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RealSimple.com: Dealing with Mice, Bats, and Other Pests

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Uninvited Guest: Bat

Habitat: Trees and buildings throughout much of the United States.

Annoying habits: Flies through open windows, touching off panic and coiffure-related concerns.

What you need to know: Flies by night in search of water (ponds, swimming pools) and insect congregations (around porch lights). Can carry rabies. For bug control, however, bats are a godsend, devouring mosquitoes and other insects by the bucketful.

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What you need to do: Make sure all windows, including little ones in the attic, have screens. Seal holes and crevices larger than a silver dollar everywhere around the roof.

If that doesn't work: Confine an errant bat by closing all doors and opening a window to let it escape. Or sneak up on it with an empty coffee can or bucket, clap the can over the bat, slide the can onto a piece of cardboard, and let the bat loose outdoors. For names of professionals who can remove bats, go to icwdm.org.

(Greg Clarke)



The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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