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Giant Bat Colony In the Attic



08.16.2006 - Sometimes I see a case of wildlife gone wild so severe, that I wonder what the devil the homeowner was thinking. It's like the guy who sits down in the dentist's chair and has 16 cavities in the seven teeth he's got left. Why was it not addressed earlier? I encountered such a case today when I came upon a large colony of bats living in an attic. This is a colony composed entirely of Brazilian Free-Tail bats. I estimate the size of the group in the range of 1500-2000 members. This photo apparently contains 91 individual members (according to my expert bat counter). See if you can find the bat smiling for the camera which I used for the preview thumbnail. This photo was just one small section of the gable wall inside the attic, and nearly 30' of gable was coated with bats, as in this photo. It was quite a sight. And sound.

And smell - more than 30' of attic was coated with bat droppings, up to a foot deep. In fact, the ceiling below was starting to crack and collapse. It was situated right above the head of the homeowner's bed. I think I'd enjoy seeing the ceiling collapse in a shower of guano on the old dude's head. Not because I'm sadistic, it's just that like anyone, I enjoy a good poop-on-the-head gag - a traditional and time tested comedy staple dating back to ....monkeys, I believe, who still get kicks out of poop-on-the-head practical jokes. Joking aside, I believe that he was able to tolerate the smell and the noise coming from upstairs for so many years due to senses compromised by age. However, with the traditional August ruckus that accompanies the new young bats, who are just starting to fly, I guess he said, "enough is enough", and called me in to take care of the problem. As usual, I am in the process of removing each and every bat without harming a single one. All will find new homes to live in, preferably not inside the attic of a house, right above a fellow's head.

08.21.06 - UPDATE: I have successfully removed the entire group, sealed the building (with guarantee) against any future bat entry, and most importantly, removed all the guano from the attic, and decontaminated and deodorized the entire area. No more noise, no more smell. I do have to say though, the walls inside the attic look somewhat boring not covered with two thousand scurrying, chattering bats.

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