Bats in the Belfry, Washing Machine, and Oven Vent
Tonight’s International Bat Night, a program designed to address the myths everyone has about bats. I just had to do a bit of research into bats for a part of one of my stories. Most of my knowledge comes from a few bat experiences (other than watching Batman anyway), though I did learn:
- Bats may look like rats, but they aren’t related
- They’re the only mammal that can fly
- Bat babies are called pups
They can fit into very small cracks and crevices. My uncle has a historical house (the Havilah Babcock House in this link). The house was built with two walls, kind of like a submarine. But it makes a great bat egress. They get in through the holes in the foundation where the mortar is crumbling away, go up between the walls, and then come out in the attic. They turn up in weird places in the house. One time my aunt found one inside the washing machine!
I had one that tried to get into my oven vent one morning. I woke up to this screaming sound coming from the kitchen. It was just after dawn and the sky had that gray tone to it. I went to see what the sound was, and I could see this head through the fan. Apparently, the bat thought the vent was a place it could hide in. A few minutes later, the bat was gone, off to find another sleeping place.
Any encounters of the bat kind?