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  • Bat in the house...

    While that might be awesome in the barn, this is the third time I have been woken up by this nocturnal creature IN MY ROOM!
    JRT almost got it this morning but it is a mighty awesome evasive flyer. Oh, and I watched it shimmy under the door to come back in!?
    I dont want to kill it, but how do I find it and relocate it??
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
    carolprudm

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    they will hide in curtains or up high. they appear much smaller when hanging than they are when flying. Use a coffee can or similar with a piece of cardboard slid under it to get it into the can. return near a tree. they cannot fly easily from a low hieght, they need about 6 ft high to orient and take off, so i try to let them crawl up a tree. Also turn off the lights in the house and open a door or window. ( if possible) they will usually try to get out if they can find their way. Bats will NOT try to hurt you if yiy come near, they will open their mouth to scare you, but they will not attack you in any way so don't be afraid. the only thing they will do is fly away from you. ( i used to rehab bats)

    Batcon.org and Batworld.org can help also. good luck

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      #3
      Yeah, I am not afraid...just makes sleeping through the night a bit tough, as I am the world's lightest sleeper.
      And this guy must be special because it took off like a Harrier after shimmying under the door...lol!
      "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
      carolprudm

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      • #4
        They can hide in the tiniest places. But they will come out again. Thanks for not killing him. The bat population is in danger with White nose fungus killing so many.

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        • #5
          YOU ARE BRAVE !


          YIKES !!! YOU ARE VERY BRAVE !~
          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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          • #6
            Butterfly net.

            Go on, ask me about my adept-with-a-net (then) 10 yr old son, and bats in the house

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            • #7
              Open the window

              After spending my first attempts at catching a bat, I learned to simply open the window and it will make its way outside. Then you've got to find how it is getting into your room and block it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by casper324 View Post
                After spending my first attempts at catching a bat, I learned to simply open the window and it will make its way outside. Then you've got to find how it is getting into your room and block it.
                THIS. It's even better if you can leave the house and come back when it's dark. It's quite likely the bat will be flying around looking for an exit when you return. Open doors/windows, and it will fly out. Super easy.

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                • #9
                  My old house had bats in the attic before we got someone to evict them. A couple times they ended up in the living areas. One particular night I remember... the bat interrupted... well... it was the bedroom. Funny now to be sure.

                  Windows work. I've also thrown a towel or light blanket and managed to trap one... just wore heavy gloves and took him outside.

                  I love bats. But they are NOT welcome in my house (especially during... you know).
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                  • #10
                    I am sorry to sound like the voice of doom, but be careful. I love bats. They eat bugs. They also transmit rabies. If this bat has touched you, you should check with your doctor. People sleeping in rooms have been exposed to rabies unknowingly and died.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by IFG View Post
                      I am sorry to sound like the voice of doom, but be careful. I love bats. They eat bugs. They also transmit rabies. If this bat has touched you, you should check with your doctor. People sleeping in rooms have been exposed to rabies unknowingly and died.
                      Sorry, but have to agree with this as well. Love bats, & am a long-time charter supporter/member of Bat Conservation International (http://www.batcon.org/), but even hard-core bat lovers will tell you that if you or your pets have slept in a room with a bat loose in it, your pets are recommended to get rabies boosters, & you're recommended to get the rabies vaccine - UNLESS you've managed to trap the bat the very next morning & have it sent to a lab for testing. You or your pets can easily be bitten by a bat during the night & not even know it. Pretty much all of the people in the U.S. who have died from rabies never even realized they'd been bitten by a bat until it was too late to do anything about it.

                      And you definitely MUST FIND OUT HOW THE BAT IS GETTING INTO YOUR HOUSE & close up that source. Bats (just like mice) can flatten themselves up amazingly thin & can get through amazingly small spaces. This isn't "cute"; it's dangerous. It's also abnormal behavior this time of year for a bat to purposely continue to enter a home.

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                      • #12
                        you don't get rabies from being touched by a bat. you would need to be bitten. it comes from their saliva. But if there is any doubt, then check with the CDC.

                        Just want to add, i have been bitten many times by bats and it hurts BAD. I think you'd know, unless you were ill or incapacitated. I had been vaccinated before working with them.

                        It is not abnormal behavior for a bat to get into a house at any time of year.

                        Batworld's Rabies info
                        http://www.batworld.org/rabies-info/

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                        • #13
                          Uh, I don't think anyone said that you can get rabies from being "touched by a bat". Where did you read that??

