Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dead Opossum

Last week I came down stairs in the morning to a yucky smell. I thought to myself "did I not throw away one of Ike's diapers?" I continued to scrub my house and then it dawned on me..... Last month Jer and I spotted Cat Lady's (next door neighbor) cats going beneath our deck and we thought there was a pee smell coming from the opening. So my manly man goes down there, which by the way is pitch black and the ceiling is only 5 feet high so you have to crouch down, to investigate and he finds a vent that had been chewed away so he secures it and leaves. Well, now a month later we have this smell that is pretty strong and Jer, yet again, goes down and "looks"around but can't see anything (so he says), so when he went to work the next morning I took it upon myself to call a wildlife specialist or what we call "the rodent man" to come help. Not that I didn't believe Jer but I know that he couldn't have been that thorough in his shorts and flip flops standing near the opening shining a flash light around. Three hours later my knight in shining armor came to my rescue and headed down the hole to find a 2 foot DEAD Opossum and a ton of poop! So gross, I know! It started to smell due to the heat we are having so who knows how long it was in there. They cleaned it up and disinfected the area, rewired 2 chewed away vents and now my house no longer smells like a dead carcass! It was the best money I have ever spent. I just can't imagine Jer tackling that job! Max on the other hand thought the whole situation was totally cool!

Max and Rodent Man

9 comments:

chiara said...

hahaha - the best part is that you asked the rodent man to take a picture with your child! That is quick and smart thinking Kris!!

thomfam5 said...

That is so gross! We had a smell like that in two different houses and I always make Andy go down in the crawl space. He HATES me for it. I have a sensitive nose that KNOWS! There were nests from rats under our house and a dead rat, so I am familiar with that dead smell. so glad for you that it is gone!

Gardners Glad Tidings said...

Who knew Opposums had such powerful stench power! I am glad the culprit was found. I never would have thought to phone a rodent master....good call!

Jerai Moulton said...

That is so cute that you took a picture of Max with the Opossum man! You can tell in the picture that he thinks that guy is really cool. Thanks for the post! Keep 'em comin'!

Marianne Thelin said...

Jeremy is a lucky man to be married to a girl who will call the "rodent man". I too love the picture of Max & the rodent man, I do hope that he doesn't aspire to be him when he grows up though, although, I guess it is an honorable profession:) Love the posts:)

Jason and Tricia Loder said...

LOVE it Kris. I can just imagine curious little Max taking in all the action. Love that you took a pic too. Great memory. Oh and smart thinking to call the rodent man. Jason would probably have been offended that I called someone professional to take care of it, seeing as he did find and get rid of a dead cat that was resting for 2 weeks outside my window in college:) I'm sure Jer could care less:) Love you guys!

mle said...

Oh man, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little:) Really though, thank goodness for people who are willing to be the Rodent Man!(Dont get any ideas Max)Glad your house is carcass free. I think that is a good excuse for a party-dont you??? Lets play....soon!

Lindsey said...

Gross! I'm so glad you outsourced that job. Glad you figured out the smell.

Emma Crowther said...

That's awesome. Sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands to get the results we want. Some day I'll have to tell you about me going down into our crawl space on my hands and knees 8 months pregnant with Clark trying to find the smell.