Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Uninvited & most unwelcome

A quick background...for the past couple of years we've been hearing the odd little scritch'n'scratch from above. In the ceiling, top floor = attic. We have this huge peak on our roof, so it could very well act as a loft style spa for many types of critters. We have the usual varieties of wildlife as seen in most suburbia settings, rabbits, birds, raccoons, mice, the odd fox and tons of squirrels. Our neighbourhood is full of 75 year old maple trees, oh which the squirrels live a plenty. So, the conclusion was made, must be squirrels in the attic. Then the sounds went away.

This year, they came back, a little louder, more frequency. So I FINALLY remembered to place the call to the Wildlife Control people to inform them and ask them about the squirrels in my attic. A very nice young man came over that day, did the 45 minute search around the house, happy to report that he saw none of the usual indicators of it being squirrels.

So, it's probably mice.
He asked to come inside to check the attic. He isn't even all the way up the ladder, I can still see his feet on the second from top wrung (we have access through the closet ceiling) and he is already reporting, "It's not mice!"
And it's not birds, not even a wasps nest.
Oh, really.....

He came down another 45 minutes later to show me this picture on his camera:

It's bats. Oh. My. Word. In MY attic, sleeping above MY head.

In fact, when he was only half way up the ladder and told me it wasn't mice, he immediately reported, "Bat droppings!"

Long story short, they can be removed in a humane way (which I couldn't really care about), but they won't leave until they wake from their long winter's nap, and it costs a helluva lot more than removing a damn squirrel.

I want my squirrels back.


Blogger Silver Creek Mom said...

OMG...Since you told me about your critters I went home and talked to jack that maybe we have these because there is alot around in the summer. He tells me he'll look in the spring. I crumba I like bats but NOT IN MY HOUSE!

I this works cause I may be needing the number soon.


2:57 PM EST  
Blogger Jay said... ICK!!!

3:54 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh.My.GOD. I think I'm going to puke!What's with those people who say bats are harmless, mice on wings. Look at the fangs on those things!

We had a family of squirrels (they had babies) live in our soffits. They were discovered one by one as they came out....through a vent in our fire place into our family room. Over the course of a few days we had to keep watch on squirrels entering our house and catch them as they were too small to use a conventional cage. It was absolutely awful....but I think yours are worse. I'm seriously freaked by that picture.

5:32 PM EST  
Blogger 1A said...

Gah. Ick. Blech. Ewwwww.

7:27 PM EST  
Blogger Laurie said...

Um, Nancy, from the looks of that picture you don't have bats in your belfrey - you have freakin' VAMPIRES!

cranky little furry vampires with lots of pointy teeth!

eww, eww, eww!

8:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK I threw up in my mouth a little bit looking at that picture.

Nasty looking little guy, isn`t he...Wow. Yuck; that is indeed WAAAAAAAY worse than a squirrel.
Bats freak me out when they are flying over my TENT while camping, never mind flying over my head in my house....

Courage, Nancy! It`s not long til spring!

Sheila D.

2:09 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, but it appears that you have FRIENDLY bats. Oh yes ... so friendly!

Mr. Bat also takes great care of his teeth, they're so clean and white. No plaque there. If you're going to have bats, the ones with good oral hygiene practice are the best ones to have.

Not so sure about his anal, unrinal hygiene though ... it looks like he's sleeping in his own shit. Maybe Mr. Bat isn't such a hero after all.

9:23 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ewww.... that is just a little too creepy for me. And you have to wait?! No thank you.

2:52 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear. I've had my own brush with a bat recently. This photo gives me the heebie jeebies.

9:45 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaagggghhhh! I don't mind bats outside, or even in church (I don't live there and they stay really high, only coming out during midnight mass at Easter and Christmas). But that picture really freaked me out! We had a lot of trouble with squirrels, hopefully now done with (knock on wood), but bats? Poor Nancy...

(but glad to see you posting again)

10:08 AM EST  
Blogger Marisa said...

Oh my Hell! Avert your eyes, avert your eyes!

You really should give proper warning when posting a pic like that. LOL

Gross! And humane, schmumane...get rid of those nasty things.

9:32 AM EST  

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