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#1 Posted on 11.8.04 2333.36
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So my apartment complex had a bat infestation tonight. My neighbor had 2 in his apartment, and I had one (one that scared the living crap out of me). We took out his with towels and tennis rackets, but then we went back to mine, and the one in my apartment disappeared. I've checked the bedroom from head to toe, but I'm still convinced that it's in here somewhere, so I get to sleep with the lights on. I have an irrational fear of bats.

My apartment complex is replacing our old, busted window screens with these cheap pop-in ones. Needless to say, my bat flew right through the damn thing. So if I get rabies and die, I think I have a case.
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#2 Posted on 11.8.04 2358.47
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Odds are, you have nothing to fear.

- There are 1000 types of bats, 25% of all mammal species

- Bats keep themselves very clean

- Vampire bats exist, but live only in Central and South America

- Bats are no more likely to carry rabies than any other wild animal

- You are more likely to be hit in the head with a meteorite than to get rabies from a bat

- They are "nature's bug zappers." They eat half their weight in bugs every night

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#3 Posted on 12.8.04 0117.43
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And the best news is, in the unlikely event you do get rabies and die from being bitten by a bat, someone else gets to handle your entire case for you! You don't even have to testify!

Of course, you'd be dead, so...
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#4 Posted on 12.8.04 0209.16
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Also on the bright side: this circumstance enabled you to start a thread with one of the most wonderful thread titles I've ever seen. Not that it's much consolation. But "I saw 'Collateral'" absolutely pales in comparison to "I had a bat in my apartment." I know what I want to read.
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#5 Posted on 12.8.04 0249.55
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Don't fear the bat. Embrace them! Let all it's brood inside your apartment. It will be insect free and you can harvest all the free guano.
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#6 Posted on 12.8.04 0618.24
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There was a bat in my house like the middle of last year. My little brother(15) was asleep on my sofa and all the sudden he comes running into my room going "There is a F'N BAT in here!" I was like "Shut up, go back to bad." But finally he made me get up and there he was flying around down stairs. Then he came upstairs and just flew aound. SO I finally just opened all the doors (closed all windows so he couldn't fly back in somewhere without me knowing) and just chased him with a broom for like 5 minutes tell he finally flew out the front door. All in all, good times!

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#7 Posted on 12.8.04 0706.57
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    Originally posted by Nuclear Winter
    They are "nature's bug zappers." They eat half their weight in bugs every night

Since this is moving out season in my apartment complex, people are propping doors open, and we're getting massive bugs. Needless to say, we're getting bats like crazy (although I just learned this from a maintainance man). Very little sleep last night, as every sound made me jump, and a few bats flew into the previously open window, trying to attack me and my bug friends.
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#8 Posted on 12.8.04 1243.38
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Ah, nothing beats my childhood memories of when the bats decided to come out of the attic when we lived in Minnesota. My parents had just finished watching "The Lost Boys", so my mother absolutely freaked out when she turned the light on in the kitchen and three bats started whirrling around. She screams so loudly that I come running down the stairs, and run into another bat which freaks me out (I was five).

My dad was the only sane one at that point, so he asks me to go get a towel and my McDonald's sand castle buckets. Of course, my dad had just gotten in a motorcycle wreck a few months earlier so this produces one of my favorite memories.

My dad hobbling around on crutches throughout the house, stopping to snap a towel at a flying bat and stun it long enough for me to throw a bucket on it. Nothing beats crippled guys hobbling around and attacking bats. I think we ended up throwing six dazed bats out onto the front porch. The cat was highly amused.

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