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Best Way to get rid of Groundhogs - Skunks, Mice and Snakes

Uninvited Guests - critters that came with the house

Hubby and I were so excited we were closing on our first home. Little did we know that the house came with critters?

We went to the closing on our new home and the lender told us if it cost a dollar more we would not have gotten the loan. I can believe that. The day when we walked out after the closing, we could not even afford a cup of coffee between us. But we had our home.

Our house a few years after we moved in.

Our house a few years after we moved in.

Our first uninvited guest

Unlocking the door to a new house is a feeling like no other.

We came by on the way to the closing to do a final walk through before signing on our new home, we also dropped off cleaning supplies, brooms and mop.

The upstairs was finished Living room, kitchen and three bedrooms. Only the family room downstairs was unfinished.

As soon as we walked in the door, I could smell the heat. You know the smell you get the first time you turn the heat on? It was a cool day even for September, and I was glad the builder had been there to turn on the furnace.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw a steak run for the studding and up the 2X4, Hubby saw it too and reached for the broom. The field mouse leaped from the top of the stud in Hubby's direction and Hubby stabbed the poor little critter with the sharp bristles of the broom. This brought back memories of another time and place, to be told later.

Our first uninvited guest was evicted.

I am ready to water the freshly laid sod.

I am ready to water the freshly laid sod.

What do you get when watering freshly laid sod?

Two days after we closed on our house was beautiful, warm and sunny, It was Sunday and we were going to church and out to a restaurant, before that we were going outside to water the newly laid sod in the front yard and seeded back yard.

I looked at the two foot wide strip between the sidewalk and the garage, thinking what am I going to plant here, when I noticed a hole about seven inches in diameter. Yelling to hubby “There is a hole beside the garage.” Stick the hose down in it and turn the water on, he yelled back.

I stuck the end of the hose in the hole and turned the water on. Suddenly a head pops out of the hole, a muddy wet head with body and legs attached headed for the back yard, and right for my husband, when the mud in its eye finally clears and it sees my husband, it did an about face and headed toward me, then another about face back toward my husband, like a ping pong ball…

Watering the seeded back yard.

Just before the encounter

Just before the encounter

We will chase it into the corn field

Hubby yelled for me move back and let it go past me and he would go around me and we would chase it across the street and into the corn field.

I jumped back as the ping pong ball headed my way, and seeing the wide path it streaked past me and headed for the front yard.

With our cars parked side by side, the muddy head ran under my car, I knelt down and looked under my car and could not see it. Hubby appeared from the other side of the house and he did not see it, thinking it must have run under Hubby’s car.

The shake-down and out

Hubby told me to park my car on the opposite side of the street and we would go for a ride in his car to see if we could shake it out.

We get into Hubby’s little fiat sports car.

We drove to a street where we knew it would be rough with lots of pot holes, just as we went over the railroad tracks….bang, bang, bang… it seemed like the tail pipe was loose and was banging, then just as quickly the banging stopped. We thought the big muddy head had been shaken out and we drove home.

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Hubby parked his car in the same spot where it had been before. I went across the street to park my Grand Torino Sport back on the driveway.

Hood insulation filled the engine compartment

Hood insulation filled the engine compartment

The fur flew - what I thought was fur

I opened the door got into my car and turned the key, the car seemed to choke and what looked fur was flying from underneath the car. I thought OMG, it was inside my car and I’ve killed it.

I got out of the car just as hubby was crossing the street to see what was taking me so long, I opened the hood, expecting to see a bloody mess. But as I lifted the hood the big muddy head with body and legs attached leaped from the car and ran off into the corn field.

What happened? The groundhog had gone up into the engine compartment and while we were out driving Hubby’s car, the ground hog had tried to get out through the hood and shredded the insulation.

I am glad the groundhog was not killed, and hope he was not injured badly.

The second uninvited guest was evicted, not exactly the way we intended.

The Cub Cadet was Delivered

When we moved into our home in Texas, we decided that we needed a tractor because; neighbors were asking my husband to mow their vacant lots that were around us.

At the time Lawn Land sold Cub Cadet Tractors, now they sell John Deere.

