Neither of us had noticed droppings on the patio before. I assumed they were mouse droppings and figured the time had come to get a new kitty.
While we were cleaning up, more droppings fell from the rafters. Gross!!
I decided a kitty would not solve this problem and planned to call a pest specialist later in the day.
Then while I was working on some project stuff, I heard squeaking in the ceiling. Double Gross!! I found a local pest specialist right away and told him I thought there was a mouse in our ceiling.
After listening to our symptoms he thought it was very likely a bat.
The technician came out on Tuesday, confirmed it was indeed a bat and very likely more than one bat. He put up some Bat Away aka Moth Balls for Bats. He said, they don't like the smell and will most likely leave in the evening and find another place to roost.
In the meantime, I asked him about installing a couple of bat houses. Bats are beneficial to have around because they eat thousands of mosquitoes every night. I just don't want them in my ceiling.