Well, they’re not in the belfry. I don’t have a belfry, I don’t think.
I do, however, have a wrap-around deck. The front side, the porch, is essentially just a bit off ground level. Because I live on a hill, the back deck is raised.
And, at sunup, I’ve observed a fair bit of bat activity as they apparently return home via the raised part of the deck like the erstwhile swallows returning to Capistrano. Except, instead of a nice mission in California, these guys are returning to roost under my front porch.
It’s hard to explain the configuration of my house, but suffice is to say that I am fairly certain the bats are heading under there, but impossible to confirm without wriggling into a dark space with a few inches of clearance, and hell no that ain’t happening, because bats. And spiders.
So, my question. Is this a concern at all for a homeowner.? I know bats are awesome bug eating machines, and it doesn’t bother me too much that they look like rat/wolves with jagged little teeth and leathery wings. They are, thankfully, pretty smallish.
But they also poop a bunch, right? I mean, there are entire countries with bat-poop-derived economies. Are there concerns with secondary insect colonies sprouting up, thanks to the poop? Or, will the bats breed more bats, and so-on, until one morning I get up and David Attenborough is standing on my porch doing narration?