The Bobcat Lair always has some surprise for us. Here’s a story I also shared in my nature blog, The Hermits’ Rest. How many of you have had this to dealwith in your rehabs?
Earlier this week, right after sunset, Anita was gazing out the windows of the Bobcat Lair house. She turned to me and said, “Hey, I see swallows coming out of our chimney.”
“It’s not swallow time,” I replied, verifying the time on the handy Fitbit. “It’s BAT time.” I then briskly went out to see what was going on at the ole chimney.
Sure enough, two sturdy-looking bats emerged from the flashing around the chimney…right where we’d been noticing “mouse turds” for a couple of weeks (to our credit, they looked more like mouse turds than the squirrel alternative). I immediately googled “bat guano—images.” Yep, that’s it, all right. Guano.
Now, I’m not surprised to see bats here. We had LOTS flying around our neighborhood at the Braesgate house, which was near the second-biggest Mexican free-tailed bat colony in the Austin/Round Rock area. It was incredibly fun to watch them flying around the cul-de-sac and eating bugs.
Austin is known for bats and bat-watching. I like them, too. However, I’d prefer NOT to have them pooping on my deck furniture, and I certainly don’t want to risk a rabid bat falling into the mouth of the puppy I’m getting this week.
What to Do?
Yesterday, I put on my very fresh new Texas Master Naturalist hat and started making phone calls. The hardest part about bat control is figuring out who is in charge. I talked to Floyd at the Milam County AgriLife Extension (because I knew him, and I didn’t know the Austin staff), and he said I should call Animal Control, but that I’d probably need to have a pest control company come out. He was right. After a nice chat, it was concluded that Animal Control doesn’t “do” bats.
So, I called ABC Pest and Lawn, who get a lot of our money, thanks to owning so many houses. They like us. It only took three transfers to find out that we are in luck! Our pest control company has a specialist.
So, Francisco the bat man is coming by later this afternoon to assess the situation. Anita and I will be there to take some pictures and stuff. Rest assured, we will endeavor to harm NO bats. They eat bugs! They are cool flying mammals! My hope is that they will be “rehomed.” Or something.
Stay tuned for another installment tomorrow!