how to get rid of bats?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by guenther, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. guenther

    guenther New Egg

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    My wife and I are fixing up our barn - it used to have chickens and other livestock years ago, before we bought the place. We noticed though, that there are bats living in the barn some right over the area where we are planning on keeping the chickens. Any ideas on getting rid of them?

    thanks


    guenther
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would you want to? Bats are very beneficial and can eat their weight in mosquitos. If they don't just creep you out, I would keep them around. They are quite harmless. Unless there are 100s of them and you don't want the guano around......
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Just think of them as bug control.
     
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Lucky you to have bats. They eat a bazillion mosquites each night, can't think of better bug control. They wont bother you, and they are so cool to watch at dusk.
     
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DO NOT HANDLE OR KICK UP ANY OF THE GUANO Histoplasmosis a very real threat

    http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hi97146.html

    I kina like bats just because of the skeeters they get rid of them and purple martins
     
  6. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Bats are in trouble right now. They're dying off left and right. I would leave them.
     
  7. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are great bug control. I was thinking about putting up bat houses for them here. You are lucky. [​IMG]
     
  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Quote:Did you actually READ that article? If so, you'd know that birds and poultry carry it also, so DONT HANDLE OR PICK UP CHICKEN POOP.

    Right...
     
  9. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are tough to keep out of an area once they have used it--they can squeeze through really tight openings. As suggested above you might want to put up a few bat houses and that may lure them away, otherwise just put some sort of flooring under where they live to contain their droppings and be glad you have them. BTW, in many states they are very protected so do not try to eliminate them by killing.
     
  10. Bi0s

    Bi0s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are very easy to remove
     

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