LETTERS: Bat menace keeps residents awake

IT'S 4.15am and I can't sleep.

The noise outside my window is deafening.

I live near a creek and there is a bat colony.

This seething, screeching, putrid mass of thousands has returned from its nightly feasts.

Actually many have been back for hours but I must have been exhausted enough to sleep.

The sides of the house, concrete driveway, windows, cars and anything else left outside now has fresh droppings on it.

From thick oozing caramel to runny squirts and circles of black crap.

The yard is littered with broken branches and blossom of the few trees we have left.

We have already paid $11,000 to cut down a few of them.

The mango and custard tree have their fruit decimated, by usually one or two bites, before they move on to the next piece.

If you get a shower of rain, the stench that arises is overpowering.

The air is acrid with the smell of urine and faeces.

I am sick of the dimwits (the most polite adjective I can call them) who say the bats are endangered.

They are not.

There are hundreds of colonies and millions of bats around.

They say the bats pollinate the trees, but they eat the blossom, and defoliate the branches.

It's time for the government and councils to listen to the residents who vote and cull the bats.

Don't move them on to some other suburb.

Something has to be done about it now. Their numbers explode every year.

G MARSH, Camira

 

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