I live in the woods so I’m no stranger to the little woodland creatures I share real estate with. So when I entered my bedroom the other night, I wasn’t totally surprised to see that something was off. A vase that is usually on a lamp table in the corner, was now on the floor. And next to it were two, fresh, green acorns. Something, or someone, was clearly afoot.

We’ve found squirrels scampering around other parts of the house before. It presents a problem because we don’t want to hurt the cute little guys but we definitely want them out of the house. Once my husband chased a baby squirrel out of our powder room and straight out the front door. Another time he caught one hiding in the fireplace in a large Tupperware container and deposited him outside, away from the house.

So we assumed we were looking for another squirrel. We searched the bedroom and hallway as well as the second floor laundry room. We found nothing. So we went to sleep.

Around 2:30 AM, we were startled awake by the two dogs leaping off the bed and charging down the hallway, shrieking at top volume. The dogs were in an unusual frenzy and we were on immediate squirrel alert. We turned on the lights and searched the whole second floor but again, found nothing out of the ordinary. So we got back into bed.


A few minutes later, we clearly heard scratching and scurrying and the dogs went crazy again. We got up and went through the squirrel search routine yet again to find the source of the animal noises we had heard. Nothing. By the third time this happened, we decided to stay in bed and leave the police work to the dogs. This went on for a solid hour. Just as we would start drifting off to sleep, we’d hear scratching and/or stereo dog hysteria in our ears.


I wish I had a satisfying ending for this story. But the next night, and every night since then, have been quiet, so maybe the dogs scared our nocturnal guest away and he’ll find another house in which to store acorns. I hope so, because I’m not looking forward to another episode of nighttime drama!

Our two dogs in a quiet moment together.

Categories: Animals, dogs, Ellin Curley, Gallery, Photography, Squirrel

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17 replies

  1. Up here, the squirrels seem particularly ernest this year. They say that signals a heavy winter. On top of everything else I hope not.


  2. Mice are the worse. They can do a lot of damage, not only in the house, but in your car. They almost ate all the wiring in my engine one year. When you use the car and park it, the engine is warm and they like they They set up whole nest IN the car. What mess they make of your wiring.


  3. When we lived on the ranch,we used to have pack rats, sometimes called trade rats because they leave a present in trade for anything they take. One day, my father peeked into the attic only to come nose to nose with a pack rat leaving a shiny object for whatever it was he had taken.


  4. They do try to get in. If they got into the attic, that’s probably why the dogs couldn’t get him the first time around. I had a couple of days of scratching in the attic, but it stopped. Since we have no stairs and entries are all sealed below, my guess would be flying squirrels. They LOVE attics. But it has been quiet for the past week, so I’m assuming they decided to move on.


    • I don’t know if we have flying squirrels in CT. How do you know if it’s a flying squirrel and not just a ground based squirrel? Wouldn’t hte flying ones want to stay outside where they can fly?


      • IF it’s in the attic, bets are it’s a flying squirrel. It depends if a squirrel could even get into your attic. You do have flying squirrels because they live everywhere there are trees in North America. You have the Northern Squirrels (same as we have).

        Flying squirrels tend to come in through vents in the attic which regular squirrels can easily reach. The only way you’d see them is if you put out a feeder somewhere and a night-shooting camera. When they move it, the problem is they tend to have big families, so you can ultimately have quite a tribe of them in your home. They are awfully cute.

        They come and go from the attic. Vents let them in and also let them out. They don’t fly. They glide. And are really quite beautiful in the air.


  5. We had a squirrel come in through our fireplace, Ellin. I called the fire department and they conveniently took care of it. They will be looking for a winter shelter. I noticed a squirrel making a home in our neighbours garage roof. I made a video of it.


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