CREATED Jul. 19, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They're famous for their work in caves and appearances in Halloween movies, but they've also been known to hang out in your home.
In the summer, mama bats are having their babies and want a place to raise them for the season.
So, they make your home their home too.
"And actually, most people don't even know that there are bats living in or on their structure," Don Carter, owner of Sonoran Wildlife Solutions
, told Nine On Your Side.
Carter said he has already gone to three homes with bats this week, and that doesn't include the home he and his wife live in.
"When I watched one wiggling through the glass," his wife, Karen, told us, "I said that's it!"
Bats are living on the side of their house and in their chimney, and until the summer is over, they're keeping it that way.
"These are maternity colonies, and we don't want them trapped and killed," Carter said.
Some residents trap the bats and leave them no way to get out.
Don said, don't do that.
The smell of dead bats lingers, and also, bat bugs that are used to living on live bats scurry out into your home.
Carter's solution is to seal off wherever bats are able to get into the "living" part of your home, and once the summer is over, let the bats fly out of however they got in in the first place.
Then, close off the opening.
"If you've got cool air coming up, you've got a cave it there," Karen said. "You know, it's just their instinct, is all it is."