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  • Bat in the House

    Woke up in the middle of the night to a strange noise above my bed. Turned the lights on..... a bat was flying around above me. The room has high ceilings but all windows were closed and door is always closed. I quickly opened a window, closed the door and exited. Slept in another room.
    What now ? How do I find the critter and get rid of it ? Do I have to remove all drapes, etc. to locate it ?
    I am really creep-ed out !
    Thanks for any advice you might have !
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Elfe View Post
    Woke up in the middle of the night to a strange noise above my bed. Turned the lights on..... a bat was flying around above me. The room has high ceilings but all windows were closed and door is always closed. I quickly opened a window, closed the door and exited. Slept in another room.
    What now ? How do I find the critter and get rid of it ? Do I have to remove all drapes, etc. to locate it ?
    I am really creep-ed out !
    Thanks for any advice you might have !
    So far, you have done everything wrong.

    You should not have opened the window.

    You should have left the room, the only thing you did right.

    You should have called animal control to catch the bat and test it for rabies.

    Unless you find the bat and test him, you MUST take the rabies shots because bat teeth are so small and so sharp that you can't tell that you have been bitten.

    Every authoritative paper you can find on this subject will tell you that if you wake with a bat in the room, you must take the shots unless you can catch and test the bat and it is negative.

    Because you opened the window, even if you find a bat in the house you can not be certain it is the same one.

    You have a problem. Get with it.

    CSSJR

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    • #3
      What he said, unfortunately.

      If you were awake the whole time, you'd have been fine (bats want to get out of the house, so open the windows, shut the doors and leave them to it), but because you were asleep, you do need to have rabies post-exposure treatment.

      http://www.batconservation.org/content/Batproblems.html

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      • #4
        Do you have a vented gas fired heater in the house? We have a Vermont Castings and after a bat got in our house, I traced the entry point to coming down the chimney and out through the completely open part on the "stove" where the vent pipe goes out. I fabricated a cover out of hardware cloth.
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        • #5
          Well, I've woken to bats in my room twice and lived to tell the tale. I'm sure Sutton is right..but I've always just opened the window wider and gently shooed the little feller out. Once, Mr. CC just tossed a towel over it, and put on leather gloves and took it outside.

          I guess I live dangerously.

          For the OP, just go into the room with a flashlight and the lights on and look EVERYWHERE for the bat. Every nook and cranny. Hopefully, no closet was open, or has a widish crack. Yes, shake your drapes etc. Good luck, they are scary little guys, even if they are super beneficial.

          We have a low incidence of rabies here in the PNW, so maybe I've always felt pretty blase' about them.
          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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          • #6
            I was a bat rehabber. You did the correct thing by opening the window. By darkening the room, hopefully the bat got out on it's own. you can put gloves on and use a broom to gently open the curtains. they will perch as high as they can if still in the room. I have been bitten by many bats and it hurts like heck, there is no way anyone could NOT feel it. I had been vaccinated for the rabies virus at the time, and have only encountered one rabid bat in the 4 yrs i worked with them. Less than 1% of all bats have rabies. That said, you should read up on CDC protocol and do what you think is best.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nezzy View Post
              I was a bat rehabber. You did the correct thing by opening the window. By darkening the room, hopefully the bat got out on it's own. you can put gloves on and use a broom to gently open the curtains. they will perch as high as they can if still in the room. I have been bitten by many bats and it hurts like heck, there is no way anyone could NOT feel it. I had been vaccinated for the rabies virus at the time, and have only encountered one rabid bat in the 4 yrs i worked with them. Less than 1% of all bats have rabies. That said, you should read up on CDC protocol and do what you think is best.
              I like bats as well and have several houses, only one of which is in use.

              However, when one talks about "only" 1%.....

              That is one in 100.

              So if 1 in 100 of suffering a horrible death is OK with you.....

              Pretty poor odds.

              CSSJR

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nezzy View Post
                I was a bat rehabber. You did the correct thing by opening the window. By darkening the room, hopefully the bat got out on it's own. you can put gloves on and use a broom to gently open the curtains. they will perch as high as they can if still in the room. I have been bitten by many bats and it hurts like heck, there is no way anyone could NOT feel it. I had been vaccinated for the rabies virus at the time, and have only encountered one rabid bat in the 4 yrs i worked with them. Less than 1% of all bats have rabies. That said, you should read up on CDC protocol and do what you think is best.
                I have never been bitten by a bat but I have read of person's getting bit while asleep and not realizing they had been.

                Until just before they died.