We purchased the Cub Cadet and the belly mower came with it. A belly mower is very good for lawns but not good for brush and high grasses or weeds, so we also bought a brush hog. A brush hog is a heaver duty mower that is attached to the PTO 3 point hitch in the rear.

Our beautiful new tractor was delivered within a few days. Hubby was a city boy and this would be his first time driving a tractor. I drove it first around our property line, and then hubby took over and mowed down Aerobic System sprinkler heads, which had to be replaced.

Hubby detached the belly mower and put it beside the shed, and attached the brush hog.

The Cub Cadet

The original advertisement from the purchase of our tractor.

The original advertisement from the purchase of our tractor.

Something is living under there

After a couple of weeks the grass needed to be cut and I was using the weed whacker along the side by the belly mower, when I noticed tracks around the belly mower. Something is living under the belly mower, I yelled to hubby.

Raccoons maybe?

I thought raccoons, but I had not seen any around here before.

My friend Donna told me about how they kept raccoons away from their tent by putting ammonia soaked rags near... So, I got some rags and soaked them with ammonia and put them under the edge of the belly mower.

The next morning the rags had been pulled away from the belly mower.

I will shag it out!

Hubby said I will shag it out, and proceeded to jump up and down on the belly mower and bang on it, when nothing happened, he said maybe it moved out, and we went on with our yard work and thought nothing more about it.

A few days later as I was washing our supper dishes, the sun was just going down, when movement caught my attention and crossing our yard was a skunk we watched as it crossed the road and disappeared into the grove of Mesquite trees. We both said at the same time "I wonder if that is what is living under the belly mower?"

The next morning we watched as the skunk came back across the road and went around the side of the shed. Why didn't it come out when I was jumping on the belly mower and banging on it? Hubby asked. You are just fortunate, I replied.

We both said at the same time, "maybe she is going to have babies." I have to move the mower so she does not have babies under there.

The following day hubby planned to move the mower as soon as the she left. He drove the car out on the vacant lot so he could see when she left from under the mower but he did not see the skunk.

Thinking maybe the skunk had moved on, we went on about our business. When a few days later, again near dark I was looking out and saw the skunk cross our yard, the road and disappear into the Mesquite.

Hubby was tired and did not want to go back out and move the mower.

The following day we saw the skunk come back... So again hubby waited in the car. This time we were shocked to see the skunk came out, followed closely by five little stinkers.

Hubby very quickly re-parked the car, took the tractor and dragged the mower out away from the shed. We never saw the skunk again.

This was in the shed

This was in our shed

This was in our shed

I can't believe what was in the shed

Sometime after the ordeal with the skunk, it was getting late and we were putting our tools away, I had finished and was going into the house and hubby was putting the lawnmower into the shed, and all of a sudden I heard him whistle, an alarming whistle.

I ran around the house and saw hubby standing in the door and he had a stick and I could see he was holding something down, he saw me and yelled snake. I ran to the shed and grabbed the hoe and we got it out of the shed. I don't know if it was dead or not, but I got it on a shovel and took it across the road and threw it into the Mesquite trees for the coyotes.

While Hubby was mowing the neighbor's lot I had a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Mallard

I had a visit from Mr and Mrs Mallard

I had a visit from Mr and Mrs Mallard

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko


Robert Sacchi on February 10, 2019:

Thank you. I'll have to keep than in mind. I'm right next to a wetland. That has advantages and disadvantages.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 10, 2019:

Robert, Thanks again for the comments. There are some stuff that came out recently one is called 'Critter Ridder' and I forget the other one.

Blessings my friend.

Robert Sacchi on January 27, 2019:

Fun story about your run ins with critters. Any ideas besides ammonia for keeping critters away?

C E Clark from North Texas on December 17, 2018:

Expect most of the woodchucks and other critters have found cover for the winter around here by now, since we had an earlier chilling than usual. And it's lasting longer too. Hopefully they've found shelter somewhere away from people's houses -- not an easy thing to do in cities.

I feel so sorry for the groundhog in this story, but I do have to laugh every time I read this. Then I feel guilty for laughing at the poor critter, but even feeling guilty, I still have to laugh.

