South Gippsland Sentinel Times

South Gippsland Sentinel
Tuesday 20/04/2010
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South Gippsland VIC, AU
119.52 sq.cms.
Get bats out of your roof
SOUTH Gippsland microbats are in a
feeding frenzy as they fatten up on insects
to see them through the coming winter.
If they have taken up residence in your
roof or walls, autumn is a good time for a
gentle bat eviction before they bunk down
for their winter hibernation.
Australia 7s Foundation for National
Parks and Wildlife's Backyard Buddies
provides tips and advice on how to make
your backyard a haven for our insect-controlling microbat mates.
"Microbats are much more common
than you may think." says Ms Leonie
Gale, CEO of the Foundation for National
Parks and Wildlife, which runs the Backyard Buddies program.
serve sugar sachet or a single A4 sheet of
If these tiny bats cannot find a suitable
they can slip into gaps as small
as 5mm and snuggle down in your roof
and walls.
This is why artificial roost sites are important as they provide an alternative.
So what do you do if you find resident
microbats sharing your home? Fortu-
nately for the little bats, there are humane
ways to evict them and now is the time.
In Australia, microbat babies are born
in late spring and remain with their mothers until the end of January.
Gentle autumn eviction attempts after
February and before June make certain
"Right now, bats are eating as much as that the young are independent.
40 per cent of their own body weight in
"South Gippsland microbats are fully
a single night or several hundred insects protected which might raise the issue of
per hour.
offences and penalties if any are in fact
"Many of our microbat species are hol- harmed," Ms Gale said.
low-dependent which means they live
"If done correctly, walls can become bat
during the daylight hours inside the hol- free and the little bats provided with an
lows of trees or branches.
alternative roost site and retained in the
"Competition from birds, possums and backyard to go about their insect feedgliders, along with the clearing of many ing work which is of great benefit to all
old trees, means that microbats may find of us."
the roof or walls of your home the perfect
If you have microbats in your walls or
roosting place," Ms Gale said.
roof, visit Bat Rescue Inc at www.batres-
three grams - about the same as a single
how to remove them.
The smallest microbat weighs only for detailed information on
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