twice) and thousands of dollars worth of damage, humans: 3 squirrels captured and released. I'm afraid the squirrels are way ahead for now.


Did you know that squirrels growl? They do. Quite loudly too.

5 comments:

MelissaS said...

Evil vermin! Why aren't Jack and the cats getting in on the action? Not part of their job description?

quiltu said...

How is my car doing? I care about yours, but I care about mine more!!
Grammy Kathy

everythingquilts said...

Those peskie critters ate around in my DD car too, messed her heater fan and some other damage that required taking the whole dash board out, what a nightmare.

Dionne said...

Growl? Wow! Who knew? Well, not me anyway. I have a cat who keeps squirrels, mice, birds and even poor baby rabbits from overpopulating. I hope my kitty lives forever! Good luck!

Karen Mowrey said...

Came to comment on the ornament exchange but had to stop here as well. Been here, done this and have the trap to prove it. Not the car though, the ceiling above our kitchen. The one room which had been completely gutted and remodeled. The one "nice and new" room of a house over 150 years old. I could hear them "growling" above my head and flipped out with a broom attack on the ceiling...at this point I did not care about how nice the ceiling was...it was them or me but someone was moving out ASAP.