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Old 07-10-2012, 10:01 PM
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Default How to catch a bat

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There's one flying around in my house. I tried throwing a tea towel over him, but no luck. Right now he is hanging off the curtain rod in one of my bedrooms so I shut the door until I figure out what to do.

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Old 07-10-2012, 10:03 PM
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net? bucket over top and then slide a piece of board under it? Bats in houses often = rabies, so whatever you do, DON'T touch it or leave it in the house while you are asleep.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:04 PM
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Coffee can? Is he low enough that you could reach him without endangering yourself?

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Old 07-10-2012, 10:16 PM
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I don't have a net, unfortunately.

Last time I had one in the house I caught him by throwing a tea towel over him (I wear thick leather gloves), this one's too fast and I can't get near him. I think there's a roost in my old unused chimney outside the bedroom window, although I can't figure out how he got in.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:20 PM
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Like this:

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Old 07-10-2012, 10:42 PM
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Open a window... chase around with a mop til he leaves

DO NOT TOUCH!
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:48 PM
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Romy: LOL! Since I don't have either a blue tablecloth thingy or a red napkin thingy to wear, I think I'll try Kat's method next.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:20 PM
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Did you get it?
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:41 PM
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I have way too much experience with this. Used to live in a condo and had a bat infestation. Sweet actually helped me catch one of them if I remember correctly.

Anyways the best way we got rid of most of them was to open our sliding glass door at night and turn EVERY light on in the condo. The bats ended up flying towards the direction of darkness and left.

We had a few young ones we ended up catching during the day when they were sleeping. Put a plastic cup over them, slid a thin piece of cardboard between the cup and whatever the bat is on and then either release the bat or in our case with the really young ones I took them to a wildlife rehabilitator in the area that specialized in bats.

Be very careful though. The animal control recommended we go through a post rabies treatment after our infestation just in case we had been bitten in our sleep at all without knowing it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:26 AM
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Last time that happened to me, after unsuccessfully trying to shoo it out the door we ended up trapping it in a big rubbermaid container and taking it outside.
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