'Bat cave' at Portage home

'Bat cave' at Portage home

There are 44 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Aug 11, 2008, titled 'Bat cave' at Portage home. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A Portage family has quite a problem on their hands as a small colony of bats is living in the attic of their home.

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Since: Aug 08

Secaucus, NJ

#1 Aug 11, 2008
Target practice I say!

“michigan weather?!?”

Since: Apr 08

middleville mi

#2 Aug 11, 2008
i had a bat in my bedroom when i was younger i tell ya its scary at nite and have someting fly pass ur head
Half Days

United States

#3 Aug 11, 2008
Cool.
Grim Reality

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Aug 11, 2008
Is this problem really driving them baty?!

bats are ok, as long as they do not live in your house.. they eat a lot of bugs.
Louis Lowell

Granbury, TX

#5 Aug 11, 2008
Hopefully folks will have enough common sense to put up a Bat House before excluding the Bats from their attic. If not, the bats could die from exposure. I also hope all the babies are out, rather than being trapped inside. Most colonies are Females, with their babies. That'd be a shame to have the bats all killed. CUL Lou

“Proud Cherokee”

Since: Aug 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Aug 12, 2008
Ewwww creepy!

“Part of the uninformed masses.”

Since: Jun 08

Grand Rapids

#8 Aug 12, 2008
Gramma lived with us for a while upstairs and it took years before that old bat would move out.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#9 Aug 12, 2008
We have a batcave too. They come in near the chimney and roost inside of the wall of a bedroom. You can lay in bed at night and listen to then chitter-chatter and squeek amongst themselves. It's cute... I never thought it was really a problem, is it?

Those rotten squirrels are worse...
grosses me out

Grandville, MI

#10 Aug 12, 2008
A here is a thought for those of you thinking this is "cute" or worried about killing them. Just where do you think they are going "poop" at? This house should be inspect by the health department. Bet it would be condemned or deemed unliveable until it is cleaned. But no sympathy from me. If you had a bat and did nothing, you have no one to blame but yourself for being a bat motel. Common sense people, lets try using some!

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#11 Aug 12, 2008
Yeah, the gases from the guano are unhealthy. Good thing our tiny bat family has never gotten inside the house. We put up a bat house near the cave hoping to coax them into that, but they seem pretty comfortable where they are.

I'm more concerned with the squirrels, one of which I saw in the basement the other day. I heard one running up and down a cold air vent too, poor little guy was lost in a long metal tunnel.
Car Guy

Hopkins, MI

#12 Aug 12, 2008
grosses me out wrote:
A here is a thought for those of you thinking this is "cute" or worried about killing them. Just where do you think they are going "poop" at? This house should be inspect by the health department. Bet it would be condemned or deemed unliveable until it is cleaned. But no sympathy from me. If you had a bat and did nothing, you have no one to blame but yourself for being a bat motel. Common sense people, lets try using some!
You crack Me up, stupid Germifobs, if you only knew what your living in everyday LOL Grew up in a house with Bats in the attic(also converted to bedrooms for us kids) we never had a health problem. My folks have lived there since 1953,So 55 yrs with Bats, Dads 89 & Moms 79 they both are in pretty good health & active, so I don't think there is much concern for Bat poop.

Since: Jul 08

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#13 Aug 12, 2008
Car Guy wrote:
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You crack Me up, stupid Germifobs, if you only knew what your living in everyday LOL Grew up in a house with Bats in the attic(also converted to bedrooms for us kids) we never had a health problem. My folks have lived there since 1953,So 55 yrs with Bats, Dads 89 & Moms 79 they both are in pretty good health & active, so I don't think there is much concern for Bat poop.
LOL, I thought I was probably the only one with that opinion because I'm a country gal. We have always had mice and bats and lazy, lazy cats.
jtphantom

Bangor, MI

#14 Aug 12, 2008
Holy housemate's batman
grosses me out

Grandville, MI

#16 Aug 12, 2008
READ BELOW ---
What should I do if I find a lot of bat guano? "POOP"(After I've removed them or driven them out)

If you find a buildup of guano in your home be sure to act immediately and remove it. There are all types of microorganisms which can flourish in their fecal matter - histoplasmosis possibly - which could present a hazard to you. For dropping removal you should wear a respirator. Be sure to use one with good filters and charcoal. This will help filter out any noxious gas associated with cleanup. Be sure to wear some old clothes you can throw away, Once all droppings have been bagged in some type of strong plastic Hefty bag you can start cleanup. Use a strong disinfectant. It should kill off all virus and bacteria as well as remove some of the smell.

