Bats (not the baseball kind)

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  1. mincc

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    Ok, I am afraid of these creatures. They make me nervous. We live very close to the woods and a creek, so we get all kinds of creatures here. I have noticed them flying at night and sometimes they seem closer than they are, I guess. When I take my dog out, I look for them.

    Last night, I was in and out several times, back and front. I always immediately close the doors so the cat and dog cannot get out.

    A couple of hours ago, I was in the grocery store and my husband called my cell. He had worked OT, so he was sleeping. He asked me if I had noticed anything. I replied, no. Well, he had to chase a bat out of our room and then the door with a broom. It was flapping around. The cat was trying to chase it from the ground. She fears nothing. She has been chasing crickets (we have them, too). My dog is afraid of the crickets and did not hear the bat-she is deaf. The bat would have terrified my big baby.:haha:

    I am beginning to feel like the woods have entered my house. I love nature, but crickets and bats, esp. bats-no no no.

    So, does anyone have any idea where the bat came in? Our attic is completely closed and he would have had to squeeze through the folding door if he had gotten in at all. We dont really go up there-it is small.

    My husband thinks he flew in last night during the seconds I had the door open. I think I would have noticed that....:confused:

    Do I call a "Bat Buster"? :confused:
     
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    Oh no! You can send the bats over here! :D I've been wanting to get a bat house so they will eat all the bugs around here. We had a bat that lived around our apartment in college. It would make laps through our balcony. I actually thought he was pretty cute, but I'm a sucker for a lot of animals that others are not. LOL! I like bats.

    FYI...bats can come through very narrow passages. They squeeze their bodies and sneak in narrow openings. I hope you find him.
     
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    Jen,

    I will absolutely tell him and any of his friends that they can fly on over to you. There is just something about them that creeps me out. Apparently, my cat agrees with you! :) I told her she does not want to meet a bat. Crickets, maybe, bats no.

    My husband just informed me that while he was chasing the bat with the broom he was only in his boxers and at that moment a neighbor's relative was getting out of her car. :eek: He apologized and explained about the bat and she said she had one in her house last year.

    I was hoping that when he left for work today, she could see him in his work uniform and realize he does not always appear on the porch in undies. :haha:

    Thanks for the FYI-I did not know they could squeeze like that.

    My husband wont be home til after midnight-I told him he may find me out front when he gets home if another one shows up....:blush:
     
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    Near my mom's store there is a bridge and at dusk the bats all fly out from underneath....... they say its really cool to see. I don't want to experience that!
     
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    I can totally sympathize with not wanting a bat in your house! But as a science teacher and long-time bat enthusiast, I have to chime in on behalf of bats. For one, they eat half of their bodyweight in insects each night! Nursing bats eat up to 125% of their bodyweight in insects each night! One of their favorite foods is mosquitos... so think about how those bats flying around your house are a natural insect repellent.

    I used to love going out on summer evenings around dusk and watching them fly. You can see them by lampposts because of all the insects. They make a distinct clicking sound as they are using their echolocation, so you can actually hear them, too.

    Anyway, I know you are creeped out by them and don't want them in your house! But be kind to the little guys--they really are one of nature's gifts to us! They aren't dangerous and shouldn't be cause for concern in terms of rabies unless they are acting strange (like flopping around on the ground or looking ill.) In fact, I remember learning that bats carry less rabies than cats!
     
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    ABall,

    I would skip out on seeing that, too.:)

    Sciencegirl,

    I do hereby solemnly swear I will not engage in any kind of bat-hurting. UNLESS he goes after my pets. My husband can take care of himself. :lol:

    Seriously, I would never deliberately hurt one and neither would hubby. We rescued our dog and cat and I am the one all the neighbors bring the strays to.

    My hubby was really startled out of his sleep-he has been working OT for a couple of days and he has a stressful dangerous job. So, when he woke up, he was not totally awake. The bat flew away to his bat cave and he was fine. But, we wont hurt them. The rabies thing scares me, esp. with the pets. They have their shots, but you always worry. I met a lady once who got bit by a rabid kitten she was trying to help and she went through a really bad time.

    I cannot believe bats eat all those insects!!!! That is great, we have so many varieties here. You would love where I live-the creek is protected wetlands (I think) and there are lots of great creatures there. Some of the birds are neat!

