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  1. #1
    Andy Guest

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    OT: Bat in the house

    Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the alarm
    last night!

    Caught the BUM!!! hanging on the kitchen fireplace mantle minutes later.

    Grabbed it and tossed it out into the snow!

    Serves it right, waking me up in the middle of the night!

    I had a 25-shot 9mm in my hand all ready and set to go.

    Stupid little hanger.

    Next time we meet again...

    Andy

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > OT: Bat in the house
    >
    > Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the
    > alarm
    > last night!
    >
    > Caught the BUM!!! hanging on the kitchen fireplace mantle minutes later.
    >
    > Grabbed it and tossed it out into the snow!
    >
    > Serves it right, waking me up in the middle of the night!
    >
    > I had a 25-shot 9mm in my hand all ready and set to go.
    >
    > Stupid little hanger.
    >
    > Next time we meet again...
    >
    > Andy


    Bats are your friend. They eat their weight in insects and pollinate a lot
    of trees and plants. They have a really bad rap. Next time call a bat
    remover.

    Paul



  3. #3
    Andy Guest

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    Paul M. Cook said...

    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> OT: Bat in the house
    >>
    >> Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the
    >> alarm
    >> last night!
    >>
    >> Caught the BUM!!! hanging on the kitchen fireplace mantle minutes
    >> later.
    >>
    >> Grabbed it and tossed it out into the snow!
    >>
    >> Serves it right, waking me up in the middle of the night!
    >>
    >> I had a 25-shot 9mm in my hand all ready and set to go.
    >>
    >> Stupid little hanger.
    >>
    >> Next time we meet again...
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > Bats are your friend. They eat their weight in insects and pollinate a
    > lot of trees and plants. They have a really bad rap. Next time call a
    > bat remover.
    >
    > Paul



    Paul,

    I'm a fond friend of bats, don't get me wrong!

    It's probably back in the house already!

    Best,

    Andy


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    Paco Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > OT: Bat in the house
    >
    > Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the
    > alarm
    > last night!
    >
    > Caught the BUM!!! hanging on the kitchen fireplace mantle minutes later.
    >
    > Grabbed it and tossed it out into the snow!
    >
    > Serves it right, waking me up in the middle of the night!
    >
    > I had a 25-shot 9mm in my hand all ready and set to go.
    >
    > Stupid little hanger.
    >
    > Next time we meet again...
    >
    > Andy


    You may want to check your attic for your "little friend's" relatives. At
    this time of the year, in the Northeast, he/she didn't just wander in from
    the outdoors. You may be sitting under a guano goldmine, and all of the
    uglies that go along with undesirable houseguests. Of course, that could be
    the least of your problems if you need motion detectors and Uzis or Stens...
    Just sayin'... ;-)


  5. #5
    Andy Guest

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    Paco said...

    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> OT: Bat in the house
    >>
    >> Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the
    >> alarm
    >> last night!
    >>
    >> Caught the BUM!!! hanging on the kitchen fireplace mantle minutes
    >> later.
    >>
    >> Grabbed it and tossed it out into the snow!
    >>
    >> Serves it right, waking me up in the middle of the night!
    >>
    >> I had a 25-shot 9mm in my hand all ready and set to go.
    >>
    >> Stupid little hanger.
    >>
    >> Next time we meet again...
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > You may want to check your attic for your "little friend's" relatives.
    > At this time of the year, in the Northeast, he/she didn't just wander in
    > from the outdoors. You may be sitting under a guano goldmine, and all
    > of the uglies that go along with undesirable houseguests. Of course,
    > that could be the least of your problems if you need motion detectors
    > and Uzis or Stens... Just sayin'... ;-)



    Paco,

    Ya live in the country, ya gotta have mice and bats!!!

    I had a bat house but they never moved in. I didn't have it hung right,
    dammit.

    I don't consider bats a problem.

    Best,

    Andy

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > I don't consider bats a problem.
    >


    It was a problem when my wife woke up because she felt something brush her
    cheek. Caught that sucker flying up and down the hallway.



  7. #7
    Andy Guest

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    Ed Pawlowski said...

    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> I don't consider bats a problem.
    >>

    >
    > It was a problem when my wife woke up because she felt something brush

    her
    > cheek. Caught that sucker flying up and down the hallway.



