With me there always seem to be something happening to me that I am not happy about dealing with. First I had the raccoons and now I have bats. I really don’t know the purpose of raccoons but at least they are no longer living in my attic. My new challenge I have recently discovered is a bat has decided to take up residence on my covered deck.
My first instinct was to find a way to get rid of it. Just the thought of a bat on my
house made my skin crawl. I knew nothing of bats. I just knew I did not want to
share my property with a bat. They are icky and kind of scary.
My sister did some research and found that you can purchase a repellent to keep the
bats away. I decided to do a little research myself before I charted on a course of
action. My whole objective was to get rid of the bat, not get bitten, or have the bat
enter my house. This would have had its own challenges. Anyway this is what I
Bats have a purpose. As long as the bats are not in your house they are great for
eating pesky insects. I wondered why recently there wasn’t as much wasps and
mosquitos flying around. Apparently bats love insects. In fact farmers love when
there is a colony of bats around when they grow their crops. There is a reduced need
for pesticides when the bats are there to eat all the insects that pesticides kill.
When I was telling a friend of mine that I had a bat taking up residence at my house,
she immediately said don’t get rid of it. She started telling me all the things that I
had just learned by googling bats. I decided to make peace with the notion of the
bat and so I have named my bat George. Unfortunately like most rodents I now have
a new job to clean up after him. At least it is easier than cleaning up after a raccoon.
So if you are thinking whether your bat or bats are friend or foe, trying learning a
little more about the potential benefits and you may have a new friend like me. Word
of caution, I really am not going anywhere near him. I don’t want to take a chance
and disturb the little guy and end up getting bitten. Just food for thought until next