I love pets as much as the next guy would claim. Whether it’s a cute little squirrel, or a full grown dog, I can’t keep myself from gussying up and trying to pet the animal! As much as I do love playing with an animal, domestic or wild – I don’t care much for animals that find their way into our beach house without being welcomed in! It’s a rare event, however even a once in a lifetime event can convince you that it could happen every single day if you don’t take the necessary precautions, let me explain. Last summer, we dealt with a heatwave the likes of which we hadn’t seen in years. It was over one-hundred degrees almost every single day and the humidity was almost too much to bear, as if the stress from the heat wasn’t bad enough, our air conditioner started causing the apartment to have this awful stink. We couldn’t put our finger on it. We checked the air filter and ran tests on the HVAC duct from where we could see in. We found nothing that could be causing the indoor air conditions to be taking the nosedive that it was in. Then we heard it – this distinct skittering sound, like an animal trying to claw out of the HVAC duct! We promptly shut off the air conditioner system, and called pest control to come pull the animal out of the HVAC duct. We then made sure to trap the animal once we located where it was in the ducts. We were careful not to cut off all airflow to the animal – you don’t want to kill them, just get them out! Once pest control arrived, they were able to retrieve the culprit from the HVAC duct – the smallest baby squirrel had managed to work their way into the HVAC duct, likely in an attempt to escape the summer heat! Poor little guy, I wish I could’ve just taken care of him in the open air of our home!