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Many people are spending a generous amount of time at home these days and, in unique circumstances, a bat might also be spending time around your home.
When we talk about bats, we don’t mean a man in a batsuit with a really nice car and a flashy logo in the sky. Neither are we talking about eldritch men in long black coats who loathe garlic and sunlight and crave blood. Fictional characters are about as far from the real deal as things get; they also boast a bit of amusement when representing bats. Yet, the reality is that bats are not the most enjoyable creatures to have around, especially when their presence is unanticipated.
Uncommon to the general public as they are, bats (along with birds) could make their way into your home as unexpected visitors. And, though they’re considered to be one of the more uncommon tenants, the presence of a bat in or around your home could be alarming, egregious, and discombobulating.
What do you do if you find that bats have made a home out of your home? If a bat house wasn’t your original intention when you moved into your home, don’t fret. Pete’s Pest Control is excited to give you some insight, tips & tricks, and additional pointers if you find yourself dealing with the unexpected presence of a bat!
‘Guano’ Know the Danger of Bats
So, maybe there’s a bat in your house, and it isn’t trying to leave anytime soon. Bats can cause damage to a home by chewing on walls, insulation, or wiring. If you’ve ever seen bat teeth, you know what we’re talking about!
Even more, if you find that bats have been roosting in your attic or crawl space then — oh, poop! — you have an entirely different problem. Literally. We’re talking about guano, or the accumulated excrement of bats (bat poop, for the straightforward readers).
Bat guano is probably the most worrisome bat problem. Guano is a carrier of a fungus called Histoplasma Capsulatum, and this fungus is extremely dangerous to humans if it is in a moist environment. The spores of this fungus are incredibly small and airborne, and they can travel and invade other areas of your home.
The disease primarily affects the lungs and can be life-threatening, particularly to those with a weakened immune system. It is transmitted when a person inhales spores that grow on bird and bat droppings. Even in a dry climate, some parasites and germs are carried in bat guano and such parasites and germs can lead to serious illnesses.
We always recommend calling in a professional to get rid of bats that have roosted. Not only can a professional effectively close off the openings that the bats have used to enter into your home, but professionals can also properly sanitize the areas that have been affected by bat droppings. It is always better to be safe than sorry in these sorts of situations.
Battling the Bat: Finding a Lost Bats
So, perhaps one bite from a bat won’t turn you into a vampire. Nonetheless, one has to admit that there is something about bats that seem to creep people out. What do you do if you find a bat in your house?
The first question many people ask themselves after finding a bat in their home is: How did you get here?
Bats, and other creatures such as birds, can get into your home through holes in attics or unsealed ventilation such as unused fireplaces. Sometimes, their presence could be simply obnoxious as opposed to a cause for danger. Nonetheless, their presence could be a cause of damage to your home, if not you.
Do not panic. If a single bat has flown into your house, it might have just accidentally flown in and is now trying to find its way out. Yes, your initial impression of a bat flying around your house — perhaps watching the bat fly into lamps or furniture items — might be that the bat is trying to attack you or your family. But, it’s important to repeat this: The bat is probably just trying to find its way out. Interestingly, the bat is likely as threatened of you as you are of it! So as to not escalate the already-scary situation, it’s best to start things off by remaining calm.
If you have any pets or children, calmly remove them from the area that the bat is occupying.
Close off any doors that would lead to other parts of your house. Taking this action will allow you to keep the bat contained as opposed to giving it the freedom to go anywhere it wants at any time.
Open up any exit points for the bat so that it can fly out. This includes windows. After closing off primary doors that lead to other rooms in the house, take note of the windows in the room where the bat has been contained and cautiously open any. Any natural light and air that will filter into the room through the window might attract the bat, as its natural instinct would be to find the natural world.
If the bat is unable to find its way out and ends up landing, you might be able to catch the bat, but please take precautions.
Always wear gloves that are thick. As stated previously, the bat is probably terrified and might view you as a threat. Its natural reaction might be to bite if you go near it. This is why it’s important to wear durable gloves; in the event that the bat does bite out of self-defense or fear, you want to make sure their teeth can’t break through the gloves. Bat bites won’t turn you into a vampire, but they will hurt.
Avoid using a towel to capture a bat. Similar to the gloves, a bat’s nails could get caught in the weaving of the towel. Just imagine that scenario! You might be scared, and the bat might be more scared. It could start panicking and, next thing you know, both you and the bat are panicking. That’s why we say it’s best to avoid using a towel, or any other textured cloth for that matter.
We recommend trapping a bat against a wall first then sliding a piece of cardboard over the opening between the bat and the wall, similar to how many catch grasshoppers or butterflies in jars as kids. Doing this might require some attentiveness, but it is doable.
When it’s time to release the bat outside, please do not put the bat on the ground. Bats are unable to take off due to their anatomy of having forelimbs adapted as wings. Instead, tilt the container and put them on the side of a tree or another vertical surface.
Something to keep in mind: Despite their smelly feces, bats are not dirty creatures. They meticulously groom and clean themselves. But, most importantly, bats rarely carry rabies. Only sick bats bite and do so out of fear. Otherwise, they will leave you alone.
If you find a bat in your home or on the ground, be very cautious! If you can’t get in touch with a wildlife control operator, you can move that bat to a safe place. Wear thick gloves and use a net or plastic container to capture it. Do not try to catch a bat with your bare hands.
Wala! We think you’ve just mastered how to handle a bat in the house!
How to Get Them Out… For Good
Baits and repellents can be used to remove bats and other creatures from your home. Here at Pete’s Pest Control, our team of professionals can assist with any issues concerning bats, and other pests that have made their way into or around your home. And we are only one call away!
Pete’s Pest Control is proud to say that we can help make your home free of all pests in a harmless manner. We never harm the bats or birds we find in your home. We will relocate them and any nests they might have made to a safe location.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly, or green alternative, pest control service, Pete’s Pest Control has got you covered! Whether it’s a bat, birds, or other pests in your space, reach out to us today and we’ll be more than happy to assist!