Somethings crawling around in the attic.
I talked to a couple of exterminators and they said it was probably mice.
I heard them running over the bathroom ceiling and they sounded bigger than
There is no easy access to the attic. About 100lbs ago I squeezed up there
but thats not going to work now.
I plan on cutting a hole in my closet ceiling and getting into the attic
that way. Once in I can get in there I will have better luck
trapping/killing whatever I find.
I've long needed access to the attic anyway to do some other work up there
I'm hoping to cut a section of the ceiling out from rafter to rafter (about
15") and about 28" wide. I'll attach a frame to the ceiling that overlaps
the hole by 1 inch all around.
If the ceiling section stays in one piece I can just put in back in place
after. I'll place plywood around the hole in the attic to make it easier to
climb up ther. Then I have scrap planks to lay out for a crawlway along the
rafters. its only about 4 feet high in the center.
Back to the critters.
Do you think a rat glue trap would hold a squirrel?
Not knowing whats up there I put one up last night and today it is covered
I think there is one pisses off bald squirrel up there now. looked like way
to much fur for a mouse or a rat.
To get the trap up there I attached it to a board.
This would have given whatever it was something to push off against.
I wonder if it would have worked if the trap wasnt fastened to anything???
(I had hoped it was a mouse)
There are to many squirrels around anyway, the herd needs thinning.
Last year one chewed a perfecr 2.5" hole through a kitchen screen and got
into the bread and other food in the kitchen....
Looked into a bb gun but it would cost $150 to take firearms classes to get
an FID card.
I have a catch and release trap that I'll try first once I get up there.
I'd appreciate any tips reguarding my attic access and the rodent problem
1. It may not be a rodent. Many people store their crazy aunt in the attic.
2. I divine from various trace bits, that you're in the Boston area. From
what I understand, it will take somewhere between forever and never to get a
FID card. Then you've got to apply to actually BUY a weapon.
3. You've also got to have a hunting license for squirrel. In Massachusetts,
Eastern zone, the season is October 13th to January 2nd.
4. The good news is this: Inasmuch as squirrels are game animals, the normal
exclusion by your homeowner's insurance regarding damage by vermin is not
applicable. That is, if the squirrels gnaw thru the wiring and that starts a
fire which burns down your house, you're covered.
5. For mice, and some rats and often an attic-bound squirrel, think cat. You
can even borrow a feline.
As an aside, I'm in Houston. We have no gun registration laws in Texas nor
are there any "educational" requirements for purchasing or owning a gun. For
private sales, give 'em the money, take the gun. Everybody's happy (except
maybe the squirrel). For about the same amount of money for an FID where you
are, you can get a concealed handgun license in Texas. Then, no matter where
Mr. Squirrel might be, you can pop him off (assuming you think Mr Squirrel's
about to kill you or inflict grievous bodily harm).
i use havahart box traps to get squirrels, just put some corn in it or
peanut butter,then relocate the demon.. for rats/mice i use decon bait..
for snakes i use mothballs.... lucas
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