Recently my husband discovered that rats were living in our crawl space. The rats found a nice warm cozy home in our insulation. They pulled it down and used it as a restroom and as a nest. Who knew insulation was so versatile?! The rats completely ruined the vapor barrier as well.
Now they are gone. We hired an exterminator to get rid of them and to clean up the crawl space, replace the insulation and replace the vapor barrier. It was expensive. More expensive than the 4 tickets I bought to visit my parents in Virginia this summer. So it looks like we won't be getting that new carpeting this year or painting the outside of our house. Instead we have a brand new, rat-free, crawl space.
Normally if I poured some money into my house, I'd post pictures of the result so that every can oooh and aaah over the improvement. I doubt anyone is going to come to my house and say, "I heard you got new insulation and new vapor barrier and I just can't wait to see it!" But here's a pic anyway.
Beautiful, isn't it? I know you are jealous.