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There is a big bat in my apartment

  1. May 19, 2013 #1
    I'm very scared and I don't know how to get it out. It's flying over the living room and I need to go through there to get out of the apartment. Help please!! :cry: :cry:
     
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  3. May 19, 2013 #2

    jedishrfu

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  4. May 19, 2013 #3
    Turn your fear into a weapon by building a combat suit resembling a bat to fight crime in
     
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  6. May 19, 2013 #5
    Just get a paper and pick it up by hand. That is how I catch every living things that invades my house.
     
  7. May 19, 2013 #6

    jedishrfu

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    You need leather gloves to do that. The towel approach is better and more humane. Bats can carry rabies. In Austin we've advised never to pick up a bat with your hands because of it.

    You could also find cat who'll catch a bat (find a dog who'll eat a dog :-) ) but you may not like the outcome.
     
  8. May 19, 2013 #7

    WannabeNewton

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    Run around in circles screaming until you pass out and the bat flies away in fear of a zombie apocalypse.
     
  9. May 19, 2013 #8

    Bacle2

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    Start a baseball game. Sorry,trying to lighten things up.

    When you can, open up all doors, windows you can, if too urgent, open the bathroom door and shut it if it gets in there ( which will lead to another problem; hopefully a smaller one.)
     
  10. May 20, 2013 #9

    jedishrfu

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    and then maybe the whole bat family will join junior.
     
  11. May 20, 2013 #10
    Very interesting solution.
     
  12. May 20, 2013 #11

    Bacle2

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    Right, I didn't think it thru carefully. Maybe the Baseball game will be a better idea.
     
  13. May 20, 2013 #12

    Ibix

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    Guessing you're in the States so this probably isn't relevant, but in the UK, you ring the RSPCA and they come. Bats are a protected species here, I believe.
     
  14. May 20, 2013 #13
    Because asking a bunch of people on the internet will solve your problem. :rolleyes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRR4iYRRBLk
     
  15. May 20, 2013 #14

    turbo

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    In the NE US we only have little brown bats. They are tiny and easy to catch (got a long-handled smelt net or similar?) so I don't know what to do with a large bat. Can you lure it outside? In the absence of food, that bat should be looking for another place to live, though you might have to be flexible about giving the critter access to the outside. Good luck with that situation.
     
  16. May 20, 2013 #15

    arildno

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    Offer it fermented fruit. Afterwards, it will be very easy to get it out
     
  17. May 20, 2013 #16

    jim hardy

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    It probably wants out as much as you want it out.

    i'd just open the door.
     
  18. May 20, 2013 #17

    jedishrfu

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    Do you still have Bats in your Belfry or are you completely Bat free?
     
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  19. May 20, 2013 #18
    I just woke up, and it is on the ground right outside my door. I'm gonna throw a towel on it and then we'll see.
     
  20. May 20, 2013 #19

    jim hardy

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    Some bats can't take off from the ground.

    Try placing it on a shrub or small tree limb so it has room for a good flap of its wings. That's why they hang upside down - takeoff is just spread wings and let go.
     
  21. May 20, 2013 #20

    lisab

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    Exactly what I was going to say. Poor thing, I bet it's terrified.
     
  22. May 20, 2013 #21

    FlexGunship

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    Try to reason with it! First, get a video camera...

    Explain to it that you've been living there for a while, and, while you might be open to considering a roommate, this is really not the best way to start off on the right foot. This should at least get it to stop flapping around and listen to you.

    If the bat won't leave after that, then it's time to try stronger language and more forceful reasoning. Remind it that it eats bugs and that you don't have any bugs... at all. Nothing in the fridge. Open up the cabinets to show it that you don't have any insects for it to eat at all. (You might have to explain the pepper if you have a transparent peppercorn mill.) If the bat remains reluctant to leave, add this: "even if I had bugs, I've got plenty of spiders already." This might hurt the bat's feelings, but if you've gotten to this point then things aren't going well anyway.

    Lastly, if all of the above fails, threaten to call the police. Explain that you've been patient but that this is your home and he's/she's not welcome. This should end the situation. Bat's act tough because of their cultural upbringing, but they really don't want to risk jail time.

    When it's all over, upload the video to YouTube and post the link here.
     
  23. May 20, 2013 #22

    jtbell

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    If you have any robins outside your window, they might be able to help you.
     
  24. May 20, 2013 #23

    AlephZero

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    It's hard to reason with a creature whose voice is too high pitched for you to hear it.
     
  25. May 20, 2013 #24

    fluidistic

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    I can easily hear bats at night. Of course not their entire "spectrum" of voices but definitely some of it!
    I had twice a bat in my house. One was in the kitchen and left by a small window; the kitchen was all dirty afterwards.
    The other in my living room (where I had to sleep that night). It stayed there for 2 days until it found out the opened window. At night it would go crazy and I would hide under my blanket until it was calm again and I could chase him with a broom/brush (I don't know the word).
     
  26. May 20, 2013 #25
    I think you should cook it and eat it for dinner.
     
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