The Great Outdoors!

Big Al1Big Al1 Senior MemberPosts: 6,778 Senior Member
So Friday night I have the lake house to myself. Antenna TV is great if you watch a lot of PBS, so I throw in a movie. But I'm not alone. Half way through I notice a winged shadow flying around, crap it's a bat! So I scramble to close all the down stairs bedrooms so he can't hide but then he disappears!!?? Who knows where he went?? About 1030 I head upstairs and when I turn on the hallway light he's flying around up there. The fish net is in the garage so when I open the outside door to get it, the door to the upstairs bedroom opens, that's where I sleep, so I turn to close that door so he doesn't get in there. Next to the door is a Leinenkugerls canoe paddle, (for decoration) and it's my closest weapon so I grab it. As I turn I'm staring into the jaws of death as the he flies straight at me, with his pointy little ears (like devils horns) and fangs bared!! I swing that paddle like a Samurai warrior and SPLAT, the little terrorist sails across the hall way and almost out the door. But I only range his bell, tough little ****!! Still flapping and squeaking I finally paddled him outside. That's enough adventure for one night!!

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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 1,724 Senior Member
    Good practice for fly season.
  • GilaGila Posts: 349 Member
    Poor little guy.  He was just after a moth...
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 1,395 Senior Member
    I bet he was a two pounder!




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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,252 Senior Member
    Sounds like a typical small town Wisconsin weekend.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,778 Senior Member
    Got another one tonight! First pass with the fishing net! Don't know how they heck they are getting in??
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,099 Senior Member
    Fireplace?
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 27,045 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    Got another one tonight! First pass with the fishing net! Don't know how they heck they are getting in??
    With bats one is an occurrence, two means inhabitants.  They are nesting somewhere IN the cabin.  I had that problem with a house I bought years ago.  Just as the sun is going down walk around the house and pay close attention to any vents specially in attic, chimneys or any other potential entrances into a dark area of the cabin.  I can almost guarantee you’ll see a few bats flying out.  They are like mice, all they need is a SMALL entrance and you now have renters.  Mine was an attic vent.  Waited until they all left for their evening meal, pulled it off and put in a fine mesh screen inside the slats and presto, bat problem fixed for the 12 years I lived in the house.
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,778 Senior Member
    The house is built into a hillside so the upstairs is actually at ground level. They are  getting in the lower floor area where there is no attic access. The chimney is stainless with mesh on top. I'll have to look around outside and see if I can find an entry.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,363 Senior Member
    The problem with Wambli’s plan is that (depending on the breed of bat), they will probably have pups in the roost.  You wall off the adults, and you may end up with a stinky problem in a few days.

    See if you can identify the breed from the ones you whacked, and check with a local master naturalist to see if the breed would have pups in a nursery colony at this time.

    You can also find local ‘rescue’ organizations here:
    https://batworld.org/what-to-do-if-you-found_a_bat/

    bats are cool and eat bugs, and have some challenges that are facing them right now (white nose).  Try to save them if you can.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 1,724 Senior Member
    My dad built a bat box on the upper back wall of the garage to give them alternative quarters and keep them from nesting in the porch supports of the house. He said it worked.
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 27,045 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    The house is built into a hillside so the upstairs is actually at ground level. They are  getting in the lower floor area where there is no attic access. The chimney is stainless with mesh on top. I'll have to look around outside and see if I can find an entry.
    It's not in there nature to go indoors while active.  When you have a bat indoors he just went the wrong way out of his roost when he woke up.
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 27,045 Senior Member
    The problem with Wambli’s plan is that (depending on the breed of bat), they will probably have pups in the roost.  You wall off the adults, and you may end up with a stinky problem in a few days.

    See if you can identify the breed from the ones you whacked, and check with a local master naturalist to see if the breed would have pups in a nursery colony at this time.

    You can also find local ‘rescue’ organizations here:
    https://batworld.org/what-to-do-if-you-found_a_bat/

    bats are cool and eat bugs, and have some challenges that are facing them right now (white nose).  Try to save them if you can.
    That is an excellent point.  I did check to make sure ours where past that stage.  You can also just find the entrance and wait until it gets cold and they have migrated (most of them do for the winter) and then seal it.

    Actually I will probably be installing some bat houses on our property next spring.  Having a pond in our backyard comes with some flying bug issues and while the golf course does a good job keeping them controlled I'd like some more "natural" ways of dealing with it.
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,363 Senior Member
    Bats and purple martins will both make a huge dent in the bug population.  
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,226 Senior Member
    Quite an uncommon pest here; SIL had only one living in a rented house and she and my wife named it "Bruce" (Get the irony?); every sundown it went inside through the chimney, fly through the stairs up to the 2nd. floor, catch any insect flying around any lamp (Specially the big one in the TV room) and exit through the always opened main window.

