The spring has arrived again. I was sitting on the couch reading when I heard a noise. It sounded like it was coming from the intake vent. I looked up only to my horror to see a bat emerging from the vent. I retreated the front door to my neighbor's home. We went back armed with a broom. The bat was well hidden or gone. We didn't find it. This prompted me to cal an exterminating company.
Here is what I learned:
- Unless the bat accidentally flew in through a window or door you have more than one.
- This is the season when bats have their babies called pups.
- Their natural habitat is a cave which makes an attic a great place for them to roost.
- They can enter openings in your roof as small as a quarter.
- They carry rabies.
- They leave droppings and urine in your attic which can be hazardous to your health.
- You can hear them in the walls as they line up to leave at night.
- Getting rid of bats is complicated.
- In my state of Md. you must obtain permission from the state to remove the bats during the colonizing season, which is now, March 31- August 1. (Simple form printed from the web)
- Bats should not be killed but removed unharmed.
- Bats control the insect population that damage crops and spread disease.
- One bat can eat more than 1,000 insects in one night.
- Bats must be removed through a process referred to as exclusion.
- If you use the exclusion process during the season when pups are born you risk having dead bats in your attic because the pups may not be able to fly yet so they will die because the mother can't reach the pup to care for it.
- The bat population in our country is declining.
Now faced with the reality that they are living in the attic I called an exterminating company. He confirmed the bats were roosting there. After an inspection he was able to locate their doorway to my home. It was openings in the roof. I gladly signed the Nuisance Wildlife Control Agreement. Although there is a list of wildlife control cooperators in the county who will do it for free, I can't wait. I want it done yesterday. The pest control company is coming tomorrow to exclude the bats. Check back for the update.
I found this sight quite helpful.