he is a shape shifter and can assume the form of a poisonous mistA bat.
Seemed like a bigger than "normal" one, too.
He was in there (an old church we rehabbed) this evening when I returned after a supper and nap break. He hadn't been there when I locked it all up around 7 pm. To let him escape, I opened the big front doors all the way, admired his zipping and tilting skills from the sidewalk, and he finally came out. I closed the doors again, and the windows all are well-screened or shut. All well.
But later, while winding down, I was laying on my back playing, enjoying the delay pedal's dramas in the big arched room. And ZIP, Zwap, flip--brown wings again. I shut off the amp, pulled my shirt over my head, tried not to yodel, grabbed my phone and computer, and skedaddled.
I admire his skills and don't begrudge him existing, but unless he's bringing groupies, I need to keep him out. We've got shows in the works in there. And irrational or not, I like my flying vampires when they're outside. Or if they're clearly marked "Law Offices of...."
So any advice about de-batting an old church? It's small, never had an attic, and, as I said, closed up unless I'm opening its doors. So how's he getting in?
And just to add on to that... Bats leave for a couple of hours at dusk to feed. Ideally you need do the sealing up while they are out eating bugs. Otherwise, you are trapping them in.You have to go around the outside with a fine toothed comb. Close up any openings u can find on the entire place . Look under where the soding meets the foundation . Look around all windows ,soffits , where roofing meets the fascia boards / gutters . A lot of animals find gaps under the roofing .
Close up with caulk , wood repairs , expanding foam . Whatever makes most sense . Of course proper repairs are always best , but foam in a pinch . I love critters , but I like em outside . It’s pretty easy to find places they’re getting in . They will scratch wear marks from coming and going .
Same, cute little things. Great episode of NOVA from last year.I like bats.
I second the eaves. There is a church two doors down from us that had a large bat colony living in it. My wife and I walked down one night right before dusk and watched. No sooner did we arrive, and the bats started pouring out of the eaves at the peak of the roof.It doesn't take a very big hole for them to get in. If it's not something on the roof I would imagine a hole in the eaves. Maybe you could play Bat Scratch Fever for your shows.