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Bats In Your Belfry? Maybe Its Time For A Bat Control Service!
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Bats In Your Belfry? Maybe Its Time For A Bat Control Service!

Are you having those wonderful scratching sounds in your ceiling? Does it look like the Adams Family revisited around your house when the sun goes down? Maybe you have bats in your belfry, and you might need a bat control service!

August is bat month!

The month of August is the most active month of the year for bats here in the good ol USA, and having bought a 100 plus year old house to restore, I found I had enough of them in the attic area to give the Adams Family a run for their money! Now I am not fond of these things, but up until I read an article in the paper I was not afraid of them, but after learning a few things I now may have to re asses my views on these little vampires!

Bats and rabies!

I did not know that bats are notorious for carrying rabies.The health department considers them positive for rabies and sends them out to be tested whenever human contact has occurred. Now that is a bit scary, as I was removing about four or five a day the last few weeks. I am now re evaluating how I get rid of them.

How to get them out!

If you get a bat in your house, it is best to not kill it, or if you do do have to end its life be sure not to damage the head, as that is what is needed to test them for rabies. What I do is keep a long towel handy and stun them by hitting them as they fly by, they will then fall to the floor. Take a plate with a cover similar to a cake cover, ( do not let my wife read this please she is still looking for hers :P ) and slide the plate under the bat and put the cover over it. The health department then recommends to take the bat to them for testing, which is not a bad idea, then you will know what you are up against, and it is free. I have too many here to do this with every one, but it would be good to know if they are infected.

How it make them go away altogether.

There are many bat control products on the market, and if you only have a few bats I recommend doing some research on how to get rid of them. If you have a bad infestation like I have, then I would go with a bat control service. They are not cheap and it takes a few days to get the job done, but it is worth it. Now that I know about the rabies issue I can not get rid of them fast enough! Bats in my belfry? NOT :)

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Street Talk

Great article, Shawn. I see bats flying around in the evenings but fortunately for me they do not come around the house. I had one come down through the chimney years ago and our cat made short work of it. I like the long towel idea.

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  about 9 years ago

It works, lol

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  about 9 years ago
C. Hughes  

The bats in my belfry aren't in the house ( it's a cognitive thing) I recommend building bat houses outside your residence. If they are in your house it is because they are looking for a place to roost. Since they do eat several times their body weight in mosquitoes each and every night they really are a good thing to have around. Find out where they are entering and exiting your house and close up the entrance. You may need a contractor for this. It may also require you to get out your lawn chair just before dusk or dawn to identify the location of the ingress. Before you do this, build a few places for them to roost outside the house. Voila, problem solved.

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  about 9 years ago

Great advice! thanks!

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  about 9 years ago

We have bats here. Thanks Shawn. hehe

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  about 9 years ago

Duck! lol

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  about 9 years ago
melissa3  

Liked your article but the picture freaked me out a bit!!

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  about 9 years ago

I know, they are ugly little guys ey?

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  about 9 years ago
Joan S  

Got a nice laugh from your article Wayne. Had one experience with a bat in my office. I had never seen one before, in real life. I trapped him in the bathroom, and called the animal shelter. They took pity on me and came out with a cage and carted him away. I felt bad about it because they tested him for rabies, which means curtains for him. Yes, they do test for rabies, but a small percentage of bats really do have rabies. You're smart to get professional help to get rid of them in your attic. They are endangered right now with white nose parasite. Bats are needed, because they eat mosquitoes, but not in the attic.

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  about 9 years ago

or the belfry, lol

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  about 9 years ago

Great article shawn and congratulation for becoming number one.

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  about 9 years ago

You always talk about something interesting, Good Shawn

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Sharon

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  about 9 years ago

I hate bats they freak me out a bit, although harmless just a bit freaky....no bats here to worry about....racoons though lots of them....good read Shawn...

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  about 9 years ago

Ok home remedies for raccoons, could work, lol

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  about 9 years ago

Giving me the heebie jeebies! One thing I hate are bats in the belfry. Although let have the full access to mosquitoes outside, though! Great Adams' Family start to this one!

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks, I thought you would like it! Now to find something relevant on my site for it, lol

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  about 9 years ago

Where do you come up with these man! ;-)

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  about 9 years ago

I read alot, lol The thing about it David is they are true stories.

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  about 9 years ago
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