Posting this on AH and FB.

Hope all is well with you and that you're able to find happiness in the season. Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on September 21, 2018:

Even though it's still pretty warm outside temps have dropped slightly and I'm sure some of the animals will be looking for places to get in out of the cold that is sure to come in a few more weeks time. Not severe cold like we have up north, but colder than most critters are used to around this neck of the woods. I always enjoy this article even though I also always feel sorry for the woodchuck.

Posting this to FB and Awesome HubPages.

Hope everything is well with you dear friend. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 01, 2018:

Even if the advice worked, it will take a long time to get the skunk smell out of the White House, and the snakes may bite a few more people before the next election.

Blessing and hugs dear friend, hope all is well with you.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 31, 2018:

I wonder if this good advice would work on the skunks and snakes in the White House? I often fear that the U.S. has lost it's world wide good stature for good. Trump is so right about the U.S. being the laughing stock of the world -- but what he fails to see is that it is a laughing stock because of him and his idiocy.

Hope all is well with you. Take care dear friend . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on April 02, 2018:

Came back to review this hilarious article. It's still too funny, and at the same time, I still feel sorry for this poor little wood chuck.

I can't recall in all the nearly 30 years I've lived in this part of Texas, ever having such chilly temps. Not complaining as I know it will soon be blistering hot, but low 40s in April seems uncharacteristic.

Hope all is well with you and John, or at least the best it can be. Blessings and hugs dear friend. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 22, 2017:

Au fait, thank you for the compliment and comment, I know the poor critters will want to curl up on my hearth, but our fireplace is just for show.

I don’t know if I told you that a real skunk was on the property a few days ago and Chipper tried to get loose and to go after it, I could just picture him dragging the skunk like his toy skunk, but it wandered off into the darkness, thank God. Right now both of my boys are sleeping.

Not good news, but it is what it is, and whatever happens, happens.

Hope all is well with you.

Blessings and hugs dear friend, stay cool.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 19, 2017:

Hard to believe when we are starting a string of our hottest summer days that in just a couple of months critters will be looking for places to get in out of winter. Much as I feel so sorry for this little woodchuck, I have to laugh until I cry when I read this. Good exercise I'm told.

Hope all has gone well this afternoon and that results will be good when you get them. Blessings dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 26, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing this.

We can't stay cool outside, I was painting the wooden top on the concrete balusters we made the wood is not pressure treated and it is suppose to rain tomorrow, I mean today, I was shooting myself in the foot with the bullets I was sweating.

I hope all is well with you

Blessings and hugs dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 24, 2016:

Back to share this excellent article -- one of my favorites! I still feel sorry for that poor woodchuck, but I can't help laughing.

Hope you and John are staying cool. The heat is back and according to my weather reporting site, to continue into September. Never seems to cool down here till November and sometimes not then.

Hope you and John are both well. Blessings and hugs dear friend and many thanks for all that you do. Will hopefully talk soon. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 20, 2016:

Peg, thank you for the comment, I hear that tomato juice will deodorize and help take away the smell of skunk odor. To catch a skunk the town we live in provides a wire cage and they told us skunks love eggs and to set one of the wire traps with the egg and when we catch one they will come out and collect it. My sister in-law did and caught it and the city came out threw a blanket over the cage and took it away. Good luck, sorry about your dogs and horse getting sprayed.

Blessings dear friend

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2016:

This great story had me laughing, sorry, at your misfortune and collection of critters. Yes, here in Texas we have our share of unwelcome guests. Just this week, I let the dogs out at night into their fenced backyard and they chased a skunk and yep, he sprayed them. So at 10 pm I was bathing two giant dogs and my house still reeks of the skunk smell. I can hear him clawing underneath the house. He is oblivious to the critter ridder pellets I scattered around the base of the house. Aacckk!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 31, 2015:

Thank you Au fait, for the comment, sorry it took so long to get back to you. Life gets in the way.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 26, 2015:

Came back to share this great article again. Waiting for the storm to get here. It's almost here. To include hail, tornadoes, and the whole enchilada. Hope you guys are in a safe place. Blessings . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 26, 2014:

Au fait, we do need some more rain and cool weather. It is blazing hot, hard to work cutting grass in this blasted heat, glad you no longer have to do it.

