So now I’m adding a raccoon battle to the top of the home improvement list.

At least I wasn’t the one keeping M up last night…

Something got into the guest room while Kris and Ro were asleep. We can’t figure out how it happened-- all the windows were closed and even though the drywall in here is pretty dicey there’s no way for something to have come through from the ceiling. WTF, critters?

Anyway, it’s been a pretty bad morning.

Bad idea?

Bad idea?

M has been yelling at me to take it easy, since this is the way he got hurt, but there’s definitely something going on in the ceiling. The pest control guy quoted me almost $500 to come check the attic and animal-proof it, which is not really in the budget right now.

But these are!

Pest Control Pellets ( Link )

Pest Control Pellets (Link)

Humane Raccoon Trap ( Link )

Humane Raccoon Trap (Link)

I climbed up into the ceiling and put down a ton of this “Critter Ridder,” plus M set a (humane!) trap in the guest room.

And there’s zero sign of where that weird watermark is coming from. No pipes up here and it hasn’t rained since we moved in, WTF?!

Cross your fingers that my DIY extermination project works! And that Kris forgives me! I totally get it-- waking up in the middle of the night and finding a furry friend sharing the mattress with you and your baby is an actual nightmare. She left in the middle of the night to take Ro to get the scratches checked out (too dark to see what it was, we’re guessing a baby raccoon who got confused and thought their bed was her mama’s nest?). Thank goodness everything was okay.

This is one of those times when it would be nice to have a husband around. Get well soon, M!