My Creepy Encounter with a Bat

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Bat Attack

Let me start my story by admitting, just the memory of this incident gives me chills. I don't know too many people that are real fond of bats. Everything about them is creepy and scary. They look like little vampires with their leathery looking webbed wings, sharp looking teeth, pointy ears, and what about those weird little eyes.

When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, there were several times we found bats in our house. Of course when this happened it was a chaotic scene. My dad and brothers would hunt for baseball bats and brooms in order to slay the intrusive mammal. The thing that creeped me out the most was how they hung upside down from our living room beams. For a teenage girl, this was the end of the world. I remember thinking I would never go in the house again, even if the bats were gone. I wish I had pictures of these bat encounters. My brothers would put on helmets or winter hats to protect them from the diving bats.

My Unnerving Bat Experience

Enough with the bat stories of childhood. Fast forward to two years ago. I was in my white cotton nightgown and settling in for the night. My dog was whining as I watched t.v., which meant he wanted to go out to do his duty. I situated him on a leash and walked into the beautiful spring night. I was standing in the middle of the yard, patiently waiting for my dog to do his duty. As I stood there looking up in the sky, I noticed something coming at me. By the time I could make out what it was, it was right in front of my face. The bat dove at me and lightly nicked the top of my head. I was freaking out and screaming. As I started running towards the house with dog in tow, I looked back, and to my horror, the bat was coming at me again. I made it to the top of the stairs at the front of the house. I reached for the doorknob like my life depended on it. I could feel my hair being tugged and felt the bat touch my head as it flew in, then out of my hair. I let out a blood curdling scream. I threw myself into the house and practically fell on the floor.



Recounting my Scary Bat Experience

The neighbor across the street heard the commotion and came to see what was going on. I was out of breath as I recounted my story. Neither one of us could believe how aggressive the bat was. Needless to say, Joey the dog never did his duty that night. There was no way I was going back out there. I don't know if it was the white pajamas I was wearing or what was troubling the sinister bat. All I know for sure is, that bat wanted me bad!

Why Bats Attack

According to an article by the batguy.com of NUISANCE WILDLIFE CONTROL SERVICE, Bats are often persecuted due to the fact that most people have no understanding of bat ecology and the important role they play in controlling night-flying insects. Bats are not blind, and they do not intentionally get tangled in your hair. Many people seem to think that all bats have rabies. This is not true. Quite the contrary, as less than 1% ever contract rabies, and it is highly unusual for a bat to contact a person, though a sick bat may have no fear of a human or other animals. Almost every person who gets bit does so because they pick up a sick or injured bat. Like any other wild animal, bats should never be handled at any time, especially when found on the ground or in a home.

Bats do not attack people, (NWCS) and a fear of bats is caused by a lack of education about them. Their echolocation system enables them to locate a tiny insect flying in total darkness. How could anyone think they would run into a person? When people are outdoors at night, insects are attracted to us by heat and smell. The reason bats sometimes appear to be swooping towards us is due to the fact they are simply zoning in on the insects we attract. The next time you see a bat pass close by, you should be thankful. It may have just eaten a West Nile Virus infected mosquito that was about to bite you! Bats only become a problem when they decide to use an attic or other section of a home or building for a roosting or nursery colony.



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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Yes I have had a bat or two (or several) up close. Everyone one in the house was yelling kill it kill it, but I guess I am strange I think they are awesome creatures and could not kill it, instead I got the room cleared and opened a window and eventually it found its way out. We sit out by our fire pit on summer nites and watch a few flying around the street lite, we always wait for them to come out.


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I live in the city so bat sightings are rare, but my friend and I used to spot them in the park late at night sometimes.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I'm with Michael, I actually like bats. When I was a kid everyone freaked out when one would get into the house and that made me freak out too but as an adult I learned about all the misconception associated with them and have no fear at all of them and really think they're pretty cool! Peace!! Tom


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Oh my Minne...scary stuff...I use to love Vampire movies..well I had a love hate relationship with them..I think if I would have saw a bat up close I would have had to change my pants..lol

Great story,

God Bless,

Sunnie


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

That is horrid. I am definitely afraid of bats. I would have been freaking out too. At least it is a great story to entertain. Rated up


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Your story kept me on the edge of my seat! I live in New England and we have bats in our yards around dusk during the summer. Although I agree that they are creepy, they are necessary for eating insects. For that, I respect them! Thanks for sharing.

