It’s time to evict our friendly nocturnal neighbors from Rosslyn’s cozy attic and soffits. We bid fond farewell for now. Bye-bye, bats.
A Jeroboam of gratitude to the the Nature’s Way Pest Control team for painstakingly and humanely remediating our “bats in the belfry”. With a keen eye to supporting our threatened Chiroptera population (white nose syndrome) and acting as responsible wildlife stewards, we scheduled around the breeding and maturation habits of the bats. Only once the young were grown and fledged did we proceed with sealing the entry points and installing one-way exit baffles to ensure that all of the beds would safely leave when they became hungry, but would be unable to re-enter. This method was, per assurance of Nature’s Way Pest Control, meticulously premeditated in the interest of preserving a healthy bat population. Hope they are right!
Although the term “pest control” rubs me wrong — after all it’s invariably subjective since one being’s pest may well being another’s pleasure — bat remediation had become a necessity and we were grateful to have an eco-friendly alternative in our region of upstate New York. The rise in white nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has decimated a significant portion of our native North American bat population, has heightened our awareness of bats and the vital roll they fill in our ecosystem.
If everything goes to plan, the bats will completely evacuate the attic and soffits, and the one-way exit tubes can be removed, securing the spaces for the future. Sorry to be inhospitable, insect-feasting nighttime acrobats. You’re welcome to move into the carriage barn, and next spring we will build you a bad house.