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Irving Patrick Freleigh
04-05-2011, 07:09 PM
So today I spent half my lunch break chasing a wayward sparrow around the breakroom.

How was your day?

04-05-2011, 07:11 PM
Sort of the same. I gave some guy the bird in the lunch room. :D

04-06-2011, 12:47 AM
Better than a bat. *shudder*

04-06-2011, 03:55 PM
I suggest getting a long-handled fishing net (or borrowing one from your sporting goods section). I hear it works especially well for bats.

My husband became rather proficient at catching bats with a fishing net at a former job. Being the softie he is, he wouldn't let anybody kill the bats that got into the building. He would catch them in the net and release them outside the building. He even snagged one bat out of the air as it was flying back & forth down a long hallway. They always found their way back in, of course.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
04-06-2011, 04:18 PM
Better than a bat. *shudder*

We had one of those too. In the backroom. Good thing I wasn't working that night. I'd have shit my pants and died.

We had another one in the coatroom, but it was just about dead and then somebody stepped on it.

I suggest getting a long-handled fishing net (or borrowing one from your sporting goods section). I hear it works especially well for bats.

We used to have a pretty one that worked really well. Then it disappeared for some reason.

04-06-2011, 04:44 PM
I'll never forget the morning that a mouse had gotten in and was roaming the hallways and production areas.

Every woman on first shift was jumping up and down, screaming at the top of their lungs, or trying to climb onto a table.

04-06-2011, 05:42 PM

Am I the only woman who isn't afraid of bats, mice, reptiles, or bugs?

04-06-2011, 05:58 PM

As long as roaches stay off that list, I'm good.

I had to catch a bird in the local microbrewery downtown one evening. Had to use my sweater as a net. Fortunately, it's an ancient building and the walls are thick. So when it went for the window, it was trapped in the windowsill and I was able to get it without harming it.

04-06-2011, 06:15 PM
I don't have a problem with critters either. The one time I got freaked over bats was because it was twilight and nearly dark, we were camping nearby and the area wasn't known to me, and suddenly a swooooooosh of bats came flying out of an old building, right over our heads. I ducked and covered my head and tried not to scream (too loud). I'm so embarrassed.

04-06-2011, 06:47 PM
Had to kill a mouse once in high school. All the boys at work were tormenting the poor thing as it was stuck to a glue trap. I took it away from them, saw the thing was half dead anyway and told them if they wouldn't have any mercy, I would. For some reason I couldn't find a neck to snap so I had to whip it against a brick wall. I felt bad because I killed it, but I felt that, that was a better way to go than being paraded around the back room and used as a football.

04-07-2011, 02:10 AM

Am I the only woman who isn't afraid of bats, mice, reptiles, or bugs?

Nope. I'm not afraid of mice, not afraid of bats (though I stay away from them due to the rabies threat around here), I LOVE snakes and most bugs don't bother me. Spiders I can live without, but I'll still try to catch them in a jar and take them outside.

Fleas, however, WILL DIE if they come into my house.

04-07-2011, 03:11 AM
If you need to catch a sparrow or other diurnal bird indoors, turn out the lights. It'll perch, and then you can easily pick it up (gently wrap your hand(s) around its body) and carry it outside.

Critters don't scare me. When I was 10, I was alone in the house when a bat somehow got in and flew around the room, unable to find its way back out. I calmly left the room, closed the door, and waited for my parents to get home and deal with it. My mom still marvels over how casual I was about it.

I have a healthy respect for the critters than can kill or seriously maim me, and find many bugs creepy, but that's about it. And I think mice and other small rodents and rodent-size creatures are adorable.

Architectus Assistantus
04-07-2011, 03:21 PM
During the summers I constantly get wasps into my office.
All work of course stops untill I can get them out, and that is not always easy. I try to avoid killing them.
Last summer I got 24 of them into my office.

04-07-2011, 05:47 PM
I don't care for mice, but I'm not the typical scream and run away woman. I just scream until the stupid cats kill the damn thing.

Although the one day I was helping them by chasing it around with a barbeque poker, and tried to impale it when it went under the hutches.

I hate spiders. I don't know how I deal with them alone in this apartment, but the last time I dealt with one, it was living in my car and would pop out of the dash and onto the windshield to say hello while I was driving! I'd start screaming and couldn't even drive.

And I could NOT kill the bastard to save my own life. He'd always duck back down into the dash or the vents. And he was BRIGHT yellow.

One rainy day last September, he poked out and started coming at me right as I got to my parents' house. I ran out of the car and into the house screaming for dad to go kill it, but warned him that the bastard was tough to kill.

Dad came back in with a tissue containing his squashed remains.

And then there was the time there was a silverfish in the washing machine. I have never seen my dad run so fast down the stairs, and I don't think I have ever screamed so loud. I think Dad thought I was bleeding to death or something, because he came running!

