Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Remodeling: The Flying Squirrels are Back

For those of you that know us, you know we've been through quite a lot of animals since we bought our 100 year old bungalow in Oct. 2009.  The first weekend we found termites in the finished wood floor in the dining room.  Luckily we just had to spray, not repair any damage.  Then we had flying squirrels living in the wall of our second story (which we never use since it still has yet to be renovated) for which we ended up catching and releasing over 20 of over the course of a year or so.  Then we had birds in the chimney which was only a problem because Greg had to brick up a hole and didn't want to trap them in since we didn't know how they got in.  Then we were finally able to get the roof redone which led to demoing out the upstairs so there were no more walls (they had some mold so we were quick to take them out after the roof was done) for the squirrels to burrow in and they seemed to stop coming until we got bats.  Yup, bats.  I'll have to post an epic video of Greg trying to catch the first one we found while I forgot I was video taping on zoom.  They apparently LOVED the new open concept upstairs.  We caught and released (harder than it sounds...) about a dozen bats until we FINALLY figured out where they were getting in, plugged it, they got back it, plugged it better and haven't seen them since.  We didn't have many issues with mosquitoes this summer at least but I prefer they live OUTSIDE my house.  So all of these animals have been contained to areas of the house I never go so I haven't been as bothered as you might think. Well aside from a random mouse Logan caught downstairs but we're fairly certain he got in with some of the construction materials since it was a one time thing but I'm not really bothered by mice (just the germs they carry) so it wasn't THAT big of a deal.  We finally got everything out and plugged upstairs.  FYI, it's illegal in Massachusetts to trap bats inside so you have to make sure they are out before you close up the holes.  So we thought we were free and clear until we found a woodpecker living in our back porch.  We're actually okay with this because the back porch only houses the door to the basement now that we've closed off the interior access and is really run down.  We plan on tearing it off the side of the house and putting on a bulkhead or something similar next summer anyway.  Well, it's now official.  The flying squirrels are back.  We started hearing them about a week ago and caught one in the trap last night.  Since we've put so much work into finding all the holes and closing them, Greg is more determined this year than last to figure out how they are getting in.  We want to make sure it's sorted before we reno and put new walls up upstairs.  The trap is set again so we'll see how it goes...

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