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Oh my, BATS !!

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by chrisasst, May 7, 2013.

  1. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

    Dec 29, 2008
    Beautiful British Columbia
    That article says this "The homeowner’s policy explicitly states that it doesn’t cover rodent infestations. But in 2006, Allstate had no problem paying $3,841 to have the flying mammals evicted from her walls. And that would make sense, as bats and rodents, biologically speaking, are from two distinct orders (Chiroptera and Rodentia, respectively).
    The homeowner took her problem to Sacramento’s CBS 13, where reporter Kurtis Ming attempted to get to the bottom of this dung heap. Allstate eventually told the TV station that it made a mistake when it paid the claim in 2006 and that the homeowner’s policy “excludes bats,” even though Ming could not find the word anywhere in the documentation.
    The California Dept. of Insurance looked into the situation but decided not to do anything, calling it a difference of opinion."
    A "difference of opinion"???
    So in Allstate's "opinion" bats and rodents are the same species. Boy would I be taking that one to court. LOL If the policy stated it didn't cover infestations, they could refuse to cover a bat infestation, but specifically stating they don't cover Rodent infestations means just that. It would be easy to prove in court that bats are not rodents.

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  2. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

    Jul 11, 2008
    Northern NH
    Some states have rules in effect that bat colonies can not be distiburbed until the have raised their young. I expect if you look around there is going to be some sort of non profit or government agency who will work with you to ge tthem out of the attic and into suitable nesting spots. I wouldnt be surprised if certain species of bats get threatened status very soon.
  3. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

    Dec 14, 2007
    SE Mass
    I've gotten rid of bats in an attic and a shed by leaving a light on as they are not blind and prefer dark quiet places to sleep.

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