Last Thursday morning I had the Squirrel Busters come over and permanently close the hole on the front of the house. That morning Wily Squirrel in the back had been partying like it's 1999 in the space above the bathroom. Squirrel Busters determined that the door to the cage in the back had somehow closed, probably due to the storm we had last week. Anyway, he put up a new cage with some fresh bait, and he was confident we would get Wily by the next day. Then, a weird thing happened. I did not hear Wily the rest of the day, or the next. In fact, I didn't hear one scratch, peep, growl or rustling noise from the third floor over the entire weekend. So Tuesday I called Squirrel Busters again, and he came out and closed up the hole in the back of the house. When I asked him why the squirrel would have suddenly taken off like that, he had a theory to offer. It is nesting season for squirrels, and if it was a female she would have been a little freaked out by the fact that her family was no longer living in the space. She may have felt it was no longer safe, and moved to find a new nest. Wily Squirrel lived up to her name after all. Knock on wood, there have been no sounds since the hole was closed so I feel pretty confident that we didn't lock one in. But I will send Jim first into the back room to check!