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Initial post: Jul 27, 2012 6:40:23 PM PDT
yotesman says:
Have bats living under my shutters on the house. How do I get rid of them?

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 7:59:23 AM PDT
amberjack says:
I live in Florida and bats are protected here. I contacted a pest control company and they charge thousands of dollars to remove the bats. Bats are territorial and have to be relocated at least 50 miles away. I have done some research on the internet and it seems unless you can afford to pay the $$$$ to have them removed, you can either build a bat house and pray that the bats relocate to the house or get some screening and cut sections as lest 2-3 feet wide and long. Hang the strips of screen across the area where the bats fly out. Then by putting the screening on your shutters, the bats can't swope back in. After the bats are out you could put close up the areas with spray foam or something similar so they can't get back in. If you search for bats on the internet you may find other suggestions.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 8:03:18 AM PDT
K. McGee says:
why would you want to get rid of them? they don't hurt anything and one bat can eat a thousand mosquitoes a night.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 9:22:48 AM PDT
Jeramia says:
I agree with K. McGee. If you you don't like the bats learn to like them. They are not that bad you could have worse animal problems. Would you rather have bats or a lot more biting bugs? Build them a new house they will move. It my take a little time to like the new house.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 11:31:16 AM PDT
riz01 says:
The Bat Crap Is Very Bad For You K McGee.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 7:20:33 PM PDT
yotesman says:
Thanks amberjack!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 7:24:57 PM PDT
yotesman says:
We have shutters on every window. hundreds are living behind because an old barn was torn down. Now there is bat crap dripping from under the shutters onto the siding and roof. Not exactly a healthy environment. And I want to replace the shutters but cannot take them down with out them flying out and attacking. Have to buy a bee keeper suit and breathing headgear if I do. And then hope they leave and put foam or screening under to keep them out. And this summer we have no mosquitoes - just hundreds of bats

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 2:36:24 AM PST
You drape netting or screen (small mesh) and attach at the top leaving the bottom loose so they can fly out at night it covers the entrance/exit and they don't know how to get back in. Then you can seal up areas they roost and make repairs. Screen should be small so they don't get their toes caught. Do bats have toes? My bf is a Pest Control Owner and they will find homes. Bat Guano is great fertilizer and people pay for it ... but it IS TOXIC and carries Diseases. Use gloves and Masks, long sleeves, safety goggles if needed. Bats Rock but they can cause health problems! Hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 12:11:08 PM PST
yotesman says:
Thanks for the info. took off the shutters last week and found 8 bats behind. They all flew off. Also bought a face shield used for carpentry and welding. cheap investment to not have them fly into the face!

Thanks!

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 7:27:00 PM PST
Just relaying this comment from the pest controls around the area...if the bats actually fly into you they are rabid. Could also have rabies if they fly during the day.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 12:44:44 AM PST
Boosha says:
Bats fly during the day all the time. It's natural behaviour and has nothing to do with being rabid. A bat on the ground would be suspect, rather than one in the air at any time of day or night. "Blind as a bat" is a missnomer; they see just fine during the day and use sonar at night. Don't know what pest controler gave you this info, but if you do your own research on line or at the library, you'll find many myths about bats debunked!!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 10:06:18 AM PST
Bats eat TONS of harmful insects and it's not in a garden's best interest to ever get rid of them. Build a bathouse instead. We are losing our bats in Maine thanks to White Nose and it hasn't been nice : (

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 3:57:02 AM PST
kacka says:
try a shot gun

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 2:01:34 PM PST
We built a bat house for the yard. so far no luck. anyone know how to attract bats?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 8:20:04 AM PST
yotesman says:
Thanks to ALL for you ideas. Removed shutters in October and most bats had left - found 8 behind the shutters and now gone.
Replacing the shutters in the spring and already have the mesh screening ready to put behind so they cannot nest.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 8:23:07 AM PST
yotesman says:
The reason was there were so many that came when they knocked down and old barn down the street, that the droppings were coming out from every shutter all over my house and roof. Looked more like birds had swarmed the house and let loose! They are good for the environment but not to breathe all that in when the windows are open!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 5:37:24 AM PST
research25 says:
I love bats!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 5:38:19 AM PST
research25 says:
You would be talking of the effects of hundreds of thousands of bats!

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 12:11:33 PM PST
pull car up - attach jumper cable to battery - attach cable to shutter - spray with hose

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2014 5:41:47 PM PDT
yea! buy an outdoor umbrella!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2014 5:18:09 PM PDT
they have totally ruined my shutters with their urine and the odor is terrible

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 7:27:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 13, 2014 7:28:54 AM PDT
Living a Civil War-era home that had been neglected, we are struggling with year 3 of bat removal. Yeah, it's nice to not have mosquitoes, but not only does bat guano cause respiratory problems, but our bats carried a mite. The mite affects pets, so that had to be sprayed for as well. Our pest control person has a 2 year guarantee, but at this point, it is a matter of professional pride for him and we have worked out a payment plan that would be costing me tens of thousands of dollars. We used the one-way doors and that worked wonders, but the following year the young that had been born here came back. It is really a multi-generational cycle that you have to break before they are gone for good. Our pest person believes bat houses are a waste of money if you want them to relocate. You have a nice warm building - why wouldn't they keep trying to get in rather than set up shop in a tiny shack? Also, he told us that bats in unheated spaces, like barns, are usually the males that are living separately from the main colony. The females and pups (babies) are more than likely the ones that are in attics, crawl spaces, etc. We live in western PA, and these behaviors may not hold true for every bat or every area. If we hadn't negotiated it into our inspection clause when we bought our home, the previous owner's daughters wouldn't have even mentioned the bat problem. As it was, we had the removal of over 250 bats, the spraying for the mite, the spraying to neutralize the guano, removing all of the insulation in our 2400sqft attic, reinsulate and disposal plus labor. Yeah, give me a couple of mosquitoes any day.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 10:27:13 AM PDT
April Lemmo says:
Tried for three years to get rid of shutter bats, and finally figured it out. Buy those fiberglass ceiling tiles at Home Depot. They are yellow fiberglass with a white plastic face. Cut them up in 1 1/2-2" strips and staple them to the outside edge of the shutters. Bat don't like fiberglass (itchy), and they wedge them self's in the area where the shutter leans against the house. We also figured out that they were entering the shutter from the side. We had had families living behind the shutters crapping everywhere and staining the side of the house with pee. Now they are gone!
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