Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Texas Wildlife

Before I moved to Texas, the only critters I ever worried about, or saw for that matter, were spiders. Every now and then, I would have one in the house. I would suck 'em up with the vacuum. Now I live in a city where pest control companies thrive. Critters are everywhere, and they're big. Definitely won't fit up my vacuum tube. I think that the cockroach is the Texas state bird. Two nights ago, we all peeked through the blinds and watched a SKUNK forage in the building materials across the street.

Within the first month that we lived here, we had to call critter control. They set traps up in the attic. We waited. Then it smelled....bad. Critter control man showed up with a flashlight and gloves. I escorted him to the attic. Just before ascending, he turns to me and asks, "do you know what it is I am looking for?" Huh? I just stared at him for a moment while I thought, "Are you kidding me?! Like, what are my options...a mountain goat!?" He stopped waiting for a response and disappeared into the attic. Ten minutes later he came back down with a rat the size of Vermont in a plastic bag. The smell only took a day to fade away.

Last Sunday, my friend Shannon called to ask us how good of friends we were. Todd told her, "pretty good I guess, because we've stopped interviewing." Shannon then asks, "are we good enough friends that you would help us remove a possum from our bathtub?" Todd almost peed his pants from laughter.

Shannon's upstairs bathroom had a crack in the ceiling and the kids had been complaining that they could hear something running in the ceiling. The crack gave way and a possum fell through the ceiling into her bathtub! Let me just repeat for emphasis.....A-POSSUM-FELL-THROUGH-HER-CEILING!

We skittered over mighty quick because, come on, how often do you get to see this? Being the good friends that we are, we brought a bin and a cutting board to contain the critter. Todd commented that he didn't know possum had so many teeth. Texas has big rodents. I'm definitely going to have to get a bigger vacuum tube.


Suburban Hippie said...

I thought the possum was cute. Not that I'd want one for a pet because pets are lousy... but cute.

Skunks are the #1 carrier of rabies in our area... not cute and deadly!

Anonymous said...

Todd to the rescue! What a lucky lady to have such a handy man around!I hear he's not good at replacing kitchen faucets though!?

Becky Leland said...

Lisa, I DO NOT do possums - they are nasty. I don't do rats or critters. Get a critter control service - it's worth it!

Texas is sure different from Utah - moisture - dry. Good luck!

Love y'all

penny said...

Hey guys,
We were definatley made to be friends. Paul "took care" of a FERRETT in our garage last week. Emily kept telling me there was a big rat in the garage and I just smiled and winked at her.....she always needs attention when Andrew has surgery. Then she went out and took a picture ( after she fed it a block of my cheese). Todd and Paul the heroes.

Tillia said...

Are you kidding me? I would have a heartattack.
you are really good friends, thats all I can say.

quiet grace said...

A possum in the bathtub...it is at this point that I would be packing up a moving van and heading out of town!!

Tana said...

And they wonder why tourism is down in Texas? Case in Point.

Kevin said...

According to the Deseret News the last Possum sighting in Draper Utah was uh, NEVER. ;)

Madi said...


The Legault family said...

Never a dull day with the Foster Circus. Aren't you glad you broadened your horizons and moved out of Utah? We tried to tell you that there was a big, scary world out there! Possums,and Hurricanes, and skunks...oh my!