I’ve added flowers to today’s post to make it a little more cheerful. My urban home in Austin is on a hill near Bull Creek, and surrounded by greenbelts. That means there’s plenty of native flora and fauna, plus some darned nice things someone planted once. I’m glad I got to enjoy the scent of the very sturdy jasmine vine behind our house, and the nice collection of cedar sage in the limestone outcropping next to our house.
What about the bats?
Well, the guy from the pest control company came by today. At first he thought the scat on my deck was from a rodent, but I pointed out how it’s arranged in a row and encouraged him to look up bat guano on his phone. He agreed we do have bats, and guessed they are mostly hanging out in the cavernous space where nothing else is in the chimney.
I began to imagine a growing smell, so I was pleased when he said they can block the holes in the flashing, put an “exit cone” in, and wait until all the bats have left to finish sealing it. The cone lets bats exit, but not re-enter. That would be nice.
Why so sad?
Unfortunately, when Francisco the bat man was looking for evidence of flying mammals he discovered evidence of burrowing insects that only occationally fly. Dang it, we have termites, and they are in the NEW wood, so they haven’t been there long.
I blame the deck, which has some signs of infestation, and has needed replacement since we bought the house. We were just waiting for funds. I think the priority for deck replacement has just gotten higher!
The worst part of the termite thing is we have to empty out some VERY full closets and storage areas. That’s not a fun prospect. Ugh.
By the way, we are getting a bit of rain in Austin. We’re getting close to the end of the rain season, so I figure I should note that! The temperature dropped ten degrees ahead of the rain.
I sure hope my next nature sighting post is more cheerful!