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A bat decided to fly down the chimney to our gas fireplace last night. He has just now come out and is hanging there. 

I'm afraid to take the glass off the one side to try to get him because the opening would be about 3 ft by 3 ft. Not sure we could get him fast enough before he could fly away. 
He has cute toes.  Rolleyes Anyone have experience with bats or suggestions on how to remove him?


   

   
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#2
We have fairy bats coming inside all the time. They get in through an attic roof vent and try and set up house. Usually they go out the same way but every now and then they make their way through another vent and into the house. We have found the best way to get them out is to wait until it is dark, open all doors and windows possible, put all inside lights off and all outside lights on. They will fly around and around for perhaps 10 minutes or so while their radar checks things out and then fly out an open door.

One night one came flying down the stairway and crash landed right between out two dinner plates that were on the kitchen centre aisle, it had a tiny little baby on it's back, no bigger than a peanut.
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#3
Okay, that thing is precious looking. How can pests have such cute toes?!

Aww a baby? Awww!!!!! What do you do with something like that?

Sorry, I'm not much help. I'm super exhausted and had to squeee over something.
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Thanks Trifan. 

We have looked this morning and don't see him. I know that doesn't mean much but I hope he found his way out last night. 

I'm not sure I have the courage to take the glass off the fireplace and let him fly around the house in hopes he goes out the door.  Undecided
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#5
He should have had no problem finding his way out the same way he got in, up the chimney. Bats are amazing. Make sure your first fire for the year is started after dark. You don't want any cooked bats falling back down the chimney. We have bats by the thousands here and we're mighty grateful we do. They eat just about their body weight in mosquitoes every night. I try to make sure I'm in the right place at the right time often to see them emerge from their lair, which is the overpass at the end of my road.
Gotta love 'em.
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Bat update.

I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to know what's going on with the bat.

He's still in the fireplace. When I got home today I saw him crawling around. Then he went to a log and is hanging upside down sleeping now. 

Everything I have read says that they will sense the cool air and try to get to it. I hope he tries harder tonight after he wakes from his nap.
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I hope your bat figures out how to get back outside soon. Will animal control come out and catch it?
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#8
We got the bat out of the fireplace today. We talked with a bat specialist and he told us when and how to do it so it would have the best outcome for us and the bat. 

Everything went smoothly and the bat was placed under a tree in the shade. We just checked on him and he is still there. Fingers crossed he is gone by morning.
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(09-30-2017, 05:34 PM)only-borders Wrote: We got the bat out of the fireplace today. We talked with a bat specialist and he told us when and how to do it so it would have the best outcome for us and the bat. 

Everything went smoothly and the bat was placed under a tree in the shade. We just checked on him and he is still there. Fingers crossed he is gone by morning.

That's great, I bet the little guy is hungry after being in there for so long.
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#10
I'm so glad you were able to get him out.
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