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We appear to have bats nesting in our window shutter space. They in themselves don’t bother me, but I worry they might do damage, and they cr@p all over the window sill. I’m aware they are protected, but is there anything I could do to persuade them to go elsewhere?
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Old 02.07.2020, 08:42
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We appear to have bats nesting in our window shutter space. They in themselves don’t bother me, but I worry they might do damage, and they cr@p all over the window sill. I’m aware they are protected, but is there anything I could do to persuade them to go elsewhere?
I've heard if you're a bit of a joker you could use a scarecrow, apparently the bane of bats but friendly to penguins. I think that's only relevant for bats in DC though.
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You could catch them and make a delicious soup...
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Re: Bats

https://www.bats.org.uk/advice/living-with-bats

This is a good article in English (about English Bats, but I am assuming the same applies to Swiss bats).
Some highlights:
As their natural habitats have been lost, bats have adapted to roost in houses. Some bat species now rely on buildings for shelter.

Bats are not rodents, and will not nibble or gnaw at wood, wires or insulation.

Bats do not build nests and therefore do not bring bedding material into the roost; neither do they bring their insect prey into the roost.

Bats are a great form of natural pest control.

Female bats usually have only one baby a year, so properties do not become 'infested'.

Most bats are seasonal visitors to buildings - they are unlikely to live in the same building all year round, although they are loyal to their roosts and so usually return to the same roosts year after year.


You could put up bat houses, to try to attract them to another spot, but probably your bats are already set for the summer. Bat houses have to be specifically placed regarding the sun, bat predators, and other factors.
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#BatLivesMatter
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Re: Bats

We have bats which nest in our roof for a couple of weeks every year. Bats are no problem. They don't cause any damage, and don't chew any holes anywhere.


The only inconvenience is the guano, lots of it, but it's easy to clean up and very likely you'll find that the bats are only there a week or two a year anyay. Allegedly it's a great fertiliser.



I don't think you can persuade them to go anywhere, since they return to exactly the same spot year after year, and I think you'd be breaking the law if you tried...



https://fledermausschutz.ch/ (in German)

https://www.bats.org.uk/advice/living-with-bats
https://www.bats.org.uk/about-bats/b...d-disease-faqs (English, but UK specific)
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From https://fledermausschutz.ch/sites/de...ieterinnen.pdf



"Haben Sie ein Fledermausquartier in Ihrem Haus, sollten Sie die Fledermäuse dort in Ruhe lassen. Denn wenn sie gestört werden, ziehen sie meist um und verteilen sich unter Umständen über die ganze Haus-fassade in alle möglichen Ritzen und Spalten.Im schlimmsten Fall verlassen Fledermausmütter im Sommer das Versteck endgültig und ihre noch flug-unfähigen Jungen verhungern elendiglich"


Roughly translated, it says you should leave them in peace, because if you disturb them they might scatter over your entire facade for alternative nesting places
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"Haben Sie ein Fledermausquartier in Ihrem Haus, sollten Sie die Fledermäuse dort in Ruhe lassen. Denn wenn sie gestört werden, ziehen sie meist um und verteilen sich unter Umständen über die ganze Haus-fassade in alle möglichen Ritzen und Spalten.Im schlimmsten Fall verlassen Fledermausmütter im Sommer das Versteck endgültig und ihre noch flug-unfähigen Jungen verhungern elendiglich"


Roughly translated, it says you should leave them in peace, because if you disturb them they might scatter over your entire facade for alternative nesting places
You forgot to translate that if the mother is forced to leave her hiding place, the young ones which are not able to fly yet will miserably starve to death!
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Re: Bats

We have a large nest in behind the wall of the house and unfortunately, regularly one of them gets confused and flies into the house when we leave a window or door open. A few times they found their way out, other times they got successfully preyed on by one of our cats. If they don't bring in insects, how are they able to feed their young? I was hoping the plague would be over after the summer, am a bit bummed to find out they will return next year
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We have a large nest in behind the wall of the house and unfortunately, regularly one of them gets confused and flies into the house when we leave a window or door open. A few times they found their way out, other times they got successfully preyed on by one of our cats. If they don't bring in insects, how are they able to feed their young? I was hoping the plague would be over after the summer, am a bit bummed to find out they will return next year
Imagine their feelings about the plague of humans that's taking away all of their natural nesting spaces.
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Imagine their feelings about the plague of humans that's taking away all of their natural nesting spaces.
They hope every year that the humans have moved out.
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