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My house is a 160-year old Carpenter Gothic that had bats in the attic when I moved into it. Remodeling has scared them from the attic, but the sonar rodent deterrents didn't make it back to the attic this spring so now, I have bats roosting under the siding on the third floor of my house.
Oh, by the way, those sonar kits that you plug into the wall to deter rodents from coming into your house totally work on relocating bats from places you don't want them without having to harm or kill any of the bats.
And trust me, you don't want to kill these guys. Bats can eat up to 1,500 insects a night - and many of those insects are mosquitoes that can carry diseases like HIV, Hepatitis, Influenza, West Nile Virus, and so forth.
Bats are our friends.
Basically, my house is a bat nursery right now. The sonar deterrents will be put back in place at the end of July, when the birthing season is over for the common brown bat. I don't want to stress out the new moms more than I have to, but they are going to have to move out unless they can find some way of paying me rent.
A couple days ago, I went downstairs at 5 AM to get a drink from the kitchen and found my cats stalking a (male) common brown. I leave a light on in the stairwell at night; insects gravitate to it. Naturally, this is where the bat was flying. Catching him and letting him out without also releasing the stalking cats took a bit of effort but I managed. I didn't take photos because it was 5 AM.
My brain doesn't function at 5 AM.
Then today, late afternoon, I go downstairs and find a (male) common brown hanging from the staircase. The cats hadn't noticed him yet so I grabbed some gloves and paper towels. It was the middle of the bat's nap-time, which means he was easy to catch and and transport (I should probably tell you not to do that without proper training. Oh, and I should mention that I have had some training as a vet tech).
The bat was not at all perturbed by me, not even when I checked to see what sex he was (I don't think he actually woke up until we got outside).
After my experiences with the first bat in VA (and his ability to recognize me as the water-and-meal-worm bearer), I'm wondering if maybe the bat I removed today is isn't the same bat I removed earlier this week. This had better not become a trend.
This is me trying to put him on my blueberry bush. This is the bat releasing that he's not asleep and dreaming ("holy shit, that's a real woman").
The blueberry bushes are right below one of the areas where I know the bats are roosting (I have to clean up after them). This bat wasn't crazy about the bushes, so he decided to hide in the mulch under the Coleus.
He was gone when I went out to water. Maybe this time it's for good.