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house invaders
Topic by: jross3
Posted: June 12, 2006 - 2:01 AM PDT
Last Reply: June 12, 2006 - 6:40 PM PDT

author topic: house invaders
jross3
post #1  on June 12, 2006 - 2:01 AM PDT  
why I'm up at 2 am tonight.
Imagine seeing that when you were nearly asleep.

(this evil flying rat didn't wanna go outside, either....)
hamano
post #2  on June 12, 2006 - 6:46 AM PDT  
Awww! It's so cute! Why is there a black handbag stuck to the wall near the ceiling? Did you throw it at poor StellaLuna? I hope you didn't hurt her... Oh, they're PA speakers or something...

If you really want it out try using a butterfly net... catch it when it's sleepy, during the day.
woozy
post #3  on June 12, 2006 - 10:35 AM PDT  
Lordy! Are you *trying* to provoke me? First Ursus with his insistance on bragging about his hatred of spiders and now this!

Crack a window for it and go to bed.

*Sheesh* When I saw the heading, I thought you might have ants, or squirrels, or mice, or rats. Or something that might be a problem. Bats are utterly silent and do no damage whatsoever and are truly one of the neatest and cutest of all creatures.
Ursus
post #4  on June 12, 2006 - 10:49 AM PDT  
Well, it could have been worse.

Also, I don't brag about my fear of spiders, it just is. My fanatical hatred and the resultant jihad I wage against them is the end-product of my phobia.

As for bats being "neat," you've apparently never had the pleasure of seeing a bat cave covered in bat shite many feet deep and crawling in maggots and other bad-ass nasties. I do like the fact that bats eat bugs like mosquitos, but a battery of shots from very long needles into very uncomfortable places is not a desirable thing; unless you happen to be a saddist or have a medical fetish. Rabbies is NOT cool. I do hate mosquitos more though.
jross3
post #5  on June 12, 2006 - 10:50 AM PDT  
hahahaha
you guys think I just left it? That I would take the time to talk about it as if seeking advice? not likely. The only reason I took a picture was because I thought the light would scare it outside (it didn't)
I took it outside in a lidded container a little while before 2 am. I just wanted to share my joy with the rest of you.
(plus I couldn't sleep for a while after that and since I had the picture...
woozy
post #6  on June 12, 2006 - 11:10 AM PDT  
> As for bats being "neat," you've apparently never had the pleasure of seeing a bat cave covered in bat shite many feet deep and crawling in maggots and other bad-ass nasties.

Uh, yeah... One of the neatest experiences of my life.


> I do like the fact that bats eat bugs like mosquitos, but a battery of shots from very long needles into very uncomfortable places is not a desirable thing; unless you happen to be a saddist or have a medical fetish. Rabbies is NOT cool.

*sigh* Artifex? Where was that link again. It's very difficult to get rabies from bats. You are far more likely to get it from a racoon or a skunk or some other animal.
Battie
post #7  on June 12, 2006 - 12:03 PM PDT  
Did someone mention me...? Oh, wait. A bat. Cool. They sometimes fly into things around here and end up in our yard. Or our neighbor's yard. When I was a younger, one nearly flew into my mom's windshield while she was driving somewhere. Freaked me out. :P

My jihad: big roaches. Aka, waterbugs. Bats don't bother me. Possums don't bother me. Racoons and spiders are fine, as long as they don't attempt to bite. I am perfectly at ease with all "nasties"...save roaches.

And barking dogs.

Pretty cool pic.
hamano
post #8  on June 12, 2006 - 1:28 PM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 12:03 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> My jihad: big roaches.

There's that new species they found in Sumatra. Sometimes they stow away on shipments of lumber and stuff. Here's one they found in a container that was unloaded off a freighter in Galveston.
jross3
post #9  on June 12, 2006 - 1:29 PM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 12:03 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Pretty cool pic.
> ---------------------------------

thanks; I got a new camera not long ago, I really like it.
have you seen this picture of my dog? I feel like Maes Hughes, showing that pic to everyone I can.

Until now, my main pest annoyance has been bugs - I don't even know what kind of bugs they are. They're just harmless little bugs, about 1/4 the size of a normal housefly, that don't do anything but fly around and die so I have to clean them up. Whenever I work nights during the summer, they annoy me by flying around the big flourescent lights and the front doors, then they stick to the floors when I mop making them look dirtier than before.
The thing that annoys me is that I can't do anything about it. I can get the Raid, but there's about 10 billion more of them within a 1-mile radius, and our store is like a big bright beacon that draws them all right to us after dark.
Smoke from incense seems to drive them off at home, but I can't burn any during business hours..