                CSSJR

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Elfe View Post
                  Turned the lights on..... a bat was flying around above me.
                  OMG, how did my mother in law get in your house?
                  Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                  Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                  -Rudyard Kipling

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                    #10
                    The noise of the creature coming into the room or out of its hiding place is what woke me up, I thought it was a bird on the roof or a mouse. So when it started flying around I was already awake. I am sure it did not bite me, I was well under the covers and it never came close enough.
                    After I left the room, the window was open all night.
                    Checked the room in day light, took all drapes off, could find no trace of it. It's a log house, the wood expands and contracts, it's hot and dry right now, I am sure it could find access somewhere.
                    I am giving the room a thorough cleaning, won't sleep there for a few days, just to be sure.
                    Re: animal control. I don't think they would come out in the middle of the night for a bat, if at all. I don't even know if there is animal control in my area.
                    Thanks for all the advice, will have to work on sealing the house.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                      OMG, how did my mother in law get in your house?
                      Wow, she must be quite a traveler..... from Virginia to Washington State !!!!!!!!
                      Just to scare the $hit out of me ?????!!!!!!
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                      • #12
                        Turn your AC down as far as it will go for at least 4 hours. Then use infrared goggles to locate Count Dracula. Then maybe try using a broom to encourage him to exit via the open window.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by DownYonder View Post
                          Turn your AC down as far as it will go for at least 4 hours. Then use infrared goggles to locate Count Dracula. Then maybe try using a broom to encourage him to exit via the open window.
                          No air conditioning here !
                          I don't have infrared anything, maybe I should see if Radio Shack carries those ?
                          Thanks.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                            OMG, how did my mother in law get in your house?



                            My sister lived in a house where bats got into her bedroom all the time. She even woke up when one fell out of the sky on her.

                            They sold the house.

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                            • #15
                              You need to seriously consider rabies vaccine and immune globulin. A lot of the mystery cases of rabies are bat rabies. CDC has a recommendation that anyone who was asleep in a room with a bat needs the vaccine and immune globulin.

                              Talk with the Health Department and an infectious disease MD. The rabies vaccine is not cheap, but is not usually a big deal. The immune globulin injections are unpleasant, but you only get them once. Do some reading such as: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/220967-overview and the CDC website.

                              We had a family come in to our clinic last year. They had just lost a family member to rabies from an unrecognized exposure. It was really sad.

                              You may find that you feel a great sense of relief once you have had the vaccine. Now that I've had vaccine, when I unexpectedly encounter foxes or stray dogs, or have bats fly millimeters above my head, I no longer cringe. We went to help out at a spay neuter clinic in Mexico this year. I was so happy that I didn't have to think about rabies, as many of the dogs brought to the clinic had not had vaccine.

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                              • #16
                                JSwan, LMAO!
                                I've rescued many bats by just picking them up with a towel when they get tired. Yeah, I reckon I should've gotten shots, but never did. It's probably the safe route but I'm not inclined to be paranoid about such things. Keep in mind the public health messages about anything like this tend to be absolutist rather than a true/realistic risk assessment. Occult exposures are actually extraordinarily rare, and the poor little feller probably nearly had a heart attack when you woke up and left the room.

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                                • #17
                                  I didn't even read this thread yesterday but saw the thread title before I went to bed. Apparently that was all it took because there were six bats flying around my bedroom and one of them bit me twice so I had to kill it. I squished it with my fingers while it was wrapped in a bedsheet. Then I woke up! No more bat threads!
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                                  • #18
                                    Unfortunately, after talking to a bat rehabilitation lady in our area, already this thread shows a lot of misinformation. Unless the bat bites you, there is no real cause to be alarmed and think oh my gosh, rabies. Rabies is transmitted via the saliva of an infected animal, so if you were to catch the bat in a soft towel, your okay.

                                    And also, when a bat gets rabies, they don't go after you or froth at the mouth, they go someplace dark, quiet and die. It is usually when they are in the dying process that we find them, hence why were told not to touch them.

                                    Good luck finding out where they are coming in. Glad to hear you didn't kill it or go on a rampage against it.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by SmokenMirrors View Post
                                      Unfortunately, after talking to a bat rehabilitation lady in our area, already this thread shows a lot of misinformation. Unless the bat bites you, there is no real cause to be alarmed and think oh my gosh, rabies. Rabies is transmitted via the saliva of an infected animal, so if you were to catch the bat in a soft towel, your okay.

                                      And also, when a bat gets rabies, they don't go after you or froth at the mouth, they go someplace dark, quiet and die. It is usually when they are in the dying process that we find them, hence why were told not to touch them.

                                      Good luck finding out where they are coming in. Glad to hear you didn't kill it or go on a rampage against it.
                                      So a "bat rehabilitator" is the last word expert?

                                      What is this person's credentials?

                                      Perhaps both you and your expert bat person should read this:

                                      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0506074445.htm

                                      CSSJR

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                                      • #20
                                        Actually, CSSJR is correct. Most cases of human rabies are from the bat strain. Most who became infected had NO recollection of any bat exposure. Yes, it IS possible to be bitten and not know it. If this happened while you were sleeping, and you do not receive post exposure shots, you will die of rabies. Are the chances great? No. Are you willing to bet your life on it? I would not be.

                                        The injections are usually covered under your insurance. You will likely need to provide your doctor or local ER with the information from the CDC showing that having a bat in your room while you were sleeping IS a possible exposure, and that shots must be given to you. Please don't take this lightly - I don't want to read on COTH someday that 'Person dies of rabies, blah, blah, blah'. =)

                                        There are bat removal services out there if you find you can't do it on your own. The local ACO may be able to help you - if the bat can be caught, it can be tested for rabies, and you may avoid needing to get shots. If it can't be caught, you'll need the post-exposure series.

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