Bat Repellent: Moth Balls

It's the Wordy Wordless Works for Me Wednesday and my pictures and tip relate to ridding your garage of bats, so here's a solution my parents have tried — moth balls to deter bats from roosting.

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The theory is that you either tie the mothballs in an old stocking or in bags and hang them across the area where the bats come.

Below, behold the gauno or bat poop that is evidence that the mothballs aren't 100% effective. But, the numbers have reduced significantly here at Grandma's farm. 

Sarah2008 027Before I leave here, I will capture the little creatures on film. I have not been able to stay awake long enough or get up early enough here on the farm to catch the buggers. After spending a fortune in mothballs, perhaps I can convince my parents of the benefits of a garage door. Or maybe not.

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Comments

  1. Thanks! My brother just went through a whole colony of bats in his attic. I can’t tell you how it grossed me out. I will be sure to put some moth balls in mine – just in case!

  2. ugh.. not a fan of bats.. Maybe you need to hang another bag or two :)
    Good luck getting that bat photo.

  3. Note to self and anyone else who wants: check out:link to passionatehomemaking.com
    when I get home. Great tips on simplifying cooking, etc. Must link to later.

  4. We can see the bats flying around the back yard and field around dusk here. I am fine with them as long as they don’t roost in my house or under my deck. They eat mosquitoes and we have more than enough of those to share!!!

    Good luck getting a photo. I would love to see it!

  5. We see bats at dusk, but have never had them inside the house or garage (hope we never do)!

    Happy WW!

  6. Veronica says:

    try getting a ‘bat house’ from your local hardware store. Bats like the pre-fab homes specially designed for them. If they have a home of their own, they might stay out of yours!

  7. Gross! Good luck with that…

  8. you can also evidently build them a house to put on the side of the garage/barn/etc and that will help draw them there (probably especially in conjunction with the moth balls inside). We don’t currently have bats that we know of, but wish we did…they eat like a jillion mosquitos a night and here in the south, we need all the help we can get! I keep hoping that one of these days we’ll get around to building a bat house in hopes that they’ll come…

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