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(WSLS)   Husband: "Honey, do you think we should get rid of all these bats in our house?" Wife: "The government won't let us." Husband: "Oh. Okay"   (wsls.com) divider line 119
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G2V
2006-06-20 04:51:31 PM  
Wildlife experts say bats ... can also carry disease like rabies.

Thank god we have experts to tell us mammals can carry rabies. Paging Mr. Romero.
 
2006-06-20 04:51:53 PM  
I think bats a great and more people should build bat houses.

However if you want a natural way to rid yourself of bats, you could always infest your house with cave rat snakes.

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2006-06-20 05:06:52 PM  
At dusk during the summer I like to go out and hang in the pool for "batwatch". We have 3 or 4 bats that live in the neighbors yard that come out and swoop around the pool. It's cool how they swoop down and take a gulp of water while in flight.

Three summers ago we had a bat fall through our bathroom vent, bounced off the toilet and was stunned. We were watching TV and heard a thump and a squeal. Raced to the bathroom ahead of the cats and found the little thing out cold on the floor. Husband picked it up with gloves and a towel and set it on the front porch. A few minutes later it came to and clumsily flew away.
 
2006-06-20 05:16:31 PM  
bats are cool
 
2006-06-20 05:18:20 PM  
My brother once caught a bat while flyfishing on a lake. It swooped down and picked up his nymph just as it was landing on the water. He reeled it in and had to get my dad to get it off the hook for him.
 
2006-06-20 05:30:49 PM  
I knew a woman who claimed to go bat fishing.

Take a fishing rod and attach a small weight and a moth shaped piece of aluminium foil to the end of the line.

Cast the line over a power or telephone line, and then wiggle and twitch it and see how many bats go in for the kill.
 
2006-06-20 05:37:28 PM  
Animals are good. They have just as much right and probably far more of a reason to exist than you and your stupid possesions.

You should feel pirvileged bats want to live in your home. But no, usual gut reaction of your typical homosapien is "KILL IT, KILL IT!!!!!!"

1,000 years from now either everything will be dead and that will be that or humanity will have learned that all life is precious and it is not your right to get rid of it because your small mind sees everything else as inconveniencing you. It's not your damn planet alone you farking morons.
 
2006-06-20 05:51:12 PM  
Looked it up:
Number of bat-human rabies transmissions in the last 50 years: 10
Percentage of rabies-infected bats: 0.5%
Rabies-suffering bats are lethargic, not aggressive. That creates a problem for your curious outdoor pets: a lethargic bat is easy to catch, play with and eat. So the best protection: vaccinate your pets for rabies, done deal.

With only 10 transmissions in the last 50 years, I figure those are DAMN good odds. And considering West Nile (with infection MUCH more likely), I'd rather have bats eating the skeeters.

This summer, I'm building me a bat box. :)
 
2006-06-20 05:52:59 PM  
Clarification:
The numbers quoted above are for the U.S. only.
 
2006-06-20 05:55:18 PM  
Raccoons and stray dogs carry rabies more often than bats do. :P
 
2006-06-20 05:55:52 PM  
Have had bats in my house on 2 seperate occasions. First time one somehow got into a second floor bedroom (windows shut tight because a tightly sealed window AC was on) so how it got in is anyones guess. Simply opened a window and, erm, batted him (HA!) out of it with a gentle nudge from a broom. Flew off into the night. Second one got in downstairs (again, no idea how, place was locked up) and took a nap in the curtains. Cute little fella too, all asleep and upsidedown. He was gently removed via me (like freakin 14 at the time because mom wouldnt stop screaming in terror every time she looked at the docile thing) with a thick leather glove. He was none too happy about being brought outside at 9am into a brightass sun, but he flew off in a hurry.

Single bats are no big deal. Multiples I'd probably get freaked out with and just go with Richard_M_Nixon's idea, that is if I couldnt simply get them to leave. I really dont like the idea of killing animals that wander in. Last time a couple of field mice got into the house I got into an argument with my mother because she put out poison for them and I just wanted to bait them into a live trap. Then again...bats are gross.
 
2006-06-20 05:59:29 PM  
hellomynameissimon: If you find a bat in your house and it hasn't bitten anyone, do not bring it to the public health lab. Please. Be a man, shoo it out of your house, wipe hands on pants.

No, open up a window, turn out the lights in the room, close the door and leave it alone for 20-30 minutes. They don't want to be in the house anymore than you want them there.

I have 100 plus bats that roost under the flashing (?) along my roof line. They have been near perfect guests for 20 plus years, only occasionally getting inside the house. Have a lot less mosquitos, etc than a friend who lives a half mile away.
 
2006-06-20 05:59:50 PM  
Bat bites can be very nasti.

/or not
 
2006-06-20 06:00:56 PM  
andrewagill: Well, for one, humans aren't endangered.

For the record, I don't think that bats are either.


A quick Google search revealed (not verified) that of the 45 species of bats in the U.S., 6 are endangered.

And the article didn't really say what kind of bats they were (among many other things). So...there.

To be fair, some species of humans are endangered as well. I'll leave it to you to figure out which ones.
 
2006-06-20 07:30:27 PM  
Austin has millions of bats living under a bridge downtown. People aren't getting rabies because of this. They thin out the mesquitos and bring give both tourists and locals something to watch. (Watching millions of bats leave the bridge at dusk is pretty cool.)

I don't know that I'd want them in my attic, but bats migrate.

If I had this problem, I'd just wait until they left, seal the entrances, and put up bat houses so they would have good homes in a location I choose.

Bats aren't harmful, and they eat the bugs that like to bite us.
 
G2V
2006-06-20 08:05:43 PM  
Khardynyl
Animals are good. They have just as much right and probably far more of a reason to exist than you and your stupid possesions.

You should feel pirvileged bats want to live in your home. But no, usual gut reaction of your typical homosapien is "KILL IT, KILL IT!!!!!!"

1,000 years from now either everything will be dead and that will be that or humanity will have learned that all life is precious and it is not your right to get rid of it because your small mind sees everything else as inconveniencing you. It's not your damn planet alone you farking morons.


More people might listen to you if you didn't sound like a jabbering rabid tool. Especially an 18 year old angst filled one.

Nah, probably not.
 
2006-06-20 09:05:26 PM  
I'm all for Bat Guano its good shiat!
 
2006-06-21 01:05:36 AM  
You know, as the Premier of my home province Alberta once said : She should shoot, shovel and shut up.
 
2006-06-21 01:06:25 AM  
The snake picture reminded me of that giant centipede. Does anyone have the video of that thing eating a bat out of the air?
 
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