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Bats
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:59:14 PM »
Anyone here have bats on their property? (Not in the house or in the belfry.) They eat many, many mosquitoes and other flying insects.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 10:00:41 PM »
I've heard that.  There are plants you can put on your property to attract them as well as bat houses.

A local show had an episode on bats... it was interesting.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 10:04:22 PM »
I've heard that.  There are plants you can put on your property to attract them as well as bat houses.

A local show had an episode on bats... it was interesting.

We have them near us in the woods, but not on the property. At dusk we can see them flitting around catching insect critters. The skeeter population goes way down when the bats zoom overhead.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 10:07:35 PM »
That would be nice to have around here but there are no caves nearby.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 10:13:06 PM »
That would be nice to have around here but there are no caves nearby.

No caves around here. They nest in holes in hollow trees.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 10:14:04 PM »
Not a lot of trees around here.  I'm in between the city and the airport.  That's probably why there weren't a lot of cicadas the other year either. :p
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Re: Bats
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 10:27:43 PM »
Not a lot of trees around here.  I'm in between the city and the airport.  That's probably why there weren't a lot of cicadas the other year either. :p

We get the cicadas. And lots of ants, but I keep the ants under control. And the damned chipmunks - they're allergic to lead injections from my .22.

A few years ago we had an infestation of groundhogs. With the neighbors' permissions, we shot and killed 23 of them in about 3 weeks. Presto! No more problem.

Now we have a lot of feral cats around us. If they become a problem...

The deer will now start coming, too. Our Macintosh apple tree is dropping small apples, and the deer love them.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 11:15:44 PM »
I'm not one bit afraid of bats in general. But the vampire bat in particular scares me.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013, 09:09:12 AM »
I'm not one bit afraid of bats in general. But the vampire bat in particular scares me.

No sweat in this country, it's not within its range.

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Re: Bats
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013, 09:19:44 AM »
Neat little animals. Catching them in free flight can be a pain.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 09:19:57 AM »
We get the cicadas. And lots of ants, but I keep the ants under control. And the damned chipmunks - they're allergic to lead injections from my .22.

A few years ago we had an infestation of groundhogs. With the neighbors' permissions, we shot and killed 23 of them in about 3 weeks. Presto! No more problem.

Now we have a lot of feral cats around us. If they become a problem...

The deer will now start coming, too. Our Macintosh apple tree is dropping small apples, and the deer love them.

I like how you think....I live in town so pellet gun works for the squirrels in the garden digging up veggies.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 11:06:23 AM »
I like how you think....I live in town so pellet gun works for the squirrels in the garden digging up veggies.

I also inject moles with lead.

There was one that really damaged our yard. I put down the tailgate on my truck, put a 6-pack on it, got a lawn chair and my rifle, and I waited. Not too long, either. I saw him burrowing under the ground; the grass shook and a tunnel was being formed. I shot him through the ground 2 times, just to make sure.

When I told my wife (you ready for this one?) she asked if I had buried it!  :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
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Re: Bats
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2013, 11:09:28 AM »
Do these vermin have a lead deficient diet ?
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Re: Bats
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2013, 11:11:37 AM »
Do these vermin have a lead deficient diet ?

I worry about that.  ::)  But I see to it that they are up to snuff with the lead in their diet.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2013, 11:51:50 AM »
I also inject moles with lead.

There was one that really damaged our yard. I put down the tailgate on my truck, put a 6-pack on it, got a lawn chair and my rifle, and I waited. Not too long, either. I saw him burrowing under the ground; the grass shook and a tunnel was being formed. I shot him through the ground 2 times, just to make sure.

When I told my wife (you ready for this one?) she asked if I had buried it!  :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

ROFLAO!!!! That is greatness both the 6 pack hunt and the wife question side.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2013, 08:16:55 AM »
Bats you say ????    When you spend good money to buy a bat house for the yard to keep the mosquitoes away, do not buy unless  you can also buy Bat Guano in a jar to paint the insides of the Bat house with.

A family in the next town builds these houses and charges an extra $25.00 for one with the Guano inside the house.  From what I understand without the Guano to attract the bats your Bat house is nothing but a regular bird house.     

My State puts up thousands of Bat houses in swampy or marsh areas,   some poachers will wait for the bats to leave for the night and steal the houses to collect the Guano it is not easy or cheap to buy Bat Shit.


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Re: Bats
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2013, 08:52:28 AM »
I also inject moles with lead.

There was one that really damaged our yard. I put down the tailgate on my truck, put a 6-pack on it, got a lawn chair and my rifle, and I waited. Not too long, either. I saw him burrowing under the ground; the grass shook and a tunnel was being formed. I shot him through the ground 2 times, just to make sure.

When I told my wife (you ready for this one?) she asked if I had buried it!  :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

I have an intermittent problem with moles, but as I've got 3.2 acres, I don't generally worry about it. There's a guy with traps I can call -- he charges me $20 for every trapped (and killed) mole. That got expensive, so I just blew it off. The damn things and their tunnels aren't pretty, but hell, I've got too much area to worry about it any more.

Now muskrats in my pond? That's a whole 'nuther critter. They damage the pond dams, and that's a much bigger problem, so I pull out my Marlin .22 and administer hot lead injections to those bastards. Usually one shot, one kill.
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Re: Bats
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2013, 09:11:52 AM »
Bats and no Belfry ?
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Re: Bats
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2013, 11:34:54 AM »
We've got those little ones.  They roost in the attic vent louvers.  I wish we had more because this has been a mast year for mosquitoes.

The dogs have been taking care of the moles, voles and possums.  They've killed more in the last few months than in the four years we've lived here.