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Secrets revealed

Thu, 11/27/2008 - 00:23 by Ananth in response to ghosts might have been preferable

I still remember this conversation clearly ... all of Yuko's apprehension about the house the previous night was burned away by the scorching heat of her untempered rage at the squirrel colony living in the sealed room next door. Here, let me repeat that: 


I hate to say it, but I remember being kind of dismissive when Yuko first told me. It turns out that, like war, it's one of those things you can only really understand by having experienced it. The skriching, skittering, and chattering went on all night. Just when a few days had passed and you thought you'd gotten used to it, they'd do start doing something new. I swear those bastards started having tiny squirrel mosh pits in the dark. And then, there was spring. I don't think we're going to do a comic about that specifically because it was so weird and uncomfortable and gross, but in spring things got awful all over again - and it's not what you're thinking. The squirrels breeding was nothing in comparison to the inconsolable mewling of baby squirrels in the weeks and months that followed. 

Yuko had always had a tenuous relationship with squirrels, and the squirrel colony 


squirrel colony was the straw that broke the camel's back. Yuko now harbors an unfettered need for vengeance against them, and really, who can blame her?

Yuko was also quite happy with the cereal brand she divised for me to eat in panel 3: Full O' Sugar and nothing else. My unfortunate sweet tooth and subsequent attachment to children's cereals is wel-documented here. 

Oh, and you know what? Happy Thanksgiving! 



Comment by aXcel (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 01:04

(first post maybe?)

LOl, sounds like quite the ordeal. I'd try to capture one as a pet. But thats just me :D

Happy Thanksgiving as well!

Immortal capslock: SQUIRREL COLONY

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 01:05

AUGH. No, srsly, AUGH. Doesn't New York have state health laws? I'd have called in an exterminator in the first week and deducted it from my rent. JESUS.

Er, sorry, that was me. BOTH

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 01:07

Er, sorry, that was me. BOTH TIMES. Stupid net connected froze up. Can you guys delete the second one? It wasn't that funny.

Got your back. :)

Comment by conrad Thu, 11/27/2008 - 01:42

Got your back. :)

Thanks, Conrad. ^_^

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 15:15

Can you change connected to connection while you're at it? ;)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, btw.

Squirrel colonies are pretty

Comment by Lyle Jantzi III (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 01:47

Squirrel colonies are pretty bad and not at all unusual for NNY. My family's had a few in the attic. You want to know what trumps them? Wasp colonies. Replace the squirrel noises with the sound of chewing coming from the walls and wasps coming out of the heating ducts. *shudders*


Comment by Fletcher (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 03:46

IIRC, the evil trickster god in Aido's Fallen webcomic was a squirrel. (That was the first webcomic I ever ran across, back in 2003. Crap, now I feel old.) I tremble before the redoubled might of her present squirrel hatred. Me, I always thought they were kinda cute, but then we don't have them down here. I'll trade you squirrels for possums, though.

a rarity

Comment by aXcel (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 10:20

To me, finding a squirrel skitter around is a rarity, I just love the way they run around, especially up a tree. BTW, my favorite squirrel is Foamy (Our lord and master, lol)

The smell

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 06:13

Could you imagine if you had gotten in there then?
the smell
the piles of squirrel crap


You should have seen the

Comment by John (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 07:59

You should have seen the mess Conrad and I found when we unscrewed the door to the utility room (the "other" hidden room on the 3rd floor).

Spacklhause Memoirs 3

Comment by aXcel (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 10:17

will that be the next part, or is there something in between that?

You guys coulda used those

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 11:44

You should have set up a chop shop in one of those rooms. Find a few crooked doctors and start picking up drifters and such whose organs you can sell as bargain price organs.

We have pigeons living in

Comment by Sophia (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 10:57

We have pigeons living in the crawlspace above our bathroom. It's not the worst thing, except sometimes late at night they make these weird noises that sound like a woman crying DX

"woman crying" NO THAT'S

Comment by jaki (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 12:11

"woman crying"

Hahaha I'm sad I never got to listen for the squirrel colony I remember you guys talking about it but I didn't know they were so noisy hahaha.

Squirrels skittering around

Comment by Jay (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 14:38

Squirrels skittering around sucks. We've got a rather rambunctious one in our attic. It also likes to skitter up and down the bathroom window where the grapevines are.


Comment by Caio Marinho. (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 14:38

Hey, this comic is neat. Found it via Applegeeks.

UGH SQUIRRELS. I only had a

Comment by Oni (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 15:06

UGH SQUIRRELS. I only had a small family of them running around in my vents and kicking crap into my shower (it was like black soot everywhere..) until the building manager finally called animal control. Then I had squirrels inside my bathtub, then closet, then under my bed while waiting for said animal control. Of course once they got them, they let them go and they ran right back in.. I never got along with squirrels before (one hit me with a nut) and I too have an unfettered need for vengence against them now.

Squirrels will eat baby

Comment by Devin (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 15:52

Squirrels will eat baby mice. Just so you didn't think they were too cute to do evil or anything. Yep, crunchy, tangy baby mice, right here in the squirrel-belly.

My next-door neighbor is

Comment by Reynard (not verified) Thu, 11/27/2008 - 22:20

My next-door neighbor is rehabing his house and a pair of squirrels seem to have moved in to his attic for the Winter. Luckily, they've moved into a portion that isn't currently being worked on and they aren't a health hazard...yet...

We used to have a racehorse

Comment by pimento (not verified) Fri, 11/28/2008 - 03:06

We used to have a racehorse goanna living in our roof. It was a metre and a half long. Oddly enough, we had no rodent issues at all...

We used to live in the bush in the outskirts of Perth, Australia. Nice area..