JSMatthew~


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I don't have a problem with bats. However they need like bugs to understand something. You don't pay rent-you stay out of my house!

Perhaps the one who got you was sick or confused by lights and panicked. Either way, it would have freaked me out too.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Most people don't know this, but Austin, Texas is known as Bat City! We have millions of bats that live under the bridges all around town and in particular the Congress Avenue Bridge. It's a huge tourist attraction.

At night in my swimming pool, the bats come out and come to eat the drowned bugs in the pool or get a drink of water. Bats can even swim. They fly right up close to us, but never hit us. They are very cool.

Perhaps you had a bug flying around your head that night and the bat was trying to eat it. Or it could have been a bat that was sick and had lost its guidance system. Either way, bats are quite interesting creatures and most are the size of mice. They have fur, not hair and they are soft and cute once you get to know them.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Minnetonka Twin, i don't think i would want to see a bat up close, good thing we don't have any here where i live .

Awesome and vote up !!!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I'd be freaked out if that happened to me too, but I've gotten so I enjoy watching the bats fly. We used to have several that flew overhead at night, but I haven't seen them in the last couple of years. The bats are getting what they call white nose disease. Whatever it is, it turns the bats nose white and make them sick. I hope this isn't killing off all of the bats, because mosquitoes will be multiplying faster.


marellen 5 years ago

No bats stories for me...I agree they are scary and ugly....

Loved your fun story....


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Michael-My brothers and dad usually pushed them out of the front door with a broom. They didn't wanna kill the creatures either. I can't believe you wait for them to come out. Do they ever bother you at the bonfire? Hope your not wearing white.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Rob-I don't mind seeing them from afar but now I have a fear their gonna fly straight at me if they see me.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Justom-Ya, you tell me that after they fly in your hair. LOL


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a "Batty" story Minnetonka...that would "Freak Me Out for Life'! No, I've never had such an encounter and I hope I never will.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I had quite a few encounters with bats. One day one hung in the air right in front of me for quite a few seconds before he decided to do a dive and a u-turn - just like helicopters they can keep themselves in the air. They are more afraid of us than we are of them. They will never collide with humans or any object – they have a built-in radar-system or something similar. But, I know, this doesn’t make them potential pets. Your attacker probably tried to keep you away from her babies.

One once bit my sister – she touched the tail part of the wings while my mother held it at the end of the wings for us children to see. That little pig-like faces of them give me the creeps. A few weeks ago one hid behind an expensive painting in my daughter’s house. I threw it out with painting and all, damaging the frame irreparable. When they fall on the ground they are not able to fly. After recovered from shock, they walk like mice, looking for a wall or tree to climb. They have to fall in order to get airborne. Very-very interesting creatures! Oh, the easiest way to get them on the floor is with a tennis racket.

I was smiling all the way while I read this hub of yours! Voted UP and funny.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Sunnie-I probably did have to change my pants after that experience. LOL --It was really frightening for me. Thanks for coming by:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pamela-Ya, I'm glad the scary experience was good for something. Glad you were entertained:) Have a great day.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi J.S. Matthew-I do have some respect for them eating insects just as long as they stay away from me. I must've been mistaken for some kind of bug that night. LOL:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi hyphenbird-I do wonder why the bat was chasing me. I'm still pretty careful if I go out in white after dusk. Thanks for dropping in:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for letting me know that there are some cool bats out there. I think it's really neat that they clean your pool of insects. They almost sound trained over there-Coming right to you but not smacking into you. I do wonder if the bat was sick or something. I do think they like white though. As kids, the boys would put a rock in something white and toss it up in the sky. The bats would come to the white and everyone would scream. Funny what childhood memories come to you every now and then.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I bet you'd be screaming too Kashmir. I'm not even much of the screaming type when I'm scared but I was that night. LOL:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Barbara-I'm all for the bats eating mosquitos for us. That is sad about the white nose disease. I wonder how they get it? I still see bats around here after dusk. Thanks for coming by:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Marellen-You gave me a good giggle with your cute comment. Good to see you:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Very cute play on words b.Malin-I hope you never have to have a bat hit you in the head either and slither through your hair either. It was pretty much my worst nightmare come true. LOL:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Martie, Martie, Martie-When I saw the length of your comment combined with your first sentence, "I've had quite a few encounters with bats," I couldn't wait to see what was in store. I can't believe your sister was bit by one. Did she go get tested for rabies because I've heard they often carry that disease and you have to get a series of shots or you can get really sick or even die. I also hope that bat you talked about didn't dive into you, I wasn't sure about that. Thanks for sharing. YUCKIE! :-0


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Enjoyed! Flag up and awesome!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks dallas. Hope I never have that happen again. It was spooky :-0


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Could drive one "batty!"


