Remember when we had a family of squirrels living in the ceiling of our front porch? Well, we managed to move them out but today the home organization project we dealt with were rats – in our garage. OK, squirrels have been spotted in there, too. Wildlife is really trying to take over at Chez Tetreault and the urban homestead!
To call our garage a garage doesn’t isn’t really right. ‘Garage’ would imply that it’s large and that we can park a car there. Our cars have never been parked in our garage because technically, it’s a ‘carriage house’ – back when there were carriages – and not actually a garage. Built in 1914 with a concrete floor added in 1928 (noted because that’s what’s carved into the floor), our garage is really our shed. We keep tools, bikes, and garden supplies/tools in there.
The rats arrived after we stored the very cute corn-hole bags – filled with corn – in the garage. After a summer of playing corn-hole, I put the bags in the garage and locked the door. We don’t go out to the garage much in the winter – not much bike riding during those cold, rainy months – and it was several months before we discovered the mess.
The rats/squirrels had managed to absolutely destroy them. There was basically nothing left. Some shredded fabric, hulls of some corn, and rat crap. There was such a mess. We put off cleaning things up and sealing up the holes for several years (true – but pathetic) until we found squirrels in the porch and then found them in the garage, too.
More mess. We cleaned out the attic of our garage last week. Those antics will be for next week… Then yesterday, our daughter went out to ride the bike in the garage (fly wheel) and came running in to say, “There’s a rat in the garage! He’s sitting there and eating. What should I do?” That’s when you say…Rats! Oh drats!
So today, we had to deal with sealing all of the spots and secret places the rodents are (hopefully, were) getting in.
The rats – probably squirrels, too, and Lord knows what else – were eating the straw/hay we bought for the garden. We bought the wrong kind – the one with seeds – which you don’t want – and that’s what was being eaten.
This has been my least favorite project by far! Instead of really tackling the garage, we hammered and staple-gunned on sheet metal, hardware cloth, and wood to keep rodents out. Yuck! Not exactly a fun home organization project but now it’s done. Where’s the wine?!
What’s your least favorite home organization project? What do you say “Oh drats!” to?