Blessings to you also.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 26, 2014:

Cheryl, LOL, NO SNAKES they are all deadly, if one comes near me it would not have to bite me, I would die of a heart attack. I just bought some more "snake reppellent" "Critter Ridder" and sprinkled it all around. We now have a coyote that is hanging around, it looks like a wrinkled E.T. Thank you Cheryl for your comment, I really appreciate you.

Cheryl A Whitsett from Jacksonville, Fl on August 19, 2014:

If you have a big enough snake he will take care of the rest lol. Just kidding. Our problem is squirrels and opposums they torment my dog. I guess I will have to try one of your methods voted up and useful.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 19, 2014:

Seems like I don't know if I'm coming or going the last couple of days. Posted this to FB and shared with HP followers. Also voted up and awesome. Forgot to put that in my comment. I didn't forget to do it, just forgot to say so. Take care . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on August 19, 2014:

Although a person can't tell from the temperature -- about 100 or more degrees Fahrenheit everyday the last couple of weeks, with no relief in sight, fall will be here before you know it and these critters will be looking for a place to spend the winter. Always enjoy reading this story.

Hope everything goes well tomorrow (Wednesday) and that things get better as a result. Blessings to you and John and stay cool.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 10, 2014:

Au fait, I felt sorry for the groundhog but the circumstances were beyond my control.

Thank you for the votes, pin to AH and for sharing.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 09, 2014:

Tis' the season when everyone is more active outdoors. Of course fall is probably the worst time when critters are looking for places that will shelter them from bad weather, but they cause problems in the garden during the spring/summer too. This is a great story and I aways enjoy it and I always feel sorry for that poor groundhog.

Voted up, BAFI, pinned to AH, and shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 15, 2014:

Oh I know I already stepped in a fireant mound when we were cutting a treee yesterday, the one thing I don't like about summer.

Thank you for the comment, votes and sharing.

Take care my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 12, 2014:

Time for the critters to come out and mate. The skunks have been out for sure. They're lying dead in abundance all along the roads I drive everyday. Their pungent odor doesn't seem to weaken very quickly. Expect there will be lots of babies soon as the unusually cold winter has lasted way longer than usual in North Texas.

Really enjoy this article. Voted up, funny and awesome. Sharing.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 24, 2013:

Thank you again Au fait, for your comment, sharing, voting it up.

Yes John and I are inside and out of the cold. I hope you are doing the same and that your toe is better.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 23, 2013:

Though I feel so sorry for that woodchuck in this story, I still have to reread once in a while when I need a good laugh. Owning one's own home can be quite an adventure! Voted up, awesome, funny, and sharing!

Hope you and John are well and staying inside during this cold spell we're having.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 04, 2013:

Au fait, thank you my friend for sharing this and awesome votes, it is really appreciated.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 04, 2013:

Thought I would share this one again because it's that time of year when critters are looking for places to get in for the winter. People will want to winterize their homes before they have more pets living with them!

Voted up, awesome, and sharing!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 27, 2013:

Thank you Au fait for re-visiting this hub, and for commenting, up-votes, sharing and pinning. You are a truly an amazing friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 26, 2013:

This is the time of year when some of these critters want to come into the house for the winter. Really enjoyed reading this story, though I can't help but feel sorry for the woodchuck whenever I think of how scared s/he must have been. Another up and FAUI, another pin, and sharing.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 09, 2013:

Thank you Kathleen for your most welcome visit and your comment. I do know it never stops, as a matter of fact (nothing to do with animals) but Saturday my husband used the big tractor and mowed one of the sprinkler heads down AGAIN.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on October 08, 2013:

Homeownership - welcome to the madness! It never stops BTW.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 08, 2013:

Thank you Paul for reading and sharing and pinning my hub, it is very much appreciated.

