Saturday, May 29, 2010

2 a.m. terror

Sorry for the poor quality photo and dirty window. Do you see this little monster? Last night as I was getting ready for bed after a long night of sanding kitchen cabinets, I realized a BAT was circling around the inside of my house. A bat! Maybe some of you have had this happen, but it's new to me and that was the most frightening night of my life. I threw on a coat with a hood and tried not to scream every time it swooped past me, but my inevitable screams woke up Julia. After realizing I couldn't get rid of it myself, I had to call Julia's dad and wake him from a dead sleep to come help me. We finally got him trapped in my bedroom window, where he remains this very minute. I had better never see another one of these in my house ever again, because I was THIS close to having a heart attack. Ugh!!

P.S. I kept picturing myself as Meredith from The Office and thinking somehow I was going to end up with a bat in a bag over my head.

**UPDATE: animal control just left with Monsterface (we named him Monsterface). They took him out of the window with tongs and put him in a folgers can. High-tech! :D

26 comments:

  1. A few years ago at work, we had a bat in our sink. It's a sad story but I'll spare your comment space! I think they are cute and I hope you can safely get him out without injuring him or yourselves =)

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  2. Wow. That is so scary to have one flying inside your house. Amazing shot though, to see him so close and in the bright light!

    How will you get him out of the window?

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  3. I was just thinking the same thing about the OFFICE!
    TOO FUNNY, or scary cause it was your house, funny cause it wasn't me...LOL
    We had one post up at our front door, cutest thing ever.
    Amy

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  4. This happened to me last summer! It was horrible! I blogged about it here:

    http://jennifermullin.blogspot.com/2009/08/uninvited-guest.html

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  5. We had this same thing when I still lived with my mom~ terrifying! And we did the same thing with hoods and screaming! =) I had to call my now-husband fiance to drive an hour to come 'save' us... Hope y'all have a less scary weekend!

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  6. Yikes!!! I think bats are kind of cool but I would NOT want one flying around in my house!

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  7. S/he's very cute-scary but so cute. Of course much cuter flying around your house instead of mine, I suppose. I would have just died-dead.

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  8. Oh man, that's a scary thing to deal with in the middle of the night! I hope he's gone now!

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  9. Yikes! We've never had a bat in our house. How are you going to get him out? He needs food and water. Poor little guy....

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  10. OMG, I seriously would have freaked out!! Seriously! He looks so devilish, and monster-like!! Are you going to call animal control for them to come catch and take him?

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  11. hmmm. where did the bat come from in the first place? Is it possible more are hidden somewhere, waiting to emerge another night?? Terrifying...
    Lisa

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  12. NO WAY! I would have slept outside!!

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  13. The same happened to me only a few months back - yes it freaked me out (although he was very cute)! He was in the kitchen so I just shut the door, and he was gone in the morning. :)

    At least in Australia we don't have to worry about rabies or anything terribly yuk like that.

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  14. Guys- he is still in my window but I called animal control and am waiting for a call back. An on-call person is supposed to call me. I have used a spray bottle to spray some water in there..

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  15. It happened to me a couple of nights in a row. The second night I made my boyfriend at the time drive five miles away to let the thing go. I didn't want the bat to come back- I thought it might be the same one!

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  16. I think I would have my attic checked out, just to make sure there are not more living up there!

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  17. Amy, this is one of the craziest stories I've ever heard from you. I can just imagine you screaming and ducking from it in the night. I also can't believe you didn't call me. I was up!!

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  18. I had something like that happen in my dorm in college - a bat somehow got into the common room on the night it just so happened we were having a meditation retreat and were sleeping in there! We caught him (the bat) hiding in the curtains the next morning and escorted him outside. Germs aside, he was really freaking cute; when we let him go, he looked right at us and then swooped off into the woods.

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  19. This happened to me once too, but I thought it was so cute! Like a little Feifel Mousekowitz with wings, aww!

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  20. When I was a kid, we had an old summer cottage - heated only with an old cast iron, wood-burning stove. Apparently the vent to this stove wasn't properly sealed off because it was common for bats to fly down the chimney at night and land inside the stove. My father would keep a pair of thick rubber gloves next to the wood pile just for their removal... ahhh memories :)

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  21. Omg lol!!! This has happened to me on several occasions. We used to live in a 1920's shotgun style house and one night a bat came in through the fireplace. I ran (screaming of course) all the way to the back of the house, slammed my daughters door shut and ran out the back door. No shoes.... no phone... no nothing. I had to army crawl back inside to get my phone to call for help! I seriously thought I was going to pee myself!

    My stepdad showed up with a fishing net and got it out but I never settled from it. I always thought every little noise was a bat trying to come in!!! EEK!

    Word to the wise.... dont run outside without your phone... it doesnt help! lol!

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  22. I just cannot even imagine this really happening...but I am certain that the reality of it was much too much for you!!! Hope there are NO more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. oh my, that is so frightening! i wouldnt know what to do if i was in your place.

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  24. Oh my goodness! I have no idea what I would have done. But I know my kitty Anni would have enjoyed the action. :)

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  25. I love bats! We have some in summertime around the house. At night we have the windows wide open and the bats are flying some rounds in the rooms and then leave the house through windows. We haven't had a single moskito or fly in and around the house. They even sleep under the veranda roof. We like to have them around!
    So when a bat got astray in your house, open the windows and turn off the lights. They just searching a way outside.

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