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 Post subject: Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:43 pm 
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We stayed in Urikaruus unit no 2 - second week in March. A couple of bats everyday (4-6) but the commotion in the roof was incredible - you really struggle to sleep at night. The couple in unit 3 were up all night chasing bats, in a sense it was quite funny to listen to the dampened screams coming from their unit - at that stage we were sleeping snugly in our vehicle !! In TR the height of the rooms help somewhat as there is more space but in the confines of Urikaruus's rooms it's really a case of duck and dive !!

I'm sure that without spending too much the problem could be eleviated a lot.

Tony T - I think a mosquito net could help - the only problem is if one of the bats find a way in and you have to negotiate it in that small space inside the net - could be good comedy material for a Leon Schuster movie :lol: :lol:

Jonkers - I think it's a good idea to give this as a project for a University/College


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The scratching and squeaking I actually found quite comforting. :redface:

But then again, I had to endure the barn owls at KK mating two years ago.
That put me off sleeping. :lol:

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Maybe I will get myslef one of these: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?
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The bats at Urikaruus are horrendous... :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

No-one should ever consider going there as a result .... Be warned, it is hectic :twisted: :twisted:

(Then I may get a booking!)

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 Post subject: Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?
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We were in TR in July 2010 and had a bat or two that disrupted my sleep quite a bit. Thinking of finally coming back to KTP in Dec this year. Will the problem be worse in the summer....??? :shock:

Common guys - let's get those students working on those bat houses. December is around the corner... :twisted:


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Re the bat house project Please read
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All projects must go through this process

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The only time I had a problem with bats was when I accidentally left the lights on, both outside and in the bathroom when I went for a night drive. After returning, the bungalow was swarming with insects attracted by the lights. I supposed the bats saw a good opportunity for hunting.


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I have dug through my photos and found some of photos I took of good bats (outside :wink: ) our room:

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And bad bats (inside :naughty: )crawling along our bedroom floor:
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Nice images gb225450.

We have had our fair share of bats encounters, but must say they don't bother us much. Beautifull creatures.

The only problem are the ceiling fans in KK and Urikaruus. If you leave them on at night and the doors open, the bats fly into them and never survive. So switch them off in the evenings.

Though some of you may want to make yourselves a simple bat box for you homes. Try, they work well.

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Shane wrote:
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but must say they don't bother us much. Beautifull creatures.


GavinW wrote:
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The bats at Urikaruus are horrendous...


This kinda sums up what I said in my initial post -
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because of the many different takes I got from people visiting the KTP regarding this - and especially Urikaruus


I had encounters in many places including TR and must agree they really don't bother me much either. One night at Nossob I left the windows of my vehicle slightly open to cool down (was very hot that day) and the next morning we heard something on the roof while watching jackal catching sandgrouse at QQuap and when we drove of a bat was dangling right in front of my face from the sunroof inside the Cab (about 15cm from my face) !!! After the initial shock it was actually nice to see him up close and after a while we set him free - BUT I'm telling you URIKARUUS is something else - :big_eyes: man o man !!! - I also think they are beautiful creatures but too many of them flying around in a confined space is really not nice, especially if they swoop past you and brush through your hair ever so frequently at night while sleeping (or trying to). As Lionspoon describes:
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find the shower black - it was full of bats. At least 10 more were taking flying lessons in the bedroom. I was shocked - to say the least.


I can live with them and bare with the occasional bat or 3 - but not at Urikaruus - they literally swarm you in numbers.

Nice bat pics gb225450.


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Fortunately for us we have never really had real bats problems at Urikaruus and we visit twice a year sometimes. This year in December/January we were there 6 days and never had one bat in our unit no. 4.

However, TR was interesting. 3 or 4 bats in the evening, but no real problem. Tracy woke the one morning and she was covered in droppings, from head to tummy. I couldn't contain my laughter which didn't go down very well. I was about to take pictures, but was threadened so I decided to put the camera down ...................... pity it would have made a great image for this thread.

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jan.dup wrote:
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The bats at Urikaruus are horrendous...


This kinda sums up what I said in my initial post -

I was being sarcastic :redface:

We have only once had a bat at Urikaruus, and it stayed in the bathroom so we were ok with that

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So there we have it :thumbs_up:

The recipe for bat houses. :clap: Thanks shane.

Any woodworking forumites like to create a pilot project?

I am sure KTP management would permit them to be sited appropriately to see if they work there.

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BB these 'bat houses' are very simlar to the ones they have in KNP. Has anyone seen them ? they work like a charm.

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Example of other bat houses in Berg-en-dal camp, KNP. They have been pretty success in reducing bats from roosting in the accomodation units:

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