You have a bat in your
house. Now what?
The bats that are found in people’s houses are usually younger
bats that have lost their way. They may also be adult bats that
accidentally fly through an open window or door. The first step in
removing a bat from your home is to stay calm. If the bat is flying
around, it is not trying to attack anyone, it is only attempting to
find a way out. Turn on the lights in the house so that you can
easily see the bat and they can also see you (bats are not blind,
nor afraid of the light). Next, close the doors to adjoining rooms
to confine it to one room. Open any exterior doors and windows in
the room the bat is flying around (more bats will not fly in). More
than likely, the bat will just fly out the open door or window
within a few minutes. Do not "chase" the bat out. It will think you
are attempting to harm it ,and will take longer to find a way out.
If the bat does not fly out on its own, you can wait for
it to land. Then gently capture it with heavy leather
work gloves or a thick towel. You can also take a large can or
plastic bowl and slowly walk up to the bat. (It may fly away,
but it won't try to attack you.) Put the container over the bat,
slip a piece of cardboard or magazine behind it. Take it
outside and let it go. Never
try to handle a bat with bare hands because, like other animals, it
may bite to protect itself.
anyone was bitten by the bat, or possibly transferred saliva from
the bat to an open wound, their eyes, mouth, or nose, they need to
seek medical attention immediately. In that case the bat will
need to be saved so it can be tested to see if it has rabies.
For more information on bats and rabies please visit the Centers
for Disease Control website.
You may also wish to read our webpage about
found on the ground.
You may have bats living in
A single bat in a room may only mean that a bat has
lost its way and ended up accidentally in your house. If you have
more than one or two bats entering your home within a season, you
may have bats living in your roof, eaves, or attic. If the bats
become a nuisance, the only long term solution is to perform (or
hire someone to perform) a bat
exclusion. A bat exclusion is a non-lethal way of evicting
bats from a building without harming them.
The time of year is an import factor in deciding
whether to perform an exclusion. Exclusions should not be
conducted from mid April through mid August. This is when mother
bats are birthing and rearing their young. Performing exclusions
during this time of year will create major problems for both the
bats and the home owner. Young bats that are trapped inside will
desperately try to get out and often find their way into the living
areas of the home. Eventually, they will starve to death and may
cause an odor or possible health problem. Furthermore, purposely
causing animals to die of starvation or dehydration is a form
of animal cruelty. For these reasons it is illegal to
conduct a bat exclusion in Florida from April 16 through August
14. If you would like to learn more about conducting a bat
exclusion click on the following hyperlink, or go to our
website library and click on "How
to conduct a bat exclusion."