Batty

The very last section of the house exterior to be painted is the back side.

The back of the house is well on its way to finished.
The back of the house is well on its way to finished.

Charlie was still painting as the sun was retreating behind the trees. Bat time.

A 24-foot extension ladder reaches to the highest points of the houses.
A 24-foot extension ladder reaches to the highest points of the houses.

Charlie has a major disdain for bats which we know hang out in the attic air vents of the house.

Here is a good shot of the vent while Charlie was removing the old television antenna.
Here is a good shot of the vent while Charlie was removing the old television antenna.

The vents are screened on the inside so we rarely get a bat inside but we do see them hanging there when we venture up to the attic.

Cardboard as a bat deterrent -- I'm not sure.
Cardboard as a bat deterrent — I’m not sure.

To keep them from flying at his head he stuffed the vent with a piece of cardboard.

Paint as the sun goes down.
Painting as the sun goes down.

I’m not sure how it would work to deter bats but I’m really just concerned about getting the house painted so whatever method allows the process to continue is fine with me.

Do flying, creeping, crawling, slithering critters alarm you?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Batty”

  1. Idon’t like them either. I know people who live them…they do keep 9ther unloved creatures in check. I think I am in the boat with Lauren. At least you let them be there!

  2. I love bats! I enjoy seeing them flit around on summer evenings. I even thought about mounting a bat house on the south side of my house, but never got around to it. However, I agree, when you’re up on a ladder, you don’t want to be startled by bats in your face!

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