Got back from a visit with my family
yesterday. Typical Christmas
stuff. As I only get to Lake Charles once in a while, I qet to see how
the town has changed, and get some food that is hard to find in Ohio
(at least done well).
The big news was the creature living in my sister's
wall. Though this story is set in a small city in southwest
Louisiana, I believe it could happen anywhere. Please don't go
thinking my family is a bunch of coon asses. This
could happen to you.
When we arrived, my sister explained she had something sleeping in her
wall. She could here it scurry about, and even snore. She left her
husband in charge while she picked my wife and I up at the airport
with her kids my mom.
(As I dawdled on getting tickets, we had to fly in to another
city. Don't get my wife started...)
I come from a line of control freaks, however. Sis
spent a good portion of the ride to my folk's on her cell phone,
sorting out the different advice she was being given. Each agency she
spoke with either had different advice (contradicting the prior
advice), or lead her in a circular loop. All she really knew is that
she wanted it out of her house before it died in her wall, or it
clawed through the drywall.
One guy did provide her good advice, in a fashion I hope my team
would. He explained to her what could or could not happen, how he
would approach the problem, and his contingency plans for various
scenarios. It gave my sister a warm fuzzy. On Christmas Eve, he came
to her house, investigated her whole house, and set out some bait.
The critter didn't show Christmas eve. He did come back Christmas day.
My brother-in-law was going to be there when the exterminator came
back Friday, but had an appointment at work. I went over to her house,
for emotional support as well as to help if it got loose. Of course,
even though it kept them up the previous night, it was nowhere to be
found when I was there.
The exterminator removed an access panel behind the tub, and started
pulling out plastic bags. The creature was trying to
build a nest. The exterminator did a few things to verify that the
creature nor any of its babies were in my sister's wall, then went
under the house to board up the hole it climbed up.
So far, no word on a return....