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

I am very fond of bats, as they are of my fruit trees but then I have never had on attack me so my affection could change after that.

I enjoyed the read and voted it up :)


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Bats are very misunderstood critters. They use sound to locate their prey which allows them to get their groceries in total darkness. I just read the Wikipedia article about these nocturnal creatures. :)


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

I have never had a problem with bats, seen quite a few but if I was ever attacked by one like you were it would freak me out.

I think you may have had a bug in your hair, I don't think it had anything to do with the white nightdress. So maybe it wasn't attacking you, maybe it was trying to save you from going to bed with a bug in your hair.

Still, a very scary encounter, voted up and awesome.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Oh you are going to kill me. I killed myself laughing as I read your hub. We have bats every summer that come out of the caves. We sit at my pool watching them. Never once have they come near us. I am shocked that one did the bomb dive at your head. That is not normal. I had to vote up straight across the board. Your hubs are fabulous!

Always:

LeeLee aka Mrs. J. B.


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Aris Budianto 5 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

I have never met close to a bat, but if they come closer can be overcome with a flashlight, useful hub, Minne, voted up.


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The Minstrel 5 years ago from Hawaii

Good story. We have bats in Hawaii, but not as aggressive as the ones found in Minnesota. It must be the surf, sand, and sea that mellows them out a bit. Ha!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dallas-LOL :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi nighthag-glad they've never dove at you and they help you out with your fruit trees. I am learning so many positives about these creatures and I have more of an appreciation of them now, just so they don't chase me again. LOL :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I agree Tammy that they are very intriguing to read about. I appreciate them from afar :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Steph-AAWW, and here I am mad at the bat and he may have been my knight and shining armour. LOL :-)Thanks for your information about the white probably wasn't the reason. Yuck, hope I didn't go to bed with a bug in my hair. That's creepy too!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

No Way Lee Lee, you sit and watch them, as in entertainment??? Woe, You definitely havn't had an encounter like mine. From all the comments here, it sounds like it was either a sick bat or I had some kind of bug or insect in my hair. Why me? LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Aris, thanks for that great suggestion. I didn't know a flashlight could help out if they get too close. I appreciate that. I will take your advise next time :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

The Minstrel-Thanks for coming by. Oh my does Hawaii, surf and sea sound lovely. I get why the bats are mellow.


Jeanastra 5 years ago

You've inspired me to write my own bat story and as a "thank you", I've linked your hub to mine (Bat Season). :-)


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I know that bats are actually quite harmless, but they are just too awful looking for words!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

What a scary experience that must have been. God Bless You Dear Heart.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

This one gave me big chills. Bats and rabies, a girl in NY a few years ago was scratched by one, didn't realize it and died of rabies. I don't like bats, so spooky.


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

Hello Minnetonka Twin! That was a creepy experience! I'm glad I live in the city, with no bats around. The only problem here are flying cockroaches, and I'm so scared of them!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much jeanastra-Glad I inspired you to write a story. Can't wait to read yours. Yes, bat season is here for sure. EEEWW :-0


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi breakfastpop-I know, they look like something out of a horror movie. I have heard after writing this that they usually don't dive bomb or hurt people. I don't know what the deal was with me but I've gotten great ideas from my readers.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you too Stars and thanks for reading :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Bobbi-Just getting scratched by the bat gave her rabies and she died? Yikes, that is so scary :-0


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Flying cockroaches-OMG, Never heard of that :-0 Thanks for reading my story seriousnuts :)


