Tell me if this sounds like you right now. It’s late at night and you are awakened to what sounds like wings flapping above you. You try to convince yourself that it is just the fan making the sound or that you must have imagined the noise. Just to make sure that there is nothing there, you get up and turn on the light. That’s when you see the unmistakable shape of a bat in your room. In this article and in the next series of articles, we will discuss what to do if you find yourself in this situation.
There’s a bat in your house right now. With just a little bit of knowledge and some courage, you can rid yourself of this unwanted intruder quick and easy.
Step 1: Stay in the room with the bat and shut the door so that the bat and you are in the room together. You may be thinking “you want me to do what?!?!?!”. Trust me, the bat doesn’t want to be in there with you either, so let’s start the plan of action and get it over with.
Step 2: Turn off the fan, close the vents, and open the window. We want to eliminate all other sources of airflow in the room so that the bat can more quickly find the window and exit.
Step 3: If you must handle the bat, wear leather gloves and wait for it to land on a surface. Either grab it with your hands, or use a container to scoop it into to.
Step 4: Once the bat has been successfully evicted, close the window. Inspect the rest of the house to determine if there are any doors, windows, or other obvious points of entry.
It is not uncommon to get 1 bat in the house every now and again. Maybe you were carrying the groceries inside and the door was left open just long enough for a bat to enter. Maybe you opened a window to allow some air into the house and a bat came in. If you are getting more than 1 bat a month in the house or more frequently than 2 bats a year in your house, you very well may have a colony of bats living in your attic space. If you suspect you have a bat colony in your home, it is time to call the professionals in to evict that colony.
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