Bats roosting on our porch

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Old 09-06-19, 04:28 PM
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We have an area on our porch that may have become the temporary residing place for a bat. I've noticed there was lots of scat on the porch and could not for a second believe that it was a mouse or other small rodent because we have four cats and at least several of them are quite the hunters. So, how on earth did all this poop end up here without the critter getting eaten? I feel I have identified it as a bat, which would explain why it has survived... too high. I was hoping for someone's confirmation. I attached a picture where I placed a bit of cat food next to it for size reference.
 
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09-07-19, 06:59 AM
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That flap at the top of the blind is definitely a good place to expect a bat to roost. I suspect the amount of guano (bat poop) seen on the cushion is due to the cushion being leaned against the wall and not laying flat as in the photo.

I have a bat house on the side of my porch with a small slot along the bottom for them to enter. Usually the guano is directly below that slot and not scattered as far from the wall as your photo would suggest.

If there is a bat roosting under the flap you should be able to see it in the daytime. Try not to disturb it. Although a bat bite may transmit rabies, they can help control insects. Usually bats will not attack humans and bite only when trapped or handled.

Eliminating the flap or leaving it open should discourage roosting at that location. Provide a bat house or box nearby but away from a window or door opening for it/them to roost in.
 

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Old 09-06-19, 04:31 PM
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If that was from bats there would need to be a place for them to hang/roost and you should be able to see that. I would also think come dusk you'd see them flying around the porch.
 
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Old 09-06-19, 07:07 PM
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Thank you for your reply. We have a wrap around porch and this is in an area that we cannot readily see. I will have to make a point of camping out next to a window around dusk. They do have a place to roost, whether or not it is ideal for a bat or not I don't know. There is a blind that blocks the evening sun for this part of the porch and it has an extra few inches at the top that I could see it hanging from. In the picture I circled the area where it might roost (red) and the area where the scat was (yellow).
 
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That flap at the top of the blind is definitely a good place to expect a bat to roost. I suspect the amount of guano (bat poop) seen on the cushion is due to the cushion being leaned against the wall and not laying flat as in the photo.

I have a bat house on the side of my porch with a small slot along the bottom for them to enter. Usually the guano is directly below that slot and not scattered as far from the wall as your photo would suggest.

If there is a bat roosting under the flap you should be able to see it in the daytime. Try not to disturb it. Although a bat bite may transmit rabies, they can help control insects. Usually bats will not attack humans and bite only when trapped or handled.

Eliminating the flap or leaving it open should discourage roosting at that location. Provide a bat house or box nearby but away from a window or door opening for it/them to roost in.
 
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Thank you very much for confirming what I suspected. I'd love to have some bat houses. Guess it's time to go ahead build some!
 
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My experience is that bat houses may get occupied which is a good thing, but bats will also continue to roost in previous sites, too. Their odor/scent/pheromones are there so they will return to roost to the old sites as well. Modifying the previous sites will be required to stop the current and future roosting.
 
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