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by: TONI H May 12, 2013 10:39 AM PDT

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by TONI H - 5/12/13 10:39 AM

The only indication that I've found for the last three years that I have a critter comfortably living under my house in the crawl space is a purring/vibrating noise it makes that can easily be heard through the floor from a room away. Stomping on the floor where it is actually located does nothing to frighten it away...it just continues making the noise. It isn't there every day.....sometimes I go a whole month without hearing it, and then it will be back for whole weeks at a time.

If you use your tongue against the roof of your mouth and blow so your tongue and lips actually vibrate, you can almost mimic the actual sound I'm hearing.

I've looked in vain for entry tunnels, tried shoving a trap type cage with rat bait under the house (it must be too big for the cage I have because it has never entered it or sprung the trap). I can't crawl very far into that area of the crawl space because it narrows too much for me to be able to back out in a hurry if I encounter something nasty that comes at me, and using a flashlight never shows anything because obviously by my entering the space nearby, I've frightened it away again.

I've listened to audios online of various animals here (raccoons, possums, groundhogs, squirrels, bobcats, etc.) and haven't found anything that even comes close to the sound I hear, other than my own housecat so I'm wondering if it might be a ferral cat that has decided for the last few years that I provide great protection, warmth, and a nesting area with enough small critters for food in my fields that I am now a permanent homestead for it?

Any advice, suggestions, tips on how to rid myself of this so far non-threatening critter?

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