    Ed,

    I've told this story before... my ex turned on the kitchen sink light and
    soaped and started filling the kitchen sink with water. I heard a SCREAM
    and raced to the "scene of the crime." Ex could only point to the kitchen
    sink. I told her, motioning to go into the living room and sit down.

    I walked up to the kitchen sink and there, sticking out of the soap suds
    was a bat's win flapping.

    The bat had been sleeping on the kitchen sink light's diffuser and fell
    into the sink when it lit up.

    I put on kitchen AND garden gloves and grabbed it. Sucker screeched like
    crazy! I turned him loose outside.

    Wife was shivering in the living room. I sat down and said it's outside.
    "It's just a little hanger!" which made her laugh through her tears and
    seconds later she punched me in the shoulder!? She wasn't right for the
    rest of the day.

    She herself told the story to friends and family many times.

    I've caught bats before. Their silent flight can be a bit unnerving!

    My best to the Mrs!

    Best,

    Andy

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    cybercat Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > OT: Bat in the house
    >
    > Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the
    > alarm
    > last night!
    >


    My best fwend Paco is right. You probably need to have a bat man come out.
    We did. They were nesting in our attic, had flown in through a vent. I
    noticed droppings outside our back door, looked up, and happened to see some
    swooping out. He put some heavy screening over the vents after he was sure
    they had all flown out to do their batty little things. It was not expensive
    as I recall.




  9. #9
    cybercat Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote
    > She herself told the story to friends and family many times.
    >
    > I've caught bats before. Their silent flight can be a bit unnerving!
    >


    They're good guys, but weird up close. I will never forget the time I was in
    the Peabody rare book library in Baltimore and a maintenance guy found one
    and drowned him in a clear bucket. It was horrible.



  10. #10
    Andy Guest

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    cybercat said...

    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> OT: Bat in the house
    >>
    >> Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the
    >> alarm
    >> last night!
    >>

    >
    > My best fwend Paco is right. You probably need to have a bat man come
    > out. We did. They were nesting in our attic, had flown in through a
    > vent. I noticed droppings outside our back door, looked up, and happened
    > to see some swooping out. He put some heavy screening over the vents
    > after he was sure they had all flown out to do their batty little
    > things. It was not expensive as I recall.



    cybercat,

    At the house I've only caught four bats in probably 15 years so it's
    basically a non-issue.

    I've probably trapped a few dozen mice in the same time span.

    Best,

    Andy

  11. #11
    Steve Pope Guest

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    cybercat <[email protected]> wrote:

    >They're good guys, but weird up close. I will never forget the time I was in
    >the Peabody rare book library in Baltimore and a maintenance guy found one
    >and drowned him in a clear bucket. It was horrible.


    Surely it's illegal for anyone who's not a registered exterminator
    to off a bat.

    Steve

  12. #12
    Mitch@_._ Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 06:00:54 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >It was a problem when my wife woke up because she felt something brush her
    >cheek



    That would freak me out.
    I love watching bats...but only outside.

  13. #13
    Horry Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:09:39 +0000, Steve Pope wrote:

    > cybercat <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>They're good guys, but weird up close. I will never forget the time I
    >>was in the Peabody rare book library in Baltimore and a maintenance guy
    >>found one and drowned him in a clear bucket. It was horrible.

    >
    > Surely it's illegal for anyone who's not a registered exterminator to
    > off a bat.


    Are bats protected species in the U.S.?

    I've never seen one outside the "nocturnal" area of the zoo.

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    Mitch@_._ Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 08:49:17 -0500, "cybercat" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > It was not expensive
    >as I recall.



    It's also pretty common to install a one-way door for bats. Let them
    fly out on their own terms, and when they return they can't get back
    in.

    So they relocate to your neighbor's house.

  15. #15
    Pete C. Guest

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    Paco wrote:
    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > > OT: Bat in the house
    > >
    > > Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the
    > > alarm
    > > last night!
    > >
    > > Caught the BUM!!! hanging on the kitchen fireplace mantle minutes later.
    > >
    > > Grabbed it and tossed it out into the snow!
    > >
    > > Serves it right, waking me up in the middle of the night!
    > >
    > > I had a 25-shot 9mm in my hand all ready and set to go.
    > >
    > > Stupid little hanger.
    > >
    > > Next time we meet again...
    > >
    > > Andy

    >
    > You may want to check your attic for your "little friend's" relatives. At
    > this time of the year, in the Northeast, he/she didn't just wander in from
    > the outdoors. You may be sitting under a guano goldmine, and all of the
    > uglies that go along with undesirable houseguests. Of course, that could be
    > the least of your problems if you need motion detectors and Uzis or Stens...
    > Just sayin'... ;-)


    Bats are indeed good little critters generally, however there are a few
    cautions:

    1- Bat bites are difficult to notice, and while very few bats carry
    rabies, it is a risk, so unless you were wearing heavy gloves when you
    grabbed it, you'd better seek medical attention.

