I used to have these in my attic, and I grew to enjoy and value them. They
are great bug eaters and quite amusing. I was sad when they packed up and
left after I had new siding put on (even though we left an opening for
I agree that you don't want them inside your house but the trick is to live
in harmony with them. Often there are local groups that will help. Perhaps
your local SPCA can direct you.
Putting bat houses outside your home is what you want to do if you choose to
keep them around, but I would disagree on having them in my home for any
reason. Their waste is very toxic, can and does cause stains on ceilings if
enough collects, and the animals themselves usually have parasites.
While I like having bats around--they eat an amazing number of insects
every day--they do leave batcrap (remember Gen. Bat Guano from Dr.
Strangelove?) and have parasites and occasionally rabies. I have heard
(which means I haven't tried it myself) that since bats don't like light,
if you hang a lightbulb in the attic, they'll leave.
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