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Holy Guano, Batman!

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Observations from the Tub

A dear friend of mine has become the unwitting hostess to a mama bat and her nursing babies. Because the bats are protected by law, there can be no eviction of the little beasties until August. In the meantime, she has highly toxic bat poo collecting in her attic. The cost to relocate the bats and clean up their droppings when the time comes? Around $2,000.00. Holy guano, Batman!

Whatever happened to the days when bats were chased from the attic by a determined woman with a broom? That’s how my grandmother used to get the job done.

Have you ever had an uninvited guest come to roost?

Have a great weekend, y’all! See you Monday for Pawsitive Pondering.




12 Responses to "Holy Guano, Batman!"

  1. Comment by Sioux
    June 5, 2015 at 7:45 am  

    Lisa–When my 89-year old grandfather came to live with us for a while, we had a family (or several families?) of squirrels move into our attic. Grandpa found where they were entering our house, camped out on a lawn chair in the morning when they left to go forage for food, and then climbed up a ladder and nailed up some chicken wire. Later that day, my husband nailed up wood to permanently evict them.

    Is your friend a writer? If they are, perhaps they could at least turn this experience into a very unique story?

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm  

      Hi Sioux – No, she’s not a writer, but she’s a great beta reader. lol We had squirrels in our attic at one time and ended up putting metal flashing under the eaves to keep them out. And a couple years ago a bird pecked a nice little hole in the side of our house and built a nest inside. I wouldn’t let the hubster plug up the hole until the babies had grown and flown. They were back this year, pecking at the house. Guess they figured out it was a safe haven if they could get in before we caught them.

  2. Comment by Rob
    June 5, 2015 at 9:10 am  

    I battled prairie dogs for years. I didn’t want my horse to step in a hole and break a leg, and prairie dogs can carry the plague. I got help from a family of fox, a few hawks, a badger, and one large Ferrell cat. I don’t have horses now, so I let the predators keep them in check. They also keep my neighbors chickens in check. LOL

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm  

      Are you serious, or telling one of your tall tales? I can’t tell! lol If all that is true (even if it isn’t), it would make a great story. So get to work, mister.

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm  

    We have a little field mouse outside under a shed that runs across the patio like he owns it.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm  

      No mice for us, Linda, but a couple of chipmunks that terrorize our dogs. lol The pooches chase them, but it’s like Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner going on in our backyard. 🙂

  4. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    June 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm  

    Oh, boy, do I have a couple of good (bad?) raccoon stories.

    After we moved into our second house we had the chimneys capped to keep critters out. The next evening we heard strange noises coming from our basement. We didn’t make the connection to the capped chimneys and thought we had an intruder. We called the Police and they sent out a squad car AND had a helicopter circling over our house. They checked the basement and didn’t find anything except a window that wasn’t locked.

    Hubby was convinced that a vagrant had been coming and going through the window at night (there was a shower and toilet in the basement). We finally decided to put flour down to see what kind of tracks (human or otherwise) we’d find. The next morning we knew for sure it was an animal and had a company come in to live trap it. They said we were very lucky that we always kept the basement door shut and that there was water the raccoon could get to otherwise it would probably have done a lot of damage.

    The raccoon had been living in the chimney of the basement fireplace (thank goodness it wasn’t the one for the first floor) and got trapped when we had the caps put on.

    OK, that story was longer than I thought so I’ll save the next one for another time. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm  

      Omigosh. A racoon! When I was a kid, we had something living on our back porch—I want to say it was a racoon, but to be honest I don’t remember for certain. We lived on the Concord River in Massachusetts, and what I do remember the most is my mom telling me NOT to go out on the porch when the critter was back there. No idea why they didn’t call someone in to trap the thing. I’d love to hear your second story another time. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm  

      Also, I have to add that when I read that you had a helicopter come out—lol. Your police force took those calls seriously!

  5. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    June 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm  

    My mom had a hawk roost in her screened back porch and he couldn’t get out. We had to call animal control. That bat is way too freaky … Eek!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm  

      A misguided hawk! Beautiful creatures. The bat…kinda cute, as long as they’re not in MY attic!

  6. Comment by Tammy
    June 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm  

    Are you kidding me?! What about their potential for rabies?!! When I was married, we had a mouse that got into my husband’s car and ate the roll of mints he kept in the glove box. I sort of liked the idea that there was a mouse out there with minty-fresh breath.

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