UPDATE – SCROLL TO END
UPDATE TWO – SCROLL EVEN FARTHER DOWN!
Dawg and I are going to have to vacate the Bedford manse for a few days, the stench from whatever crawled up inside one of the walls and died is so overwhelming that we can’t stay. I’d zoom up to RI except that Dawg can’t take a car ride for three minutes without throwing up, let alone three hours. None of the kids can take Dawg, either because of where they live or their jobs, so we’ll find a friend to take us in or go to a hotel.
I have a call into the pest control company I used for years to see if they do any search and removal, which I fear is going to require opening up a wall or two to find the carcass. The smell of animal death has permeated the whole house and no amount of trying to eliminate the smell with a home remedy has worked. Not bleach. Not vinegar. Not any specialized odor remover jars. Not coffee grounds. Not all of the above at once. I’m also going to call Chubb to see if this is something I can file as a claim because I GUARANTEE you, this is going to be a fairly big undertaking (pardon the pun!). Plus I think Chubb will pay for my room if I have to evacuate. Hey, I don’t pay those huge insurance premiums for nothing! I only look stoopid.
If you are in Bedford and see an old lady and her old dog sitting on the street corner begging for Tubman’s, do help out. Meanwhile I have every window and door open even though it’s still darn chilly this morning. Ugh. Take me away Calgon.
UPDATE AT 9:00AM
Garrie Pest Control is coming between 11 and 2 today to help me decide the best course of action. Mr. EOS is of the mind that it’s better to determine where and how the critter(s) getting in and kill the bastards from the outside before they make it up and in the walls. For a few years we had a remediation contract with Garrie – bait boxes filled with a poison that killed the rodents (or whatever) before they came in. I stopped that program maybe two years ago for a couple of reasons – one had to do with the EPA banning the use of the bait box poison within a certain radius of your home. I blogged about it when it happened and I’ll go look in a bit and post the link here.
I am of the opinion that the interior walls the critters are getting into can be filled with a foam insulation to stop their entrance altogether, rather than starting another bait program. Mr. EOS doesn’t agree saying we need to treat the problem. More as I know.
UPDATE TWO – 1:50pm
The Garrie guy was here for well over an hour, using a camera on a long wire to see behind walls and under things.Nothing. Then he went into the dreaded crawlspace from hell, the one that during the last house renovation, we had the entire underneath of the house spray foamed. There is where the pest guy feels is the epicenter of the problem and where the mice are getting in. Because the mice now can’t find a way up and into the master bedroom wing of the house, they mosey under and over to the kitchen wing, into those walls to nest. He suggested an abatement plan that really centers inside the crawlspace using tons of killer bait balls (yea chemicals!). They are also going to spray the walls of the cinder block foundation because he said mice love to make nests in the hollows of the cinder blocks. The plan is a more detailed than my explanation but in talking to Mr. EOS on the phone while the guy was here, he’s in agreement this is the best approach. It’s only a matter of forking over the dough and scheduling an appointment. I’ll have to see if I can rob Peter again to pay Paul or else I’ll be paying the piper, or something like that.
I’m heading out now, to return a dopey hummingbird feeder I bought that was as stupid a configuration as is humanly possible – way too convoluted. Then I am going to treat myself to a Carvel cone. Yes I am! I might even post a photo of it. Yay me!
PS: I asked the pest guy if he smelled much when he came in the house and he said he did not, until I opened the one kitchen cupboard. So the good news is that the good weather and the opportunity to leave all the windows and doors open has abated the smell enough that we cancelled our reservation at the Bates Motel and have decided to stay. Good news.