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« on: January 16, 2010, 09:43:47 PM »

The local fire department imploded an old building last week and hundreds of bats flew out.  One bat came into my laundry room and is living in my floor drain.  When he comes out he stays very close to this drain and retreats into it when I try to grab him (with thick gloves).  I have tried enticing him to move away from the crack with fruit and water without any success. I can't leave the windows open at night because 50 bats will come inside.  My husband is going to entomb him if I can't get him out tonight. Any ideas?  Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010, 10:04:32 PM »

Any chance you can slide a flattened cardboard box over drain quickly before he can flee back in?  Once he roosts outside of the drain, it will be a lot easier to catch.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2010, 10:39:43 PM »

Good idea. I have been thinking about pushing him with a broom, but he looks so small and very fragile.

Where will it roost if I block off the drain?  Do they have to hang upside down? 
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2010, 10:47:26 PM »

Good idea. I have been thinking about pushing him with a broom, but he looks so small and very fragile.

Where will it roost if I block off the drain?  Do they have to hang upside down?  
It really depends on the room.  Typically, they will try to find something to cling to and hang from (curtains being a favourite).  So after the bat is out of the drain and covered, leave the light on and it should try to roost.  After some time has passed, you should be able to either catch it in a towel or just using some thick gloves.

If your washer and dryer are side by side with a space in-between, and you see no other area it would probably roost, you could lay the broom across them and give it a place to cling to.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2010, 11:34:22 PM »

Thank you so very much!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010, 03:56:04 AM »

Google & contact Bat Conservation International; they're the experts in such matters.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010, 04:01:32 AM »

Good luck to you.  I don't know what I'd do, as I find bats absolutely revolting.  The concept of a flying rodent is repulsive to me, which is strange because mice and rats don't really bother me.

* edit * It appears that bats are not actually classified as rodents, but as chiroptera.  I guess you learn something new everyday.

Other creatures that are rodents: squirrels, prairie dogs, and beavers.

Also, I had never heard of these, but the capybara is the largest living rodent in the world, and they can weigh up to 140 lbs.

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010, 04:07:06 AM »

Good luck to you.  I don't know what I'd do, as I find bats absolutely revolting.  The concept of a flying rodent is repulsive to me, which is strange because mice and rats don't really bother me.
What!!? Shocked  You've never watched Johann Strauss II's operetta Die Fledermaus (lit. the flying mouse)?  (Then again, neither have I. Cool)
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2010, 04:12:03 AM »

Good luck to you.  I don't know what I'd do, as I find bats absolutely revolting.  The concept of a flying rodent is repulsive to me, which is strange because mice and rats don't really bother me.
What!!? Shocked  You've never watched Johann Strauss II's operetta Die Fledermaus (lit. the flying mouse)?  (Then again, neither have I. Cool)

laugh I actually have seen it.  Tongue

I love bats.  I find them to be absolutely fascinating.  As cliche as it is, I would love to visit the Congress Avenue Bridge one day; bats around here are always so few in number.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2010, 03:26:40 PM »

Also, I had never heard of these, but the capybara is the largest living rodent in the world, and they can weigh up to 140 lbs.
Capybaras are delightful creatures. They make good pets. When we lived in Paraguay, some neighbours had one as a pet. When the kids from that house came to play with our kids, the capybara often came along. Apparently, they're not hard to feed, and they are very clean and easy to clean up after. The hair is very coarse, and they have a slightly (but only very slightly) unpleasant odour.
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2010, 03:29:45 PM »

"You think they'll hit you but they won't
You think they nest in your hair but they don't

You think that feathers is what they got
You think they are a bird, but they are not

The old adage 'Blind as a bat'
The truth is they can see, but not as good as you and me"

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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2010, 04:19:30 PM »

Have you tried blood to lure him out? Just kidding...  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2010, 04:26:21 PM »

The bat hibernating in my drain didn’t roost on my broom or my curtains so I couldn’t grab him. The thin, attachment nozzle on the hose to my vacuum was able to pull him out of a crack near the floor drain. He will probably develop PTSD, but he is now outside and able to fly.
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2010, 04:36:57 PM »

lol, you used a vacuum hose to get him out? was it turned on??  Shocked
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2010, 04:51:53 PM »

Glad to hear he is now outside free.

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I love bats.  I find them to be absolutely fascinating.  As cliche as it is, I would love to visit the Congress Avenue Bridge one day; bats around here are always so few in number.

I like bats a lot too and they are facinating. I don't see them a lot though but only a few times. I particularly like the flying fox since it has a face like a dog almost.





They are pretty cute.
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2010, 04:54:31 PM »

They are pretty cute.

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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2010, 05:04:52 PM »

lol, you used a vacuum hose to get him out? was it turned on??  Shocked
Yes. My husband was convinced that the entire New World was in imminent danger from this bat  Shocked, so he had to be rescued quickly before my husband terminated him.  Tongue (Yes, I know they can carry rabies.)

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« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2010, 06:32:54 PM »

lol, you used a vacuum hose to get him out? was it turned on??  Shocked
Yes. My husband was convinced that the entire New World was in imminent danger from this bat  Shocked, so he had to be rescued quickly before my husband terminated him.  Tongue (Yes, I know they can carry rabies.)



Rabies or not (and in Egypt, they have no recorded instance of bat rabies for thousand of years), they still somewhat give me the creeps.  In parts of Egypt they roost in trees and walking along the Nile you will run into them.  Going up the stairway at the Temple of Denderah:it's invested with them, as are other ruins.  But they are just sort of there: I don't recall anyone ever being bitten.
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« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2010, 07:05:31 PM »

^Spooky, stinky, and unhealthy.

My grandfather owned a small dairy and the cousins would frequently play in the barn's hay loft.  (One could find many soft piles of baby kittens there in the spring/summer.  Smiley ) Almost all of us have been misdiagnosed with TB. Bats carry Histoplasmosis (pulmonary lesions that look like TB on xrays) and there were hundreds of bats in his barn.  

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« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2010, 08:37:53 PM »

They are pretty cute.

Some species are.

I have extensive experience with bats living in the walls of my childhood home. Every once in awhile one would get into my room. I have this hilarious story of my dad being sent into my sister's room with a fishnet and hockey mask, trying to catch a rogue bat. We promptly closed the door on him and listened gleefully to his shouts as he tried to corral the bat...
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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2010, 08:40:18 PM »

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We promptly closed the door on him and listened gleefully to his shouts as he tried to corral the bat...

Lol.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2010, 10:23:06 PM »

They are pretty cute.
I have this hilarious story of my dad being sent into my sister's room with a fishnet and hockey mask, trying to catch a rogue bat.

LOL! That image is gonna stay with me every time I see you post for a while! Cheesy
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