    2- Along with some bat populations is a somewhat nasty illness -
    Histoplasmosis - It's not transmitted by bats directly, rather it exists
    in their guano. Again, relatively rare, but still a concern, especially
    if you have a population in your attic.

  16. #16
    Dave Smith Guest

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    Paul M. Cook wrote:

    > Bats are your friend. They eat their weight in insects and pollinate a lot
    > of trees and plants. They have a really bad rap. Next time call a bat
    > remover.



    When my son was living in Uganda he had a fruit bat living in his
    apartment. He didn't mind sharing. He thought it was kind of neat. The
    only problem was the sound of it winding up to fly out for the night...
    foop fpop foop foop foop...


    We have lots of bats around here. I like to go out around sundown and
    watch them. Sometimes I stand out on the driveway and toss pebbles up in
    the air. The bats mistake them for big juicy bugs. The last time I did
    it I learned not to throw them straight up. A bat came for the stone
    just as it was falling past my head and it almost flew into me.



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    Dave Smith Guest

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    Andy wrote:

    >
    > Ya live in the country, ya gotta have mice and bats!!!
    >
    > I had a bat house but they never moved in. I didn't have it hung right,
    > dammit.
    >
    > I don't consider bats a problem.



    I was thinking of putting up a bat house this year. we have quite a few
    of them around but I have no idea where they live. I know that they are
    not in my attic or in my barn. My neighbour had a huge pond dug in his
    front yard last year. That will probably increase the mosquito
    population, so a few extra bats could deal with that.

  18. #18
    Andy Guest

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    Dave Smith said...

    > Andy wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Ya live in the country, ya gotta have mice and bats!!!
    >>
    >> I had a bat house but they never moved in. I didn't have it hung right,
    >> dammit.
    >>
    >> I don't consider bats a problem.

    >
    >
    > I was thinking of putting up a bat house this year. we have quite a few
    > of them around but I have no idea where they live. I know that they are
    > not in my attic or in my barn. My neighbour had a huge pond dug in his
    > front yard last year. That will probably increase the mosquito
    > population, so a few extra bats could deal with that.



    Dave,

    I hung the bat house around a tree too close to the ground not allowing
    good flight clearance, and I had it in between other trees, not giving them
    a decent "runway" to fly from or to.

    I SHOULD try again this spring.

    Best,

    Andy



  19. #19
    Pete C. Guest

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    Gregory Morrow wrote:
    >
    > cybercat wrote:
    >
    > > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote
    > > > She herself told the story to friends and family many times.
    > > >
    > > > I've caught bats before. Their silent flight can be a bit unnerving!
    > > >

    > >
    > > They're good guys, but weird up close. I will never forget the time I was

    > in
    > > the Peabody rare book library in Baltimore and a maintenance guy found one
    > > and drowned him in a clear bucket. It was horrible.

    >
    > Wow, that sounds creepily Poe - ish...
    >
    > Poor little bat, they are harmless creatures who everybody disses...


    Insects don't consider bats harmless...

  20. #20
    Sheldon Guest

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    CountassAndy wrote:
    > OT: Bat in the house
    >
    > Darn thing flew in front of the kitchen motion sensor and set off the alarm
    > last night!
    >
    > Caught the BUM!!! hanging on the kitchen fireplace mantle minutes later.
    >
    > Grabbed it and tossed it out into the snow!
    >
    > Serves it right, waking me up in the middle of the night!
    >
    > I had a 25-shot 9mm in my hand all ready and set to go.
    >
    > Stupid little hanger.
    >
    > Next time we meet again...
    >
    > Andy


    Shouldn't that be Count Andy?

    Um, don't get so huffy, I coulda said Countass Andy... ya Bum. hehe

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