Bat-less Belfry Desired
September 7, 2012 12:36 PM Subscribe
I would like to politely encourage a bat to leave my premises. Talk to me about bat-doors!
posted by instead of three wishes to home & garden (9 answers total)
Scratching and scraping noises on one bedroom wall of the house has led us to believe there might be something in there. An inspection by a company skilled in such things ruled out rodents such as mice and rats (I told them this would be the case before they got there. The cats would not permit it. It was an insult to their honor.)
What they did find was a small, quarter sized hole where the roof slopes down to meet the gutters. They think a bat might be able to fit through it, or a small flying squirrel, but not a grey squirrel. From there, I imagine, it has burrowed deep into the wall, and set itself up a cozy little bachelor pad with soft furniture made from insulation and a live feed from my cable tv.
They have proposed putting in a one way bat-door that would allow the critter to depart, but not allow it to re-enter. Then, after a couple of weeks of no noise, they would remove the door and seal up the hole, plus any other suspicious spots on the house. For this task, they have quoted me $800.
I have a perfectly good contractor who will charge me a whole lot less than $800 to seal any holes I ask him to take care of. What I do not have are one-way bat-doors, or knowledge on how to install them.
I have googled about, and the words bat exclusion device have brought up plastic tubes and netting and whatnot, priced anywhere from $20 to $150.
Has anyone out there dealt with this, and have recommendations as to devices to purchase, and companies to purchase them from? Are they difficult to install, and is this really something I need to pay $800 to have handled, or is it a fairly simply thing to rig up a nice, non-lethal exit that will let us all live in peace with our helpful killer of mosquitos?