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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Chickadee » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:14 pm

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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by gb225450 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:27 pm

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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:44 am

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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by jan.dup » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:40 am

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


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


This kinda sums up what I said in my initial post -
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:
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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:06 am

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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:22 am

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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:37 am

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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:49 am

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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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Dotty » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:49 am

Great idea guys but please note my post here
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:57 am

For sure Dotty, not suggesting any of the 'house' I posted, Just for interest. I am sure SANParks have the experience in implementing them.
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Jonkers » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:01 pm

If I was a bad bat I would try out a new house for sure instead getting hit by a fan or listen to scary people at night.

Hi dotty I think if a bat project is going to be started it will be done according the rules. Imagine taking a bat house up to KTP and KTP is already busy building .... ;)

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:03 pm

If any woodworking forumite picks up his chisel & plane, we will direct him (or her) to the procedure. :thumbs_up:

But if nobody volunteers, the procedure is irrelevant. :wink:

Maybe some of us on this thread would be willing to donate to a project for a woodworking forumite. :hmz: If it would fly, then Dotty's link would be in business. :clap:
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Dotty » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:04 pm

Thanks all :wink: it was just a reminder ..... perhaps the Virtual Honorary Rangers (VHR@SANParks.org) with the help and advice of KG could help you all get the bat problem solved
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by shane » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:07 pm

I love the bats and not to keen on seeing them disappear. As long as they stay near by.

Willing to contribute any manner I can BB.
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:12 pm

Step 1 would be to find out if permission is required to put up bat houses in KTP. Maybe Dotty could find out please.
Step 2 would be for the the woodworker(s) to volunteer.
Step 3 get VHR approval
Step 4 ask for forumite funding
Step 5 build the bat house(s) from the funding
Step 6 deliver the house(s) to KTP
Step 7 site them
Step 8 repeat from step 4 until all bats housed.
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