There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to bats. It’s true that a bite from one of them will not turn you into a vampire (obviously) but there is something about them that does seem to creep people out. So what do you do if you find a bat in your house?
If a single bat has flown into your house, please do not panic. The bat has just accidentally flown in and is now trying to find its way out. If you have any pets or children, please calmly remove them from the area that the bat is occupying. Then close off any other doors that would lead to other parts of your house, so you are keeping the bat contained. Next, open up any exit points for the bat so that they can fly out. If the bat is unable to find its way out and ends up landing, you can catch the bat but please take precaution. Always wear gloves that are thick enough that the bat could not bite through them. Do not use a towel to capture them as their nails will get caught in the weave. We recommend trapping them against a wall and sliding a piece of cardboard over the opening. When you go to release them outside, please do not put them on the ground as they are unable to take off. Instead, tilt the container and put them on the side of a tree or another vertical surface.
What to do next?
If you find that bats have been roosting in your attic or crawl space, you have an entirely different problem. Bat guano is extremely dangerous to humans if it is in a moist environment. But even in a dry climate, some parasites and germs are carried in their guano that can lead to some serious illness. We always recommend calling in a professional to get rid of bats that have roosted. Not only can they effectively close off the openings that the bats used to enter your home, but they can also properly sanitize the areas that have been affected by their droppings.
Please always feel free to call Pete’s Pest Control with any issues concerning bats. We can help make your home free of all pests.