I have a 6' indigo snake that lives in my attic. He has been there for about 6 years (that i know of) - he likes to shed on the attic door. Hopefully I won't open it while he is in process. I doubt I have too many critters because of him. Maybe you should get one of those, lol. I had to have a new AC unit put in last week. The workers weren't too happy when they caught a glance of the snake. :redface:
Speaking from experience (I discovered a bat colony in my house a few years ago) you have some great advice already here. I would agree with your pro, you probably chased them out and eliminated the colony, now they want back in. There must be something to the smell that brings them home every night. My colony was in a chimney structure on my roof. So much traffic that they actually wore a hole thru the plywood under the siding! There must have been 300 bats in there. Anyway, I ripped the siding off re-sheeted the structure and called it a day. The siding laid on the roof for the night. After work the next day I got up there and grabbed an armload of siding, there they were, 300 bats hiding underneath! Geez, if the heart attack potential didn't kill me the possible fall off the roof would have!
They came back to what they knew, hiding under the siding. It had to be the smell.
I know how you feel, if the decision was up to my wife the house would have been on the market after the 7th bat...
Stay focused, and trust me, it can be fixed and in a few months you will be laughing about it.
And to tell you the truth, I miss having them outside. Before we realized the colony existed we would sit outside in the evenings very comfortably, not a mosquito to be seen. We live in the woods so this was odd, people would come over and we would lite a campfire and visit, no bugs. Didn't realize why. Now we fixed the house, the bats left, and the Mosquitos and others moved in. It's worth a shot to keep them in the yard as long as they are not in the house.
Sigs, did your home-owners insurance handle the cost of the extraction/eviction (or whatever they call it?)? I've read from several different websites that as long as you are willing to fight them a little bit your insurance should cover bat control because of the health risks and home value issues. I couldn't believe how much bat extractions cost so I'm REALLY REALLY hoping that we don't have a colony in our house.
I really don't mind the bats at all. If it weren't for rabies and toxic bat poop I really wouldn't care too much. The bat before last night's bat that got in our house I didn't even get up for... I just pulled the covers over my head and went back to sleep.
But with rabies and a new baby on the way who can't tell me if she's been bitten I'm a little more concerned about keeping them out of the house proper and out of our bedrooms!!
I LOVE the bats outside (where they belong). I don't think I've gotten a single mosquito bite this entire summer while hanging out in our backyard.. so the bats can stay and don't have anything to fear from me provided they stay out of my house.
Thankfully our bedroom has lots of windows. We opened all of the windows, took off the screens and the bat flew out in less than five minutes (easiest time we've EVER had getting rid of a bat in the house).
Thanks "rammerjammer" for reminding me of that. John Candy was GREAT!
Originally Posted by rammerjammer
Not to hi-jack your thread "lima" or make light of your bat problem...but maybe this will put a smile on your face. :hand10:
John Candy plays Chet Ripley - YouTube
Thanks for the personal experience and the hope..lol.
Originally Posted by poleclimber9
You should have put up a bat box to keep them! We've been talking about putting up a bat box here and maybe we will have to do that. I certainly don't want them to completely leave.
And what you said about smell is exactly what the bat guy said. He said they follow their own scent back and though our entire upstairs was renovated there must be some scent left on the remaining exterior roof that makes them want to come back to it.
Maybe we'll definitely have to put up a bat box but I'm glad to hear there is hope for getting them out of the house!
Now we just have to find how they are getting back in the house. We thought maybe it was the chimney but during the renovation they ripped out our chimney completely.. so that's not it. :headscratch:
Well, before I shelled out a couple thousand dollars or ripping off my siding, I would give a couple of the sonic bat blasters a try.
At around &35 - $40 a piece, 3 of them are a lot cheaper than a thousand dollars. Plus there's a complete money back guarantee. Shipping included. You get a 60 day trial on them.
I would also get some bat houses so they have an alternate place to roost.
I have the link in my earlier post.
If you can do it safely, it has been recommended that you gather up some of the bat guano (yeah, bat poop) and spread it on the ground beneath the bat boxes. The scent will attract the bats to your bat boxes.