    I imagine they are enough a varmint problem there to just whack them (I'd do the same thing with the doves or the cats here but the wife won't let me) but regarding the idea of "bat houses" to allow them to rest in a place where they won't become a nuisance....how the droppings issue is managed in that case? Always heard that such thing is apparently a SERIOUS problem with these little animals when they settle down to rest even in small groups.
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 1,395 Senior Member
    Bats and purple martins will both make a huge dent in the bug population.  
    True, but I don't want them in my house. They belong in the cave of kyre banorg!

    These flying rodents are always cute and fuzzy until someone gets bit. They go straight for the throat. Then it's off to the doctors to get treated for rabies.



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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 8,807 Senior Member


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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,750 Senior Member
    Hey Al, You might want to pick up a couple of cloves of garlic, just in case :D >:) ;)
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,649 Senior Member
    Fledermaus.  One got in our house.  There were three women visiting and they all believed that a bat would get in their hair (and these were educated women) so they got on their knees and crawled out.  Meanwhile, our cat sat on the couch arm and slapped it out of the air with one try.  Caught it under a bucket while it was stunned.  My wife took it outside to set it free...it was squeeching and when she let it out a fox came up and took it while it was still on the ground, ignoring my wife.
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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,107 Senior Member
    Last week had a bat in the house, caught it and released it. A couple days later there were two flying around the living room then they went upstairs. Got leather gloves went upstairs found one flying around, slapped it out of the air took it outside and disposed of it. Two days later the other one flew into the living room and landed on the curtain, I caught it and disposed of it also.
    I had an window air conditioner upstairs and noticed there was a small gap that they most likely used to get in.

  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 38,305 Senior Member
    Look for greasy stains on the side of the house where they wiggle between boards etc. you’ll see it, if there’s a bunch roosting. 
    Some are protected species, so....
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 38,305 Senior Member
     

    Similar to that. Can be anywhere though, in a spot they can squeeze in. 
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 8,807 Senior Member
    edited August 21 #23
    Make sure to keep bats out of the attic. There was a house over by the new high school that had bats for years and years. When someone finally went into the attic, the guano was 1/2' deep. They condemned the house and tore it down.
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 5,932 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio said:
    Make sure to keep bats out of the attic. There was a house over by the new high school that had bats for years and years. When someone finally went into the attic, the guano was 1/2' deep. They condemned the house and tore it down.
    Wife's school has had them for quite a while.  I pointed out to the superintendent YEARS ago that there are too many holes to count that are allowing them in.  Mentioned it to the maintenance guy too.  Neither seemed to give much of a crap, so I didn't either.  Not my building, if they don't care, I will happily put my giveashitz in a different basket.  

    That was before I heard about histoplasmosis.  

    As it turns out, one of her fellow teachers (strangely enough, the one whose classroom sits DIRECTLY below the massive guano pile) got sick last year.  Not just sick, but SICK.  Near death kind of sick.  Out of work for MONTHS kind of sick.  Now, to be fair, she has pre-existing conditions that are borderline serious all on their own... but, it didn't escape my notice that they're cleaning out the "attic" and sealing the entry points this year. 

    I don't think I'll put any money on "coincidence".


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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 16,924 Senior Member
    Put up some bat houses. Properly built bat houses will attract the bats and locate them where YOU want them, not where you don't. Plus you help bats which is  a good thing all around!
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 5,932 Senior Member
    I should mention she was not diagnosed with histoplasmosis.  

    I should also mention that the superintendent and the maintenance guy will be doing the cleaning/sealing themselves, rather than shell out the clams required to hire people who know what they're doing.  
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 845 Senior Member
    edited August 21 #27
    Gene L said:
    Meanwhile, our cat sat on the couch arm and slapped it out of the air with one try. 
    My mother used to tell stories of a cat she used to have that would catch bats on a regular basis.  She would watch a bat until she figured out the pattern it was flying and then find a high point along the lowest point of the bats flight path to ambush it.  She would jump and slap it right out of the air.  The same cat had an interesting way of teaching her kittens how to hunt.  First she would bring in dead prey for them to eat.  Then it would be barely alive.  The prey she brought home would be progressively less injured until she was bringing in completely unharmed prey to turn loose in the middle of her litter of kittens.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 23,293 Senior Member
    Only had one bat that I can remember that got into the house. It came in through the chimney. A badminton racquet made its demise rapid and final.
    Also had a Muscovy duck come down the same chimney. Neighbor had some of those ugly nasty critters and they roamed around the whole neighborhood. This one would fly up on the top of the chimney and take a nap from time to time. I guess it woke up, lost its balance, and fell down the chimney. Had to  open the draft to let it fall the rest of the way through. Kicked its butt outside, and made a stainless steel hood for the top of the chimney that the stupid duck couldn't land on (Vee roof chimney cap with stainless steel screws every 1/2" sticking up on the ridge of the cap. Duck found another place to nap. The Muscovy ducks disappeared about the same time the first coyotes showed up in the area.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 16,924 Senior Member
    That reminds me, I need to get a sheet metal guy out here to permanently cap off the fireplace chimney.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    My Karma ran over your Dogma!
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