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Cleaning Out Bats In A Kensington Condo's Air Ducts
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It's not at all uncommon to find bats in the blower motors of attic units. The bats crawl into the blower cabinet and when the fan engages it sucks them up. The rest you can imagine. This one particular condo in Kensington threw me for a loop. I couldn't figure out how the bats had gotten into the air ducts. I'm still a little baffled, but they were surely in there and we had a heck of a time cleaning them out.

I've seen bats in hundreds of attics and even in several crawlspaces. I've seen infestations to just a single little puff ball hanging around. Bats do get everywhere. You can usually see the daylight holes that they are squeaking through. The spaces like crawlspaces and attics are dark, and the daylight peeks through the cracks.

This was a mid level condo. There was a condo above and below. There was no attic or crawlspace. It was a bit puzzling trying to figure out where those critters were coming in. We stopped counting bat heads at 10. It would have been impossible to go by parts. There were parts everywhere. Regardless to say we sanitized the system after we cleaned.

We checked the windows, and asked if she slept with her windows open. She said she did, and led us to her bedroom window. The window had a tight screen, so no bats were entering through there. We then proceeded to check out all the vents that lead outside. We checked the kitchen range hood and vent. We checked the dryer vent. We checked the bathroom exhaust vents... Everything was sealed up. She couldn't open the windows on the porch. They don't open. They were built without the ability to open. So the bats weren't coming through the sliding glass door leading to the condo. They couldn't have gotten on the porch. It had become the mystery of the bats, as we proceeded to clean out the air vents.

You can imagine why we were looking for the bats entry point. This lady didn't even know that the bat remains were in her air vents. Imagine her surprise when started showing her bat carcasses as we pulled them out. She was more than upset. She was dancing around and holding her face in disbelief when we showed her one. As we pulled several more out, she was about to faint.

We cleaned out all the bat remains and thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the air ducts. We never did find the entrance for the bats. I handed it over to my exterminator friend. He's been back now for over two years. He visits her once a month and looks for evidence of bats. He hasn't seen any since. It's been a bat mystery.


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