 I had to look up "racehose

Comment by Ananth Sat, 11/29/2008 - 19:56

 I had to look up "racehose goanna" and was immediately wowed. They're so cool! And I guess they're good at eating whatever rodents try to make themselves cozy. XD

peeska-boo! I found you!

Comment by Josh (not verified) Fri, 11/28/2008 - 11:33

I really like the art style and the subject matter. It's kinda like the post-college subject of "applegeeks" but more silly. I really like it. kudos you two.

Oh gods...

Comment by Anavrin (not verified) Fri, 11/28/2008 - 21:11

I lived in a 100 yr old mansion (I lie not), in a state of remarkable disrepair. REMARKABLE disrepair. Squirrels (and other things) lived in our WALLS. The walls, man, the /walls/. They'd scratch and chew and screech and when there were babies, the squealing... good ghu, the squealing T_T

oh the squirrels...

Comment by shevraeth (not verified) Fri, 11/28/2008 - 22:43

We have squirrels that live in the ceiling of our house (which is really quite old). Because it's an old farmhouse, the second floor is actually not fully a second floor, and the ceiling is flat in the middle and slopes on the edges. My bed is right under one of the sloping sides, and at night during the summer and spring I can HEAR the squirrels up there, scratching away and making noises. On top of that, there are bats too. Those are worse. They shriek away up in the walls and half the time you think they're in the room. It's really quite freaky. And sometimes they DO get in. Let me tell you, I have had many experiences with bats in my room/house. They're creepy little buggers.

Mice aren't as bad

Comment by Tsaot (not verified) Sat, 11/29/2008 - 11:57

I have a similar situation in my ceiling. A family of mice moved in one winter and haven't left since. It doesn't help that Alice (my hamster) escaped and moved in with them. Neither does my bunk-bed which places me right underneath their nest.

Squirrel orgies?

Comment by Decad (not verified) Sat, 11/29/2008 - 12:49

It just hit me. They were having squirrel orgies?
The worst part is that I can't stop imagining it now! The sounds...the sights! the hundreds of tiny furry bodies all grinding together and and and ewwwwww

Worst part is someone would have bought a video.

I can barely get to sleep at

Comment by raggle (not verified) Sun, 11/30/2008 - 06:19

I can barely get to sleep at night when there's any type of noise, a squirrel colony would literally drive me to insomnia induced rage and insanity xD

The Little Buskerflies

Comment by Emily (not verified) Mon, 12/01/2008 - 10:18

Aww man, people hating on the squirrels. I am quite fond of the little bushy-tailed tree rats. They are smarter than people give them credit for, and they are really fun to watch. Of course, I am a big fan of rat-watching in general (our subway game) and a general pro-rodent advocate. However, my opinion of said rodents is that they do not belong in the house walls, where they can chew on things. Very bad! No!

At least it wasn't wood-rats in your walls. We had wood-rats one time. They are even bigger than gray squirrels.

Smart Tree-Rats = EVIL tree-rats

Comment by Sheri-Shey (not verified) Mon, 12/08/2008 - 13:49

... I had a neighbor who fed the squirrels in our backyard (Big forested area.. YAY!) These squirrels became very nice and friendly- Would stay still when a person came close as long as they didn't try to touch em.

Well- the Neighbor had to go on a month long vacation.... Those squirrels got EVIL QUICK! They found ways into the houses around the area and tore apart kitchens. They pounded on windows and threw stuff at people who came near their trees until the food offerings started back up again @_@

Fear the Squirrels!

Comment by Jamie Noguchi (not verified) Mon, 12/01/2008 - 11:35

Good thing Yuko didn't go to UMD. Those fucking squirrels ran the campus. And they're evil sunsuvbiches! EVIL I SAY!

Squirrel Mafias!

Comment by Ananth Mon, 12/01/2008 - 11:42

Squirrel Mafias!

this reminds me of the lil

Comment by ricky (not verified) Mon, 12/01/2008 - 18:55

this reminds me of the lil squirrel that hawk runs in to in ag

Oh god, the squirrels.

Comment by XV-02 (not verified) Mon, 12/29/2008 - 07:42

I happen to, by odd coincidence, be able to relate to those squirrel induce horrors. Due to a wood-pecker created hole in the attic of my current abode, combined with some ingenious squirrels (I swear, they have made a bridge from a near by tree to the hole) I now have, by my estimate, 20 squirrels in the attic. Trust me, I have now purchased earmuffs to try to sleep with the veritable cornucopia of squirrel related noises. I extend my condolences.

squirrel murderer

Comment by mr. wright (not verified) Tue, 12/30/2008 - 01:43

Im sorry if this offends anyone but I come from vermont and at least my family advocates shooting every single damn one.

You should try having

Comment by bain_nick (not verified) Fri, 01/02/2009 - 20:41

You should try having posseums in the wall. And a dog that parks at anything. Then the posseum and her son fight, the dog barks, and I get grumpy at work.

Late, I know, but...

Comment by Sidka (not verified) Tue, 04/14/2009 - 01:51

You should try moving to the South-West, especially the desert areas. You have to have some sort of rodent-attracting power or animal feed in the house to get anywhere near an infestation. Plus, it's not cold. Never cold. Never.

But yeah, the only noises I get at night are the neighbors themselves, or their animals. Not pets; animals. Dogs, horses, roosters, goats, chickens... in the middle of North-Town Las Vegas (the scary part of North Las Vegas, for the non-locals).

I don't understand it, either. My cats are all I can handle.

why is there no shirt

Comment by DigitalSocrates (not verified) Tue, 04/28/2009 - 16:10

in your store that says THERE ARE SQUIRRELS IN THE WALLS?