I found nothing. No squirrel, not bats, and no hole. I was relieved to discover that there were no squirrels or bats, but the lack of a hole left me a little confused. I know that I heard an animal, but where did it come from, and where did it go?
I reported my findings to Andy, who shrugged it off saying the squirrel was probably outside playing in the rain gutter. While I know that squirrels act…ah…squirrely, I tend to think playing in the rain gutter at 3:30 am is even a little weird for them. But, having no better answer for what I heard, I didn’t argue. I just hoped that whatever caused the noise, would no longer be an issue.
I kept my hopes up until I got out of the shower and noticed little scratching sounds over in that corner of the room again. I listened for several minutes, and it sure does sound like a squirrel, but if it was in the attic, I would expect to hear it running around. But it wasn’t. What’s going on here?
I peeked outside, just to make sure that MF wasn’t playing in the rain gutter. He wasn’t. I mentioned it to Andy, but again, he shrugged it off. Until about an hour after we went to bed, when MF decided to have a little party. Stupid squirrel. Go to sleep!
Andy heard it this time, and decided to investigate. He got up, and stood in the corner of the room listening. Next, he got a flashlight and went out on our patio to check the, you guessed it, empty rain gutter. Dude, go to sleep! Instead, he threw on some shoes, went downstairs and went out on the deck to look for it. Honestly, I have no idea what he thought he would see from down there that he couldn’t see from the patio, but whatever. He gave up and came to bed, and that’s really all I cared about at that point.
So where is the squirrel? I think I know. I believe that MF has moved into our chimney. That would explain the location the noise is coming from. It would also explain why there has been no scampering around. He’s just climbing down into his nest, and settling in for the night with a walnut. And the main reason I think this theory is correct? Because, of all the options, this is going to be the hardest problem to solve. Who do I even call for squirrel removal from a chimney? A chimney sweep? Animal Control? A redneck?