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Old 11-18-2003, 02:08 PM
Grousser Grousser is offline
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How can I scare away a bat?

A bat flies inside my house, usually between 5:00 and 7:00 am. Looks like he can't find the way out (smart to enter but dumb to get out). At last, he finds the exit, but meanwhile it's very disturbing, he flies very fast and low. Sometimes he flies very close to my head.

This is not a joke. How can I scare him away or erradicate him? My house is an old style one, and Bruce enters by the holes beetween the rooftop and walls. (Yes, I've named it, but it's still a non-desirable guest. They are very ugly, indeed) Some time ago I found of them crawling by the floor.

Turning on all the lights doesn't work.

Is there something technique associated with sound?
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:14 PM
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I'd try making a bat box outside somewhere.
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:19 PM
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Would you mind to tell me what a bat box is??
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:21 PM
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a bat? no, a cat.

Slow flying, around head level? A tennis racquet might be a good pest control instrument.
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:24 PM
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a bat box is like a bird box but for bats i dont have a URL with a diagram but if you took a bird box with no bottom and and no hole in the side and put a piece of dowel inside to use for grabbing. im not sure this is right but its something along the line of that general idea.
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Old 11-18-2003, 03:03 PM
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In addition to the lack of a bottom, a bat box usually consists of a number of spacers inside making the opening look something like a stack of 'In' 'Out' trays. Like so:

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If it's made of wood the bat will have no need for the dowel as their little claws will quite easily dig into the walls for a grip.

The spacing usually depends on the bat but for a standard 'Little Brown' we're taking maybe an inch and a half.

As to making the Bat want to go away? Light and Noise are good options (Mind you the neighbours may beg to differ). Also bear in mind that the bat will be very adept at finding a darker (and likely more muffled) place to hide particularly if it's cosier inside than out.

I've always found a towel is a handy way to 'catch' the bat and evict him. Just imagine the bat is your gladiatorial foe and you're using one of those nifty Gladiator's nets.
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Old 11-18-2003, 03:06 PM
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Once when I was a kid I was awakened at the cottage one night by my terrified parents, chasing a bat around with mops and brooms. It was hilarious for me, not so much for the bat, I imagine.

This happened more than once so eventually the folks did a bit of investigating. Someone recommended that they turn on the lights and wait ... wait ... wait. Which they did. Eventually the bat settled in somewhere (you have to wait for a while, the bat doesn't like light, but is freaked out in the beginning - "Where am I? What am I doing here? What do these people want from me?" kind of thing, I imagine - and eventually it roosts somewhere like a curtain rod) and with a piece of cardboard they brushed it into a paper bag, from which it could then be released outside.

Don't know if this will help keep them out, but it was foolproof in removing them once in.

Oh, and Bruce won't fly into you - promise. His sonar is very, very good.
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Old 11-18-2003, 03:10 PM
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a bat? no, a cat.
Keeblebollyjoxford?

I haven't heard that one since I was a Scbool Boy!
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Old 11-18-2003, 03:17 PM
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Buy or build a bat house
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Old 11-18-2003, 03:41 PM
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Stuff the points of entry with steel wool (do this at night, or they'll either sneak into your living space, or die and stink up your living space) There really is not much need to freak out. Just keep moving, and stay five or so feet away from it and yell/wave arms/swing things at it whenever it lands. Eventually, they just get tuckered out to the point where you can walk right up to them, put a shoe box over them, then slide an album cover underneath. Tape it shut. Drive five or so miles away, and let it go. Steel wool is wonderful for this, they don't like chewing through it. It must hurt their fillings!
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:00 PM
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Do not harm the bat! Judging by your position (Mexico) you may have a Mexican Free-tail, a rather common specimen. They eat fruit and are wonderful at accidental pollination and the movement of seeds across areas.

Definetly build a batbox, maybe you will get him to stay and bring a few friends around.

The bat will not hit you, as their sense of "sonar" is so acute they can literally turn on a dime.

http://www.batcon.org/ To Learn more!
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:13 PM
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"Once when I was a kid I was awakened at the cottage one night by my terrified parents, chasing a bat around with mops and brooms."

