Recently, I noticed droppings on my outdoor patio table. The exterminator said it was bat droppings from a bat that stays in my outdoor umbrella. How do I get rid of the bat? I can't use my deck otherwise. I've never had any bat problems for the last 18 years.
By Wanda from Whitehouse Station, NJ
As someone who works in zoology, I want to set some bat myths strait. Bats don't mind light in fact they will fly at light simply to eat the bugs that swarm there. If you think it may bite you or get you sick. Most bats wont ever get close enough to a human to do either. And if they do get close there merely eating Mosquitoes and other insects that were about to land on you.
As long as the bat is outside there's no property damage and a lot of people now a days are building bat boxes to attract bats to there house for the beneficial aspects. Insect eating bats devour millions of insects a year. from mosquitoes and moths. To Crickets and spiders! And well spiders may be a lot more of a risk. Even Bees and Wasps may get eaten Fruit eaters pollinate flowers and disperse the seeds. Most eucalyptus trees exist from a bat. Either by pollination or eating the fruits it produces and disbursing the seed.
Having bats outside may also be keeping bugs from getting inside. why spend money and energy getting rid of a bat only to spend more tie and energy spraying for beetles and bees and other things. If you want the bat out of the mbrells put some bat boxes far enough from your home like 300 meters or the edge of your property and you'll get he benefits of less insects, While still never needing to see the bat or his droppings again.
Or just get rid of his home the umbrella. Hopefully hell get the point and find somewhere else. If you want him gone for good with no chance of come backs you can call a wildlife trapper who will gradually relocate him to somewhere else. Do not try to remove him yourself.
I have lived in my rental house since September of 2007, and have had a total of 8 bats throughout the years come out in my house. I know at least 1 of their roosting areas, in attic cubby hole. Around the chimney there are lot of bat droppings.
My landlord says he will look for the entry spaces and try to seal them again. These bats are a huge problem for me since I am deathly afraid of bats! I like start to hyperventilate and cry and really am petrified of these bats. They are small brown bats. I am scared about bats possibly having rabies.
I was told Bounce fabric dryer sheets will help keep bats from entering my home because of the strong smell of dryer sheets. If this works I will do this around chimney, their roosting place and pray I don't get another bats again flying in my house. Last night the brown bat came out into my daughter's room, she's 11. So can anyone please give ideas? I don't have $500 to have an exterminator to get rid of these bats.
This is 100% your landlords responsibility! Not yours. Bats are a very dangerous thing to have in your house because most of them carry rabies and many times you won't even know you have been bitten (if you are asleep) so you won't get treatment until it is too late.
There is no cure/remedy for rabies unless you are treated immediately - before you start showing symptoms. I don't want to freak you out but this is very serious. Please make your landlord take care of this immediately or you and your family should move out.
How can I get rid of bats from behind a wall or in the ceiling of my home?
By Anna from PA
I have heard from a neighbor that if you play loud music in the attic about the time they enter for the night, they wll leave. Please do not kill them as they are very beneficial for eliminating mosquitoes. You might check with your local wildlife rescue for other remedies.
We have a huge garage, the bats just keep comming out of a certain part of it at night, it seems nonstop. We can't use that part of the garage because of them. I know all the benifits of having them around, and I totally agree. They come out of multiple cracks, I really don't want them harmed, just living in the nearby woods with lots of trees with woodpecker holes, nearby wet area. Any suggestions? Thanks.
By Pam L.
Rural? If it won't disturb your neighbors, play a loud radio in the most affected area 24 hours a day for as long as it takes but not when they have young. Few days to better than a week.
My dad built several bat houses and he loved to sit on the deck in the evenings and watch them swarm out by the thousands! Here's the problem. He built them only about 15-20 feet from the house and right over the deep well. They both suddenly fell seriously ill and my dad died. It may or may not have had anything to do with the bats, but no one wants to be around the property and especially drink the water. And the backyard stinks! How can we get rid of the bats or is there anyway to move the houses?
You can't move the bats, they already are used to having a home close by yours. You could call someone to come and get them but there is no way you could do it alone.
I was wondering how do I get rid of bats living on my trees. I look out my window and there's like cocoons everywhere all over my trees, and there's bats living in them. I want to get rid of them, they are everywhere. How would I go about getting them off my trees and away from my house?
Ashley From MA
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By J. Warren from Greenville, SC
Because bats are beneficial in keeping insects away, mosquitoes especially, it might be best to follow some of the advice in bat proofing your house, but building them a bat house away from your dwelling. That way you won't have them flying around your house, but will still get the benefit of their eating the insects. Susan from ThriftyFun (08/06/2005)
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By abettere from NC
I need to know how to get rid of bats under an umbrella.