What To Do If A Bat Gets In Your Home And Starts Flying Around

Posted on: 12 May 2017

Bats can show up in some of the most surprising places. Even if you don't live in an area prone to bats, you can end up with one suddenly showing up in your home. For those unfamiliar with bats, this can turn into an alarming and even scary experience. Don't panic, here's what you should do.

Words of Warning

Bats most certainly do bite. They have very small teeth, so a bite can go unnoticed. If a bat makes a sudden appearance in your home, make sure no one has experienced a bat bite. Keep children out of the area where you know or suspect the bat to be.

Generally, bats aren't aggressive. They will only typically bite if they're cornered out of self-defense. Even if they do bite, their tiny teeth cannot make it through any kinds of tough materials, like jeans or leather. However, if someone experiences a bite, seek medical attention immediately.

Bats Usually Want to Get Out; Help Them

Usually, it's not hard to get rid of a flying bat in your home. They likely flew in there on accident while out looking for food. Usually, they want to get out as much as you want them to get out. You can start by closing inside doors, and opening some windows or other doors that lead outside. The bat may just exit on its own.

Capture and Release

If the bat doesn't leave on its own, you'll have to try to catch it. There's several ways to catch a bat, but know that you should absolutely not try to catch it while it's flying around. Always wait for it to land somewhere. Once it lands or hangs, you can try to catch it.

Put on some heavy gloves, like leather, or anything thick enough to prevent a bat bite. Use a wastebasket, plastic bowl, shoe box, or whatever you have handy to trap the bat.

Once you trap the bat, slide a piece of thick paper or cardboard under the container. That's really all there is to it. You can then take the bat outside, and let it free. Of course, if you'd rather not make the attempt at all, you can call a bat removal service, such as Triangle Wildlife Removal & Pest Control Inc, to come do it for you.

Is This a Recurring problem?

If this isn't the first time you've found a bat fluttering around somewhere in your home, you may have a larger bat problem. In such case, you should contact a professional bat removal service to investigate. You may have bats roosting somewhere close by, or in the home itself.