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Bats in House behavior #311071

Asked April 04, 2016, 12:03 PM EDT

This a bat question, not garden question. Last night we had a bat in our bedroom, which I got to fly out. My question: "Are common Minnesota bats attracted to light?" I always thought they liked dark, e.g. dark caves, etc. Last night we were (hiding) in the bedroom with the door shut, dark in the hall but light in the bedroom. The bat crawled under the door into the lighted bedroom (from the dark hall). This seems weird. Please comment. my email: kjblair@usfamily.net Thanks,

Washington County Minnesota

Expert Response

We agree that Minnesota bats are normally light averse.  However, your indoor visitor might have acted atypically because it was disoriented.

Information at the following websites may be of interest:

http://articles.extension.org/pages/72931/a-bat-is-in-my-house-but-i-dont-know-where-it-is-how-can-i-find-the-bat-and-get-it-out

A bit of humor salts this one:
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/how_to_remove_flying_bats_from_your_house

Thank you for allowing the bat to exit unharmed.

Bob Bystrom Replied April 04, 2016, 12:43 PM EDT

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