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so ok I had a great ride this morning. come back, grab a sandwich, decide to chill out and take a nap, right?

wrong. right as I'm kinda drifting off I hear this godawful racket. SCRAPE SCRAPE GNAW SNORF (rattle rattle) GNAW CRUNCH... on and on and on and once he gets going it won't stop. its right next to my head and unbelievable volume, like he snuck an amp up in there or something. I'm serious, I'm waiting for this thing to invite all his mangy little squirrel buddies over to jam some lame old roots rock tunes or maybe they're shooting squirrel porn vids? jeez I dunno but its driving me insane. I seriously can't believe how loud this is. I mean I can totally hear it even if I turn the powerbook speakers up to full volume (which pisses off my roommate and defeats the purpose cuz then I can't sleep anyhow) and the crap walls in this place are so thin that if I get desperate and put the ipod on? I can FEEL the thing hammering away in there. its like he's building the freaking squirrel trump towers in there.

this is not the first time, and not the tenth. we've seen these things going in and out thru holes in the siding, and my roommate and I have plugged every hole we can find, plus weve complained, pleaded, threatened, begged, etc., etc., our slumlord over and over and they won't do jack because I guess they figure we'll be gone end of semester anyhow (true but it doesn't help me sleep NOW!) I've gone so far as to get out the biners and toproped myself to the roof and climbed all over this building trying to find where they're getting in at. which was kinda cool until I got yelled at

I'm in an old house thats been converted to 5 apartments and my roommate and I are on the top floor. I've looked for old dryer vents, pipes, anything. I know they can get in thru some small-ass holes but I'm seriously losing my mind trying to figure this out.

so my question to all you homeowner dudes who probably have better experience with this sort of thing: is there anything we can spray or drop in the walls that will repel these little f'ers? I'm open to anything short of firebombing the entire place, and that is still on the long list as a last resort kinda deal. chaos is gonna be my first name if this crap doesn't stop. soon.
 

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Do weird things to try and scare 'em out. Like go in the bathroom with Home and Garden and make sounds like you're masturbating. That should creep the critters out to the point that they'll leave voluntarily.

HTH
 

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Bunch of remedies

Mine chew holes in the sophet. I've tried blasting music in the crawlspace, mothballs in the holes, dog hair in the holes, letting the dog in the crawlspace to terrorize them, etc.

Nothing works (although Scotty's is the best idea I've ever heard). I'm installing a heavy gauge steel flashing this spring.

Personally, if I were renting, I wouldn't give a crap.
 

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Get yourself a ferret and feed it on living critters so it gets the taste and then let it loose on the noisy mofos.
 

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I had the same problem...called some kind of critter control company. They put traps with food that squirrels dig right outside the entrance. Once there's a catch I called and they came...closed up the hole and hauled away the critter. It seemed easy enough to do on my own but a) no cage b) no true attic access and c) the entrance/hole was a solid 45+ feet off the ground...no ladder to get that high. I think it was $40 for them to do it...was worth it...
 

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Alex-in-Evanston said:
Mine chew holes in the sophet. I've tried blasting music in the crawlspace, mothballs in the holes, dog hair in the holes, letting the dog in the crawlspace to terrorize them, etc.

Nothing works (although Scotty's is the best idea I've ever heard). I'm installing a heavy gauge steel flashing this spring.

Personally, if I were renting, I wouldn't give a crap.
ugh, you're telling me there's nothing I can do? lol @ the blasting music thing, cuz I have tried that too - my ex gf left one of her horrible Jimmy Eat World cds at my place and I even tried putting that on repeat, loud, when I knew we wouldn't be there but no dice. maybe they like pop music? scary thought. I might bust out the tom jones next, isnt that supposed to make their heads explode?

this sucks. ever tried sleeping with earbuds in? I don't recommend it dude, you'll wake up thinking someone jammed an icepick in your ear.
 

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The dog worked best. When I let Jackson in the crawlspace he goes bananas and the squirrels high-tail it for a couple days. I would leave the door to the knee-wall crawlspace open, but spending time in there battling squirrels is bad for his mental health. And, they always come back.
 

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weapons grade chaos said:
ugh, you're telling me there's nothing I can do? lol @ the blasting music thing, cuz I have tried that too - my ex gf left one of her horrible Jimmy Eat World cds at my place and I even tried putting that on repeat, loud, when I knew we wouldn't be there but no dice. maybe they like pop music? scary thought. I might bust out the tom jones next, isnt that supposed to make their heads explode?

this sucks. ever tried sleeping with earbuds in? I don't recommend it dude, you'll wake up thinking someone jammed an icepick in your ear.
Don't ever sleep with those silicon things in your ears. If you gotta do it, use foam. They absorb some moisture, at least. The silicon things just give you an ear ache.
 

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Scotty2Hotty said:
Don't ever sleep with those silicon things in your ears. If you gotta do it, use foam. They absorb some moisture, at least. The silicon things just give you an ear ache.
Silicon, foam, I'd rather lie awake to a Spiral Tribe acid tekno party taking place one floor below. Trust me.
 

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awesome

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This might sound kinda gross, but I've heard it works. Never tried it though.

http://www.greensense.net/fox.html
thanks snapdragen, I'll definitely try that. trust the ladies to come up with the goods. tho scotty's idea(s) have plenty of merit, too.

the dog and ferret thing would be great except that we have a pretty stringent no pets policy. which I totally don't understand since the place is a total pit but whatever. i'd love to get a ferret but lots of landlords ban them along with cats because if the owner isn't responsible enough they can permanently funk up the apartment.

so far it looks like fox pee is tops on the list, followed by the self-funded removal squad. $40 isnt so bad but I'm gonna send a copy of the bill to the slumlord anyhows. never hurts to ask. the big problem with removing them is theres a neverending supply of squirrels in Boulder. they're big suckers too.
 

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Yeah, it's me Mr. Squirrel

Not a plastic explosive or anthing. Nothing to be worried about.
 
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