I am glad your snake was not poisonous. We have gophers here, lots of snakes in Alabama, we use to catch them. It is a surprise I am still alive.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on October 08, 2013:


This is a great hub and I really enjoyed reading it. I remember the first time I saw a big snake under the front porch of my former house in Maryland. It turned out to be a garter snake and wasn't poisonous. I also had problems with gophers burrowing into the foundation of the last house I owned in Maryland. Now I know where to find you on Bubblews. I also am on that site. Voted up and sharing with followers. Also Pinning and sharing on Facebook.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 14, 2013:

Thank you Brett, I sure will link to you on Bubblews. I am also on Bubblews "Shy321".

Thank you for the votes across and share.

Brett C from Asia on September 14, 2013:

Lol, I just wrote a post similar to this on Bubblews (link on my profile, if you are interested). I can relate, as I just got back to Thailand to encounter a ridiculous amount of nature in only two days! There is just no avoiding it.

Voted across and shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 29, 2013:

Thank you DDE, appreciate your visit. Everyday is a continuing struggle. Yesterday it was 2 big hornet's nests.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 28, 2013:

Uninvited critters move in and find their homes in an old home once we had a similar experience. Looks like you have it things under control.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 21, 2013:

I am so glad you like it Aunt Jimi. Thank you for the comment and you continued support.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on August 21, 2013:

Had to stop by and read through this one again. Makes me laugh when I read about that poor groundhog, but I can't help it and right now I need something to make me laugh. Really enjoy this hub. Thank you for writing it.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 10, 2013:

Thank you thumbi for reading my and the up vote and for sharing.

JR Krishna from India on August 10, 2013:

Very interesting read.

I liked the last photo better. Your house is huge and it looks beautiful with the big courtyard.

Voted up and shared

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 05, 2013:

Neil, thank you for reading, commenting. No thanks to the zoo idea.

Thank you for the complement on my legs.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 05, 2013:

Moonlake, thank you for your comment, up vote and sharing. I really appreciate you.

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on August 05, 2013:

You should consider opening a zoo LOL

Fun story... reminds me of many events of these nature I had on the farm in Saskatchewan growing up... Thanks for the laughs...

BTW ... you have great legs :-)

moonlake from America on August 05, 2013:

Enjoyed your story. We've had a few strange visitors in our homes from bats to snakes. Voted up and more plus shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 04, 2013:

Peggy W. thank you for your comment and the up-vote. I really appreciate you.

I love the mallards also.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 04, 2013:

You certainly had a lot of unwelcome visitors to your homes! I liked the last photo of the mallard ducks. Much nicer to view those than that snake! Up and interesting votes.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 03, 2013:

I feel sorry for the woodchuck also, but he should have just gone off into the corn field.

Thank you Au fait for the sharing again.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 03, 2013:

That woodchuck was such a good sport, but I do feel sorry for him. Still, I have to laugh . . . sharing again . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 31, 2013:

Thank you Au fait, I really appreciate your continued support and sharing of my hubs.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 30, 2013:

I really like this article and so I'm back to share it again!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 28, 2013:

Rajan, thank you for reading, commenting and sharing my hub, you are appreciated.


Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 27, 2013:

Very enjoyable read. One never knows what's in store when moving in a new house.

Voted up, awesome and shared.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 27, 2013:

Thank you Gen I am so glad you enjoyed it, and hope that your grandkids do too. Thank your friend for her reccomendation.

Jen on July 27, 2013:

I have been meaning to come and read this hub for a couple of days now. It was highly recommended by our friend. She said I would enjoy it and I did. What adventures we have when we own a home!

Your story made me think of years ago when my husband and me lived out in the country. We had a friend who was an older man, in his mid 70s and he used some of our land for a garden. He lived in town and used to drive out and work in his garden, which was quite large, about an acre, every day. Well, Ms. Woodchuck decided to set up housekeeping under the roots of a tree just a few feet from the edge of the garden. The tree was part of a small grove of a dozen or so trees and it was nice and shady with the pantry just a few feet away! Woodchucks do love their greens, not so different from rabbits that way. That poor man was worried if we didn't get rid of the woodchuck that she would eat him out of all his hard work and have a family of little ones to help. So we had to get rid of the woodchuck. It was a nice pretty healthy one too.

