Bats in the house, loads of the buggers!!!!

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  • 26th June 2024 at 11:53 pm #600953

    Over the past week, we have been plaqued by bats coming into the house of a night.

    They fly  around in our bedroom and our lounge seems like a major airport terminal.

    We have coxntacted the maire, but all we got was the gallic shrug. Tried phoning th Bat museum in Kernascleden, but no one answers.

    The dog is traumatised.

    The missus ain’t too happy and just now – whilst watching telly – one of the buggers landed right on my bare foot whilst I had it layin on the table top.

    Ok, this is now gonna be bat war.

    I can’t be havin any more sleepless nights caused by me dancing around at 3 am with a bloody painful shoulder trying to evict the sods.

    Tomorrow I am going to nuke the b****rds B-)

    27th June 2024 at 1:36 am #600954

    You presumably know that bats are a protected species in France?

    So you should not harm them during removing them from your home, wear gloves, they have sharp teeth and may try to bite you if you handle them, be careful of their wings, they are very light and fragile.

    How are they getting into your house? Do you have anti- insect mesh on the windows?

    We get the odd one now and again get into the loft and somehow get down into the house, but we just pick them up gently and take them out to the barn, put them down on a horizontal beam, they then fly off.


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    27th June 2024 at 8:24 am #600957

    Yes G they are protected, don’t harm them. There must be a reason why they’ve started entering the house, more bugs perhaps? Something to do with the hot weather?

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    27th June 2024 at 8:34 am #600960

    They do not like the smells of Cinnamon, mint or mothballs. Both they and their droppings carry significant diseases.

    27th June 2024 at 10:03 am #600968

    Sounds as if you’ll be netting the windows…but make sure the bats are on the right side….ie outside.

    we had one last month….i was very alarmed… put it mildly…they move so fast…I thought it was a huge frelon….i was relieved it was a bat.


    good luck.

    27th June 2024 at 11:51 am #600971

    Midnight last night outside with a torch, saw them  flying in under the side roof slates. They are then coming through the rocks and down inside the chiminee.

    access with rockwool etc, reslated and am now in process of re-capping  the underneath of the chiminee.

    Protected species?

    Yes, so is my missus who is recently recovering from cancer, and no one in authority is helping, so they aren’t high on my list of priorities.

    28th June 2024 at 12:25 am #601000

    Mr F built them a bat box so they had somewhere else to go and made sure all, including babies, were out before blocking up where they were coming in the house.

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    30th June 2024 at 9:23 am #601073

    Come on gleaner….are you still alive ? Did the bats win?

    some how I doubt it!

    how is the battle going?please keep us posted….

    2nd July 2024 at 9:52 am #601160

    I sympathise Gleaner, it’s all very well saying they are “protected” etc etc but that has to be balanced with the impact they have  on the welfare of people.

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    2nd July 2024 at 4:10 pm #601175

    Yes of course it does AP. There are ways of dealing with the bats in order to evict them whilst still protecting the species though.

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    2nd July 2024 at 5:05 pm #601177

    Gleaner, I sympathise with you. I would be totally stressed out too.

    A bat house as previously suggested seems to be a really strong option? but how do you get them out of the house?

    Since bats like dark spaces, bright lights can be an effective deterrent. High-frequency sound emitters, or ultrasonic devices, can disturb their ears and echolocation abilities ( however not 100% proven). You can also use mothballs, peppermint, eucalyptus, and other strongly scented essential oils as repellents. Get donations of mint plants…..grow like weeds?

    As bats can carry rabies, the safest option is to find a professional to deal with this for you? I hope you find a solution soon!

    2nd July 2024 at 11:55 pm #601185

    When we had them in the house during the evening I opened all the doors and windows so they could find a way out into the night to get on with their bug hunting.

    3rd July 2024 at 6:33 am #601188

    Bats do not live in houses, they are wisely afraid of people. They do live under roof tiles and in loft spaces where access is available. They will fly in to an open window as I guess they believe it’s a cave. Keep windows shut at night or put up screens. Simples.

    7th July 2024 at 5:45 pm #601336

    I worry that the bats may have beaten Gleaner or perhaps turned his wifi off?

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