                          You CAN, however, get bitten by a bat, particularly while sleeping, & not realize it. THAT'S where the problem rests. Not all bat bites "hurt BAD". And the majority of bat-related rabies deaths in the U.S., rare as they've been, have been via bites wherein the victim didn't even realize they'd been bitten.

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                          • #14
                            We have a bat that has come into our bedroom a couple of times. It squeezes between the two window screens. No idea why it likes our bedroom so much. We either put a fan in the window or close the window now to keep it out. It won't come in either of the other windows in the house, just the one in the bedroom.

                            Our method to get it out of the house is to open all of the doors and windows we can and then hold up sheets or towels to herd it out.
                            Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, Inc.

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                            • #15
                              I thought you can get Rabies from a dead animal. As in the virus lives for a while outside the body, and if you say, pick up a dead rabid animal, and have an open cut on your hands, if their blood or saliva hits your open cut, you can get rabies without being "bitten" by a live animal. So yeah, be very careful.

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                                #16
                                Umm I can hear a cockroach fart, so I don't think it could bite me without me knowing. I saw it go under the door, kind of like a flying rat...lol.
                                I am afraid to open the window for too long, for fear of letting other things in!
                                there are only screens on my windows, the other windows upstairs do not have screens. Is there a way to make a trap??
                                "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
                                carolprudm

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                                • #17
                                  We live in the woods in Western NY state and had issues with bats getting into our house for years. Had various "critter guys" out to the house and have done a number of different fixes - including a custom cap for our chimney which one guy said would solve our problem and the next one said was useless. ??? Anyway, knock on wood we haven't had a problem for the last few years. Our experience -- when we would have one in the house -- is that the best thing to do is open as many windows as you can and they will find their way out. Butterfly nets are also useful.

                                  Bats do carry rabies in our area and its a big concern. We never were in direct contact with a bat but I've had a friend who had bats in her attic who had to go through the whole rabies shot routine. Not fun.

                                  If you think you have them nesting in your house (most likely attic) somewhere get a good "critter guy" out. They will install "one way" bat doors so the bats can leave but not return and then once the bats are gone they will seal up all the identified entry points.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Bacardi1 View Post
                                    Uh, I don't think anyone said that you can get rabies from being "touched by a bat". Where did you read that??

                                    You CAN, however, get bitten by a bat, particularly while sleeping, & not realize it. THAT'S where the problem rests. Not all bat bites "hurt BAD". And the majority of bat-related rabies deaths in the U.S., rare as they've been, have been via bites wherein the victim didn't even realize they'd been bitten.
                                    How would you know? have you ever been bitten by a bat? I have and i am telling you it hurts BADLY every time. the only people who would not feel it are very ill, or incapacitated. The post you Quoted mentioned "if you have been touched by a bat" get checked.

                                    3. A person can be bitten by a bat and not even feel it.
                                    FALLACY. Bat bites feel like sharp needle jabs. According to the United States Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people usually know when they have been bitten by a bat. However, a bat bite can be superficial and not easily noticed. Bats have small teeth which may leave marks that are not easily seen, so there are situations in which you should seek medical advice even in the absence of an obvious bite wound. For example, if you awaken and find a bat in your room, see a bat in the room of an unattended child, or see a bat near a mentally impaired or intoxicated person, seek medical advice and have the bat tested.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Chall View Post
                                      I thought you can get Rabies from a dead animal. As in the virus lives for a while outside the body, and if you say, pick up a dead rabid animal, and have an open cut on your hands, if their blood or saliva hits your open cut, you can get rabies without being "bitten" by a live animal. So yeah, be very careful.
                                      you CANNOT get rabies from a dead animal. You do not get it from touching urine, Blood, or feces of a rabid animal. Please check the link i provided above about Rabies.

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                                      • #20
                                        Oh my goodness, you cannot get rabies from touching an animal. Or it's pee. Or anything. It's saliva must enter your blood.

                                        And not everything that is out during the day is rabid, for heaven's sake, animals get confused or are young and stupid too.

                                        That said, for your sake and for the sake of the animal's stress level, try to be as hands off as possible.

                                        If you can just open doors and windows and wait, that is the best approach; just let it find its way out. If you have large net, like butterfly net, that can work as well. I use a large towel, throw it over them so they are wrapped in it, then take them outside and use towel to place them up in a tree nook or someplace from whence they can launch. They cannot fly directly from the ground, so I don't leave them there as they would be susceptible to predators until they can climb up something to fly away.
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