06:38PM | 07/24/05
Member Since: 07/23/05
1 lifetime posts
I need some advice. We were out all day, today, and when we came home I went to wash my hands in the kitchen sink and saw something move in the corner of the sink. To my horror, it was a BAT! I was frantic at first, and then got a container, covered him, slipped the cover to the container underneath it and then put it outside. I was feeling okay about the whole thing, but I just read someone's comments on here, stating that a bat can bite you while you're sleeping and it could go undetected! I have an 8 year old and now I'm nervous that what if one of us (my husband, child or myself) could have gotten bitten sometime and not known?? We have no idea how long it's been in the house, we just found him tonight! Should we go to the doctor's just as a precaution...?? I'm really alittle scared so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Jim D

12:20AM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Dawnnie7971 - hi, I understand your concern. I'm guessing what you caught was probably a fruit bat, which eats insects and doesn't bite humans. It may have gotten into the house through a fireplace with an open flue, and then stunned itself by hitting the window pane or something inside the house. They're normally nocturnal and have a very hard time maneuvering in the daylight.

I'd think you'd notice if you'd been bitten, but it wouldn't hurt to check yourselves over from head to toe. It'd be just like checking yourself for ticks after a day in the woods. I wouldn't think a trip to the doctor's was needed unless you found some sort of bite marks you couldn't explain.

This is all just my personal opinion. You can probably do some Google'ing on the web and come up with lots of information about bats, if you haven't already. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA
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