Getting Squirrely - Part 1


GEN3’s technicians have removed their fair share of dead squirrels from customers walls after the little critters chewed through a wire, but now we’re chasing a live one through our own office.

As you could probably guess from Oggi and our Office Cats Marty and Remmy, we’re all animal lovers so don’t want any harm to come to our unwelcomed guest. However, he needs to go. It started out this fall with the squirrel sneaking into the garage to rummage through our dumpster looking for food, then fleeing outside at the site of anyone. Well, the months wore on and the weather got colder. Our squirrel changed tactics and would run away deeper into the garage rather than out of it. Soon enough it decided to take up permanent residence. Who could blame it, we do have a pretty nice office. 

The problem is, as cute as squirrels are outside, they can wreak havoc on your home so we need to evict the little guy before he causes too much damage. The last thing a bunch of electricians need is a squirrel chewing up our own office's wiring!


Finally a few weeks ago our Office Manager borrowed a humane trap and loaded it with a bounty of fruit and peanut butter. The squirrel fell for it and I found him panicking in the cage on my way out to leave for the evening. Being the softy I am I loaded him up in one of our vans and dropped him off in a park about a mile away on the other side of a highway, rather than let him sit scared in a trap all night. Problem finally solved, for a few days...


Well, our squirrel was having none of it and about 3 days later was back! I guess we should feel honored he likes us so much? Of course we tried trapping it again, but the little bugger’s too smart for that now and just swipes the food out of the trap.

So Shawn, one of our Inventory Specialists, is devising an elaborate new trap. I can’t wait to see what he comes up and can't help but picture some crazy Rube Goldberg machine. Provided it works, this squirrel's next ride out of town will be just that: out of town. We’ll drop it off in a park in NJ.

If it’s determined enough to cross the Delaware river to move back into our garage, well that’s respectable determination. At that point I say GEN3 just gives it a uniform and hires it! We could always use an extra runner to deliver materials to our Friendly Neighborhood Home Experts when they need something in the field.

Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion to Squirrelgate… and in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance with your own home’s needs, squirrel related or not!

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About The Author

Walter is GEN3's Graphic Designer, Webmaster and Assistant Manager of Operations. A man of many hats, who owns too many cats :3 He's learned a great deal about electrical service in his time at GEN3 and looks forward to learning more and sharing everything he learns.