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OP here, didn't have an account so I made one to comment! The devices that were installed are like one-way doors, so the bats can leave but not get back in. This meant the ones still in the walls got distressed when the ones outside didn't return. They're classed as "wildlife" meaning they can't be exterminated, so this is one of the easiest, non-lethal solutions to getting them out. It's been about a week, and the wall-scuttling has calmed down as they filter out, but it was like living in a haunted house the first few nights. Plus, over the course of the week 7 bats got to the interior of the house through vents (yeesh.) We caught those safely and returned them outside, but waking up in the middle of the night to a bat in your bedroom is not an alarm I'd recommend.
By BatIntoHell - / Friday 28 July 2017 03:21 / United States - Minneapolis
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By  Otterbot  |  2

OP here, didn't have an account so I made one to comment! The devices that were installed are like one-way doors, so the bats can leave but not get back in. This meant the ones still in the walls got distressed when the ones outside didn't return. They're classed as "wildlife" meaning they can't be exterminated, so this is one of the easiest, non-lethal solutions to getting them out. It's been about a week, and the wall-scuttling has calmed down as they filter out, but it was like living in a haunted house the first few nights. Plus, over the course of the week 7 bats got to the interior of the house through vents (yeesh.) We caught those safely and returned them outside, but waking up in the middle of the night to a bat in your bedroom is not an alarm I'd recommend.

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By  azouwa  |  22

Some will eat their weight in bugs. (Not the fruit bats). You may want to reconsider if your yard is bug free (as long as your house doesn't stink) about letting them live. Besides, if your place doesn't stink... that amount of carcasses rotting in the walls will change that.

By  Otterbot  |  2

OP here, didn't have an account so I made one to comment! The devices that were installed are like one-way doors, so the bats can leave but not get back in. This meant the ones still in the walls got distressed when the ones outside didn't return. They're classed as "wildlife" meaning they can't be exterminated, so this is one of the easiest, non-lethal solutions to getting them out. It's been about a week, and the wall-scuttling has calmed down as they filter out, but it was like living in a haunted house the first few nights. Plus, over the course of the week 7 bats got to the interior of the house through vents (yeesh.) We caught those safely and returned them outside, but waking up in the middle of the night to a bat in your bedroom is not an alarm I'd recommend.

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  Xynthetica  |  7

OP, I was nowhere near a calm as you seem in your posts and I only had two bats about 4-5 months apart! I freaked lol, I wouldn't be able to live alone ever again if I had 7 in a week. Glad your trapper had those devices, my leasing company really didn't give a s**t that I even was having a problem.

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  Otterbot  |  2

I was pretty freaked out by the first few, especially since they were coming from upstairs and thus definitely from inside the house, but by the third or fourth one I was more like, "really, again?" Since they clearly just wanted to get back out and not attack anyone the fear factor dropped quickly. We had a large bucket that became the "bat bucket" and was kept near us at all times for bat snagging, I'd say by now my husband and I are experts :P

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