VARMIT in My Basement!?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rebel-rousing-at-night, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last week I had to go out of town overnight for my job.On the day I left it was nice so I left the basement door open while I took care of the chickens and rabbits.It could not have been more than an hour. I don't have a screen or storm door with my basement door but I do have another door.It is solid at the bottom but has plastic lattice at the top half.It is nice for airflow in the summer or for when it is not so cold.It has been that way for years.My basement cats stay in and my outside cats stay out.

    The next night I was home and when I went down to my basement I first saw black bits and pieces of something on the floor and thought what the heck is that?Then I saw that the new tote I bought in the fall for BOSS and scratch feed had a hole chewed in the top!I said a lot more than "what the heck"!
    It's like what in the world varmint did that? A big rat? Surely not a squirrel because I would think the yappy dogs in there (They have been inside due to the extreme temps.) would deter something coming in.
    I have 2 cats that would have had a birds eye view of that tote as I have a blanket for them at the top of the stairs.I thought this is bizarre.Trees of any size are not even close to this door.At one time my Siberian cat Boris would have taken door most anything but he is coming 13 yrs. and has not gotten his weight back after being sick last summer.I know Gussie my 9 yr. old Persian would not be a big hunter but what could it be?
    I got my young cat Johny from outside and put him in there because he is young and very big and strong.No dead varmint from Johny so I put him back out.
    I sprinkled DE over the tote near the hole so I could possibly see tracks if the varmint was alive.(Johny could have killed something but my basement has plenty of hiding places.) I know cats like to show their kills but there weren't any tracks on the DE so then I thought maybe the varmint came in through my dryer vent and had left.Who knows? I've lived him over 25 yrs. and only one time did an unfortunate large mouse come in.

    For me to upload pics on here is a nightmare but I will try so you can see the hole:Here-

    Well never mind the pics.I have written down the steps and tried to follow to post pics. but I will die of old age before I learn how.Makes me nuts .
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I gotta see the pic. (I'll try and help you. Go to the bar across the page and click on UPLOADS. When the box comes up, go to brouse and select your photo from your camera card, mine is an SD card. Then once you have selected the photo click on the submit box and that will put the photo into your uploads. Then all you have to do is copy either the Thumb or the Image line under the picture and paste it to the message box that you are adding to the post.. Hope that makes it easier. I'm don't know all the technical terms for this so that's the best I can do, but that's how I upload my pics.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011
  3. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good Gosh!Somehow I uploaded this pic.I will try for some more.I have hope!
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011
  4. andrea98

    andrea98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    in my barnyard....ohio
    odd question here.. is that poop???
    *** ok i looked at it again .this time it looks like a hole .. heck i dont know lol
    it looks like a hole chewed thru the lid .. we had that happen when we had rabbits.. it "WAS" a big honkin rat!!!
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011
  5. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps


    Oh MY Gosh! I got pics to download on this site!I can't believe it. You should be able to click on the pic to make it bigger.

    Anyway,I have set a live trap in the basement.At first I thought the varmint was gone because I didn't see any tracks in the DE.Upon closer look there is a faint track near the egg I put for comparison of the hole.
    Gotta catch something.

    Crap,I'm just excited that I got pics to download.YEAH!

  6. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:It ain't poop but it has been poopie trying to learn how to download these pics.
    Click on the pic and you can see it better.
  7. andrea98

    andrea98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    in my barnyard....ohio
    Ok sorry it's been a minute .... Just looked at the pics..
    In my oppinion it looks like seuit cake sp?
    The kind you put out for woodpeckers....maybe a squirrel brought it in ?
    Or an owl pellet? Can birds get in there
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011

    ODS-n-ENS FARM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    A mouse or a chipmunk will chew a hole like that to get to BOSS/Scratch.
  9. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    This was what I caught. I hated that it had bloodied it's nose some but I just turned it loose in my yard because I knew it could get water.I guess she was just hungry.poor thing.

  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Awwww! gotta feel bad for them! They are just hungry and thirsty like us... [​IMG]
    Thanks for letting it go... [​IMG]

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