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How to Kill a Bat
Bats flourish in the areas which
are abundant in food and shelter. They are usually
found at a place which is dark, quiet, enclosed and
protected. They do not like to be disturbed and
therefore choose a place which is not easily
accessible for the predators.
It is unlikely that bats are
found flying through your house; however, if it
happens you need to act fast. People fear them a
lot, as they are the carriers of Rabies virus and
you do not want to be infected. The bites are
usually not noticeable. An interesting thing to note
here is that the bite is common when you try to kill
or catch them.
Here are a few ways used by
people to kill the bats
to catch the bats use traps widely. The
body-gripping traps kill the animal with a powerful
mechanical blow. These traps are highly effective
and kill in a matter of seconds. A trap generally
consists of strong iron jaws, which grips the animal
instantly. However, if the trap is not set properly
you might get a non-fatal result and releasing the
mammal in the condition can be dangerous. Size of
the trap is also really important and an inadequate
one would incur a lot of pain and suffering.
Many people kill them with knives
or the garden tools. It requires skills and
experience and you need to be really careful.
Protect yourself with a pair of leather gloves to
avoid a bite. To kill it, you will have to strike it
quickly with lightning speed. It surely is a
dangerous method as an injured or disturbed bat
might bite back to protect itself.
Use of Guns
Guns are also widely used to
shoot down the mammals. However, before using them
you must have a close look at the local laws.
There are various animal poisons
available in the markets which are used by people to
kill the bats. These are actually manufactured to
kill the rats but are effective against bats as
well. However, this is an inhumane method as the
poison takes a long time to kill them and the animal
suffers till then. The different poison types that
you can use include
Anticoagulant (warfarin and congeners):
Anticoagulants damage capillaries (blood vessels)
and cause internal bleeding (haemorrhaging). The
killing process is slow and the mammal dies of
hypovolemic circulatory shock.
Severe pain is also caused.
It is a liquid used to cool engine and hence is
easily available. It can also be used for poisoning
the bats. However, the process is again a slow one
and it takes about a day to kill. It causes
extensive cellular damage in tissues and organs.
Kidney, liver and sometimes heart failure cause the
death. This is again a cruel method as the animal
suffers from nausea, muscle twitches all through the
Bromethalin is another poison the affects the
central nervous system. It takes about 36 hours to
kill the bats. It causes hyper excitability, muscle
tremors and hind limb hyper reflexia resulting in
Another poison which
produces hypercalcemia. This results in systemic
calcification of soft tissue, leading to cardiac
abnormalities, renal failure, CNS depression,
hypertension and GI upset. It is again a cruel
method that leads to death of the animal in about
Red Squill: It
cardiac glycoside derived from the plant Urginea maritima which causes the death by cardiac arrest.
All these rodenticides are meant
to be used on rats only. Using them to kill any
other animal including the bats is illegal. These
poisons are effective for rats but might not be as
effective on bats. Moreover, it is not easy to make
the bats swallow these poisons. You must also know
that many bats come in the category of endangered
species. They are an important part of the
ecosystem. They eat agricultural pests, disperse
seeds to replenish the rainforest and pollinate a
variety of plants. It is better to get rid of the
bats without killing them. You can use a cage trap
or a fishing net to catch it and relocate to a
far-off place. You also have the option of simply
ushering them out by leaving the door open and
waiting for it to find its way out of the house. It
might have entered in search of a fly or insect.