Wildlife Invasion on Holly DrivePublished June 6, 2011
Flickr User average_jane_crafter
It seems it's not only our two-legged friends who consider our charming home on Holly Drive (in the great state of Florida) to be attractive. But before I elaborate on this observation, please indulge me for a moment to briefly remind our readers about a few of the wildlife events which have occurred around our house.
Several months ago I posted an item on Petside.com in which I shared the story about my husband's bird feeders that became a popular fast food restaurant for an abundance of grey squirrels residing in our neighborhood. The clever manner in which they thwarted attempts by our feathered neighbors from grabbing a meal has not only caused most of the birds to seek greener pastures, but it almost caused us to declare bankruptcy. Who would have thought birdseed is worth its weight in gold?
Living in Florida has many blessings, one of which I most enjoy is the chance to observe an abundance of wildlife. With literally thousands of critters (the majority of them insects) roaming the peninsula, it requires diligent monitoring to prevent household invasion. So shortly after we moved to the state we hired the services of a pest control company that routinely treats our premises.
Three years ago the termite technician inspecting our home started gesticulating wildly while pointing at and thumping on the dining room ceiling. Within seconds we heard loud scratching sounds accompanied by a few squeaks and grunts seemingly emanating from our attic.
Giving us a wry grin he gave us the “good news”. He informed us that a family of unwanted guests, probably raccoons or possums, had settled in and were living rent-free in the crawl space under the roof. Since raccoons and other wee beasties wreak havoc tearing wires and cables, ruining insulation and turning wooden support beams into Swiss cheese, taking immediate action was imperative. We enlisted the services of a company that humanely traps animals and relocates them. A mama raccoon and her babies were discovered so baited traps were set around our property. They were all caught within a week, and everything was sealed up tight. With all the traps removed and the raccoons relocated to a more appropriate environment, my husband and I breathed a sigh of relief that lasted almost three years.
Two weeks ago we started hearing the familiar sound of scampering and scratching in the attic again. Even the cats stared at the ceiling; their ears perked and tails swishing. We figured we were once again facing an invasion of Rocky Raccoon and family.
But soon after another visit from the humane trapping company, we found out that the intruders were not Rocky at all. Sad to tell, it was Ben and his relatives now gracing our attic; the technician informed us we had a family of Norway Rats. With humane traps set hopefully they too will become just another memory of the close encounters we have had with wildlife in our Florida home.
What experiences have you had with wild life encroaching on your property? Do tell us in a comment.