We got the same thing & we did have alot of bats in Carmel, Calif. Mostly cause my folks were too cheap to cover the chimney.
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Old 11-18-2003, 05:00 PM
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Judging by your position (Mexico) you may have a Mexican Free-tail, a rather common specimen. They eat fruit and are wonderful at accidental pollination and the movement of seeds across areas.
Nitpick:
Mexican Free-tails eat insects.
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The 100 million free-tailed bats living in Central Texas caves consume approximately 1,000 tons of insects nightly, a large proportion of which are agricultural pests.
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Old 11-18-2003, 05:35 PM
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Definetly build a batbox, maybe you will get him to stay and bring a few friends around.
New friends?? Wow, I think I called Greenpeace instead!

Seriously, you guys seems more concerned about the bat rather than me or my son. I once saw one crawling on the sheets, directly to the feet of my former wife. I don't know how the hell a bat could have ended in that precarious situation. I've heard they may have rabis (Cujo was bitten by one). I can believe you they're not bad but their aspect doesn't convince me to see Bruce or any other as a friend.
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Old 11-18-2003, 05:49 PM
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Sorry, I think it's ok to have a good bat thread, but I don't want more bats around. I want NONE.
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Old 11-18-2003, 07:58 PM
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There may be more than one bat. Cover the holes with netting (1cm mesh, or so) attached at the top so that the bat(s) can crawl out under the net but can't crawl back in. Once you are sure that they are gone, plug the holes or cover them with screening.

I'm not in Greenpeace, but the bat house is a good idea. After all, they're eating your mosquitos.

Besides....
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:11 PM
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Grousser

If we seem more worried about the bats, it's likely because so many bat species are endangered.

And that most of the things people know about bats are false.

From the BCI site

Rabies Information

and
Got A Bat In Your House

Note that just sealing the holes is a bad idea. You may trap bats inside. It's not difficult to cover the holes in such a way that bats can get out, but can't get back in.
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:32 PM
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Keep in mind that bats often transmit rabies.

I generally find that discharging a shotgun in the bat's general direction works wonders. I seldom have to resort to the second barrel, in fact...
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:49 PM
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MWK

I suggest you read the links.

I admit I've never owned a shotgun, but it seems to me that firing one inside the house would both be dangerous and require expensive repairs.
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:54 PM
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Get an ultrasonic device

http://www.birdcontrolsupplies.com/bats.htm

I had an old warehouse that was infested with bats. The one I used cost about $20. Just plug it in and in a few days all the bats were gone and stayed gone.

The link was just one example. Ask around, feed stores ag-coop, etc... somebody'll have one or can get one. I bought mine from an exterminator.

No mess, no poison, no-one or no-bat injured, plus some can also be used for mice, rats, birds etc...
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Old 11-18-2003, 09:39 PM
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  • Paste cut-out image of bat on flashlight.
  • Shine flashlight at low clouds.
  • When bat heads for red phone to call Commissioner Gordon, bash his skull in with golf club.
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Old 11-18-2003, 09:54 PM
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Ha-ha! very funny!

But my son will never forgive me if I kill Bruce Wayne.
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Old 11-19-2003, 12:13 AM
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MWK

I suggest you read the links.

I admit I've never owned a shotgun, but it seems to me that firing one inside the house would both be dangerous and require expensive repairs.
Those things are annoying as hell. A while back, I delivered a pizza to a house that had one of thouse near the front door. It would constantly emit this really high pitched, barely audible (though still extremely annoying), whistle-type noise and whenever it would detect motion, it would make this sound like it was charging up and then flash an extremely bright light, and make yet another loud, weird noise. I'm sure it's great for getting rid of bats. I wanted to get the hell out of there myself waiting at the door a few minutes. If you never hang out anywhere near where you're going to place the device, I say go for it. But if you're going to put it anywhere it'll pick up you and your family's movement, or anywhere within earshot of it, I think it just might make you insane.
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Old 11-19-2003, 12:17 AM
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Oops. I meant to quote t-keela.
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:01 AM
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No Disguise that is not an ultrasonic device, they do make one's like you describe and I agree with you. They are annoying as hell. But they also make some that have no lights and cannot be heard.

The one you described is for outside use. It is supposed to be annoying to drive away pests. The one I am talking about is for indoor use and works by confusing the bat's sense of echolocation. IIRC this type has to be used indoors so that the ultrasonic waves will reflect back and forth.

It's just a small box, looks kinda like a plug in air freshener. Of course there are others...still better than shooting up the house.
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:21 AM
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Well, hell Grousser you've named it, now I'm afraid he's yours...

I'd second the plugging the openings somehow making certain Bruce is not currently inside the house. And maybe if you put the bat box far enough away from your house, Bruce and his ilk would be happy and so would you.
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