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Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat

Every once in a while I get a call from a concerned resident enquiring about bats on their property, usually wanting to get "rid" of them. This morning I got a phone call from an elderly lady on the Bluff, who had a bat on the eves right outside her bedroom window. I went out to have a look and give some advice, after which she was quite happy to leave the bat be.

She wanted to know how to keep it away humanely as she was under the impression that bats carry disease.

Bats do not carry any disease that's easily transmitted to human by just being in close proximity to them. The only way you may pick up a disease from them is if you are them or their farces raw.

There is a very very slim chance of a bat having a lyssavirus, but you would need to be bitten to be infected, and you would have to handle the bat physically for that to happen (which people shouldn’t do unless trained and vaccinated).

There are so many old wives tales regarding bats that are just not true. Bats are beneficial to our environment and there really is no reason to fear them or get rid of them. But if you really do have to get rid of them, either have the eves of your house closed off, or wait till the bats fly off at night, then put up a shiny foil balloon in that spot, this should detour them from coming back in the morning.

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Source: FB page Warren's Small World, 19 May 2020


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