Anyone have to deal with bats?

Anyone have to deal with bats?

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    Anyone have to deal with bats?

    JD and I can't seem to catch a bat break.

    We've lived in this house for three years now and in those three years we have had at least six bats in our house. At one point in time we had a bat each night for three nights.

    We've always thought these were just rogue occurrences but the more research I have done the more I have learned that bats don't like "living places" in houses and if you see more than 3 in a matter of a year you more than likely have a colony in your home.

    This is distressing news seeing as how we've just renovated our upstairs and had our first bat since the end of the major construction portion flying merrily around our heads early this morning.

    We've got a "bat inspection" on Monday but I've been told a bat eviction can cost $1,000s.

    Anyone have to deal with getting rid of bats?


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    Never had to remove bats but here is a website that offers some tips. Seems this is the best time of year to evict them.

    How to remove bats from your home
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    Bats are good to have around, but on the outside of the house.

    Each bat can eat up to 1200 misquotes per hour as well as other assorted insects. They are great insect eaters.

    The way to get rid of them is first you have to spend some time watching to see where they are getting in at. That is probably the most frustrating part. They should be leaving the house around dusk, as they are nocturnal and that's when they leave the nest to go eat. They return just before dawn. So, you'll need to set up and watch around the eaves of the house around dusk and then again before dawn. Looking for them at any other time is likely just a waste of time.

    There area also some "Bat Blaster" sonic devices which drives them out by messing with their internal sonar. It isn't audible to humans so that should be a plus. Bat Blaster

    From the website: (You pay nothing if these devices fail to get rid of your bats. Give us a try! If you are not satisfied with your purchase we will refund every dime charged to your card. We keep nothing, no fees, no shipping, and no handling. We want you to be a satisfied customer so you will refer us to others. Over the past 7 years we have helped thousands of people solve their bat nuisance problem.)

    Only 0.5% will harbor rabies. Since 1960 only 10 people have reported to have contracted rabies from bats. Interestingly, the only known person to have survived getting full blown rabies was a teenage girl who contracted it from a bat. I believe she was in Texas but I could be mistaken on that.

    Be careful about killing bats as there are about 5 or 6 species which are on the endangered species list.

    One thing you might do is erect some bat houses on a pole outside of your house as an alternative location for them to roost. Especially once you've found their point of entry into the house and have sealed it off.

    Good luck on your bat eradication efforts.
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    I saw this on Billy the sterminator,find out the entrance,then staple up some netting over the entrance,but leaving the bottom open so the bats can get out,but when they come back they can't get past the net,then seal up the entry area using axpanding foam,and metal sheeting etc.they can get into pretty small holes
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    At least in my state, bats are protected by law. Once they leave in the evening for their nightly food forages, you can screen them out using heavy screening. You can also pay a professional to do it. Depending on the size of the job, it can run into some money. Putting people on ladders and up in attics isn't cheap from either a payroll or workman's comp insurance standpoint and you definitely don't want to hire anyone who is not fully insured. If somebody plants a size 11 boot through the sheetrock of your new ceiling because they missed a rafter, you want the firm paying for the damages. Good luck.
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    Just a thought, but if you truly had a big bat problem, I would think that the contractors would have noticed during the remodel. Thats good news for you, as the expensive part is getting rid of all the droppings which could be toxic, especially to you and reloaded. I'm willing to bet you have a colony living outside in the surrounding trees of your home; which is a good thing for pest control. You probably just have a few rogue characters wandering into your home. I'd start looking at the older portions along the eaves and soffits. Since you had the problem before and after, that seems like the logical place to start IMO.

    But, take all that with a grain of salt as I've never had a bat problem at my own house. I did put up a few bat houses in my backyard though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Just a thought, but if you truly had a big bat problem, I would think that the contractors would have noticed during the remodel. Thats good news for you, as the expensive part is getting rid of all the droppings which could be toxic, especially to you and reloaded. I'm willing to bet you have a colony living outside in the surrounding trees of your home; which is a good thing for pest control. You probably just have a few rogue characters wandering into your home. I'd start looking at the older portions along the eaves and soffits. Since you had the problem before and after, that seems like the logical place to start IMO.

    But, take all that with a grain of salt as I've never had a bat problem at my own house. I did put up a few bat houses in my backyard though.
    I talked to a bat guy this morning on the phone (one of the only ones in the area) and he said that it's very likely we had a colony in our attic before we made that attic into a bedroom. When we gained access to our attic space (that we made into our master bedroom) there was a ton of what I thought was mouse droppings but it very well could have been bat droppings. The bat guy says it's very likely there was a colony there and that the construction drove the bats out and when they cleaned up all of the old insulation they cleaned up the bat droppings with it but now that the construction is over the bats want to "come back home" and now is the critical time to make sure they are sealed out as that "home" is now our bedroom.

    He's coming on Monday to look for any potential entry points but he's convinced that if we don't have colony now we almost certainly did before the remodel and it's imperative we bat-proof our house NOW before they all come back.

    And, yes, this does seem to be the perfect time of the year to seal them out.

    I'm REALLY REALLY hoping that we don't have a huge bat problem but I'm really Really REALLY sick of waking up to bats flying around my head at odd hours of the night.

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    Well, I'm sure the "bat guy" knows more about it than I do, his theory makes sense.
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    One thing you can do if you have them in your attic is to blow in Moth Crystals and leave a fan running. It messes with their sonar and they leave.
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    First thing is to find where they are nesting...getting in the home..best way to find that is to watch at dusk..if Bats have made thems selves a home find their roost in the walls or attic..you pretty much cannt get the urine but you must get every thing else..good vac job in a roost during the day gets the bats and thier ****...seal the entry point afterdark with 1/4 hardware cloth over insect screen or tin...rodent dropping can cause liver failure..hemoragic fever....When they come and go they make social sounds...you can hear them rustlin in the walls.....urinal cake in the roost for the pee smell.. Grew up in and big old colonial era home (1751)..been there done that..musta been years of bat **** under the floor boards in the attic..call your county extension service to be sure you wont be sealing up young bats..stinky.....be anal about cleaning up, it matters for your health...when you lockem out they will find another place to shelter...My Dad chased those bats all over that house...Good Luck truth is I loved those Bats..my sisters would just freak out when one would drop in from the attic..and that was always entertaining .. I loved watchin them fly.. eating anything sharing the air with them..really amazing..just sayn

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    Someone told me after I dealt with a bat in my house the old fashioned way that I should have opened a bottle of ammonia and then opened a window. He said the bat would find the window to escape the smell of ammonia. I don't know if it works, as I haven't had to test it since I played baseball with the last bat, who ironically in this game played the part of the ball.
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    I lived in a rental house which seemed to attract bats. For the five years I lived there we had at least 5 or 6 bats get in.

    Like Dan Akroyd and John Candy in the movie the Great Outdoors, I armed myself with a net, a bat and a surplus army helmet when I had to do battle.

    I always hated dealing with those little buggers.

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    Let the bat specialist take care of the problem. They, hopefully, know what they are doing regarding methods, laws, etc. They can safely get rid of them and keep them out. I had a huge colony in my roofing tiles. Thank God they never got into the attic or house proper. The pros need to handle a problem with bats, not what "someone heard" or do it yourself. They are protected and at least here in FL you are prohibited from disturbing them during breeding season, which for us, lasts til September.

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    There is an article just coming out on local news today about a rabid bat attacking someone here in Indianapolis back on Aug. 17.
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    A 10KT airburst followed by an infantry & battle-mech sweep the get the survivors will do the job nicely.

    If that doesn't work, glass it from orbit to be sure.
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