Well, it seems that when one vacates their house and goes to Mexico for the Winter, word gets out around the neighborhood that free room and board are available here! I discovered an unwelcome houseguest the second night I returned when I heard scratching and running around in the closed off roof space behind my bedroom closets. That night, I just got up, yelled loudly, banged on the closet wall, and that seemed to have scared the livin’ bejeezus out of our guest who promptly ran off into the night.
All seemed to be quiet until last week when a cold front came through and my guest returned for another night of free lodging. I went out the next day to see if I could figure out where the critter was entering and exiting and found the problem spot:
Yesterday, when I heard the critter running outside on top of the roof, I ran out to look at this spot and finally got to meet my houseguest face-to-face—a squirrel!
So today, I decided to finally get my supplies together and get up there to “close the door” once and for all. I donned my hiking boots, gloves, and kneepads and got my tall ladder out of the garage. I made my way up until my feet were level with the first floor rain gutters, but with the roof so steeply pitched, I could not figure out any safe way to climb the roof further unless I had special spiked roofers gear. No thanks! I decided to back down the ladder and leave this job to the professionals!
In the meantime, my guest is still happily coming and going no longer seeming to be scared of me in the slightest…she likely had a real good chuckle today watching me try to evict her!… arghhhh!
I am going to so miss these joys of home ownership!