    Oh....the bat was def. making a kind of screeching noise, according to my hubby.

    Ok....I need to stop looking at the ceiling!:blush:
     
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    Wow, your home sounds lovely--a creek, wetlands, woods! I'm in the middle of Manhattan :) I don't think I'll be seeing bats anytime soon.

    I just read a bat facts page to make sure I wasn't misleading you, and I saw that each bat eats 3000-7000 insects a night (that is apparently half of their weight)! Wow, that's incredible. And farmers love them as natural pesticides. I bet the little thing was thrilled to get out and back to its insect feast!

    I know you must be studying every little movement in your peripheral vision... like how you feel like bugs are all over you after you see a spider or something. Try to relax & enjoy the weekend! Enjoy some nature for this deprived New Yorker :)
     
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    mincc, have you read Stellaluna?
     
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    sciencegirl-
    I completely agree that bats are great for us but when they are flying in your house which has VERY low ceilings and your babies are sleeping and they are crawling on their beds.... then I don't really care how beneficial they are!

    I have had 4 bats in my house this summer... we discovered that they were coming through our heating ducts! How crazy! I am moving soon and hope not to have the same problems..
     
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    Oh my god, turtlegirl, that image gave me chills. They were crawling on your kids' beds?! Now even I am not enough of a bat enthusiast to find that appealing. I'd be squealing and hollering for help! You are brave to endure that.

    I wonder what's attracting them in through your ducts? That's so odd. Good luck in your new place :)
     
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    Turtlegirl,

    THEY WERE CRAWLING ON YOUR BEDS??????????????????????????

    ON YOUR BEDS??????????????????????????????????????

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I guess I will not sleep anymore. Ever. :help:

    They were flying around out back again tonight. They fly around my house to the neighbor in back and then to one across the street. Maybe I can take a door to door poll to see who has them in their houses.

    TeacherGroupie,

    Should I read that book??? It sounds familiar.

    Sciencegirl,

    We have a tiny, almost 100-year-old house on a big lot. It is really cute. We have the best neighbors (except for one)-they are all so nice and friendly. I have seen herons, foxes, wild turkeys, some kind of bird that I have yet to identify, turtles, groundhogs, rabbits, chipmunks, possums, woodpeckers, doves, lots of different creatures. I need to go to the creek at dawn one day and see who is out. There is supposedly some kind of weird fish in the creek. I dont live in the country, it is funny, we are right near a busy roadway, but close enough to the woods. It is really nice. My husband grew up here. I think they grew potatoes on our land. I love History and we have some neat things in our town and the surrounding ones. NJ is not the best place to live as far as cost of living and traffic and taxes, but I have been here all my life, so at least I have some good things. I will have to post pics if I get any of the creatures-no bats, though. :)
     
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    Sciencegirl- They are nesting in my chimney and fly down and get into my duct system and can't find their way out.... I found one perching on my son's crib/blankets... I shut the door and called my dad(my husband works nights sometime))(my son was in my arms he wouldn't sleep that night and now I think the bat was flying around in his room!!!! When my father came he went in BUT COULD NOT FIND IT!!!! So we opened the door and shut off all the lights except the one in my room and waited for it to come out... sure enough about 20 minutes later it started flying around my house. Then about an hour later I had another one... The next night I had 2 more! Since I covered up my ducts I haven't had another one!!! I am glad I am moving so I don't have to worry about it anymore....

    Mamacita- I have never had a snake yet,,,, but I would have to agree with you....
     
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    That would freak the crap out of me!:eek: I love bats, but I do agree, not so much in my home.
     
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    Mamacita,

    Your story made me laugh! I do not want snakes in my house, that would just make me flee at this point.

    Apparently, we have skunks in town, too, because one just sprayed nearby-it is drifting in the windows we opened for the first time in a few months.

    I figured out where the bats are coming from. They are living in my chimney (well it looks like a chimney but we don't have a fireplace). I bravely went outside to watch tonight and there they were, one after another flying out of it, it was a parade of bats.

    Does anyone know where I can get a HUGE umbrella so that I can actually sleep tonight? I will sleep under it. I dont like the thought of them being UP there.

    I am a wimp.
     
