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    Guess the unseen animal in the attic(answer unknown)

    I don't have the answer yet as to what is living in the space over my ceiling. I first heard it in early May in the bedroom ceiling. Recently, it is very noticeable as it scratches the ceiling very loudly. I'm going to call one of those trapper/exterminators. My guess is a squirrel. Anyone else care to guess ?

    Oh that reminds me. We had a very odd story in the area where a parolee was living in his parole officer's ceiling area unbeknownst to him.
    I'm sure it's not a parolee however ! LOL!
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Cathy we hope it isn't a parolee or escapee. My first thought was a squirrel. Could also be a bat or sometimes snakes will live in attics. Call the trapper....quick.
    tennessee sue

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    My spontaneous suggestions for other sort of
    "unwelcome visitors"
    Raccoons!
    Martens (polecats)!

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    I'll guess raccoons. I have had them invade our attic when living in Houston. Poor critters - we are destroying their habitat so much, they have to learn to survive in our cities and neighborhoods. Please trap but don't exterminate whatever it may be.
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    Oh, I would never want them to exterminate whatever is up there. I have not heard this animal in 2 days; now I'm wondering if it died up there or it built a nest and soon I'll hear the pitter patter of tiny mystery animal feet. I've looked in the phone book and have found some wildlife specialist type people--just need to call them and find out how 'special' their billing rates are.
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    I remember when my sister and her husband first inherited the ranch in Texas, and I was doing the estate research for them, I stayed in an upstair's bedroom. But I don't remember hearing any noise.

    However, when I was outside one day and looking up, I could see the face of the racoon staring down at me. I then listened and you could hear the babies. Fortunately, I didn't have to go into the attic to find legal records!

    This picture was taken at about that time (shortly after the inheritance).



    The window where I saw the face of the racoon is on the left side of the house beside that old chimney (above the second floor).
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    Woo ! That's spooky !
    Gorgeous house !
    I often wonder if I'll come face to face with this thing as we do have a whole house fan and it opens right up into the attic region.
    It could conceivably 'drop in' for a visit !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    They seem to be fairly smart critters. They are simply looking for place of safety for their new family.

    Just don't plan to make of pet of them. I remember a childhood friend who lost part of the tip of her finger to a 'pet' racoon. Oh, Gosh! That was a long time ago...

    If you leave them alone, and respect their territory while they are breeding, I think all will be okay. As long as they don't take up permanent residence, huh?


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    I noticed the irony of this scene tonight as I was taking daylily and mystery plant photos. I was pretty certain that the louvered vent had screen on it but I am not so sure. But what made me do a double take and laugh was the LADDER. Gee, I just about put out a 'for rent' sign didn't I ?
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    OMG!

    That ladder is calling dearly for vine...

    I have plenty! Which would you like to have?
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    If you are hearing the noise at night, you have a nocturnal animal: Mouse, Rat, Raccoon, or Bats. On the other hand, daytime noise would indicate squirrels, birds, or some other daytime invader.

    These and many other animals all have the potential of carrying some pretty serious disease. Some of those diseases will cause these 'poor critters' to act in ways that are out of character for even wild animals. But no matter, if they ever feel threatened, or cornered they will come out fighting, and you will not be happy with the outcome. Left alone to propagate, the young will consider your home as their own, and will continue to populate your attic.

    Lost habitat or not, you should not be sharing your home with something that has the potential to do you harm. Find out what it is or not, but send it packing!
    Tom W
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    I am Ready!

    More than ready... To get my bass fishing tackle and visit this ranch! This time with Hunter... He has never been to the ranch, and neither have I, since he was born. He adores his cousins, and we would have a blast walking and walking and walking, exploring!

    I am ready for summer and winter hasn't even started yet!

    Another view...
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    That sounds like a good vacation plan ! Fishing is fun and relaxing.
    How old is that house. I love its architecture--those balconies are fantastic. That second photo makes it look like its got some otherworldly inhabitants--must be the 'glow'. LOL! I think it's gorgeous !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    It's a FUN place to visit, and I love it TOO!

    From the history that I dug up on it, the original house was built in the 1800's. There are really thick walls between the original house and what stands now.

    I do not have a picture of the back of the house, which is a large porch with pained windows that open. Really NEAT!

    I was fascinated with this house, and the only part that I did not like was the kitchen. There is a nice sized pantry, but the kitchen, itself was small and rather antique.

    Other than that, I adored being there!
    Ann B.
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