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#1412247 --- 08/11/13 11:24 AM Unwelcome house guest.
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Seriously, how do you locate and safely remove a bat from your house? When I went to go to bed last night a bat flew around the bedroom. (Believe me, the bedroom was not big enough for both of us.) I thought I had it shut in the bedroom and went down stairs. Next thing I see the bat coming down the stairway and flying around the living room. Then it flew back upstairs and disappeared. I think it is in hiding in the guest room because of the way the cat is behaving. So I shut that door. Now how do I go about safely making sure I don't have a "bat cave" without me or my pets getting bitten?????
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#1412250 --- 08/11/13 12:29 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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I have a friend with that problem. They have used a tennis racket.

Freaks me out!
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#1412252 --- 08/11/13 01:04 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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I have used a fish net to capture two over a long span of years. They came into the house through open, unscreened windows. They looked really creepy and hissed at me. I didn't kill them. I took them outside ( still in the net) and released them back into nature,
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#1412254 --- 08/11/13 01:15 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: twocats]
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Not sure I have a tennis racket around here. I had a response on Facebook to use a shop vac. That sounds like it would work. I have had birds before but never a bat. At least Birds can be shooed to an open window. Bats are too scary and don't seem to head for an opening to leave. The 15 lb. Maine Coon Kitten was trying to get it but I was afraid he might get bitten by the bat.
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#1412258 --- 08/11/13 01:57 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Well you should keep your cat updated with rabies shots #1. If he has had one in the last 2 years he's safe. As to you getting bit well I think you have watched too many vampire movies lol a simple shot and you're fine if you get bit.
http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education/index.html

Tennis racket, butterfly or fishing net even a big bath or beach towel could be employed to catch or kill it.
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#1412260 --- 08/11/13 02:11 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: Frisco kid]
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Both cats are up to date on their shots but I still wasn't thrilled about the possibility of him getting bit. I don't have any nets but I do have large towels. Thanks.
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#1412298 --- 08/11/13 09:06 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Quote:
but I was afraid he might get bitten by the bat.


As long as the cat's had his rabies shot, I wouldn't worry about a bat bite any more than a mouse bite. The bat should worry about the cat, not vice versa.

I used to get one or more inside nearly every year. It was neat...I had cathedral ceilings throughout, with a 13 ft peak, and an open floor plan, with 35 ft. from one side to the other, over the kitchen and living/dining room. I'd just open the doors until it flew out, meanwhile admiring its flight skills, and ducking once in a while.

The cat was always interested, too, but he never scored.
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#1412338 --- 08/12/13 05:39 AM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: VM Smith]
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#1412350 --- 08/12/13 08:37 AM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: Festus]
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I use a big Tupperware bowl and lid! Catch and release a long ways from me!
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#1412464 --- 08/12/13 09:28 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: Sallie]
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The bat came out to play again tonight. Flying up and down the stairway and making laps around the living room. Then it made the mistake of flying out on the sun porch. I was able to slam the French door and trap it out there. I know it was trapped for sure because it was looking at me through the glass panes. I hope it stays out there until daylight and then I can locate it and trap it or open the windows for it to fly out tomorrow night. Hoping to find it hanging around the windows sleeping during the day. It is too quick and active at night to risk it getting loose in the house again.
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#1412720 --- 08/14/13 08:10 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Try out the old rusty 410 you have hidden away. Small holes are easy to patch.
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#1412726 --- 08/14/13 10:15 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: Dr117]
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He seems to be trapped between the lace curtain and the glass on the door to the sun porch. The curtain is attached to the door with flat curtain rods at the top and bottom. He crawls all over the curtain but can't seem to find a way out. After an hour of crawling around he gave up and went back to sleep.Tomorrow when he is sleeping I am going to put on heavy work gloves and try and release the bottom of the curtain and roll him up in it and release the top curtain rod and throw the whole thing outside and release him. Bye, Bye gone I hope.



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#1412731 --- 08/14/13 10:46 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Ever seen this video about Lil Drac? It's adorable. I show it to my kiddos every year when we get to the All About Bats Book.


Part 1:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FkeSSdwbnPg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DFkeSSdwbnPg

Part 2:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kldBXAB2Kws&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkldBXAB2Kws


Edited by twocats (08/14/13 10:51 PM)
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#1412733 --- 08/14/13 11:37 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Originally Posted By: SilverFox
He seems to be trapped between the lace curtain and the glass on the door to the sun porch. The curtain is attached to the door with flat curtain rods at the top and bottom. He crawls all over the curtain but can't seem to find a way out. After an hour of crawling around he gave up and went back to sleep.Tomorrow when he is sleeping I am going to put on heavy work gloves and try and release the bottom of the curtain and roll him up in it and release the top curtain rod and throw the whole thing outside and release him. Bye, Bye gone I hope.





This pic almost makes you want to reach out and grasp....and hug.

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#1412771 --- 08/15/13 08:58 AM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: Rascal]
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He is not very cute in full flight dive bombing you. \:\( I will be trying to remove the curtain with him rolled up in it and take it outside and release him. I could almost feel sorry for him if he hadn't terrorized me (and the cats) for 3 nights before I was able to shut him out on the sun room.
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#1412797 --- 08/15/13 11:53 AM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Thank God he is finally gone. Good thing he was a sound sleeper. Wrapped him in the lace curtain and threw the whole thing out the window. Slammed the window shut. Huge sigh of relief!
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#1412807 --- 08/15/13 12:42 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Have you located the rest of its family?
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#1412810 --- 08/15/13 01:09 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: Crabby]
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No, but I have the name and number of a guy that will come and take care of the situation if there are any more and find out/fix how they are getting in.
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#1412866 --- 08/15/13 09:31 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: SilverFox]
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Good job glad you got it out. Have you retrieved your curtains yet? lol
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#1412890 --- 08/15/13 10:07 PM Re: Unwelcome house guest. [Re: Frisco kid]
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No, I burned the curtain. It was time for a new one anyway.
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