Now I hate them more than ever, because all the bugs in town is probably a big factor in drawing bats in from the big cave system in the nearby Lava Beds National Monument. The big surge of them in the last couple weeks can't be helping, either.

But at least we don't have cockroaches.
jross3
post #10  on June 12, 2006 - 1:43 PM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 1:28 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 12, 2006 - 12:03 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > My jihad: big roaches.
>
> There's that new species they found in Sumatra. Sometimes they stow away on shipments of lumber and stuff. Here's one they found in a container that was unloaded off a freighter in Galveston.
> ---------------------------------

did you see the roach-piloted robot? I think it's a fascinating concept but I don't see any situations where we would want to send in a robot instead of its roach pilot. ("Oh no! that pile of trash is gonna collapse!" "Send me in, boss, I'll take care of it!" "No, Roachard, it's too dangerous!")
hamano
post #11  on June 12, 2006 - 1:49 PM PDT  
Someday they'll have these robots that scuttle away in a panic when someone turns on the lights. Imagine how BIG these robots can be if they use the Sumatran Giant Cockroaches? MACROachSS Plus!
woozy
post #12  on June 12, 2006 - 2:11 PM PDT  
I'm trying to change my mind about cockroaches but I still think they are icky. Them and earwigs piss me off. I'm ambivalent about snakes as "nasties". I know people who just nuts about their snakes but they're just ... dry and don't do it for me. But I've always loved and always will love spiders and bats. A bat hanging in the eaves and rubbing his eyes is the **CUTEST** thing ever.

I'm also trying to change my mind about eating arthopods. Cicadas supposedly are like lobster and if you think of it, crab and lobsters are just big "bugs" that live in the ocean. Tarantulas, which I think I'd be the most inclined to eat, are supposedly extremely astringant like overaged brazil nuts. Madagascar Cockroaches are supposedly the tastiest but I can't help but think "Yuck! A cockroach!" Mealworms and grubs seem gross but I hear they are actually the easiest and tastiest. Termites are supposed to be nutty. I really like the idea of not being squeamish eating these things but ..... ewwwww ... And I'll always draw the line at houseflies.
hamano
post #13  on June 12, 2006 - 2:26 PM PDT  
jross, maybe next time you can download a recipe from L'Houstalet Restaurant in Vanuatu. (When you get to that page, scroll down to "Vanuatu Services" and click on L'Houstalet Restaurant.)
woozy
post #14  on June 12, 2006 - 3:09 PM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 2:26 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> jross, maybe next time you can download a recipe from L'Houstalet Restaurant in Vanuatu. (When you get to that page, scroll down to "Vanuatu Services" and click on L'Houstalet Restaurant.)
> ---------------------------------

Yes, but make sure the next time you get a hunkering for authentic fruit bat that you actually are in Vanuatu and not the Mariannas Islands.

I could never eat a bat,
but Pacific Islanders do just that,
The eating's good in Rara Tonga and Vanuatu
But in Mariannas, a ban you ought to
obsverve, as the population
is diminishing despite copulation
Elsewhere, though your fruit bat cous-cous,
is plentifull, as is your
Pteropus mousse.

(apologies to Odgen Nash)

underdog
post #15  on June 12, 2006 - 4:54 PM PDT  
I like bats, too, and I think they're generally unfairly maligned critters, but they also can carry rabies and tend to drop their guano everywhere they, uh, hang out. Thus, I don't know if I'd want one in my home proper either. Maybe in my barn if I had one...
underdog
post #16  on June 12, 2006 - 4:55 PM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 4:54 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I like bats, too, and I think they're generally unfairly maligned critters, but they also can carry rabies and tend to drop their guano everywhere they, uh, hang out. Thus, I don't know if I'd want one in my home proper either. Maybe in my barn if I had one...
> ---------------------------------


Er.. .and didn't have any animals in said barn.
woozy
post #17  on June 12, 2006 - 6:40 PM PDT  
> On June 12, 2006 - 4:54 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I like bats, too, and I think they're generally unfairly maligned critters, but they also can carry rabies and tend to drop their guano everywhere they, uh, hang out. Thus, I don't know if I'd want one in my home proper either. Maybe in my barn if I had one...
> ---------------------------------

The guano from one bat, although acidic, is quite small and pretty benign (makes good fertalizer-- and jross' walls are white any way).

Bats seldom have rabies but always have rabies antibodies. When bats get rabies they usually die instantly (their brains swell in directions in which there is no extra room and hence their brains are instantly crushed) hence you'll seldom see a sick bat carrying rabies that might bite you, but rather a dead bat with rabies that can't bite you (because it is dead).

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