Bat Woman

Estimable Times Union blogger Roger Green wrote this week about bats bringing chaos to his home sweet home. If you’ve ever had a bat in the house, you know how disruptive it can be, even though they are just tiny, little, winged insect eating machines.

People are afraid of bats on a visceral level, but the truth is that you should be wary because they may carry rabies. How do you know a bat is rabid? You don’t, so it’s best to get them out of your house — even if it is fun to watch the cats chase after them.

The New York State Health Department made this video to show you how to catch a bat in your house. Watch how this woman fearlessly takes on the bat, presumably after her husband ran from the room screaming like a little girl. That’s him standing outside the door handing her bat catching supplies.


Gentlemen: if you find a gal who can catch bats, she’s a keeper.

4 thoughts on “Bat Woman

  1. I had this problem once. I managed to entrap it in a single bedroom. I took out the screen from the bedroom window and used it as a giant tennis racket to give a Bjorn-like serve of the flying rat out the screen-less window.

    If I only had a camera operator to capture the glory.

  2. If she catches them using a plastic bag, trapping them in her hair or against her head, then I think you are supposed to hit her with your car and crack her pelvis. That way, she can get the appropriate shots.

  3. from experience, living next to a church (aka bat havens), bats, unlike birds, once inside your home, aren’t that tough of a catch..they are in a very docile stage when confinded. You only have to worry about them when they are feeding around dusk and you are outside. They are very known to “dive bomb” a female’s hair. Once you get over the shock (the wings and all), catching a bat is no worse than catching a mouse.

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