Thursday, August 18, 2011
The bats of August
Then the pieces fell together and I sat bolt upright in bed. "BAT!"
The sound alone was enough for me to jump up and head for the door. En route, all I saw was a shadow circling around the ceiling.
From my refuge in the hallway, I could hear Tom crashing around and saying, periodically, "Bat. Come on, bat" in a flat tone of voice. He couldn't seem to persuade it to leave, but eventually it lit on the curtains and he was able to whack it out the window.
This morning, we remarked about how it seemed to be around the same time of year when we last had bats coming into the house--and in fact, the last time we blogged about this was on August 20, 2009. I think we may have had some last August, too.
So, we're looking for some answers: why do bats only seem to want to get inside in the late summer? And is it possible to keep the windows open at night and keep the bats out? A friend suggested that those noise-emitting devices that keep mice away work for bats, too, so we'd be interested to know if anyone's had luck with that, or any other technique.
In the meantime, we'll consider training them, as Neil Gaiman apparently does: