We've discovered that 2 or 3 bats (flying foxes) are roosting in one of our trees. They make a terrible mess and are stripping the tree of berries and foliage. If we can't scare them away their buddies may join them and then there's a real problem. There were thousands in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens a few years ago and almost destroyed a whole section, making it off limits to visitors. Efforts were made to relocate them elsewhere but the damn things are choosing their own places. The crazy thing is, these creatures are protected, even though the population has expanded rapidly, and they're not even Victorians! (Thanks, Queenslanders!) So instead of getting rid of them when they were all in the one spot, the do-gooders called for protective measures and now the bats are spreading their evil presence all over and we are not allowed to get an exterminator. We are not amused.
So what to do? One of the techniques used to dislodge them from the Botanical Gardens was to create a noise at frequent intervals that would scare them off. I've been out there clapping my hands which does cause them to fly around for a while, but I thought of another weapon in my arsenal which might be more effective. I am using the "hand clacker" I bought for when I go to the footy, to keep from hurting my hands when celebrating a Carlton goal. (For those of you who want to make snide comments about Carlton goals, just remember that Fev is leading the competition in goalkicking). It's got a really powerful sound (as those sitting near me can attest), and the bats will hopefully get the message and NOT that I'm celebrating any of their antics. But I do look slightly batty.