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Old 07-11-2012, 08:24 AM
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Well, things got interesting. After I chased the bat upstairs, opened a window and spent 15 mins trying to get it to go out, I gave up and closed the door on it. Went back downstairs and there was two more flying around in my living room....Yikes! Fortunately Leo wasn't chasing after them, just lying on his bed watching them

I opened the front door and tried chasing them out, but now it's getting close to midnight and I'm tired and to be honest, getting a little freaked out. I packed up the dog and went to spend the night at a friend's.

Obviously they've found an easy access point. Going to call pest control this morning.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:00 AM
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Bad news is that the bat people can't come to my house until Friday. Good news is that the incidence of rabies in bats in this area is less than 1%. I'm not scared of the bats themselves, but the idea of rabies is terrifying.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:08 AM
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http://www.batworld.org/what-to-do-if-you-found_a_bat/
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:22 AM
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Thank you Smkie. That site is far more informative than anything I came up with when I did a quick search last night. When I get home from work I am hoping that I'll be able to catch them in the daylight when they are less active.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:29 AM
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I am a huge Bat Sanctuary and specially Lil Drac fan. I hope to be able to sculpt one as a fund rasier for him since I can send no money. I love <3 all of their efforts on saving bats, and giving haven to those that can not be released. I had shared this link on my facebook page, so I knew right where to find it. Glad I could share with you.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:21 PM
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I like bats a lot too and enjoy having them in my yard, but in the house, not so much. I do think they're cute, although not everyone would agree with me. The ones in my house are Little Brown Bats.

There is a TV show in Canada called "Zoo Diaries" filmed mostly at the Toronto Zoo. A few years ago they were raising a bat named "Stevie" who was the most adorable little thing and you could tell his keeper was just in love with him.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:36 PM
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When one was in the basement of the house I was living in we were able to capture it in a shoebox, but I'm pretty sure he was easier to catch than most bats since he was woken from hibernation!

I took him to a local rehab sanctuary since it was winter, and they fed him and released him in the spring. They sent me a card when they released him, which I thought was awesome.
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I'm not afraid of bats, but there's something about how they fly so fast and apparently erratically in a confined space like the house that just sets off my lizard brain. When we had ours in the house, I would just totally involuntarily flinch and let out a squeak every time it got near me no matter how hard I tried to force myself not to. Once we caught it, I had no problem with it at all. It was frankly kind of embarrassing.
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I'm not afraid of bats, but there's something about how they fly so fast and apparently erratically in a confined space like the house that just sets off my lizard brain. When we had ours in the house, I would just totally involuntarily flinch and let out a squeak every time it got near me no matter how hard I tried to force myself not to. Once we caught it, I had no problem with it at all. It was frankly kind of embarrassing.
Yes! It's like they are dive bombing you even though you can plainly see that they never actually fly into, or touch anything. Besides, I was tired and it was getting late... that's my excuse.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:15 PM
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My MOm caught one in a fish net like you would use for an aquarium. I got there just in time because she was trying to shake it loose outside (she can't see very well) and the poor bat was completely entangled in the mesh that had many holes in it. I asked her to bring me the sharpest sewing scissors which she did.I was able to clip the thin nylon threads away from the bat without injuring it and swoop it was gone. So really thought the shoe box idea was excellent.

If you ever get to read the story "the white Lady" I think you would find it interesting. I loaned my Readers Digest Animal Stories to someone and it hasnt' come back yet, or I could tell you the author. In the story the little white bat flew through the fan blades on low, but when it was sped up (i thought it a little sick that the person turned it up just to see what happened) the bat soared up and over the fan. I wish I could encourage more to live near me and take the rest of the mosquitoes to mosquito hell. I am thinking on how to make a bat house out of clay. I have some ideas.
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