I need some serious help with a bat problem, and I need it fast. Early this morning my son woke up screaming bloody murder. I ran into his room terrified that something was happening to him, when I got into his bedroom I found him sobbing under his covers, cowering away from his closet. I wasn’t sure what was happening so I asked him what was wrong and he told me a big black bird was flying through his room trying to hurt him. I honestly had no idea how to react to that, there was no bird in sight and absolutely no sign that there had ever been a bird. I told him it was just a bad dream but I turned off the lights scooted into bed next to him to help him fall back asleep.
We laid there together for maybe an hour in the dark, the only light came from his small night light next to his bed, when all of a sudden I heard something banging into his window and my son started screaming again. I opened my eyes and saw what did look like a big, black bird flying wildly around the room. Only it wasn’t a bird, it was definitely a bat. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t scream before I scooped my little boy into my arms and ran him out of the room, shutting the bat inside. I really couldn’t believe it, we have never had a bat problem in this house before, and now I’m asking myself ‘what if there are more?’ I’m even more concerned about the fact that when I sent my husband into the room to get the bat out later in the morning, he couldn’t find it.
I won’t lie, I’m panicking a little bit about this. There’s a vent in my sons closet that it could have gone up, I’m not sure if it leads to the attic but it’s definitely a possibility. And what if this isn’t just one bat? What if it just got separated from a whole bunch of other bats that are living somewhere else in my house!! I know that realistically, it’s probably just one, but it’s one that is missing INSIDE MY HOUSE! I just need help with this as soon as possible, I don’t need a bat problem on my plate right now.
When you buy an older house you expect it to come with quirks like maybe it’s haunted or the doors are on backwards; we expected these kinds of quirks, but we were not expecting bats in the attic. This house was built in the 1800’s and the attic is actually HUGE, so in reality we were prepared for the possibility of there being bats in the attic so we had an inspection done to check the house for any kinds of wildlife problems. The inspector came out an hour later and gave us the all clear. No bat problems anywhere.
Two weeks later and here we are. Six days ago I went to the basement to put some boxes away and I found a dead bat on top of the shelves; three days I had to pull a dead bat out from behind the stove when I started to smell something heating up as I cooked dinner. From six days ago until now, I have found 8 bats dead in my house. I thought to myself, ‘this has to be a coincidence, the house doesn’t have a bat problem!’ I started to dig around to find out if these dead bats were just old or if we were dealing with something larger altogether. I didn’t have any luck finding any live bats and I was starting to become more hopeful that there wasn’t a bat problem at all, until I got to the attic. I cracked open the door and shone my flashlight around the large space; I could see that there was definitely guano covering the floor so I moved my light up towards the ceiling and I almost screamed. What had to be more than 100 bats were hanging peacefully from the rafters.
I am so unbelievably upset! Not only are there bats in the attic of my house, but the inspector that was supposed to look for the bats was either incompetent or he lied straight to my face! There is no way that a problem this extreme just happened in the last two weeks, especially since we actually moved in a week ago and we started finding bats immediately! Okay, what I need is to first take a deep breath, and second is some serious help. I need someone to get these bats out of the attic before I lose my mind and burn this house down. I have been patiently dealing with the quirks of my (new) old house, but I cannot handle this without some professional help; be it a therapist or bat control. I need SOMEONE.