Damage to plumbing and wires in the attic

In the warm seasons squirrels play and live in the big pecan tree in our back

The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) ...

The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) is an example of wildlife. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

yard. It is also typical to see them run to and fro throughout the neighborhood. Notably, our neighborhood is quiet for both man and beast, and for years our family has known them to live in our attic without any harm.

Today however, there was a loud crash coming from my daughter’s room, and to my dismay disaster to see that the ceiling caved in. Of course, the worse thought comes first that the roof needed repair; especially remembering the heavy rains this week. Texas is killer for none stop rain and ice in this season. However, my husband on quick inspection of the attic noticed right away the PCP Piping (Pecks) had been nibbled and their was a fine mist of hot water escaping from the area. Apparently, this had been that way for a while or at least long enough to saturate the sheet rock until it could no longer hold the wet insulation.

Upon researching how to get rid of the nuisances I note that not all squirrels live in the attic; there are only the female and her young who might frequent there. Also, noted that even if you do manage to get rid of the animals, the smell will remain and can attract future residents of the same.

Here are suggestions to help end the stay of your non-pay occupants:

  • Set Traps and Remove them, this might not be a top choice if you are like me and afraid of them
  • One way door, something like a doggy door but no re-entry
  • Call the experts, someone who specializes in removal of critters, and who will return them to the wild

To read more about squirrel eviction Click Here

Victimless Crimes? No Seat Belt Rules

 Texas Government can require and enforce that all its citizen “click it or ticket” and they mean it! During a Thanksgiving holiday my husband, daughter, and I were on our way to the store to shop, and we were pulled over for what appeared to be our not wearing seat belts.

My husband has a 1975 GMC truck which doesn’t have shoulder straps, they are lap belts; and needless to say that we have gotten pulled over on other occasions as well, one being the night before our wedding.

Can they force us to wear them? No, but they can force a hefty fine if we are found to be guilty of not wearing them, but in our case we were not; although our being stopped is not fun. I can imagine that all those tickets are a good incentive to wear them. “Living in a state that requires you to buckle up evidently has a positive impact.

Adults who live in states where a cop can pull you over if he sees you’re not wearing a seat belt are about 10% more likely to do so (88% compliance according to the CDC report), than those living in states that don’t have such a law on the books.”

The argument for the enforcement of seat belts says, “that it is for the good of everyone, but “House Bill 99-1212, which makes driving or riding in a car without a seat belt into quote: primary quote: traffic offense, is yet another attempt to control peoples decisions about risk taking.”

Compliance of the car seat law then can be seen as the same as me wearing a seat belt, I feel that the kids need to be safe from harm as well. Why would I be in a belt and the baby bouncing around about the car and risk harm of being killed while I live?

In May I was at making a right turn when  my car was struck by another vehicle; my daughter, grandson and I were less than a mile from home. I always wear my seat belt and make anyone in the car wear theirs. Fortunately, we lived; however, others are not so fortunate.

Life is too precious to place it in the hands of chance. Seat belts save lives.

Buckle Up!

CDC: Adult seat belt use at all-time high

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