If you find a bat in the house, you are definitely full of questions. You are probably also feeling some anxiety and perhaps a little bit of fear. These are all normal reactions to discovering a wild bat in your home, especially because of all the misconceptions about the dangers of bats. To help you during this stressful situation, continue reading to review some common questions people ask when they find a bat in their home. This will give you some light on which steps you need to take next. The most important part of dealing with a bat in the house is remaining calm. You’ll learn why soon enough.
Should I Trap the Bat?
No! The biggest mistake you can make is assuming you can capture and trap a bat, and out them outside yourself. First, bats are known carriers of several infectious diseases. Although they are not likely to attack, if they are scared, any type of provocation can cause them to react adversely. Furthermore, attempting to catch a bat puts the bat’s safety at risk. Bats are not pest even though they can be quite the nuisance. They are actually very important parts of our surrounding eco-system, which is why they are protected by law in most states. You should never try to trap, harm, or kill a bat under any circumstances.
Will the Bat Hurt Us?
Bats are not likely to attack. The only time bats are known to attack a human or other animal is if they are rabid and disoriented, if they are protecting their young, or if they are provoked. You must understand that bats are more afraid of us than you are of them. They will do everything in their power to stay away from you, not attack you. If you have a bat in the house, be sure to move your pets to another location away from them, just for added security. Bats are known carriers of Rabies and other infectious diseases, so pets are at risk around bats, especially if pets are not properly vaccinated.
What Do I Do If I Find a Bat in the House?
Remain calm and do not try to capture the bat. The first thing you need to do is isolate them. If they are in the kitchen, close all other doors to the house so they cannot enter other rooms and areas. If they are in a bedroom, close the door but leave the window open. They are likely to fly right out. Once you have them isolated, you can begin opening all the windows in area where the bat is hanging. Again, they are likely to fly out at some point. If they do not, your next step is to contact an emergency bat removal company for safe and humane extraction services. These are generally available on a 24 hour basis.