04-07-2011, 05:54 PM
Meh. Last summer, I had a bat fly into my apartment. Took me two nights to catch the little bugger, but catch him I did, and outside he went. :) He was really cute! Small brown bat, for those who know some of the more common species.

04-07-2011, 07:26 PM
I'm OK with most creepy crawlies as long as they're not bothering me - the only exception are spiders. Sorry to let the female side down but I HATE house spiders with a vengeance. I think it's the way they run <shudder>

04-08-2011, 02:37 AM
At my previous place of employment, a large-ish grocery store in a regional chain, we would occasionally have birds make their way in either through receiving or the front doors. Normally we would eventually catch the bird using the old cartoon trick of a box propped up on a stick with some birdseed under it. We also tried nets and other various things, but this wasn't enough for the assistant manager at the time. A particular bird had been in the store almost a week and we were unable to catch it, so this assistant manager brought in a BB gun. This manager was patrolling up and down the front and back main aisles of the store, holding a BB gun that resembled a small rifle. Yes, while the store was open and customers were present. Eventually the bird met its demise at the hands of this BB gun. Over the Produce department actually, not too far from open produce. The manager came over and gave it another shot to put it out of its misery, then made me clean it up. All of this still while the store was open and customers were present.

I along with several other workers notified the store manager of what transpired. The next Monday it seems this assistant manager was "on vacation" unexpectedly, and even more telling of this "vacation" was that the midnight manager was also on a (planned) vacation, and it was generally policy that only one of the "big six" (store manager, grocery manager, GM manager, assistant manger, front end manager, midnight manager) ever be on vacation at a time.

This manager was later sent to anger management classes, and his next promotion was to be grocery manager at a store in a *ahem* less than ideal neighborhood. By the time he had been shuffled back to my store, he'd gained some people skills and at least half a sense of decency.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
04-08-2011, 09:32 AM
I'm told we also used to have a BB gun on hand for taking care of stray birds.

It's probably for the best that we don't any more. :devil:

04-09-2011, 02:01 AM
When I was in college, a bat got into the dorms. My roommate and I rescued it from a bunch of half-drunk frat boys who were trying to kill it with a whiffle bat, and hurried it outside. I didn't think "rabies" until later, but we didn't actually touch it. I'd still do the same today, but gardening gloves would be involved.

Bats are kyoot.

Love, Who?

04-10-2011, 03:30 PM
Meh. Last summer, I had a bat fly into my apartment. Took me two nights to catch the little bugger, but catch him I did, and outside he went. :) He was really cute! Small brown bat, for those who know some of the more common species.
I had one roosting in my campus apartment for a short time. Dad helped me get him back outside; we're not sure how he got in or what he was eating.

The game store had a bird trapped in the basement one morning; I did turn out the lights which would have worked if boss hadn't turned them right back on. I was THIS close to trapping the bird in my jacket and almost fell and cracked my skull open when it flew up in my face. Boss' method was to chase the poor thing upstairs and try to herd it toward the front door (which, as the door was in the middle of a wall of windows, didn't work like he thought it would). I think myself and a regular finally caught and released the critter, with Boss complaining the whole time (don't bitch at me about wasting time after you made things worse.)

04-11-2011, 01:56 PM
What is a silverfish?

04-11-2011, 02:30 PM

Am I the only woman who isn't afraid of bats, mice, reptiles, or bugs?

the only thing that scares me is catgirls with caffeine. :D

well that and snakes. why's it always gotta be snakes

04-11-2011, 04:44 PM
What is a silverfish?

Those little critters. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish) Not very harmful, though they have cost me a few books (or part of them).

04-11-2011, 05:19 PM
One of my clueless hunter cats managed to catch a lizard this weekend. I think it surprised him too, as he dropped it as soon as I yelled at him. It was still quite alive and ran off, with the 4 other cats happily giving chase. I cornered the poor thing in the dining room and scooped him back outside.

The cat still hasn't forgiven me.

04-11-2011, 05:31 PM
House centipedes.

Ugly. Fast. Have been known to wave at me if I don't kill them on the first try.

04-12-2011, 10:01 PM
I had a few of those in my college apartment.

Also cave crickets; I covered one with roach poison and it still took a day trapped under a bowl for it to die. Shortly after I threw the thing outside someone stepped on it, and shortly after that its friends were snacking on the remains :puke:

04-13-2011, 12:33 AM
I'm fine with most critters and crawly things but I despise roaches. I'm not scared of them, but if I see any I will go on a killing spree until every last one has been either squished or gassed to death.

04-13-2011, 10:04 PM
you haven't seen anything until you've run into a house hippo


04-14-2011, 11:02 AM
And I think mice and other small rodents and rodent-size creatures are adorable.

Same here. I used to have pet mice as a child, and later in life rats, so I enjoy watching their expressive little faces and body language...they're cute, not scary!