A Bat SurpriseWhen you find yourself face to face with a bat in your home, it’s usually a startling and unwelcome moment. The trick is to know what to do ahead of time. The goal is to treat the animal humanely and avoid a close contact situation. Bats are just as scared of you and are intent on finding their way out of a bad situation. When a bat starts darting around the house, it is seeking an escape route to safety. This is where people start to lose their cool and may begin striking at the bat, which, as you can guess, only complicates the issue. Here are tips for controlling the situation in a calmer manner:
- Wait until the bat lands and is motionless: Bats are fast and near impossible to catch. A bat that is already panicked could attempt to bite for protection. