照片:湖泊之间的陆地/flickr
Rachael Dupree
9月14日,2018

你知道你住在乡下的时候…

这句话最近在我们家流传。我国自城市移民两年来,城乡生活差异仍然十分明显。While we've become more accustomed to the norms of our country homestead—the dark starry nights,拖拉机的声音在呼喊声中回响,the 24-hour symphony of wildlife,the relentlessness of biting bugs—we haven't been here long enough for this lifestyle's surprises to become commonplace.The latest incident to add to the litany of unexpected life changes is the source of our insomnia.我们把吵闹的邻居们换成了飞鼠,他们把我们的房子当作午夜的游乐场,在深夜里演奏着响亮的音乐。

We're parents of a nearly 1-year-old,so you'd think that tending to teething pains and late-night nursings would be the reasons we're short on zzzz's.对,I'm surprised to find that at this point in my parental journey,it's not a screaming infant but instead the unsettling sound of scratching on the roof that leads me reaching for my morning咖啡.

To be quite honest,I wasn't aware until now that Kentucky was home to flying squirrels.当我们第一次听到有人在我们房子的墙上乱划时,我们认为是raccoons在门廊上或在屋檐上筑巢的鸟上留心美好的事物。但我们夜以继日地继续听到这个声音,我们意识到它的声音太大,不能成为一只鸟,但还不足以成为一只浣熊。午夜(凌晨2点)的声音不断地把我们吵醒。…和凌晨4点)从房子的不同角落。先生。B,当然,had to investigate.

带着一个大手电筒,he ventured into the night to spy on the critter making the ridiculous racket.After a few minutes gazing up at the high pitch of our roof,he saw our nemesis take a leap and glide down to the base a nearby tree.Now,他想,这不是一个相当优雅的俯冲蝙蝠,或者我们手上有飞鼠。Turns out it was the latter.

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飞松鼠是围绕这些部位奔跑的灰松鼠的夜间近亲。To their credit,他们喜欢吃虫子,我宁愿不要在我家里爬来爬去,也不要吃山核桃仁,因为它们在我们的土地上非常丰富。它们真的很可爱,我感到幸运的是,我们把它们放在树林里,并设法看到了它们的特技表演。然而,他们能对我们的房子造成破坏,使我感到害怕。

众所周知,飞鼠会通过建筑物墙壁或屋顶的缝隙咀嚼食物,nest in attics,甚至损坏电线。Well,our cabin-like house has a tall pitch with 40-foot-high ceilings and no attic.Physically getting to the place where they've been playing is pretty difficult for us.另外,I fear that if these buggers make their way in,充其量,我们将从床上凝视夜空,最坏的情况是让飞鼠用我们的脸作为着陆垫。

So right now,our goal is to scare the flying squirrels off.方法?先生。B throwing tennis balls at the walls to instill fear in them.(似乎不起作用)我们正在考虑其他战术:低能枪??BB guns?我们不想伤害松鼠,只要告诉他们我们的笼子不是它们的笼子。A family member uses coffee grounds to repel gray squirrels from his house,so perhaps that's worth a try,but I'm unsure how to secure them to our steep roof.I've also read that it's possible to capture flying squirrels in a live trap,但是如果我们要把它们放进我们的树林里,谁说他们不会回来??

Like most of the challenges we face as newbies to the country,这种情况让我们感到很无助。It's difficult to know the right course of action when you can't draw on a lifetime of experiences to help in your decision-making.It also seems like if we don't get a handle on the situation fairly quickly,it could mean some costly consequences in the future.No one said this life would be easy,but in two years we've learned so much,看起来这些飞鼠又在店里上了一堂课。


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