Getting Rid of Bats

Every morning my white garden chairs and all the pathways are covered with bat droppings. I appreciate they eat mosquitoes, but this is too high a price to pay! It takes hours to clean and the next morning its disgusting again.

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September 10, 20130 found this helpful

You're right that bats are beneficial - contact your local cooperative extension office for excellent, area specific advice on relocating a bat colony.

Be advised bats are protected in nearly every US state, and country world-wide because they are so beneficial (they rank right up there with honeybees on the protection priority list) so you will need to follow qualified expert guidelines.

You can pay (hideously expensive) a professional to move the bats on, the extension agent will be able to point you in the right direction. I have heard of some universities relocating the colony free of charge so that they can study the colony, again, the agent will be able to advise if this is available in your area.

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As beneficial as bats are, because you are seeing bat guano every morning it is rather important that you A-move this messy colony on ASAP because B-bats do carry rabies and finding guano all over your patio furniture - a place you and your family presumably frequent - indicates a flight pattern that brings the bats too close to you and yours.

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September 10, 20130 found this helpful

Instead of killing beneficial creatures, consider covering up your chairs.

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September 10, 20130 found this helpful

If you can find their 'nesting' holes at night, when they are out plug those holes. You don't want to seal them in, just keep them out. Best to consult an expert though.

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