Bats roosting in my porch: 25. The bats have more or less gone

on 30th June 2016

It has been more than a year since I hung a bag of red chillies in my porch to discourage Common Fruit Bats (Cynopterus brachyotis) from roosting.

RoostingBats-porch with old chillies

Initially the bats came but left immediately. However, within a month less than a handfull returned and roosted, polluting the floor. By then the chillies had dried. So a fresh bag was hung that lasted less than 2 months before they dried up and became ineffective.

A few bats did return on and off, so I gave up hanging new bags of chillies.

Eventually the bats disappeared altogether, except for a few strays now and then. My porch is generally free of roosting bats for about 9 months now.

The image above shows the old bags of chilles left hanging from the rafters.

YC Wee
11th June 2016

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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9 Responses

  1. It is not a confined space and the chillies may not have any effect. Maybe many bags of chillies? Should you try, let me know the results.

  2. I see! Interesting! (Especially since many of us humans love the spiciness.) What about birds? Are birds averse to chilli?

  3. Interesting!!! I have never known of birds (or any animal for that matter) eating chillis before! It’s strange how the bats are so averse to it yet some birds quite obviously don’t mind it at all!

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