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post #1 of 6 Old 03-15-2011, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hendra virus and bats and how to get rid of them?

help I'm upset that bats are in the trees in my horse paddock.
what can I do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-15-2011, 08:48 AM
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Not certain of anything that will help discourage the bats, but you might try somethings off the top of my "thinking cap". Hang strips of a heavy fabric like maybe a canvas from some branches of the trees. This one maybe to the extreme, but there are on the market noise makers that are set on timers to ward off all winged pests. I know these are used to keep nuisance pigeons from roosting where they are not wanted. Only problem with the noise makers I can visualize is they would be upsetting to your horses and you, but if the problem is serious enough it might be worth looking into. Hopefully the strips of fabric takes care of the problem.
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Are they flying foxes or insectivorous bats? If they eat insects, they're not going to carry the hendra virus, because it's only been found in the fruit eaters.

Until you've figured out what type of bats they are, there's no reason to jump the gun and get hysterical over them MAYBE carrying hendra.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!

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To add to what SR posted. Bug eating bats are your friend.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-16-2011, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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thank you

Originally Posted by candandy49 View Post
know these are used to keep nuisance pigeons from roosting where they are not wanted.
wish I knew o this back when the pigeons came round

great ideas thank you. I'm going to google and ebay them!
but good point it couldn't keep us awake. (let alone the next doors)

and thanks I didn't know it was from a particular type of bat. but sadly these bats loved the mangoes on our mango tree last year.
thats why this year we didn't feed the tree as we didn't want it to fruit so we wouldn't get bats.

boohoo they were soo good and the bats came anyways and in other trees
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