I have a bat in my house. How can I get rid of it? It is currently
hanging upside down about 12 feet up at the top of our central
stairwell. I live in Western Washington. Thanks for any
If you can easily get to him, put on a glove and just pick it up and carry
When I had a bat, it was flying back and forth in my hallway at 2:00 AM. I
ended up swatting it with a pot lid to knock him down, then took it outside.
It was quite a sight, my wife said, watching me swat at it with the lid. I
had two doors open, but he never headed to either of them.
Are SURE it's a bat? Recently my bank had one. They called the building
bat-removal technician. Before the janitor arrived, though, the whole thing
turned out to be a false alarm; the "bat" was a bank vice president.
All joking aside..bats carry rabies..not good if you are bitten.
The outside light draws insects, bats like insects, don't know
if they see them, smell them, or find them with their radar, but it
you've heard the expression blind as a bat
bats are completely blind
they use sonar
or is it radar
hmmm, not sure...
they use radar, we used to throw rocks up in the air and watch the bats
chase the rocks to the ground
one time, I threw the rock up and it came down and went through the
back glass of my moms chevy malibu... just a small hole... I thought
she might not even notice it for a while.
but then little cracks started spreading throughout the glass...
in 2 mins, the whole back glass was a milky web of cracks...
Thanks for all the suggestions. Haven't seen the bat since that
evening. Guess all it wanted was some attention from alt.home.repair.
I suppose it went out of the house the same way it got in. We just had
some siding replaced on the exterior of the house last week. I wonder
if the repair opened up a gap through which the bat could enter.
Been there, had that happen! My most startling bat encounter was right
after I moved last year. Late in the evening, I unpacked a box of
iced-tea glasses that needed to be washed before putting them away. I
decided to set them aside for washing the next morning.
Next day, I noticed from across the room that one of the glasses in the
lineup had something brown in the bottom. Thinking it must be a
wadded-up piece of packing paper, I started to reach in, and abruptly
realized there was a nose-down bat in the glass.
The bat was dead, and to this day I am still wondering what it was
doing in that glass. Did it perch on the edge, die, and fall in? Die
in the air and randomly tumble in? Fly in nose-first and die because
it couldn't get back out? In retrospect, I probably should have taken
it to the health department (bat rabies has been confirmed in my
county, as in most counties in my state), but at the time I just put
it in the garbage can.
Andy & Carol wrote:
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