Hi All: I'm not sure what's going on but occassionally I hear
scratching in what appears to be the ceiling between my first and
secon floor. There is no access to this area (for humans). Anyway, we
have tons of chip munks burrowing in the ground out side my front
(concrete block) stairs. I'm thinking that the could be burrowing in
back of the stairs where it meets the house and going through a faciar
board into the wall cavity.
Anyone have experience with this. So far what ever it is it only made
a sound twice, and at night, and is not anywhere in the finished area
of the house.
I'm really puzzled over this one.
Sure Chipmunks, Flying Squirrels , Squirrels , Bats , Rats Mice. Get
out the traps, when you give up get out the poison. Its their house you
will have a hard time of it. Just sealing a burrow wont do it. They dig
another. Ive been at war for years. Im at the poison level. You have
babies inside , you wont keep them away, they will eat through even
solid 4x4s to get home
Just a thought: I have a cement block foundation. I'm wondering if
there is missing cement between blocks below grade and their getting
in that way. I've lived in this house for 25 years and this is the
first time I've had this problem and the first year I have seen
Would they try to knaw through walls to get into any particular room?
We have a caged parakeet and I'm concerned that the bird will have a
stroke if a chipmunk tried to get in his cages for food.
On Thu, 8 Jul 2004 08:26:45 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (m Ransley)
If block is above grade then look at the wood they wont eat through
cement. Look at your gutter facia and roof. They won`t bother birds.
But they will tunnel 30ft+ easily. I had flying squirrels eat into 2
bedrooms twice this year, I caged one. They are harmless. Flying
Squirrels are common, you just dont see them , they are nocturnal.
I had this happen once. Drove me crazy at night. I placed several
DCon feeder trays in the attic, and the noise stopped after two days.
It turned out that squirrels where crossing the telephone line to the
chimney, then up to a hole they chewed into the attic space. One month
later, I repaired the hole and covered the area with hardware cloth.
You may have to call an exterminator if poison or traps don't work for
If your house has vinyl siding, they may be climbing up those nice
hollow vinyl corner posts.
I stuffed stainless steel wool up into each one and sprayed some
expandable insulating foam to close the ends.
No Vinyl siding but I think they could be coming up behind the front
stairs (or back stairs) where there is a trim board under the
threshold. Is that area usually hollow undet the threshold?
On Fri, 09 Jul 2004 00:13:38 -0400, Bill Schnakenberg
Not usually. Outside stairs are usually installed after the house is
sheathed, therefore, the stairs and trim are attached to the frame
through the sheathing. A small rodent can squeeze through any hole or
gap that will allow its head to fit. That can be as small as 1/2 inch,
or smaller, depending upon the rodent. Check all around the house for
any gaps or utility holes that are not sealed.
My stairs are cement block with slate and bricks for trim. They meet
the foundation but there is a crack between the back of the staris and
Right above the surface of the staris platform is a faciar board
under the threshold. If I rap on the faciar, it sounds a bit hollow
indicating that the the bottom of the door frame is nailed to the
sill of the house.
This cavity is where I suspect the problem is. I will take off the
faciar to see what or who is in there.
On Fri, 09 Jul 2004 14:22:24 -0400, Bill Schnakenberg
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