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1 hour ago, Beef Ravioli said:

leave it be or take steps to get him out of there?

I have noticed little mice size turds by our front door for some time, right under our shutter. Today it dawned on me, “it’s not a mouse, but probably a bat”. Is it a big deal or let him eat bugs?

I dont have a large sample size but indoor insect fogger pisses them off and can make them leave without killing them. You can tape it to an extension pole and place it right underneath and walk away. 

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Bat threads are fun, but I'd just note again that a strange-acting bat is not to be trifled with.  If you call a pest removal service in my City (Milwaukee) and have a bat in your house, they could make you get rabies shots.  These are rarely covered by insurance.  My neighbor had several bats in his house a few years ago, upstairs in his kids' rooms. He killed one of them (hiding in a shoe in his closet, which he found when putting the shoe on).  Unfortunately, he had crushed the bat's head to the point they could not test it for rabies. He had to get shots for himself, wife and two kids - about $5,000 total out of pocket.

 

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odds are it is none other than batman himself so just tell ben to go home because he is a laroosh and so is batman he will probably grouse a bit but he will get a move on shortly after that take that to the bank bromigos 

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41 minutes ago, CletiusMaximus said:

Bat threads are fun, but I'd just note again that a strange-acting bat is not to be trifled with.  If you call a pest removal service in my City (Milwaukee) and have a bat in your house, they could make you get rabies shots.  These are rarely covered by insurance.  My neighbor had several bats in his house a few years ago, upstairs in his kids' rooms. He killed one of them (hiding in a shoe in his closet, which he found when putting the shoe on).  Unfortunately, he had crushed the bat's head to the point they could not test it for rabies. He had to get shots for himself, wife and two kids - about $5,000 total out of pocket.

 

They were forced?

Many years ago I had a bat in my house that was rabid. We were not forced to get shots.

I'm not saying it's not a safe and prudent thing to do, just surprised they could be forced. 

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19 minutes ago, brun said:

They were forced?

Many years ago I had a bat in my house that was rabid. We were not forced to get shots.

I'm not saying it's not a safe and prudent thing to do, just surprised they could be forced. 

It is surprising, but that is what I was told.  He's not a guy who is inclined to tell tall tales, but maybe I misunderstood. I guess it is possible it was his wife, not the city, that forced him to pay for the shots.

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On 9/3/2018 at 10:06 PM, Galileo said:

Build a bat house

:goodposting:

Bats have a tough time in the modern anthropogenic ecosystem, but they do lots of great things including eating bugs and pollination of plants. Plus they are cool animals. Built a house for your batbros. You and your neighbors will be happier for it.

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1 minute ago, CletiusMaximus said:

It is surprising, but that is what I was told.  He's not a guy who is inclined to tell tall tales, but maybe I misunderstood. I guess it is possible it was his wife, not the city, that forced him to pay for the shots.

It could be that it's a different time, different municipality too. My experience was 30+ years ago.

Because of the bat, we had our cats put down though. I discovered the bat because one of the cats was playing with it (bat was already dead). After talking to the vet, I brought the bat to the state office (what department,  I don't remember). I got a call shortly after, letting me know that the bat was rabid. After a discussion with the vet, we made our decision on the cats.

Luckily I had worn gloves when handling the bat, as well as the cats that morning. 

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1 hour ago, Dedfin said:

:goodposting:

Bats have a tough time in the modern anthropogenic ecosystem, but they do lots of great things including eating bugs and pollination of plants. Plus they are cool animals. Built a house for your batbros. You and your neighbors will be happier for it.

Their benefits for pollinating and bug control are very minimal. In fact in a suburban environment it is almost nil. Unless you get attacked by moths daily and have banana trees.

 

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