bats in the house

housenewbie(NEPA)June 1, 2006

So how in heaven's name does it come about that I have a bat in my basement? Yes, BASEMENT. DH found it last night. Tried to chase it out the door (windows don't open) but then lost it somewhere. Was afraid to leave the door open all night, for obvious reasons, so unless the bat figured out how to leave the way he came in he's still there.

Oy. I like bats and all, but I have very clear ideas about the separation of bat-space and me-space. And I REALLY don't want to open the linen closet in the bathroom (site of a former clothes chute to the basement) and have a bat fly in my face.

Can it have come down the chimney? We had a wood stove put in last fall, so there's a steel liner in there and a cap on top. The only other thing I can think of is the hole where the dryer vent or the hose line goes out.

Now what? Other than buying a net for bat-catching, what the heck do I do?


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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Who knows how he got in there, but the chimney seems likely. They don't need but a very small crack, by the way.

I would VERY much leave the door open! Turn off the lights in the basement, and open the door until you go to bed.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 1:50PM
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terryr(z5a IL)

I had 2 bats get into this house when I was renovating it last year. When I discovered them, it was daylight and the first one was hanging onto the lath upstairs. Second one was hanging onto the plaster wall downstairs. Very easy to just gently get a hold of them and take them outside. Neither tried to fly. I know how mine came in and it was fixed.

I would see if it's not just hanging on downstairs during the daylight. If not, do what rhizo says.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 5:51PM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

Leave the windows and doors open, so it can escape, if it is still alive.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 10:50PM
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Well, DH evicted the bat yesterday PM. Found him asleep or injured on the floor in front of the door. Guess I'll have to go up on the roof one of these days and see what's what. Seems weird that he would have climbed all the way from the roof to the basement thru the chimney, tho. That's a long way to go.

Thanks for the suggestions.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 12:28PM
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tbt3(z9 FL)

I would suggest that everyone be very careful with bat encounters. Bats are frequently carriers of rabies, which is 100% fatal after symptoms appear. Often times bat bites are unnoticable as well. I don't want to scare anyone, but I would consider contacting my local health department and getting their advice if you woke up with a bat in your room or you had close contact with a bat, especially if it was acting strange. It is also easier for testing if the bat is captured so it can be tested for rabies. Just my 2-cents


    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 3:52PM
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