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Bat trapping: how to trap a bat

Bat trapping: how to trap a bat

You might've thought that like every other critter you can trap bats in a cage, well you sort of can, but you will not catch many when there will usually be a minimum of 40 adults in a colony and there is a very good chance you will injure the animal if it is a solid steel mesh cage like the ones used on raccoons. You have to understand that injuring or killing a bat is illegal because they are all on the protected species list. All that said if you're going to actually trap the Syracuse bats that are driving you crazy then here is how the New York professionals do it.

First of all you use a fine mesh net that the bats cannot detect with their echo sounder, you stretch these nets across the exit points where they exit the roof, as they fly out they fly into the net and are caught, once you have caught the Syracuse bats you need a pair of strong gloves and what you have to do is remove the New York bat from the net and place it in a cage, again when removing the bats from the net you have to be extremely careful not to injure any of them. Remember not to pack the cage to tightly, give them room to move around, you'll probably be surprised that none of them will become aggressive but that is not to say that they won't become defensive once they realise they are trapped, and after all they do have a set of needle sharp teeth, mostly they will actually seem to be just curious about what is going on.

Please do not use anything like snap traps or glue traps as both these methods are cruel and inhumane when used on Syracuse bats. There is an urban myth that if you catch a bat in either a snap trap or a glue trap as it starves to death it will scare the rest of the colony away from your house, it won't. First of all the other New York bats will try and figure out why the animal was in distress and then once it dies, which can take up to a week, the rest of the colony will move as far away from it as they can inside the attic that they will not actually move away.

Exclusion is the only policy that all New York professionals recommend, it is also the only policy that all official agencies recommend that said, exclusion is the only policy you should consider.

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