The little creatures have been located today. One quick look and the specialist told me where and how they had built their nest in my roof over the balcony.
We have a plan to encourage them to find another place to reside. By start September, the Specialists will carefully go through and close the small holes on the roof with particular attention to the angles joining roof and wood, they will close the holes in the insulation, etc. Then they will install a small conduct that allows the bats to come out of the nest, but prevents them from re-entering. I am told that the whole process of emptying the nest will take about a month, so hopefully the bats will be gone elsewhere by the first week of October.
However, the conduct stays until may next year just to be on the safe side.
I did purchase a spray with some liquid that is supposed to stink badly to bats and would be sufficient to get them to move away. I have decided not to use it though, firstly I might just push them further into the roof, secondly this will be a 100% friendly eviction, no molestation involved.
Most likely the little Gremlins will find another way into our roofs next spring anyway. All they need is 0,5 cms. So I just need to ensure there is no entrance to my roof.
My house sits in the middle of a row of 3, I have neighbors to each side of me. So ideally we would join efforts to secure all 3 houses, so as to avoid moving the bats from one house to the next, which does not solve the issue of excrements and dead bat youths on our balconies around July.
It seems that I am the only interested party in bringing a professional in to do the job and that my neighbors would rather DIY, which is fine too. There are economic options, like establishing a net that will prevent bats from getting in. I get anxious just by thinking of standing on a ladder on the balcony and installing the net myself, so this is definitely something I’d happily delegate.
I’m told bats are more scared of me than I am of them, but I sincerely doubt that 😊I’m sure they are harmless enough if you disregard things like rabies or parasites or their toxic excrements, but I am not keen on putting my hand anywhere near a bat’s nest.
I am hoping that living here will gradually make me more comfortable with nature’s small creatures, but must concede that there is some way to go… I still have to ask my daughter to remove spiders for me 😁