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Question DetailsAsked on 8/15/2013

Bat removal vents were installed in my house two days ago but I am still getting bats flying around in the house!

The animal control guy installed the vents and did sealing, but I think there is one more phase to be done. In the meantime, last night a bat flew into my living room from the basement door and another one showed up in my bedroom (same bat, maybe?) later on. I got them both out, but I'll never get a night's rest if this goes on!

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Not all bats leave the cave every night - some are tired out after a wild night out, some sick, some just can't put down their video game, etc - so you may have had a few stray ones hiding out in the house. Other alternatives - a door or unscreened window left open, bats in the attic and attic access hatch or stairs left open, or he did not get all the openings they were using to get in. Since you say one more phase to go, maybe he still has openings to close up ?

In the meantime, keep basement door closed till he is done.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Thanks, LCD. I think you may be right, since the evacuation vents and initial sealing were only done a couple of days ago. I found yet another little bat yesterday morning right near my basement door (inside), which I've been stuffing on the bottom with towels. I gently removed him to a box with a tea towel and followed a wildlife's expert's advice to hang the tea towel and bat over a branch in nearby woods. To my knowledge, it has not returned, but nothing would surprise me. I just think this will take a while. Yes, the final phase of further sealing is coming up in about 2 weeks or so. The expert I'm using wants to have plenty of time to get all the bats to leave before doing this.

P.S. I've had rabies shots in the last month, but am still cautious when handling these critters. Fortunately I'm rather fond of bats - I just don't want them in my home. (They were actually originally hanging out under the eaves).

Answered 7 years ago by emmi331

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