A follow up to the bat in my house!

@Debs_place (10551)
United States
July 24, 2008 10:17pm CST
My husband, my hero, came home over his lunch and got the bat for me. I can sleep tonight. Thanks to all of you who answered my desperate cry for help! As many of you know I am a compulsive researcher, reader so I decided to do some research should this happen again or to someone else which I sure it will, the summer is still young. I found this website http://www.batconservation.org/content/Batproblems.html#bitbybat which tells all about bat problems and how to deal with them. Here is what it said about my problem and what to do for a flying bat Steps to Follow if a Bat is Flying in Your House Step 1: Assess the situation. Was any one in the house sleeping or do you have children who cannot give an accurate history of events, or a mentally incapacitated or intoxicated individual in the house? Basically is anyone at risk that can not tell you for certain that they were not bit by the bat. If anyone was at risk contact your local health department immediately. Try to capture the bat so it can be tested for rabies. If not, follow steps below. Step 2: Stay calm. The bat is not trying to attack anyone, it is only attempting to find a way out. Turn on some lights in the house so that you can easily see the bat and the bat can see as well. Step 3: Close the doors to adjoining rooms, open the doors and windows in the room the bat is flying around, and if possible, turn on a light outside so the bat can readily see the exit. Step 4: The bat will probably just fly right out the open door or window within a few minutes. You may want to be more direct and use a small mesh net or pillow case to gently catch the bat in flight. If the bat lands and does not fly again, there are other ways to remove it. First, put on a pair of thick leather work gloves, and find a small cardboard box or coffee can. Slowly walk up to the bat and put the container over the bat, slip a piece of cardboard or book behind it and take it outside and let it go. Once again thanks to all of you who tried to give me help!
6 responses
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I didn't see "Run around screaming" up there... I mean, that's what we did when there was a bat in our house!
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Jul 08
BTW Thank you..that was the best laugh i had to night!
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jul 08
My pleasure!! Glad I could help - and glad the bat is gone and you can relax a bit!
25 Jul 08
Hi Debs_place, I'm so glad you have solved the problem and know what to do next time it happens and I'm happy to have helped. Tamara
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I hope there is no next time.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I'm so glad that your husband came home and rescued you from that awful crature! I know they are put on this earth for a reason, but I don't have to like them. Thanks for the info about how to get rid of them. I hope I don't have to put it to use! Have a good night!
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I hope you don't need it either but if you ever do, now you know. Yes, I was very happy to see my husband last night.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Thank you for the bat update. Glad your husband come to the rescue and got it out of the house. That was interesting what all you wrote about them and how to get rid of them. We don't have bat problems around here where I live but you never know when one might come around.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I used to live in a city, where the only time you saw bats were in vampire movies, now where I live, they are more common then dogs and people (skin crawling). You are right, you never know. My dog is 12 and thinks he is a person, and hates to go outside. My guess is that when I was pushing his old butt out the door last night, the bat flew in. I hate bats.
@GardenGerty (74074)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Jul 08
Thanks Deb for the helpful info. My hubby likes bats, and he has a bat house he needs to hang. I would like to have them OUTSIDE my house, to help eat all of the mosquitoes. Have a great night's sleep.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Jul 08
As you might guess we have plenty of bats. But we also have mosquitos. We went to the garden 2 days ago and in less then 10 minutes at 4 PM I got about 5 bites. I agree, there is a place for everything and inside the house is not the one for bats.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
27 Jul 08
Well I am sure I will keep in mind those guidelines in case it ever happens that a bat wanders in my house. I wouldn't have any special idea of what to do if it happened to me. I guess we have to think about the dangers, like the fact that the bat might have rabies or something so it's important to be careful. I"m glad that hubby came in an saved the day :):):)