There are few things more disconcerting than suddenly noticing a bat swooping around above your head. However, if this happens to you, it's important not to panic. Take a look at some tips that you need to know when you discover a bat in your home.
Don't Kill the Bat
The first thing that you need to know is that you shouldn't kill the bat. There are a couple of reasons for that. For one thing, it's probably against the law for you to do so. Bats are often protected by local or state ordinances. They're actually very helpful animals – they pollinate plants and help keep the insect population under control.
You should also avoid killing the bat if you think that there's any chance it might have bitten a person or pet living in the house. Some bats carry rabies, and if there's any reason to believe that the bat might have had close contact with a member of the household, it's important to have the bat tested so that you know if you need rabies treatment.
Trap The Bat
Start by closing the doors to the room that you're in – that will keep the bat in one place, instead of flying all over the house. Get thick gloves, a plastic or metal container, and a flat piece of cardboard, and wait for the bat to land. Before landing, you can expect the bat to fly in a U-shaped pattern – higher up near the walls and low in the center of the room. Your best bet is to stick close to the walls.
The bat will most likely try to land in a place where it can hang. If you have a chandelier or hanging lamp in the room, it may choose that; otherwise, it may land in the curtains, on hanging clothes, or on a houseplant. Once the bat lands, give it a few minutes to settle and feel comfortable, then approach it slowly with your container. Place the container over the bat, and slide the cardboard gently underneath.
If you're certain that the bat didn't bite anyone in the house – for example, if you saw it fly in from the outside and know that it was only there for a few minutes – you can take the contained bat outside and let it free. Bats don't fly from the ground, so tilt the container upwards or let the bat climb from the container onto a tree. If you're not sure how long the bat has been in the house or suspect that it could have bitten someone, then you need to contact animal control in your area to have the bat picked up and tested for rabies.
Either way, it's a good idea to find out whether or not you have more bats in your house or on your property. Contact a pest control professional in your area to have your home inspected. If you have bats roosting somewhere in your home, you'll need a professional wildlife removal service to get rid of them. And if it was just one lone bat, hiring a pest professional can help you secure your home so that no more bats get in.
The bat probably doesn't want to be in your living space any more than you want it there, and if you keep your cool, it doesn't have to be a disaster. When you know what to do, you can resolve the situation as peacefully as possible.
After living with a pest problem in our home for years, I kind of figured the bugs were there to stay. I had tried just about every kind of at-home treatment that I could think of, but nothing was working. It was frustrating, but I knew that there had to be something that could help. After failing for what seemed like the millionth time, I finally decided to work with a professional exterminator. The expert was incredibly proficient and knowledgeable about pest problems, and remarkably, he removed all of the pests from our house that day. This blog is all about working with a pro to eliminate pest problems.