Sorry, I don't think any infestations are covered by homeowners. There may be some but I haven't heard of them, at least here in FL. I even had a squirrel get in my attic and eventually into the ac ducting. Cost me five grand to repair and exclude, no insurance. Bats, squirrels, carpenter ants; I've had 'em all. Hope your situation is easily taken care of at minimal cost. Aint homeownership grand?
Originally Posted by limatunes
Fortunately, while it can and does happen, the risk of rabies are very small. Only 10 cases reported to the CDC since 1960.
Bats eat insects so they are rarely exposed to rabies virus. More risk from stray dogs, opossums, raccoons and other wildlife than from bats.
Still there is some risk, but very small.
A tennis racquet is an ideal tool for dealing with bats indoors. Find a beater at a yard sale, paint it black, and you have the "tactical" model.
Check the links the other guys are posting. I had one a few years ago. I actually thought I was "seeing things", just a quick black blur early in the morning. Then, a day later, had a bat do a quick (and I mean quick) orbit of my living room. Well I did the Internet thing and they basically said open a door. So I waited until dark, turned off all the lights (the bat was in the basement) and opened the door to the garage. It wasn't long until I saw the bat fly out of the house and out the garage door. You didn't mention how they got in your house, but what I discovered was that the old chimney in the house had an old duct pipe that was open. I've since closed it off and no problems. Don't know about your situation, but lots of houses have had their chimneys "closed off," but they don't stay that way at times. Also, some are cut off and people don't realize they are open in their attics. Good luck!
Originally Posted by limatunes
I'm willing to give the sonic things a try to get the bats out but unless I know how they are getting in and out I feel I'd just be stuck running the thing 24/7 or else they would come right back in. And according to some of the websites, if they are desperate for their "home" they will tolerate the noise if they feel they have to.
Originally Posted by Bark'n
I'm really hoping the bat guy can find how they are getting in.
I've been around my house a dozen times looking for the signs of the entrance/exit and I'm not seeing any of the "tell-tale" scratching or staining or guano. Then again, I'm no expert and I'm sure someone who does this for a living knows a few more tricks to the trade than I might.
My wife and I live in an older Historic home (originally built in 1881) that we purchased in 1996. We noticed that we had no mosquitos in the yard all summer! Loved it. Then the next spring, we heard some "scratching" like noises above the dropped ceiling in the upstairs bathroom. I removed one of the tiles, and discovered about an inch of what I thought were mouse droppings.:frown: I used a shop vac to clean everything up. Later one night I woke up to find a small bat on the bedroom floor! I put on a glove, picked it up, and took it outside and let it loose. A few days later, another one got in the house! My wife and I started looking around the house at dusk, and discovered two places where they were coming out of the attic--one on the north side and one place on the south side of the house, from tiny little places near the eves that you couldn't even tell there was an opening! We tried counting, and there were over two hundred that came out of each place!
I looked in the yellow pages and called a licensed "critter" removal specialist, who came out and looked over the situation. One of the problems we had was that at that time of year (early summer) the babies were not yet able to fly, and if he sealed the bats out at that time, the babies would just die and then smell! So he had to wait until I think it was late August (just about this time of year) to come back. He put up nets, like others have said, so that they could get out but not back in. He then came back in about a week, removed the nets, and sealed the openings. He also built a steel mesh "box" to go over the vent for the attic so none could get back in that way either.
All told, he only charged us $600, but that was back in 1997.
I purchased and installed a bat box near the peak of our detatched carriage house style garage, hoping some of the bats would take up residence there, but unfortunately, they never did. I later learned from someone that I should have put it on the north side of the garage, rather than the south side, as they don't really like the heat of the sun beating down on their "home", as was the case with the southern mounted box.
I am glad we no longer have the bats in our house, but I do wish I had them in the neighborhood outside. The bugs have been really bad every summer since we had the bats "evicted".:frown:
Just caught a bat on one of those sticky fly traps in the kitchen the other day. We catch one or two a year inside.
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