Date: 8/28/19 3:46 pm From: Eric Arnold <eba...> Subject: Re: [birders] bat removal advice
Thanks to the several birders who responded to my bat query. There was a sense of consensus that opening a window to allow it to remove itself was among the better ideas, and with no obvious problem with leaving a nearby window open, we decided to try that first. We're assuming that it might not try to leave until it gets fairly dark, and the room is closed off from the rest of the house so we're hoping it finds its freedom without difficulty. I was mistaken about its location, which is in a large bedroom with a ceiling that is directly below the roof, which is a standard gable type, and the bat was in one end of the peak of the inverted "V" where it somehow found a small irregularity in the plaster to hang onto. The open window is directly below it, but the peak (and the bat) is high up and not easily reached, and a chest that would not be very easy to move is directly below, so trying this option first seems pretty reasonable. We plan to be out this evening until after dark, anyway, so we'll check after we come back later this evening, and if it isn't gone then, we can check again in the morning, and if it hasn't left by then, we'll consider other approaches.
On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 6:02 PM lucyaugy <lucyaugy...> wrote:
> Another piece of information, a bat cannot fly if it is on the floor. It > needs a place to launch from, so if your friend has knocked it to the floor > it will not be able to crawl up a smooth wall, and it will die. If you need > to have me come help, I will do so and bring a plastic manure fork (clean) > to let it hold onto and lift it up so it can fly out the window or door. > > Sent from my iPad > > On Aug 28, 2019, at 1:03 PM, Eric Arnold <eba...> wrote: > > A friend of mine has reported to me that she believes she has a bat in her > house. She doesn't know how it got in, but has it isolated where she found > it, in a small upstairs bathroom. > > I have not had much experience with bat encounters, having removed one > from my house many years ago, and would like to have suggestions on > appropriate removal strategies. > Ideas I have would be to capture it with something like a fish net for > netting a fish before removing a hook, or containing it with a colander or > large sieve placed over it, and then sliding that over a sheet of metal > (e.g. a cookie sheet without a turned-up edge, cardboard, or thin plywood > or some such material to enclose it so it could be removed without injuring > it or getting bitten or scratched, or possibly by removing the screen from > the window and leaving that open, possibly at night, in the hope that it > would find leaving preferable to staying in this confined space, but with > the difficulty of it not being easy to check on its activity or that other > bats might find it intriguing. > Other ideas? Good people to contact for assistance? > My friend's house is on the west side of Ann Arbor, on Dexter Ave. between > Huron and Maple. > > Eric Arnold > > > -- > Birders is a service of the Great Lakes Commission. Visit us at > www.glc.org > --- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Birders" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to birders+<unsubscribe...> > To view this discussion on the web visit > https://groups.google.com/a/great-lakes.net/d/msgid/birders/CABv5-TUuxDa57yKckrCMY9JoHHvXP_0knTWJD9hV0mFGAV%<2BW-w...> > <https://groups.google.com/a/great-lakes.net/d/msgid/birders/CABv5-TUuxDa57yKckrCMY9JoHHvXP_0knTWJD9hV0mFGAV%<2BW-w...>?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer> > . > >