Spiders and Mice and Bats…ahhh Spring!

common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) a small bat has strayed into the room and climbs on a white curtain, closeup with copy space, selected focus, narrow depth of field

When Spring rolls around, most of us welcome it with open arms! Finally, warmer weather arrives, snow disappears, and it’s absolutely glorious! But with Spring, comes a few little unwanted creatures. You know, spiders in the house, mice crossing our paths, and in the case of our house…bats! So. Many. Bats.

We moved into our current house on March 1st, 2014. The very next night, after a long day of unpacking, the boys were finally in bed and my husband and I were in the living room watching TV when a bat flew over our heads. I screamed the kind of girly scream you would expect and took cover under the protection of my blanket. Then a few weeks later while I was whipping things into our recycling bins, I saw a bat sitting on top. Let’s just say…it wasn’t a fun start in our new home.

As Spring grew closer, we started to hear scratches coming from our ceiling on a pretty nightly basis. Awesome, right? VERY long story short…we learned we had a bat colony living in our attic.  The house had been vacant for over a year before we moved in, so it shouldn’t surprise us that some creatures had moved in. So, we hired a bat specialist to come and remove the bats safely, bat proof our entire house, and he slapped a 5-year guarantee on it.

That brings me to a couple weeks ago. (You see where I’m going with this) It was a Saturday night, we were watching a movie in the living room with our boys. When the movie ended and the living room was quiet, we heard noises coming from our fireplace. We turned on the lights and there it was, a bat…crawling around in our fireplace. My hubby groaned, I shuddered, and the boys stared at this little creature in awe. The good news? He couldn’t get into the house because the fireplace is enclosed. The bad news? We have yet another bat in our house.

So, I emailed our bat specialist since it was late, he emailed me back within the hour and said he’d call the next day. So, we left the bat in our fireplace overnight in hopes he’d find his way back out. When we woke up Sunday morning…he was still there. And he looked pretty comfy hanging there sleeping. My oldest son decided we should name him Scratchy. As adorable as that was, I explained he’s not a pet and we were definitely NOT keeping him!

It was time to evict our new friend.

While my oldest son opened a window and my hubby opened the fireplace, I ducked down in the kitchen prepared to squeal while our youngest son stood eagerly waiting. It was a fun adventure for them! They’re MUCH braver than I am! I retreated to the bedroom and shut the door within minutes. Eventually, the bat was released into the sunny afternoon air – he was NOT pleased. (But I was!)

Turns out, one of the bat proofing cages around the fireplace vent on the roof was bent, so the bat found his way in. Our bat specialist – true to his word – came and fixed it and checked the rest of the house and sealed up anything he thought needed it. Our bat specialist is absolutely awesome…but I don’t ever want to see him again!

So, while most of us will continue to welcome Spring with open arms year after year, I for one will NOT welcome all the little creatures that come with it.

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Author: Linsey De Ruysscher

Linsey is a happily married mother of two living in Plainfield, ON. When she’s not busy chasing her two crazy boys, she’s running her own freelance writing company, Little Miss Creative. In her downtime, she enjoys tea, backyard BBQs, watching Friends reruns, and hanging out with her family and friends. Oh, and candy.

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