The odds are pretty high that you are reading this because you have come across a bat either in your house or have had some other close encounter. Or maybe you just want to know more about bats and be prepared for any situation. We can help!
Things to keep in mind if you come across a bat:
- Don't panic!
- If the bat is outside, leave it alone.
- Bats do not attack people.
- Like any wild animal, a bat can bite if threatened. If you need to relocate the bat, do not touch a bat with your bare hands.
- Bats are protected and important animals that play a key role in balancing ecosystems. Never cause harm to bats.
So what's your situation?
- A whole colony of bats in your house? Visit bat colony exclusions.
- Is there a bat flying around in your house? Follow these simple steps.
- Been bitten by a bat? Seek emergency medical care attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone that comes in direct, unprotected, contact with wild mammals should receive rabies post-exposure treatment from a health-care provider, if the animal is not able to be caught and tested. Rabies post-exposure treatment should also be administered in situations in which there is a reasonable probability that such contact occurred (e.g., a sleeping person awakes to find a bat in the room or an adult witnesses a bat in the room with a previously unattended child, mentally disabled person, or an intoxicated person).
- Find a bat outside? Leave the bat alone. Do not touch or handle any wild animal. However, if the bat is not in a safe location (on a sidewalk, road, etc.), relocate the bat while wearing thick work gloves and using a container. Place the bat on the side of a tree or in a location off of the ground and away from people. You may also contact your local wildlife agency for assistance.
- Find a bat in the winter? In colder regions bats should be hibernating in the winter, however sometimes people come across them in their basement or around their homes. If the bat is hibernating in your attic or garage and not a nuisance, it's best to just leave it be until spring. If the bat is awake, while wearing thick work gloves and using a container, capture the bat and relocate it outside to an area of least exposure. Sometimes bats can survive the winter in a leaf or log pile; it may also relocate itself to a safer location. Do not place the bat directly on the ground.
- A lone bat on your porch or side of your house? Male bats tend to roost solo and may find your porch to be the perfect place. They may only stay for a few days at most. If they aren't troubling you, leave the bat alone and thank it for eating the insects in your yard at night. Place a potted plant under the bat to collect the guano (bat poop), it's high in nitrogen and plants love it. If you would prefer that the bat find a new place, once the bat leaves at dusk, temporarily cover the region with plastic sheeting or tarps that make it difficult for the bat to grip. Hang flags, chimes, or wind socks to create an obstruction, or shine floodlights at the bat to encourage it to move. Mount a bat house to give the bat an alternative to your home.
- Some other bat situation troubling you? Contact us and we can help!