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Message Board > Miscellaneous > There is a bat in my sewing room ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 7/18/13 10:43 PM

I live in a very old house. 30+ years ago when we first moved in we would have a bat fly around once in a while. I thought we had found where they were getting in because I had not seen one in a very long time. One must have found another way in.
Very unnerving to go up the stairs and have one dive at you. Sent DH upstairs with tennis racket.



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Date: 7/18/13 11:02 PM

AdaH, I hope your DH gets that bat! I grew up in an old house and we had a 2nd floor sleeping porch and a bat got in twice in all the years we lived there. Luckily the thing went into my brothers' bedroom and not mine! They had tennis rackets and fishing nets under the bed at all times. Oddly, my grandmother never believed in bats!

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Date: 7/18/13 11:07 PM

DH and tennis racket came to the rescue. It is going to take a number of days before I can go upstairs without looking for another one to swoop at me.

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Date: 7/19/13 0:02 AM

I appreciate how many bugs they eat ... outside. Wouldn't want one in my sewing area either!

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Date: 7/19/13 0:24 AM

Were you able to catch/kill it? You might want to have it tested for rabies.

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Date: 7/19/13 1:22 AM

Oh now scary. Sorry to hear about that something is standing between you and sewing. :(

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Date: 7/19/13 3:39 AM

Before I moved here, I'd never seen a bat. Then for the first several years here, we had them in the house (old house). We'd open a window in one room, usually the bathroom, and remove the screen. Chase it in there by turning on the lights in the rest of the house and leaving the bathroom dark. And out it went, pretty quickly I might add!

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Date: 7/19/13 3:54 AM

Exactly the right thing to do! If a bat enters the house only rarely, the chances are that it's a youngster who hasn't got the flying thing down perfectly yet, and it will be desperately seeking a way out. They seek cool air, and if the air outside the house is cooler than inside, they will head for outside, given half a chance.

They actually never swoop at people aggressively, though the looping, panicky flight of a bat trying to get its bearings and get out of a strange place--with a very large human in the room--may be scary to the human. They also will never get tangled in your hair, for they have superb echolocation abilities which they use to catch teeny insects with great accuracy. They use the same ability to avoid obstacles like humans.

Here is an article about getting a bat out of your house. Googling "get a bat out of your house" will provide a lot more information about this situation, as well as how to prevent any future bat entries.
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Date: 7/19/13 7:48 AM

here they are a protected species, and if there is one in your house, you have to get a specialist in to move it. It is illegal to kill one, too. If they nest in your roof space, or anywhere else on your property, you cannot remove them, so, lucky you, to be able to remove them yourselves.

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Date: 7/19/13 8:48 AM

Ugh! How awful for you. The absolute nightmare for a person(me) who is terrified of rodents

We have three bedrooms at the end of a hall way. Ours, and the two boys. When my youngest son was an infant and we were still doing the 2:00a.m. feedings, his room was directly across from ours. We would close the oldest son's door to keep from disturbing him. One night on my way to the baby's room, something went past my face and hit the door of my oldest son's room. There were no lights on, I could feel the air that went past me and heard the loud thump.

I shut the baby's door and ran back in to our bedroom closing the door behind me. Woke husband and told him what happened. I was known for having very "active" dreams, so it took some convincing. He told me to call 911 and he went out the bedroom door. Every now and then I would hear a bit of noise out in the house. When I called 911, I told them what was going on and asked them to have the officer come around the back of the house and I would drop a key down to him, from the bedroom window.

After the officer came in, it wasn't long that husband came up to the bedroom saying all was clear. I know, sounds silly calling 911 because of a bat. But at the time, we really didn't know what it was or how many, all I could think of was thousands of the "what evers" flying around inside the house.

The next morning, I scrubbed everything I could reach. It was days before I felt like things were clean and safe again.

The second and last time a bat was discovered in this house: We were having replacement windows installed. I went into the guest bathroom for some reason and there in the tub laid, what I thought was an old brown leaf. As I got closer, I freaked out. It was a dead bat! I ran out the bathroom and shut the door behind me. My mind was going crazy. How long had it been in the house.

When husband got home I told him what I saw. I sent him into the bathroom with stuff to put the bat in and every cleaning agent I had. I told him the entire bathroom had to be cleaned, or the door would never be opened for use again. Poor hubby, he has truly been my knight in shining armor more than once, in our 40 years together

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