Silver Spring couple vanquishes unwelcome squirrels

Silver Spring couple vanquishes unwelcome squirrels

Octavia Dixon's husband had complained about the noises in the attic before, but she just thought he was being dramatic.

She knew there was more to his protestations when she heard a clatter of loud scratching, clawing and scampering one Thursday in April. Home alone, she beat the ceiling with the broom, trying to get the noises to stop.

Was their Silver Spring, Md., house haunted?

It wasn’t, they quickly realized. The Dixons didn't need to call an exorcist. Instead, they needed to call a trapper.

“You could definitely tell it was a critter,” Octavia says. “I tried the radio in the attic to scare the critter off.” But “the noises just got worse — in frequency and volume — and I could not get any sleep.”

Dixon used Angie’s List to find a service provider who could silence the critter and rid their attic of pests. The company promised to arrive the next day to inspect the attic, and did.

“The trapper arrived and inspected [the] attic and the roof, where I knew that there was a hole [because] … the previous owner never [cleaned] the gutters, which caused a tear in the soffit, and an opening to the attic,” Dixon says. “In the attic, [the company] discovered that for three to five years, squirrels had been nesting and using the insulation for material.”

The worker set two traps, returning each day to check them, and leaving the Dixons updates of the trap status.

But two days in, Octavia found a note that nothing had been caught. She went to check on the traps. To her surprise, she found not one, but two squirrels there.

“Satisfied that all the critters were captured, [the trapper] placed a temporary patch on the hole in the attic,” she says.

The temporary patch worked well.

Still, the Dixons had a decision to make: They could fix the hole immediately, but that would mean installing new gutters, siding and insulation. “So, I opted to wait so that I could get better pricing with a bundle,” Octavia says.

Now, they are waiting for a roof repair provider to fix the problem permanently.

The results? “No scampering, no digging, no nothing; however, I think I might have a bird in my chimney now,” Octavia says. Her go-to solution? The same trapper she first found on Angie’s List.

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