The stench, the screeching, and the excrement dumped by thousands of flying foxes roosting in the Batemans Bay water gardens is continuing to spoil the lives of their human neighbours.
However, there could be relief in sight.
Bega MP Andrew Constance said he would contact Environment Minister Robyn Parker about the problem.
He said the flying foxes were not just in Batemans Bay but had also moved in near his home at Lilli Pilli.
However a NPWS spokeswoman said a check of the colony last Friday revealed a 60 per cent drop in numbers, with around 2000 bats still remaining around the water’s edge.
She said this could fluctuate and it would be monitored.
Historical Society president Tony Whelan, whose museum is next to the water gardens, has resorted to playing loud classical music on his radio to try and move the flying foxes away.
“They are making a mess all over the place. They shit on the roof, the walls and it stinks,” he said.
“They are stripping bare all the trees.
“I put the radio out in the yard and play the classical music loudly and they do move away. They don’t like the music.”
Mr Whelan said everyone should start doing that.
He said museum visitors do comment on the smell,
“Every time we go in we have to clean the windows. And the steps and ramp are slippery (from excrement),” he said.
Bob Hogan, from Clyde Autos, said the flying foxes had become a terrible nuisance, with staff having to wash the cars every day because of their excrement.
“If we don’t then the bat shit sets like cement. It’s disgusting stuff that must be scraped off,” he said.
“Unfortunately they are protected. They need to be culled or moved on.”
Residents on nearby High St have had enough.
Emily Pitt said the problem with noise and the smell had become disgusting over the past four months and “makes it hard to live here”.
She said it used to be enjoyable to visit the water gardens and feed the ducks but it was not now because of roosting bats.
Keven and Vicky Quinn said it was a disgusting problem, the smell atrocious, and likely to have an adverse effect on elderly residents.
Mrs Quinn said a neighbour’s cat at their villa complex had become ill and a vet said a bat, or bat droppings, could be the cause.
The couple continually clean their driveway because of the mess from bats.