Email the research and development department! We’ve discovered a new use for Hefty OneZip bags! They’re a great transport container for baby bats. Cool.
Important usage note: label the bag before you fill it because it’s easier to write on a flat surface.
Here’s the story: Our house must be an attractive habitat for those little winged mice. Yesterday I was going about fixing Sunday dinner when Dracula in his disguise casually flitted through my kitchen. YIKES! I pulled myself together and followed the little beast as it buzzed DH working at the dining room table. YIKES! Then into the living room.
I opened the outside door and instructed DH to wave his arms to keep it from backtracking while I flailed away to encourage its exit out the door. DH did his job well considering his winged creature phobia. But it seems, unlike birds, bats don’t fly toward the light. I dashed for the fishing net AGAIN, scooped up the bat, carried it outside and shook it free. With one “squeak” it was gone. Phew.
Less than an hour later DH and Beavis were chasing ANOTHER bat through the house. This was bat junior. The net came out again, but this time the flying fuzzball was so small it slipped through the holes in the net and fluttered up the stairway to the attic with Beavis in hot pursuit. The bat did a u-turn and came down the stairs where I was standing. I tapped it with my hand as it went by and flipped it into the kitchen curtain, grabbed the curtain and gathered it around our new friend.
Uh, what do I do NOW??? “Quick, get a zip bag out of the drawer!”
Poor Baby. A few photos and then we let it go outside to find its mama.
We’re thinking bats may have taken up residence in the chimney of our wood stove this summer. We’re hoping with the first fire we start that any remaining residents will seek new shelter.
Just kidding about labeling the bag.