Even MOAR visitors!

By , March 4, 2016 4:03 am

We knew we’d had animals living in our attic because of the openings in to it. But hey, roof work (part of the FHA loan) started yesterday! Pretty soon those holes will be gone (and eventually the attic cleaned and new insulation installed).

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Denali came over to supervise (we hadn’t seen Denali since February 22!).

Steven kept insisting he was hearing something in the attic. Suuuuure, Steven. Uh huh. Ha ha. Actually, one of his super powers is insanely awesome hearing, so while I couldn’t hear it, I believed he was hearing something.

Um, yeah.

The roofers must have screwed in some loose bulbs when they were working, and the front of the house was lit up really bright before we went to bed. We couldn’t find the switch to turn these “new”(ly found) lights off, so Steven went outside to just unscrew it a bit with his hand, and was greeted with this:


Oh, hai.


Yeah, that would be a flying squirrel!

Steven watched it scurry up the wall and back in to the attic.

I was thrilled he got photos and went between “aww, cute” and “eek!” for awhile, looking at them.

Then we talked about all the work it will take to get “them,” out. Yeah, if you have one flying squirrel, it means you usually have quite a few – they live in packs. And may be living in the walls.

And since we’re animal lovers we’ll have to find a humane way to get them out.

Then domesticate them so they can live with Data!

Just kidding. Then take them far far away.

Fun, fun, fun. Ha!

(But at least it wasn’t a ghost in the attic!)

25 Responses to “Even MOAR visitors!”

  1. Staci says:

    I can relate to the “aww/eeek” I would have done the same…Like you’re so cute and cuddly looking…now MOVE OUT! The house my ex husband and I had was an old farm house. Nobody had lived there for a couple years before we moved in. We had critters in the walls…it took forever to get them out. But then they were gone and it was almost crazy how quiet it got with them gone! 🙂

    • kilax says:

      Do tell me how you got them out… if it didn’t involve killing them!

      I am happy I can’t hear them! I wonder if you can from the guest room, which is closer to the garage!

      • Staci says:

        My husband at the time trapped them. One by one. He used live traps with bird seed in them, the kind with corn and such mixed in. They would go in and set off the trap and then we would take them far away (only a few miles) and let them go in the woods.

  2. Chaitali says:

    Yeah, squirrels are adorable outside the house but I definitely wouldn’t be a fan of them inside the house! Good luck with getting them out.

  3. Alyssa says:

    Woah! I’ve never seen a flying squirrel in the wild before! But yep, I think it is eviction time for those squirrel tenants.

    • kilax says:

      Ha ha! Your stay is no longer welcome! This is what happens when you buy a house that’s been sitting, in the country, I guess!

  4. Oh my goodness, the reflection from the squirrel’s eyes makes him look possessed! Haha. Like most rodents, squirrels are creatures I am more than happy to see scurrying around outside, but definitely prefer to not see inside (actually, I think I feel that way about all animals, period, aside from dogs or cats). I didn’t know flying squirrels lived in Illinois, though!

  5. Shelley B says:

    EEK! I love watching our (non-flying) squirrels outside of my office window, where they frolic and romp among the trees. But when those same suckers started gnawing on the fascia of my house, trying, I’m sure, to find their way into the attic? Not so much love for them. At least Steven knows he’s not imagining things…but I don’t envy you guys having to find and rehome these creatures.

    • kilax says:

      They are fun to watch. I was thinking about how my Grandma feeds a TON of them at her house and wondering if they destroy all her stuff. Eek. Not worth it, then 🙁 What did you do to make them stop?

  6. Xaarlin says:

    Holy crap! Are those critters native to Zion? I thought they only existed in pet shops and rainforests 😉 we had squirrels (just plain regular run of the mill type) living in our attic in FL. They had babies and were so difficult to get out. My mom saw them running around on the tree outside and quickly went to block the opening back to the attic (yay construction flaws, yay)

    • kilax says:

      I don’t think they are. I have a feeling they’ve come from the north!

      Were your parents able to eventually get them out though?!

  7. Erin says:

    A flying squirrel??? Whoa! I think that’s kind of awesome. Although, they probably chew on wiring and stuff which is no fun. We had moles living in our crawlspace for a bit when we lived on the outskirts of Champaign. We kind of just left them alone and they moved out on their own. Which means I am of no help when it comes to evicting critters.

    • kilax says:

      I want to see them in action – flying – not effing up my garage. Ha!

      I am happy your moles just left! I would love for these guys to leave on their own when it gets warmer but I bet they have quite the cozy pad up there 😉

  8. Omg! I’ve never seen a flying squirrel so much cooler than just having the regular ones. Sounds like you’lol have a few more adventures trying to get them out. Hope it goes smoothly.

    • kilax says:

      Our contractors got to see them in action! Wish I could have!

      We will. And you’ll all probably hear about it. Ha!

  9. Beth says:

    Aw, adorable! I’m sure there are humane traps that you can use to catch them and let them go just before the roofers finish. And I am so in love with your new house–so much character!

    • kilax says:

      I think so! And we found humane traps for the mice. Hee hee.

      Aww, thank you! I hope to share more inside pics soon! How are things at your new place?

  10. Kristina says:

    A flying squirrel – that is so cool (but also – yes to the “Eeek!”).
    We had a bat fly into the house where we were staying this summer – that was definitely “Eeek!”. We thought that we had somehow chased it outside an open window, and then a few nights later, we woke up to it flying around our heads at night. I think that I’d take a flying squirrel over a bat, although maybe not?

    • kilax says:

      Eek! Another friend was telling me today about bat issues… I think I’d take the squirrel, too 🙂 At least they can’t fly INSIDE!

  11. Alice says:

    Aacccckkkkkk! They are very cute but NO NO NO THANK YOU not inside the house 🙂 Here’s hoping the eviction goes quickly and smoothly!!

  12. Maggie says:

    My brother and his wife have had pet flying squirrels (sugar gliders)! They’re cute but nocturnal (so, noisy at night) and need a big cage so they can do their gliding (or you can let them out). But otherwise very sweet pets.

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