Bat proofing my house porch

on 18th October 2016

Following the success of discouraging the Common Fruit Bats (Cynopterus brachyotis) from roosting by hanging a bag of fresh red chillies nearby: HERE and HERE, Dr Jean Ho decided to do the same in her porch.

These bats had been soiling the floor of her porch as well as her parked car with their droppings and bits and pieces of fruits for some time.

Bat-proof [JeanHo] 1

She had four red chilies placed at different locations in her porch. To hang the chillies high up the porch, she had pullies fixed (above, below). This would allow for her to regularly replace the chillies once they dried up and become ineffective.

Bat-proof [JeanHo] 3

In one location she had a chilly taped to the wooden beam (below).

Bat-proof [JeanHo] 2

The chillies seemed to have worked and the walkway to the front door and the car were free of bat droppings (below)!

Bat-proof [JeanHo] 4

There were no bat droppings for three nights now!

Dr Jean Ho
22nd September 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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2 Responses

  1. Congratulations YC! You seem to have found the solution to the problem. Knowing well that in biology there is the subject of adaptation (for survival), there may someday appear a subspecies of the Common Fruit Bats that love chillis….. Then what? Ha ha!! Don’t worry Dr Wee, I’m just pulling your legs!
    Well, the possibility is there……isn’t it?

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