Plan to share this with the grandchildren when they visit this weekend. I know they will enjoy it, too. Our friend says I should vote on these articles when I read them so I'm going to give this one an awesome!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 26, 2013:

Thank you Glenda for you visit and your comment. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 26, 2013:

Thank you Nell for your comment. I thought you have the same animals we do. I love to see them outside not in the house, except for pets of course.

And thank you for following me. I really appreciate it.

Nell Rose from England on July 26, 2013:

Sounds like you got yourself a zoo! lol! thanks for the laugh, that groundhog! we don't get them over here in England so it always makes me laugh when I see or hear about them because of groundhog day! lol!

Glenda on July 26, 2013:

This was so funny, the groundhog part. I guess people don't realize that many things can happen to them when the move into a new house. I enjoyed reading this.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 24, 2013:

Aunt Jimi, thank you for your comment. If the groundhog wants to eat my garden, he will starve to death.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on July 24, 2013:

Groundhogs and wood chucks are the same thing. Woodchucks will eat your garden and sometimes your flowers.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 24, 2013:

mperrottet, thank you for reading and commenting and the up-votes.

Your dog getting skunked is the same thing that happened to my brother's dog. It was so funny (not to him) I think groundhogs just eat grubs, which is not a bad thing.

Thanks again for your visit.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 24, 2013:

Au fait, thank you for reading and commenting, always appreciate you, my dear friend. Thank you also for the up vote.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 24, 2013:

Oh Jaye, I hope you don't live there any longer. We had bees, and hornets, been stung hundreds of times, it is a good thing, I am not allergic.

We also had opossum, I saw them but they did not bother me so I did not bother them, of course they ate all the persimmons.

Snakes, that is the one critter that is deadly, everyone is deadly, if one bite me I would die of a heart attack.

Thank you Jaye for the up vote.


Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on July 24, 2013:

We have critters digging holes underneath our shed in the back yard. Two years ago our dog ran into a skunk that was living under the shed, and boy, what a mess she was to clean up. It took weeks to get rid of the smell on her. We called an exterminator, and they took care of the skunk, when a possum moved in. We trapped the possum and took it to a local park. We now have a groundhog under the shed, but I figure it's not hurting anything, and probably keeping the skunks out. At least we don't have any snakes around. Enjoyed your article, voted up, interesting and funny.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 24, 2013:

Really fun to read article even though I'm sure going through all of those 'tribulations' wasn't much fun at the time. And look at those legs! Whew! ;)

Really enjoyed the groundhog though I shouldn't have laughed because he was probably scared to death, hurt too, and likely had nightmares for the rest of his short life, but it was funny and I couldn't help it.

Voting up, interesting, funny, and awesome. Will share and pinned to my fun and interesting board.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 24, 2013:

Shyron...Thirteen years ago I bought an older house in an established neighborhood full of mature trees and shrubs. During the first few years here, I evicted more than one o'possum (ugh! they're so ugly), multiple snakes and (this required calling a special, need I say, expensive service that specializes in getting rid of unusual "critter" invasions) a large beehive in a soffit under the eaves. The bees were entering the house by coming down through the walls and pushing their way through wall sockets! They were the stinging type of bees, to which I'm allergic, so this was a hideous experience. I was only too glad to pay the huge fee charged by the technician who removed the soffit and the hive, then carried it away--far away--from my property.

You're so right that unwanted "guests" will try to stake their claims in one's home if they can gain entry. Fortunately, I never had to cope with a skunk (knock on wood)....

Voted Up++


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 24, 2013:

Thank you Aunt Jimi for the comment and up-vote and sharing. I really appreciate you.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on July 24, 2013:

This is just plain a good read! What an exciting adventure owning a home can be! I found the story about the groundhog the funniest, though I don't suppose it seemed funny to you at the time. Voted this up and all, will share, too!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 24, 2013:

Thank you Eiddwen, for you visit and up-vote and sharing my hub.

Eiddwen from Wales on July 24, 2013:

A great hub and thanks for sharing.

Voted up.


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