Sunday, April 27, 2008

Vermin!!

Victoria and I live in a house that backs onto some woods. This seems to mean that we get all sorts of wildlife around our home. Normally this is considered a good thing but occasionally they decide to make our home their own!

Seemingly every year we get a wasp nest in or around the house, and recently we have had squirrels in the roof. I don't think they are actually in the loft as I have been up their and there is no sign of them and no damage, but they still make a lot of noise and if I wanted to share my home with animals I would go and buy a pet!

Squirrels are apparently rather hard to remove as they can get through very small holes and they keep coming back year after year, so I thought the best thing to do would be to buy a couple of traps and see if we can snag ourselves some rodent!

So, I bought a couple of traps from Amazon of all places and set them up in the garden on what we believe is the path the squirrels use to get to our roof. To be honest I was not hoping for much. Bear Grills never catches anything on his show and he is an expert so what hope have I got!!!

This morning I looked out of the dining room window and saw that one of the traps had been triggered and there was a squirrel inside it!! The little bastard was going mad to get out but the trap worked a treat!!

The picture above is of the now ex-resident of Dronfield just before I got rid of him in the most humane way possible. :-)

The traps are now reset and I am hoping to they will be full again soon.

I will keep you updated.

UPDATE!!

Victoria called me this morning to say that we have caught ANOTHER squirrel already. I thought these things were supposed to be clever!! :-)

6 comments:

Tracy said...

Christian...it's illegal to dispatch squirrels...I hope you didn't kill it. The best way to get rid of them is to take the cage about 20 miles away and release the squirrel somewhere else so it can get into somebody else's loft :)

Christian Briddon said...

Hi Trace,

I think you will find that it is actually illegal to release a squirrel into the wild and the RSPCA recommend either shooting them or bashing them over the head, so called 'Cranial Despatch'.

I'll let you guess what I actually did with it.:-)

Chris said...

I have visions of you perpetrating a Happy Tree Friends style masacre!

Nick said...

kill and eat them I say

Tony Ruscoe said...

Yeah, can't you pick up the squirrel, drop the whole thing into boiling water for a few minutes and then eat it like a soft shelled crab?

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