Bats!

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,244
Schenectady, NY
We sealed up a house for bats today and came across this guy (gal?). He wasnt a mid day person and was very unhappy to be woken up and told to move along.
 

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Prof

Feeling the Heat
Oct 18, 2011
426
Western PA
I caught a bat in my basement earlier this summer--was actually thrilled that they are making a comeback. Since then, I've noticed up to 3 flying around my house. Building a bat box is on my short list. They are cute in an ugly sort of way!
 
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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,244
Schenectady, NY
I'm not sure that the ones that winter in the caves are making a comeback. But the ones who live in little groups in attics don't seem to come in contact with white nose syndrome.

Paint the house a dark color so it absorbs the Sun's heat. Full sun is best!
 
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tadmaz

Feeling the Heat
Dec 21, 2017
353
Erin, WI
I caught a bat in my basement earlier this summer--was actually thrilled that they are making a comeback. Since then, I've noticed up to 3 flying around my house. Building a bat box is on my short list. They are cute in an ugly sort of way!
I get some bats under my soffits at the peaks and occasionally one will get into the attic. Must be squeezing in a super small crack. I'm planning on building a three or four chamber bat house nearby to give them a better place to hang.
 
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Dobish

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2015
1,993
Golden CO
we have seen a few flying around our house lately. Bat box is on the list for sure!
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
80,791
South Puget Sound, WA

Renovationman

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Dec 5, 2017
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Be careful with them. A 21 year old in British Columbia had an encounter with a bat and swatted it. He ended up dying shortly after as the bat had rabies.



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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,244
Schenectady, NY
Yeah, we hear about a few every year that test positive.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,305
Philadelphia
Be careful with them. A 21 year old in British Columbia had an encounter with a bat and swatted it. He ended up dying shortly after as the bat had rabies.
Back when people used to leave doors and windows open more frequently, we or a neighbor used to get one in the house, maybe once every few years. It was standard recommendation to get tested if you found one had been in your house overnight, while the family was sleeping.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
80,791
South Puget Sound, WA
Back in CT as a lad I was caretaker for a community water system and slept in their clubhouse annex. The entire large complex was for summer use, made of uninsulated wood, rustic with no paneling, with high peaked ceilings and low eaves. I soon discovered in my annex room that a large group of bats nested at the peak. Every night they would exit, right past my head from a hole under the eave and come back early every morning. Naturally, I was pretty concerned at first but had no other place to stay. Eventually, I got used to them and we got along fine, except that they argue a lot amongst each other which I didn't appreciate hearing at 4am.