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Bats Out of Nowhere? (by OREO [WI]) Apr 9, 2024 10:42 PM
       (by Richard [MI]) Apr 10, 2024 12:00 AM
       (by plenty [MO]) Apr 10, 2024 7:15 AM
       (by RB [TN]) Apr 10, 2024 8:07 AM
       (by zero [IN]) Apr 10, 2024 8:13 AM
       (by Busy [WI]) Apr 10, 2024 8:30 AM
       (by Vee [OH]) Apr 10, 2024 9:40 AM
       (by jonny [NY]) Apr 10, 2024 10:38 AM
       (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Apr 10, 2024 12:02 PM
       (by zero [IN]) Apr 10, 2024 6:18 PM
       (by OREO [WI]) Apr 10, 2024 8:17 PM
       (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 12, 2024 12:02 PM

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Bats Out of Nowhere? (by OREO [WI]) Apr 9, 2024 10:42 PM

Tenant texts at 1:30am to say there is a bat in her house and she was going to stay at her boyfriend's. We called a Wildlife guy in the morning we used before for squirrels, but no promises he would find the bat; the charge still applies. We tried to find it and couldn't.

Anyone have to get rid of bats themselves? Any tips? The comoany didn't have appointments available today.


Bats Out of Nowhere? (by Richard [MI]) Apr 10, 2024 12:00 AM

Open the doors.

Use bedsheet or tennis racquet to encourage it to go out the open door. Kind of heard it along.

No telling where it might be hiding.

Probably does not have rabies. Let's hope. Use gloves and long sleeve shirt.

If it says "good evening" swat it with something. --75.7.xx.xx

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by plenty [MO]) Apr 10, 2024 7:15 AM

We had a bat get into our own house. We were able to find it and remove but not before it flew into my forehead. I would Google how and just start trying successful methods! Maybe it's gone already, or you just have to wait until it appears again.

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by RB [TN]) Apr 10, 2024 8:07 AM

Strike one !

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by zero [IN]) Apr 10, 2024 8:13 AM

It got in there once so it will do it again. You need to find the entry point(s) and seal them up.

Maybe it came in when it started getting cold out and now it wants to go eat? --107.147.xx.xx

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by Busy [WI]) Apr 10, 2024 8:30 AM

Wear leather gloves, your riding jacket, maybe the helmet too. Scoop them into a bucket, then, when you release outside, hold bucket high, on its side. Bats need to swoop down when they start flying. That's why you hold the bucket high.

When I had to do this, many years ago, different state, the bats ( 2) were clinging to the concrete block in the basement of an old, old house we were renting. When I tried to get them into an ice cream bucket, they so clung tightly to the block; I had to finally grab them to pull them off the wall, and boy! can those little critters hang on. When I grabbed them, they screamed, then I screamed, both of us terrified. Be prepared for screaming.

Never had bats again, so maybe scaring them was enough of a deterrent. Never woulda thought to call the landlords. Here, in Milwaukee area, I'd call Wildlife in Need out in Oconomowoc for advice. Don't think they would come and remove them, but they should be able to advise as to how to do it.

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by Vee [OH]) Apr 10, 2024 9:40 AM

I hear they sneak in gaps near gutters, ice hanging makes these gaps wider and warm air leaks out inviting them,racoons, and squirrels.

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by jonny [NY]) Apr 10, 2024 10:38 AM

Is it warm there now? Seems odd to have them now if it's cooler but I really don't know when they start to come out and be more active.

It's not necessarily going to be easy to find it. I would check behind picture frames as well (larger ones) as they sometimes can get behind them too and "hide". If there is access to the attic from the apartment, I would check to see if the door is open or has a gap, etc. It doesn't take much to allow them to get through.

Once you do find it and get it outside I would look around for "signs" of them for their access to the property. If it's a "one off" then the tenant may have had a window open with no screen or a door open, etc that just allowed it to come in. You won't see signs.

The signs I'm referring to are droppings. You will most likely see it going down a wall (exterior) and a hole (maybe) where they are getting in. You may just see their droppings in a pile. I had one property where they were able to get in where a dormer of the roofline had a small gap. When I looked there was a huge pile of their droppings so that was the clue.

I sealed it with spray foam then I double gloved (maybe even triple gloved) and scooped the droppings up and double bagged them and threw it out. I then kept watching to see if the droppings came back (they were still entering there) and looked around the building to see if they were getting access anywhere else.

However, in MY case... the building already had a way for them to exit, this was the only way they could ENTER. You need to make sure they can get out if they are inside. That's a whole different process. Basically, just to make it "somewhat simple" you want to ensure that the attic/space is sealed and then you would take a pvc pipe (as an example) and have it so it goes from the inside, pokes out (like through a window with a screen around it or whatever - sealed completely around) and then once it is outside it bends down in a 90 degree angle for a foot or so. Do NOT seal the pipe itself, this is how they will get out of the building. They cannot get back in through this pipe though.

So as long as the rest of the building is tight and no holes for them to enter, they will all vacate because they will use that pipe to exit and then have no way back in.

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Apr 10, 2024 12:02 PM

I recommend you go over there about sunset and look up in the skies. This will tell you where they coming and in and out of

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by zero [IN]) Apr 10, 2024 6:18 PM

Johnny, that is good advice about the exit strategy. I never would have thought of it. --107.147.xx.xx

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by OREO [WI]) Apr 10, 2024 8:17 PM

It was a warm sunny day of the eclipse. The Wildlife place said they start to come out of hibernation and are confused at first. Funny, my husband saw a bat flying around outside our house that night too.

We didn't see any holes, but I will look for droppings signs outside. Squirrels used to get in until we metalled up their entrance.

Tenant thought they may have gone into a vent so she put window screening over the vents. Keeping our eyes open.

It's been warm during the days 60's, 71 today. JOHNNY I don't know, how warm do bats like it? --75.11.xx.xx

Bats Out of Nowhere? (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 12, 2024 12:02 PM

I had a customer in my handyman business that I was doing some paint and trim work for...and they called me after I was done and said they heard a noise in the wall. By the time I got there two days later to investigate, the noise had stopped...but they had put tape where they heard it. With their permission, I cut a hole in the drywall near the floor between two studs and found a dead bat. I spent an hour looking for an entry point on the roof/eaves/etc...but to no avail. I removed the bat, patched the drywall, and repainted the area. Sorry I can't offer more advice on how to get rid of the bat, but it seems others have given some good ideas.

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