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    Is there something you can stuff inside the chimney from the inside so they don't come into the house? Do you have a vent you can shut for it?
     
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    I don't know. My husband went into the attic today and it was all dry and had lots of spiders. The chimney is so high up there. We are clueless as to what to do. I think what I am going to do is call a bat-specializing exterminator. Apparently, they know what to do without hurting them. I think they can go up to the attic and seal it off with some kind of foam. Years ago, my mom was renting a house and all of a sudden, bats came in. I did not remember this until I told her about my present situation. Well, the first exterminator did something wrong-used some kind of a sound and it scared them and they came down, lots more of them. She had them in her tub. Her landlord had to call a bat specialist, who did something else and did it right. The specialist actually had a bat in her hand (live) and was remarking to my mom how precious it was. I am going to try and locate her.
     
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    One year we had trouble with bats. I about lost my mind. I will just say it like it is for me...I HATE BATS WITH ALL MY GUTS AND ALL MY HEART AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN. There I said it. Anyway, we found out they were coming down a small chimney that we had once used for a wood stove in our basement. The stove was still attached and the door was shut, but they were able to come down the pipe and squeeze their way out the closed door!!!!! Did I mention that I HATE bats? They swoop around our back yard at night. I also live "in the woods!" YOu see it all here. Skunks, deer, possums, fox, beavers down at the lake(behind us,) doves, geese, ducks, etc. Yes, I like all of those critters, but not the bats.
     
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    Most bats have faces that belong on the radio.
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    The Saguaro Cactus (the tall one with arms) is pollinated by bats.
    I love going out at sunset in the desert or forest and watching the "tailless birds" flying around. Most Bats eat insects or fruit very few eat meat (or blood). Bats are more afraid of you that you are of them. and like the Gila Monster (one of only 2 poisonous lizards in the world) if you get bit, you deserve it (you must have been annoying it)

    • The bat is the symbol of happiness in many parts of the world.
      Some bats reach speeds of 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour.
      Some bats live 32 years are longer, although most live fewer than 20 years.
      In the United States, rabid bats are rare; less than 1/2 of 1% carry rabies.
      Bats are the only major predators of night-flying insects.
      The smallest bat species weighs less than a penny and is about the size of a bumble bee.
      The largest bat species has a wing of 5'5" and weights about 2 pounds.
      The total population of bats is estimated to be more than ten billion.
      Some bats reach an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters.)
      A bat's knees bend backwards.
      Most North American bats can be mailed with a 41¢ stamp.
      Baby bats' claws are so sharp they can hang on the imperfections of a light bulb.
      The 20 million Mexican free-tails from Bracken Cave in Texas eat the weight of 63 elephants in insects each night
     
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    Ugly and disgusting. I HATE them.
     
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    Come on Grammy we's all God's children and creatures. Just look at that bat it has a face only a mother could love.
     
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    The Bat

    By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
    He likes the attic of an aging house.

    His fingers make a hat about his head.
    His pulse beat so slow we think him dead.

    He loops in crazy figures half the night.
    Among the trees that face the corner light.

    But when he brushes up against a screen,
    We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:

    For something is amiss or out of place
    When mice with wings can wear a human face.

    by Theodore Roethke

    I disagree, though. I like bats, and I especially love to see hundreds of bats swooping through the sky. If I can see them come squeaking out of an attic or daylight hiding place, all at once, that's even cooler. I used to run laps around the school track, and I always tried to time it so I would get to see the thousands of bats come sweeping out of the old official's box, high up on top of the bleachers.

    I live in southern Indiana, where there are gazillions of caves. I love to spelunk during the day and look up to see the bats hanging upside-down all over the ceilings.

    Think how covered in bug-bites we'd all be without bats.
     
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    I have a very personal reason for hating bats. It involves two kitties who were due to have their rabies shots and had direct contact with a bat before they got them. It's a rather long story and I don't like to think about it.
     
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    Grammy.. I am with you....

    I do see their benefit and ate bug bites but when they are flying around your house you really don't care about that!
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Thanks, Dave. You owe me an umbrella now! :p

    I finally went down and did laundry tonight. I am up, still, because I was afraid and it piled up. Yikes.

    Grammy, I am sorry. :(
     

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