Of course, you're also likely to find bats in their stereotypical home: caves. And if you're the type of person who lurks about in caves, you should be aware of white-nose syndrome, which is killing bats in the eastern US and Canada. Officials are hoping to keep this threat from the western states, and request that eastern cavers decontaminate their equipment between spelunking trips--and that no equipment, shoes, or clothing used in states with affected caves be used in states with non-affected ones.
|Photo by Dave Fletcher, who used a towel to grab|
this bat, and released it out the window.
When this method failed my sister Ann one night, she took more-direct action, capturing and releasing the bat the way some people remove spiders from their homes. She placed a clear plastic container over the invader, which was hanging on a wall, and slipped a piece of cardboard behind the animal, trapping it inside the box. She then threw the whole shebang out the window.
No doubt the little brown bat appreciated the extra effort.