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi MT - so sorry about your encounter and please forgive me but you've had me LMAO!!! Mind you, if it had happened to me I don't think I would be laughing. I quite like bats and we have a couple of tiny ones (I think they call them pipistrils in the UK) that you see flitting around the house in the summer nights. They use sound location - were you talking loudly to your dog or do you think you might have been near where they were breeding? Or maybe it just wanted a bit of fun, knowing you didn't like them!! Anyway, I really loved this hub - voted up + awesome!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Ha ha-You are so cute. I am really glad you Laughed your butt off with my story as that's why I write-To give people pleasure about life's everyday experiences. I wasn't talking loud to my dog but I was wearing a white nightie. I've had many comments that most bats don't dive and it may have been sick. Yikes :-0


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I am on the committee of a charity, and we meet at the house of one of the members. On summer evenings I always find it hard to follow the meeting, because there are bats flying outside. I am fascinated. I live only about a mile away, but have never seen a bat near my own house.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

Oh gosh! I really feel for you, as I had a very similar experience this summer. It was the first and hopefully LAST time a bat flies into my head. My biggest fear about bats is rabies.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I saw a news story on a little girl that had a bat hit her head and she did get rabies and needed many shots. Luckily, I didn't get bit. UUGG :-0


stessily 4 years ago

MT, So mosquitoes are attracted to blue and bats are attracted to white! This is quite a scary story.

One of my friends was repeatedly shadowed by a skunk while he was working at a motel. The skunk would show up at the end of his desk shift and run to follow him. That went on for quite a while; he was rather flummoxed by the skunk's devotion.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I'm so sorry for your friend's experience but I am Laughing my butt off. I can just see the poor guy, petrified to make the walk of death to the parking lot. That is so bizarre! Someone also thought that this bat might have been sick and that's why it was diving at me. I guess it's not typical for bats to do this. I was creeped out for some time after this. I still make sure to look up in the sky when I bring the dogs out at night.


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epigramman 3 years ago

You are such an awesome writer , Linda, and I have noticed that each time I've had the pleasure of reading you over the past couple of years.

Some people have worthy exciting stories but they are unable to get them down on paper/screen and tell them effectively but you are just such a natural at it and would make a wonderful columnist in a newspaper or magazine.

Well we are currently in a deep freeze here at lake erie time ontario canada 7:15pm with plently of snow, ice and cold wind chills but the cats, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel and I , are all warm, healthy and happy - one little happy family and it's always so nice to hook up with you my dear friend and American Queen of my dreams - sending you big time hugs from your 3 adoring Canadians and sending you good energy to keep warm, happy and healthy yourself and of course for your lovely twin sister as well


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

AWWW Colin, you just made my night. I just sat down in the old lounge chair and I had the pleasure of seeing a comment from my Canadian Prince. I am so glad to hear you, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel are all warm, happy and healthy in your chilly Lake Eerie.

It's finally warming up a little here in Minnetonka, Minnesota. We were way below zero for a few days but are now in the teens which feels like spring to us. LOL

Love you my dear friend


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Oh my! What a time you had! Generally bats won't bother people, so I'm thinking that bat may have been rabid as they sometimes are. Any rabid animal will act out of character and sometimes attack when it's normal for them to run away.

I, too have had experience with bats. We used to have one that hung upside down on our porch, but we didn't bother it and it didn't bother us. Bats eat tons of insects, especially mosquitos, every night. If I owned a home (instead of an apartment) I would have a bat house or two on my property just to get the nasty bugs.

Also used to own a store with my husband a long time ago now, and there were bats in the attic. Every once in a while one would find it's way into the store. They actually look just like mice with wings.

I'm so sorry you'e had so many bad experiences with bats. They really do far more good than bad. I think part of the trouble with them is that movies have demonized them. I would rather have bats around any day than fleas, ticks, brown recluse or black widow spiders (they can kill you), tarantulas, scorpions, water moccasins (they stalk), or even cockroaches, all of which are plentiful here in TX.

Hope you are in a place where you can feel safe from the intrusion of bats now because I know once things like you've experienced happen a person tends to be nervous around whatever caused it and that's no fun.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Au fait-I haven't had any more bat experiences since I wrote this hub. I do think it must have been sick as you said. I have no problem with bats eating up all the icky bugs, just so they don't dive bomb me. LOL

When I was a child, we had a few bats get into our home which was on the lake. I will never forget watching my dad and brothers swinging at them with bats to get them out. When they'd get into the house, they'd hang upside down on one of the beams in our living room and they looked like little vampires.

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