Also, There’s a Dead Possum Under the House
I only know this because the guy came by a couple of weeks ago to do the termite inspection.
Poor guy. When he came back to the door after he was done, he said it smelled really bad under there and asked if I had noticed anything in the house. No, I hadn’t. He said he finally located the source of the smell and it was a dead possum, way up under the middle of the house, and that while he didn’t get too close to it, it appeared to be in the deflationary phase of decomposition – still had the fur but the bloat was gone. He said it would cost at least $75 to remove it and recommended that if I wasn’t smelling it in the house to just leave it there, so I did.
Then I started getting paranoid – what if the thing was really stinking up the house, but I just wasn’t smelling it? Visitors confirmed that there was no dead possum aroma in the house, so apparently no problem.
But there is one weird thing I’ve noticed, and this started a week or so before I knew the possum was there – every day, another fly shows up in the house, and it’s way too cold for them to be coming in from outside. I think what’s going on is that only a few of them are finding their way up, around a plumbing cutout or something, from under the house. Kind of like dead possum ambassadors.
Anyway, here’s to the possum for having the courtesy to not crawl up under the house and die until after it got cold. If this had happened in July, I’m pretty sure I would have known about it without the termite guy having to tell me.