When I bought my house a little over two years ago, unbeknownst to me, it came with tenants.



Now, thankfully, squirrels have no tenants’ rights, especially when they aren’t paying rent and seem to destroy their living spaces by turning wires into nesting material.

So I had them evicted.

Two years later, I’m pretty convinced they’re back.

They’re sneaky little buggers, so I haven’t heard them in the attic yet, but I’ve noticed a lot of squirrels climbing up the side of the house (straight up the brick!) and there’s also a bit of insulation in my front yard.  I’d say those are signs.

Admittedly, the last eviction probably wasn’t done properly.  It was done by the seller’s agent during the closing process, so they probably did the bare minimum.  No luck this time, squirrels.

Of course, I am a total sucker, so I found a pest control company that specializes in animals (instead of bugs) and that simply traps and relocates rather than kills the squirrels. I know they’re just big rats with tails, but I don’t want to kill them!  I just want them to live somewhere other than in my attic.

So for now, it’s squirrel trappin’ time.  Unless I can convince them to pay rent and not build their nests out of my electrical wires.  Then they are welcome to stay.
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6 thoughts on “Eviction

  1. I went to a workshop that walked participants through how to build a house, and the guy running the workshop referred to squirrels as rats that evolved a cute tail. From the perspective of what they do inside a house… not much difference!

  2. That is exactly what my mom calls them – rats with a fluffy tail. They are all creatures that can live happily outside, but once they come inside, it is on.

  3. I would be the same way, annoyed, but wouldn’t want to kill them. Good luck!

  4. Squirrels — I used to say they were a pain in the attic. We had them in our attic for several years when we lived in Binghamton, NY. Finally got rid of them, but it took a bit of work (and a new set of windows). And make sure they have all been removed before you squirrel-proof all of their ways in and out.

    When we made that attic squirrel-proof, apparently one failed to exit. As in Act 4 of Hamlet, where Claudius asks Hamlet where is Polonius and Hamlet replies “In heaven. Send hither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him i’ th’ other place yourself. But if indeed you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.”

    (Except in our case it was the stairs up to the attic.)

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