Citters in wall keeping me up at night...ughh!
Not sure which category to post this in...I normally only check this one so I will start here...if I should move it, please tell me where.
OK I have an old Victorian (1870s) about an hour north of NYC. Been real cold and snowy lately, and man am I hearing all sorts of critters in my walls, mainly on the main level of the house, in the wall behind my TV. Been thru this before at all my other places, but not this bad. Based on the noises I can tell for sure they are not mice. Perhaps squirrels or chipmonks I would guess.
This week in the mornings it was unbelievably loud...and I also heard "squeeking" which makes me think I have a litter in there...yikes!
What are my options? At a carriage house I rented for a while after my divorce before buying this place, I had the same thing and the landlord said they were red squirrels and he trapped a bunch of them and drove them far away and patched the fascia with wire screens, but they just kept eating new holes...unreal.
I have looked at previous discussions over the years on GardenWeb and have seen a lot of suggestions, but I am pretty much guessing that this is something I am going to have to battle by myself, over the long haul...most people seemed to not suggest or have no luck with pest removal services. Believe me, my house is so old, and there are so many possible "entry points" I could spend thousands trying to close them up, and from what I've seen, they will just eat new openings anyway. I really see no way to totally prevent access to the house.
I guess I just wanted to see if I need to go get a pellet gun and rat traps and paint my face like Rambo...or are there other options...