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Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

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Probably not so much of a problem for those of you in the cities, or maybe it is.... It appears the one place we didn't have tin foil balled up and placed between the top of the shutter (rolling down blind) and the window has attracted a bat. Would like to humanely have it just leave, any tips? Wait until it flies off at dusk and just put some foil there? Poke it with a stick ?

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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

I would leave it, it is probably sleeping, and wait until dusk tonight, so it can fly away
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Old 21.05.2008, 18:59
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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

I think you'll find bats are protected, so take care with the stick.

As a general rule daily opening and closing of roller blind morning and evening will discourage bats, wasps the birds and bees and so on. It's the only exercise I get these days...
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Old 21.05.2008, 19:01
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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

I'm afraid I don't know a thing about bats, just wondering if it is there to just hang out (pun intended). I guess once it goes I'll just put in the foil and it should be ok. Now, to clean the bat poo off the window....
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Old 21.05.2008, 19:04
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I'm afraid I don't know a thing about bats, just wondering if it is there to just hang out (pun intended). I guess once it goes I'll just put in the foil and it should be ok. Now, to clean the bat poo off the window....
They poop when they are asleep
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They poop when they are asleep
So does my 2-month old daughter, but I'm not going to poke her with a stick because of it

Would stringing some fishing wire across the area help? That can stop birds from perching, so maybe it could do the same for the bat.
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Hi,

Probably not so much of a problem for those of you in the cities, or maybe it is.... It appears the one place we didn't have tin foil balled up and placed between the top of the shutter (rolling down blind) and the window has attracted a bat. Would like to humanely have it just leave, any tips? Wait until it flies off at dusk and just put some foil there? Poke it with a stick ?

Thanks in advance!
I really would suggest you leave it alone as they are probably protected here as they are in most countries. They will not do you any harm at all and is probably just resting!
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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

I'm curious about the tin foil thing...maybe you can post a picture if this is a solution. We have a shutter in need of repair so I have had a few visits from some companies in the area, at least the ones who would bother to come out and provide an estimate. Some of these specialists recommended installing a net (looks a bit like window screen material) which they claim stops unwanted visitors. Other companies say there is really nothing that is effective except as AbFab already pointed out, raising and lowering the shutters regularly will discourage birds and the like as they like quiet places. Some of my neighbours have dangled glittery stuff from the shutters with strings. In Japan I noticed they hung CDs to try and keep crows away. We just moved into a house that was empty for a long time and clearly the birds took advantage of this and made nests...but looks like they have all flown away now. Will be getting out my shopvac to clean up after them. I am sure the bat will fly away too...but it will have left it's mark. I would just leave it alone.



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Hi,

Probably not so much of a problem for those of you in the cities, or maybe it is.... It appears the one place we didn't have tin foil balled up and placed between the top of the shutter (rolling down blind) and the window has attracted a bat. Would like to humanely have it just leave, any tips? Wait until it flies off at dusk and just put some foil there? Poke it with a stick ?

Thanks in advance!
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I'm curious about the tin foil thing...maybe you can post a picture if this is a solution. We have a shutter in need of repair so I have had a few visits from some companies in the area, at least the ones who would bother to come out and provide an estimate. Some of these specialists recommended installing a net (looks a bit like window screen material) which they claim stops unwanted visitors. Other companies say there is really nothing that is effective except as AbFab already pointed out, raising and lowering the shutters regularly will discourage birds and the like as they like quiet places. Some of my neighbours have dangled glittery stuff from the shutters with strings. In Japan I noticed they hung CDs to try and keep crows away. We just moved into a house that was empty for a long time and clearly the birds took advantage of this and made nests...but looks like they have all flown away now. Will be getting out my shopvac to clean up after them. I am sure the bat will fly away too...but it will have left it's mark. I would just leave it alone.
Thanks to everyone for the advice. The poking with a stick was a joke... guess I should have used instead of

We don't lower our blinds as we have curtains everywhere. However, this is the only place where we don't have foil in (will be corrected tomorrow). What we do is scrunch up some tin foil into a ball and shove it in the top corners between the blinds and the concrete of the wall (behind the blinds, not in front). Everywhere else we have the foil and no problem, just noticed the poo on the window today and heard the scratching of the bat. I know it's a bat as the people who lived here prior to us advised us of the foil and potential bat problem. Anyway, he'll have his rest and when I'm sure it's gone, in goes the foil.
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Hi,

Probably not so much of a problem for those of you in the cities, or maybe it is.... It appears the one place we didn't have tin foil balled up and placed between the top of the shutter (rolling down blind) and the window has attracted a bat. Would like to humanely have it just leave, any tips? Wait until it flies off at dusk and just put some foil there? Poke it with a stick ?

Thanks in advance!
Hope the bat has gone. The tin foil thing was a great idea as it stopped the birds that found a cozy place to build a nest. So a big thank you is in order.
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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

Bats are indeed protected in Switzerland and here are two websites ( only in german I am afraid)

http://www.fledermausschutz.ch/

http://www.fledermaus.ch/


where you could get professional advice about what to do.

We have had and still do, colonies of Pipistrelle under the roof of our house, agreed they make a bit of mess and racket, as they defecate before they fly into their quarters,but did you know that bat poo is actually a very good fertiliser for plants if you have some lawn below the windowsill, just brush it away into the lawn, or collect it and scatter it over your geraniums!

The bats are,as you may well know eating all kinds of insects, as a matter of fact, since we have the bats around, we hardly have any mozzies left and thus don't get stung anymore!
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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

The other night I was lying on the terrace enjoying a crystal clear view of the stars when I saw what must have been a bat flutter in and out of view. I was slightly perturbed as I've never seen one in the wild before, then a minute later another silouette of a bat floats by so I retired back indoors.

I don't know what it is about those creatures, but they give me the creeps
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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

The best way to keep Bats at bay ...

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Old 07.07.2008, 12:32
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I don't know what it is about those creatures, but they give me the creeps
just think what life would be like on your terrace without them :


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Flying uses a lot of energy, so bats have huge appetites! For example, a tiny common pipistrelle can eat around 3,000 midges, mosquitoes and other small flies in a single night.
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Old 07.07.2008, 12:36
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Re: Removing bat(s) from between shutters and windows?

On a more serious note, here's another "home" remedy .. try placing some Napthalene balls where you suspect the Bat likes to hang out.

Bats don't like Napthalene, bright lights, wind, fibreglass and high frequency noises at places where they sleep (or whatever it is that they do upside down).
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