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Post by bubbles1 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:46 pm

We had a tiny bat enter the house last night. It flew in an open window in the lounge then flew upstairs into the bedroom, where I was in bed reading. I got up and threw open our large windows but it kept bouncing off the walls. It then flew into the other room upstairs, so we shut the door and again opened the large windows so it could go out. The poor thing was again bouncing off the walls and it was too quick for us to try to catch it and we were afraid it would injure itself. After about 6/7 mins it flew away.

We have never experienced this before and felt helpless. We tried turning the lights out, keeping them on and nothing seemed to make a difference. Any advice from anyone would be welcome if it happens in the future.
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Re: Bats

Post by Le Démerdeur » Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:10 pm

Did it actually bounce off the walls or was that a figure of speech, usually their ultrasonic "vision" means they look like they are going to splatter but they always change direction at the last minute.

As they seem to turn 90° and then fly straight until the next obstacle is detected you can understand why they cant leave through the window they came in from unless it abuts against a wall.

If it happens again try making a sort of funnel with the curtains from the side walls to the edge of the window.

If it was hitting the walls then its untrasonically blind and will have already met its end.

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Re: Bats

Post by bubbles1 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:40 pm

Le Démerdeur wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:10 pm
Did it actually bounce off the walls or was that a figure of speech, usually their ultrasonic "vision" means they look like they are going to splatter but they always change direction at the last minute.

As they seem to turn 90° and then fly straight until the next obstacle is detected you can understand why they cant leave through the window they came in from unless it abuts against a wall.

If it happens again try making a sort of funnel with the curtains from the side walls to the edge of the window.

If it was hitting the walls then its untrasonically blind and will have already met its end.
It was all so fast - but it made a noise like hitting the walls, not just wing sound, so I think it did touch the walls, poor little thing it was so small and we tried to do the best we could - somethimes it is not enough - thanks for the info X
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Post by manonthemoon » Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:50 pm

In our old house in brittany we inadvertently caught a bat in a mouse trap.

From our bedroom it made such a banging noise above and OH went up to the attic to see, thinking it was a large mouse or rat. Sadley it was a bat so OH ended it's misery.

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Post by Noisette » Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:54 pm

The accepted advice from the experts is to turn the lights out, leave the window open, shut the door and wait.....Their ultrasound will guide them to the exit.
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Re: Bats

Post by Stompie » Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:59 am

We've had a few bat incidents. The most memorable one was in our old house where we had a colony in the window surrounds and one turned left instead of right when leaving one evening and appeared in the living room. Four terriers got very, very excited. It was a scene of complete chaos trying to extract the dogs, who were like greased ferrets, open the windows, get the lights off. It worked and Batty escaped unscathed.
I just about jumped out of my skin when a young one dropped on my head when I opened the shed a couple of months ago, it was picked up (with gloves) and set to roost in a safer location.
We love sitting in the gloaming watching them leave in the evenings.

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Re: Bats

Post by bubbles1 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:34 pm

Noisette wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:54 pm
The accepted advice from the experts is to turn the lights out, leave the window open, shut the door and wait.....Their ultrasound will guide them to the exit.
Brill - thants kinda what I thought as it must have come in to the house because of the lights - so thats what we did in the end. Just wasnt sure if thats the right thing to do
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