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Old 09-13-2009, 05:09 PM   #21
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We had bats - in the attic. Had to call a specialist. He did a good job, got them out without harming them, plugged up the entrances so they couldn't get back in. I asked where they went next when they lost their hideout. He smiled and said "call me in a couple of days - I'll give you the exact address. It may be my next job...".

When they left we counted 76. When they made their first pass to return after feeding it was the most amazing view - one of those kodak moments you always regret not being prepared for.
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This is the Congress Ave bridge in Austin. Hundreds of thousands of bats make their home here part of the year, and it's quite a site when they come out at night. As a bonus, central Austin is nearly mosquito free.
Yep, us (ex)Austin residents get over any "creepiness" factor real quick. Bat Conservation International had done a really good job of positive PR outreach for the bats.

Those Congress Ave bats are super tiny anyway. I remember standing in a group of trees above Town Lake one evening and weather conditions were such that a stream of bats flew right through me. They'd be coming right towards my head and then swerve around me at the last minute. Pretty wild!! It was too cool not to just stand there and let it happen.

I've only worried about rabies for any that are on the ground - i.e. sick. Not too worried about the flying ones. Of course if one actually landed on me and took a bite I would feel differently.....

Some bat cave in west central TX (Frio Bat Cave? - near Concan) - watched 10 million emerge one evening. Have awesome video of it.

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Look closer:

T Al,

I didn't notice the big one in the bush.
I think it's a vampire bat!

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I've been trying to attract this species...
I think it requires one of those really big searchlights along with a cardboard cutout.
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Just thought that I would post the attached article on the monitary value of bats and the challenges that the little creatures are currently facing.
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Every year we get one or two in the house. A few years ago I closed off access to a hole in the roof overhang. Couted 40 of the critters one evening before the fix.

Just need to hang screen over the opening. Leaving the bottom open. They can't fly well enough the get back in - under the screen. It's a oneway door. Then a couple nights later seal the opening.

The problem comes later .... they hate to relocate. So they'll return to the same area for years attemping to re-enter. Eventually finding another opening somewhere else. There happened to be another opening in the back of the house. So here we go again ....

Then they took up residence in the chimmney .... a few were living out of the barn for a while.

I really need to look at a bat house.

The ones I catch in the house are returned outside unharmed. Just turn the lights on and they fly to someplace "safe". Scooch them into a net/box/bucket with a cover and place them outside ... no big deal. NO RABIE shots either (as I never touch them).
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There are several free bat house plans available at the links listed here

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This link gives the actual bat house plan locations

http://free.woodworking-plans.org/bat-house-plans.html
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