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honeypie5 04-28-2013 12:37 AM

Do we have pests?
Last summer I noticed a 3 inch diameter hole in the drywall of our garage ceiling. I covered it with duct tape and it was ok for a few months. However I recently noticed that the duct tape is on the floor of the garage, the hole is exposed and a small amount of the insulation is out. I am wondering if we have pests and what kind they might be. I have noticed a few black balls of fur on our garage floor. But I haven't seen any rodents or any droppings.

r0ckstarr 04-28-2013 05:41 AM

Add your location to your profile. That will help answer your question. Knowing your general location will help narrow down what type of pests you may have. Also, do you happen to have a picture of the hole and/or the fur balls you found?

gobug 04-28-2013 09:07 AM

My guess, based on the limited information, is a squirrel. Is the hole the only point of access? Or is it just a "back door. How could a critter get to that hole? Can you see into the space above the hole? Are there points of access outside in the soffit or rooftop areas? Are there trees, bushes, or electrical wire than give rooftop access?

honeypie5 04-28-2013 02:32 PM

thanks to gobug and rockstarr
Thank you for your wonderful responses to my questions about pest. We live in Canada. The hole is in the ceiling, right at the junction where the ceiling meets the garage wall. They would have to climb up the wall to get into the hole. There are no trees, no holes outside. I don't have a picture of the hole or of the animal hair. However your responses are prompting me to call in an exterminator to assess the situation. Thank you for your replies.:)

r0ckstarr 04-28-2013 02:34 PM

Do you have access to the attic in the garage? You could open up the access and stand back to see if anything (in the attic) goes towards the light you created by opening the access.

honeypie5 04-28-2013 08:03 PM

Thank you Rockstarr for that suggestion, but our master bedroom, which is on the second floor is on top of the garage. There doesn't seem to be any access to that area. There is an attic door that is in the ceiling of our master bedroom closet. but I think that attic is above the bedroom, closer to the roof.

The ceiling in the garage is actually the floor of the master bedroom.:)

r0ckstarr 04-29-2013 05:37 AM

Don't open the attic door in the closet. Whatever may be up there, you definately don't want running free inside the house. :eek:

Larryh86GT 04-30-2013 07:10 AM

It probably is squirrels but it could also be rats. Whichever it is the critters are going to have to be evicted.

Chokingdogs 04-30-2013 05:31 PM

I had the exact same thing in the ceiling of my screen porch, also drywall......whoever thought interior drywall was a good choice for an "exposed to the elements" ceiling should have their head any rate, it was squirrels.

The good news, they were evicted. The bad news is, they were evicted by a family of raccoons.

r0ckstarr 04-30-2013 11:15 PM


Originally Posted by Chokingdogs (Post 1170265)
The good news, they were evicted. The bad news is, they were evicted by a family of raccoons.


wkearney99 05-01-2013 09:28 PM

Duct tape. Srsly? Call an exterminator. Just slapping tape across an unexplained hole is NOT even close to the right way to deal with it.

honeypie5 05-01-2013 11:55 PM

I know, huh?? But yes, I called an exterminator, they are coming by tomorrow night. You see at first it looked like the seam had come apart in the ceiling drywall and the drywall tape had come undone, I wasn't thinking about critters, so I just put duct tape up.....:)

r0ckstarr 05-02-2013 12:22 AM

Post back and let us know what they find. I'm curious to know now.

honeypie5 05-03-2013 10:29 AM

Thank you for that story. Although I am sure it was not funny for you, it made me laugh..... I would never want racoons living in my ceiling!! Hope you were able to get rid of them!!:)

honeypie5 05-03-2013 10:34 AM

Do we have pests
The exterminator came, he looked at the hole, checked for animal droppings, also for any scuff marks that would show that there were any animals around..... all is clear. He thinks that the builder did a poor job of drywalling and that the seam came apart as well as a portion of the dry wall in that corner, but there are no critters. We will patch it up asap. Thank you everyone for your wonderful help and advice!! Much appreciated!!:)

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