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Bats - Soprano Pipestrelle 🦇

Woken up at 2.30 a.m. this morning by a bat in the bedroom! 😳 Luckily it flew out of the window within about 10 minutes. 😌


  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,097
    That is on my nightmare list. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 943
    We had one in our living room a couple of days ago... only the second time in the 20 years we've lived here... Ours took a good 20 mins or so swooping around before it found the window!
  • I don't particularly enjoy having a bat in the bedroom, @AuntyRach(and I wish I didn't feel it landing on the quilt - that was too close for comfort) but I do like bats and they don't bother me that much. We are fairly use to finding bats in the house. That said, it wasn't me who dealt with the 'intruder' - I'm not that brave; that's my husband's job!
    Spiders are a very different matter though; again, another job for my husband.
  • Yes, @Janie B, you can open every door and window, but it usually takes them a long time to find their way out! They are fascinating creatures.
  • How wondeful. Wish we had bats near us as they stopped after "builders" started works (without permits) on old farm buildings. Long story but having bats around is so good.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,846
    We have bats in the loft,  they are actually a nuisance as the pee on everything,  we have to cover everything with big sheets of cardboard and the droppings are deep, we sweep up every time we go up there. 
    My fear is they may be flying when I go up there for something.
    I don’t know what type they are, they’re very tiny, when they have babies they cling to the mother and are about the size of my finger nail.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,981
    edited August 2022
    I remember a bat coming into my bedroom when I was a child staying in a big old farmhouse … I just sat and watched … my friend’s parents got a big bedsheet and stretched it across the bedroom between them and slowly moved across the room towards the window and eventually the bat went out the way it’d come in. 

    We have lots of bats here … there’s a colony that roost in the old chalk mine across the way (it’s an SSSI) … and they fly from there to the ash tree in our back garden to harvest the chafers there … we have the bedroom windows wide 24/7 in the summer, but we’ve never had a bat fly in here. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • We never leave the windows open at night because of the hornets, the bats just seem to find their way in. We have not seen them in the loft but they do fly out from under the eaves of the thatch, above the door lintel in the porch and from holes in the fascia board on the extension. 
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,503
    We have a lot of bats in the summer here. During the day they go behind our wooden shutters and yes they make a mess of the walls. We are gradually getting rid of our wooden shutters and having electric/solar ones. I have bought a couple of bat boxes but will need more.
    I would love to know which bats we have here besides the Pipistrelles, some are much larger. I had a book once which said you could ID them by their poo. Mmm
  • AnnaBAnnaB Posts: 373
    If a bat makes its way into your bedroom/house it is usually because it has become confused and drawn to your internal lights. A good tip is to open all the windows and turn out any lights (or any source of light). The bat will exit via the nearest window.
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