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Bats in November
November 9, 2009
9:54 pm
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Maud
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Granted, the temperature is higher now than it generally is in November.  Granted, I have the porch doors and their screens open to catch any vagrant breeze because I don't do hot - never have, doubt that I ever will.  Still, who would believe multiple bats in her kitchen in November?

Bats in the kitchen in November, you say?  She must be nuts! 

She is not nuts.  Two little bats are swooping and veering overhead even as I type.  

Gimme a minute....

OK.  Cut off the lights after opening the door wide.  The two little bats are gone.  I love bats but not in my kitchen!   There is no food for them, no upside down clingy places for them to sleep , and I don't like fleas/lice/etc. 

Yet, I do love bats.  I have several bat houses nailed up high in trees around my house.  Batty & Co. keep mosquitoes and gnats to a minimum, and I love watching them flitter about.

I like snakes, too.   Ask me about my mouse extermination, if you dare!

Maud the Queen of Darkness

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Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

November 9, 2009
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Kelleh
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What an exciting night! I think I'd have been a bit more freaked out about it though. Haven't really been around bats much, but I'm a snake fan 100%!

November 9, 2009
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Nah, nothing to freak about.  They were attracted to the lights, then got panicky.  If I'd panicked, they'd still be stuck in my house.  Instead, I did what they'd want me to do.  Shut off lights, then open all egresses.  So I did.

Just a wee pair of tiny bats who were misdirected.  They're outside now where they belong, swooping and diving for bugs.

Tomorrow night, it will be chilly so Batty and Friend will snuggled up in a bat house of mine (I hope). 

I love me some gentle predators!

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

November 9, 2009
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I dont' think bats are creepy, but they are serious rabies carriers.  Never ever touch or pick up an injured bat.  And if you find a "downed" bat, always call animal control to come and take it away, because they will test the brain to see if it is/was rabid.

George Orwell - 1984
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November 11, 2009
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I like bats and snakes too! We had bats living in the walls of our house summer of 08. I built a large bat house and put it on the TV antennae at the back of the house. This year they lived there and not in the walls of my house, thank goodness! I like them too, just not in the walls.

I had an adult swooping around in my house last year too. I opened the door just before dawn with the porch light on and it flew into the house, around the kitchen and back out the door, which I left open wide.

We also found two babies in the living room last year. They fell through an opening beside the wood stove pipe. We put them outside and closed up the opening. I am really glad they are not in the walls this year!

I like to watch them swooping around the house at night, eating insects.

Bats are great! Bats are our friends.

I have lots of vary large garder snakes too. They are our friends too.  

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November 11, 2009
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Still hoping someone close to home will give us a pair of black snakes...

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November 11, 2009
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I don't have a pair, but I'm told we have a very nice 4' long one that likes to warm under the black water trough in the barnyard.  I'm not going to peak underneath to see if it's still there.  You are welcome to if you wish...Moo

November 11, 2009
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Wouldn't dream of taking the only one you have!  Every farm needs a few snakes around it.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

November 12, 2009
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Y'all can keep your bats and snakes! For goodness sakes!!! Laugh

Life is too important to be taken too seriously.

November 12, 2009
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We had lots of rattlesnakes were we used to live.  As long as they stayed in the pasture, where they belonged (in my opinion), it was fine.  But if they came in the yard, there was a dog, and people, then it was off-with-their-heads with a shovel Warrior

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November 12, 2009
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There was a rattlesnake den near the farmhouse where I lived in Wisconsin.  I was fine until they mentioned that rattlesnakes loved hen eggs, so I'd best look into the nest before sticking my hand in to get the eggs.  That was an easy one.  I no longer collected the eggs.  I let my hubby do it.

November 12, 2009
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Venomous snakes are a whole 'nother topic.  No, we don't encourage those here at all.  We do get the occasional copper head in the yard, so I am very careful walking in the woods.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

November 12, 2009
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I used to walk a well worn path between my Nana's old farm house and our new house down by the rd. Sometimes there were snakes in that field and they would chase you! I'd run straight into the back door of our house and fall down once inside the door!

Life is too important to be taken too seriously.

November 12, 2009
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Mom would just look at me and ask what in the world's wrong with you!?Help


Life is too important to be taken too seriously.

November 12, 2009
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And one time, I saw a gopher snake climbing a lattice to get at some baby birds.  Another time, I saw a king snake (king snakes are constrictors) kill and eat a rattlesnake.  Wild Kingdom!!

George Orwell - 1984
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