Help, House Bats Are My Neighbors!

Their high-pitched screams were a sound I could not place the first time I heard it. But at dawn as I was standing in front of our new house I must have been blind to not see them…the hundreds of bats that came out from under our roof…
As for me I thought it was highly exciting and exotic to share shelter with some tropical insect eater, but I soon was made aware of how much they disturb with their screams and …shit (which can also be a possible source of disease).

Our new neighbors get hungry around six in the evening, just like us, however that is also the time they ”go to the market”. This turned out to be the key to their moving out. Yes, moving.

The exterminator we called made us understand that bats are an endangered species and cannot be fumigated, poisoned, trapped or in any other way killed, however, one can lawfully seal the roof one wishes they do not enter. Hence, a carpenter came to seal the whole roof with metal netting after dark and after they had flown out yesterday.

Later in the evening as they returned, they started circling the house looking for a way in. At one point there was like a cloud of bats trying to get in. But they didn’t get into the house again and last night just one or two of them returned to try again.

However they managed to enter my dreams. I was tossing and turning all night, agonizing over what I'd done. In my dreams however, the bats and I were living in friendly coexistence.

3 comments:

globeguy said...

Gotta love the mosquito-eaters. Don't worry. Sounds like you were very humane. And "hundreds" is a bit much for neighbors. Hopefully they'll find a nice, nearby tree.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

Wow...nice move (no pun intended here).

Yngvild said...

wow, so scary and so funny :) Im sure the bats have found a nice fruit tree instead of your house, no hard feelings!

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