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If our video about a bat roosting under one of our windshield screens gave you the willies a couple of years ago, brace yourself for a small colony of them!
On a recent quiet afternoon, we heard the faint sound of scratching behind our refrigerator. Since it’s fall, and getting pretty cool at night, we assumed it was a mouse making a nest. We’ve had a few mice on board over the years and know that getting rid of them before they can do any damage is important.
So we removed the outside vent behind our fridge to scope it out, and nearly had a heart attack as about 2 dozen little brown bats spilled out!
Don’t get us wrong. We love and appreciate what wonderful creatures bats are (apart from the guano and potential rabies). They eat a ton of bugs, especially mosquitoes, and we don’t want to harm them. But we don’t want them sharing our home with us either.
This short videos shows a couple of steps we’ve taken to make our home more bat-resistant. Even though we shot this during the day, we made sure to wait until late at night (while they were out feeding) to block their re-entry. There are lots of trees and other places for them to roost, so they just had to find another home when they came back the next morning to find that we’d changed the locks.
Hopefully, the second time’s a charm. We weren’t able to capture all of them on video (running the other way screaming isn’t the recommended way to capture wildlife video). But the sight of that wall of brown fur that greeted us when that vent came off is probably all the bat visuals we need for the foreseeable future anyway.
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