It would be too hard to update everything we've experienced in the last year and a half---so I'll jump right in with where we are today! We've bought a house in Kansas! We were determined NOT to buy a fixer-upper this time. We didn't want to pay too much, but we didn't want to spend our lives fixing things--like we did with the "Money Pit" in Minnesota. This house is supposed to be mildly in need of updating, but not have anything major wrong with it. I was ready to just have some FUN making it mine!
But then we went BATTY!!! About a week after we moved in, we heard a loud chitter chatter coming from the ceiling of the living room! It wasn't like any other sound I had heard before. Almost an electronic sound. I went straight to the internet to identify it---and sure enough, we had BATS!!! And the reason we could hear them so well was because there were tiny gaps against the vaulted ceiling beams! Gaps that led straight to the attic! Those tiny gaps would prove more problematic than we ever could imagine!
Do you see the gaps?! Neither did we! Neither did the home inspector!
We immediately called our new best friends, Critter Control employees, Shane and Chad!
Our Critter Control friends came and sealed up every possible outside entry point for bats into the attic space of our house. Bats can squeeze into a space that is only 1/4 to 1/2 inches wide! Critter Control found a hole where the top of the stone chimney meets the roof. It looked like the bats had made their regular entry and exit there. It was hard to tell---because it is winter---and bats go into a sort of semi-hibernation in the winter. But they put a one way exit there. A one-way exit that is really just a tube. Bats can crawl out of it---but they won't figure out how to crawl back up into it!
It looks something like this. A wire tube attached around the hole the bats come out. And everywhere else, they caulked tightly shut!
We thought we were getting rid of the bats professionally and we calmed down! It might take until spring to totally rid the attic of them---because they only go out and about on warm days. We hadn't heart them chittering and chirping anymore, so we stopped worrying.
Then Valentine's Day came! How romantic! We had a lovely dinner, and that night, we snuggled down into our warm covers and turned on the Olympics! It was figure skating. We felt safe and warm and romantic and happy!
That's when a bat decided to take a different exit from his bat cave! He found the other side of the house and a tiny hole into our warm and snuggly BEDROOM and came right in to join our Valentine's fun!
Swooping and diving and scaring us right out of our minds!
We ran out of the room and called our Critter Control guy. It was late. On Valentine's evening. But he talked to us and calmed us down and said to put towels at the bottom of the door so it couldn't escape and they would be by in the morning. We slept in a different room. Not very well.
When they arrived in the morning, they looked like this!
Bats aren't cute. They aren't adorable. They aren't romantic! They may eat mosquitoes, but that isn't enough to recommend them! Not when they carry rabies! And they aren't welcome in my house! Not in my attic! Not in my living room! Not in my BEDROOM!!!!
The last few days have been spent with our friends from Critter Control! They looked in every nook and cranny of our bedroom to find the bat the next morning. But Mr. Romantic Bat was long gone by the time they came. Then they took to filling in every little gap or hole or crevice in our whole house!
It's taken a few days, but we should be bat proof now.
But I'll never be sure!