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The lousy weather of mid summer gave way to a few mediocre days when it didn't rain all day and I had a few calls to deal with wasps but I'd say I'm around 80% down on wasps compared to last summer.
Moles have carried on their operations near to the surface, due to the weather & the ground being so damp, indeed several clients have suffered multiple mole infestations, where I've trapped several only to be called back some weeks later to get rid of more.... very frustrating for me and the clients.
This week I've had two instances of squirrels getting into people's houses. The first one a cat apparently chased a young squirrel into the client's house through an open kitchen door, it went straight through the kitchen and into a downstairs bathroom, where it holed up under the bath. Despite best efforts for a non fatal outcome after two days it was still perched on the water pipes behind the bath panel, growling at all comers, the house occupants were too scared to use the bathroom and "Tufty" had out stayed his welcome .... a well placed pellet from an air pistol resolved the situation.
The second job the client rang to say they'd just come back from holiday and thought a rat had gotten into the house while they were away, there had been a lot of fruit eaten from a fruit bowl, gnawing to different items in the house & droppings everywhere.
I arrived at the property and quickly deduced that a squirrel was the probable culprit, due firstly from the droppings but then to the damage done to the curtains and the amount of disruption that occurred to ornaments, vases etc.
The animal had been in every room which had had the door open over it's week long stay and it was eventually tracked down to the children's playroom, but it bolted from there into the kitchen, where it too managed to get into the most inaccessible place possible,in the back of a cupboard.
In it's panic the squirrel got the top of a baby's feeding bottle stuck around it's neck like a surgical collar so again the decision was taken that a fatal finish was the only way to end the drama, as to chase the animal out of the house with the plastic ring around it's neck would have condemned it to a slow, lingering end. Again a fatal shot from the air pistol brought the drama to a close.
The animal had been seen outside the property while the owners were loading the car prior to going on holiday, it must have slipped unseen into the house before they'd locked up and left and survived all week on fruit.