I think we have an animal living in our attic. And, I have no idea what kind it is or how long it’s been there. See, normally things in our house are a little loud. Not because we’re party animals or anything, but the tv is usually on, or Sean is playing his guitar, or the dogs are playing, so there’s always some sort of noise.
Well, last week I was working from home because I had a big project and I knew if I went into the office I would be distracted by my co-workers or other assignments, so I needed to sequester. While I was here, there was absolutely no noise except me typing. That is no noise except the animal! All of a sudden I heard this scurrying above me. I noticed that it moved more whenever the heater came on. Probably because it was actually cold outside and the animal was trying to get up close to the nice warm heater. Jerk.
In my head I started thinking about all the things it could be. Initially my mind went to the worst things like rats and opossums. Then I started thinking maybe it’s just a squirrel. We do have vents on top of our house to let the summer heat out, so maybe while leaping between trees, they decided to come on in and warm up. But even a squirrel in your attic is bad. I mean, those little jerks can poop and tear up wires. I have no idea what’s in my attic, but I doubt that I want squirrels or rats screwing with it.
So, I called Sean and told him about it. I know he hates when I do that since there is absolutely nothing he can do from his office, but still, I thought he should know about it. He said he’d handle it when he got home. I knew that was a lie because he would be just as scared as me to go up in the attic to confront the unknown animal. But for some reason it made me feel better anyway.
Well, it has now been about a week. No one has gone up in the attic to check out the situation, but I haven’t heard anything lately. Um…probably because things are back to normal i.e. loud, so I can’t hear it. But I’m not sure what to do. I don’t want set up traps and kill the little guy, but I don’t want him here either. A co-worker told me about an audible solution for getting rid of critters, but the sound it makes can be heard by humans too, and I imagine that it would drive us and our dogs crazy. I’m not really sure what my options are.
Any suggestions? Have you ever had an animal living in your attic?