Wednesday, October 27, 2010


A couple days ago while I was in the dining room sewing up Bria's epic Halloween costume (which is forthcoming!), I heard strange noises on the roof.   After they didn't let up for several minutes I finally went outside to see what was going on.

I had suspected a squirrel was on the roof, and I was right. Nothing out of the ordinary, at least around our house, but then I saw it disappear into the roof.

On the roof--normal.
In the roof--definitely not good.

But then, in typical Lara fashion, I kind of forgot about the incident as it was a Sunday evening and not much could be done right then.  I haven't been home much the last couple of days, and so I haven't been thinking about it.

But Joel went up in the playroom with the kids this morning and then came down and informed me that something is living in the playroom ceiling.  We have no attic there, and you can hear it scampering around.  And that's when I remembered to tell him what I saw on Sunday.


Do you know how difficult it is to find someone to remove a squirrel from your roof where I live?  Considering there are a million squirrels living in my neighborhood alone, you'd think it would be a bit easier than this.  I've just spent the entire morning looking for somebody who will get rid of the thing for us, as I have no desire to try to do it myself. 

I did finally find someone, and am eagerly waiting for the technician to call, while I try not to read about all of the damage having a squirrel living in your roof can cause.  Hopefully, he's only been here a few days, since nobody's really noticed the noise up in the playroom before, and it's pretty obvious there is a freaking animal in the ceiling when you're in there.

In other news, there are hurricane force winds expected here for the next few days, so maybe that squirrel will just be blown right away.

PS  This is a gray squirrel, so at least we don't have to try to evacuate Chippy.  We would feel bad about that.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Gray squirrels always remind me of Merlin in The Sword in the Stone. ;) "Phenomenon..menon."

    Rodents in the roof would make me banana-nut-bread. The scritchity of the claws. *shiver*

  2. And you don't want to keep it as a pet? Crazy. :)
    Good luck getting rid of it. Can't wait to see photos of the costume. And I am slightly jealous of your wind. I love wind, it just makes me happy.

  3. You are right! those little critters can do a lot of damage in your roof attic area. This could be a great movie! Remember the squirrel in the movie "Christmas Vacation" with Chevy Chase, there is a critter squirrel in that one too! Take some pictures!

  4. OK this is so funny because we have a neighbor that lives behind us, and we have been watching a squirrel disappear into his roof. It started several weeks ago, and it still going on. I can see it from my kitchen window. We have a ton of brown squirrels in our neighborhood. We tried to contact the neighbor and let him know, but he is never home. Well the other day I saw his house is up for sale. I think- if he doesn't know - we had better let him know.
    We live in AZ-with cactus, etc. but we are surrounded by big pecan trees and this house is close to some.And therefore we have a lot so squirrels. I just hope they don't find our roof. Good luck- let me know what happens :)

  5. Being from back east I have faint memories of squirrels. :)

    My husband (A Utahn) tries to tell me there are plenty of squirrels here in UT. But if you have to go up into the mountains and do a stake out to find one, I say that doesn't count.

  6. So? Did you ever get rid of it?

  7. Wow, hope they can recover the squirrel without further damage to your home or the squirrel. Thanks for having the courage to leave a comment. It was not something I posted easily, or even admit easily. Many times I wish I could just forget it, but it never goes away. I guess I just need to search, ponder, and pray harder. Thanks again for not running, and having the courage to respond.

  8. WOW - and think of the great blog post it will make when the dude does come to get him out.
    We had a bird once get in, and spent the better part of a Sabbath trying to the little thing out. Finally had to punch a hole in a wall. Grrrrrr

  9. oh boy, sounds like a great blog post waiting to happen.... :)

  10. That doesn't sound like fun. Our neighbor had an infestation of bats living in the rafters once, which was bad for us as we were the other half of the duplex. I hope you get him out and that is the end!

  11. You can buy some fox urine powder and sprinkle it around the inside of your attic and roof and it will keep them away.

    PS I LOVE that pic of Sophia on the post before this one!

  12. Oh, a pet! And you don't have to feed it or anything! Why would you want to get rid of that!?!

    I hope he's found another home by now. :)