Guess this explains your low IQ.....Exposure to bat droppings
Old Rocker

United States

#17 Aug 12, 2008
it's always exciting when a bat gets in the house. One got in during the night one time and woke up my wife. I never saw her move so fast getting out of the bedroom and slamming the door shut behind her screaming "There's a bat, there's a bat." I was now locked in the bedroom with the bat and knew there would be no more sleep that night unless I produced a dead bat. Well, I knocked it out the air with my pillow and flattened it with my shoe. After showing it to her, we could go back to sleep. It got in through a small hole in the screen, so it was an easy repair.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#18 Aug 12, 2008
My daughter and I like to walk in the local cemetery at twilight and watch the bats swirl and swoop. If we whisper or move around just a little, they soar all around us like curious little monkeys.

THEORY: I think they hang around us when we're taking walks because we're attracting their food source, mosquitos.
John Q Public

Denver, CO

#19 Aug 12, 2008
miss-moll wrote:
Yeah, the gases from the guano are unhealthy. Good thing our tiny bat family has never gotten inside the house. We put up a bat house near the cave hoping to coax them into that, but they seem pretty comfortable where they are.
I'm more concerned with the squirrels, one of which I saw in the basement the other day. I heard one running up and down a cold air vent too, poor little guy was lost in a long metal tunnel.
Did it ever occur to you to maybe find out how these animals are getting in your house and try to plug the hole? just a thought.

When I see bees hovering around my deck thats usaually a sign that hive is nearby. I try to monitor the underside of the deck during my weekly mows and when I find a hive its as good as gone!

Since: Jul 08

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#20 Aug 12, 2008
John Q Public wrote:
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Did it ever occur to you to maybe find out how these animals are getting in your house and try to plug the hole? just a thought.
When I see bees hovering around my deck thats usaually a sign that hive is nearby. I try to monitor the underside of the deck during my weekly mows and when I find a hive its as good as gone!
Oh yeah, we know where they're coming in. There's a tiny space just between the chimney and the wall. We've talked about plugging the hole, but I'm always afraid to trap some in there. When one of us gets up there on the ladder they fall silent, so we never really know whether they're in there or not.

I really don't want the smell of dead animal(s)...:(
t13t13t13

Pueblo, CO

#21 Aug 12, 2008
By all means, kill all the bats in the house because of all the microorganisms they carry. Also get rid of all the birds, cats, dogs, turtles, and dont forget about those pesky humans either. Fruits, veggies, meats, gotta get rid of them too dont forget. What people like "grosses me out" and other ignorant people fail to realize is that there are microorganisms on everything! Sanitizing will kill organisms for a bit, but mind you that the reproduction rate of an individual colonie is exponential. My point is while there is a slight risk associated with bats and other animals, it is mosty from direct contact with the animal or their waste. As was suggested earlier, a one way exit would be a good alternative, they will leave and find other roosting areas- most likely tree- but please be mindfull of the young that are still in the attic. Whatever the outcome, please think wisely before acting, take into consideration the welfare of the bats as well as the people. Oh instead of killing each bat that wanders into a house that encroaches onto their natural habitat, ever think of opening a window and ushering them out that way? Works quite well, and the feeling of saving a life of an animal far outweighs that of killing one in a house. Old Rocker, hopefully you washed your pillow and shoes well and treated the entire room properly as every area that was touched by the bat is potentially festering with mircoorganisms.
dan aspinall

Duvall, WA

#22 Aug 12, 2008
That's kinda odd to read this article . Considering it was just last night my Husband had notice quit a large sum of Bat's flying around in our backyard

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