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How may I lure a bat into a trap?

I seek to catch and release a bat in my house. I am hoping to lure it into a large plastic box on the dining room table. Once the bat is in the box, I will take the box outside and release the bat.

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2 Responses to “How may I lure a bat into a trap?”

  1. Steady1 said :

    Open your outside door(s) and let the bat fly out. I’ve seen this work before (when the bat is in a room with a door, or in an adjacent room.)

  2. Dunbar Pappy ϟϟ said :

    A direct method I used once (and doesn’t hurt the bat) is to get a cardboard tube from a roll of wrapping paper, and when the bat is hanging in sleep mode, carefully raise the tube vertically to surround the critter.
    A light tap on the tube will awaken the bat.
    Since they drop slightly, and then spread their wings when the want to depart, that action puts them into the tube and their wings brace against the inside of the tube, holding them firmly, but gently.
    Take the tube outside, and ‘sling’ it like a baseball bat (easy does it), and they will eject out the tube end, away from yourself.
    They then quickly regain their composure, and fly off.

    Works like a charm.


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