Squirrel Invasion!

Freddy G

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Couple of days ago I was working in my basement and I heard some racket...something knocked over. Next thing I know I smell a pong...turn around and there's a squirrel looking at me. Then he turns and runs everywhere looking to get out of the house. Of course he's running into every room (shitting everywhere he goes)....Finally I shoe him upstairs where I opened both the front door and the back door. He finally figured it out and got out.
He came in through the (cold) fireplace....right down the chimney.

So last night I wanted to have a fire. But I thought, shit, if there are critters up there I don't want them to get hurt. So I just started a small paper fire....kept that going for about 10 minutes just to give them a clue to get away if they were up there. Nothing. So I built a fire, threw a few logs in and it was going fine....nice fire. Then a squirrel dropped right down, directly into the fire. He freaked and convulsed and spazzed all over the place in the fireplace trying to get out. I moved the grate away and he shot out like a rocket, half burned, running all over the house. So once again I ran upstairs to open the doors and this time it didn't take him long to get the hell out. What a crazy stressed out episode!
Called a fireplace shop this morning and they said I need a new cap on the chimney opening to prevent the critters from getting in.
 

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That is crazy. You’re lucky the flaming squirrel didn’t set the house in fire.

I can sure relate. We lived in an apartment at one time and had birds living in the wall. They came in to cut them out and the damn thing flew all over the place crapping everywhere. Freakin nasty.

Hope you get the cap fixed and doesn’t cost a fortune :)
 

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Couple of days ago I was working in my basement and I heard some racket...something knocked over. Next thing I know I smell a pong...turn around and there's a squirrel looking at me. Then he turns and runs everywhere looking to get out of the house. Of course he's running into every room (shitting everywhere he goes)....Finally I shoe him upstairs where I opened both the front door and the back door. He finally figured it out and got out.
He came in through the (cold) fireplace....right down the chimney.

So last night I wanted to have a fire. But I thought, shit, if there are critters up there I don't want them to get hurt. So I just started a small paper fire....kept that going for about 10 minutes just to give them a clue to get away if they were up there. Nothing. So I built a fire, threw a few logs in and it was going fine....nice fire. Then a squirrel dropped right down, directly into the fire. He freaked and convulsed and spazzed all over the place in the fireplace trying to get out. I moved the grate away and he shot out like a rocket, half burned, running all over the house. So once again I ran upstairs to open the doors and this time it didn't take him long to get the hell out. What a crazy stressed out episode!
Called a fireplace shop this morning and they said I need a new cap on the chimney opening to prevent the critters from getting in.
Crazy critters
 

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My brother lives in Georgia and hates squirrels. They've chewed through the siding near the top of his house on a few occasions and chewed through the Romex wiring causing electrical problems.

He shoots any squirrels he sees in his yard. He and the misses live in a heavily wooded subdivision. He tosses the carcasses out in the woods and the scavengers take care of them.
 

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I had a bird come down the chimney. I came home from work and heard something running around in the wood stove. I was thinking from all the noise it might be a squirrel. I was half afraid to open the door, not knowing what havoc I might be letting loose in the house. It was a Starling. Took me awhile to get it to fly out the door. It wanted to fly everywhere else but out the door.
 

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Had a similar problem with bats. My fireplace chimney damper wasn't closing all the way. Caught them by tossing towels over them in flight, quick little buggers.
 

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My brother lives in Georgia and hates squirrels. They've chewed through the siding near the top of his house on a few occasions and chewed through the Romex wiring causing electrical problems.

He shoots any squirrels he sees in his yard. He and the misses live in a heavily wooded subdivision. He tosses the carcasses out in the woods and the scavengers take care of them.
Roof rats,. Grey squirrels can cause a lot of damage. But flying squirrels can be devastating. They camped out in the attic of a neighbor's house once. Had babies- chewed wires,got into a air handler in the attic and fried it. Created tunnels through the insulation and crapped everywhere. The poor guy had to get someone to capture the varmits. Then had a company come and remove everything in the attic and disinfect it. Then he had to reinsulate, rewire, and put in a new air handler. Hence the name roof rats
 
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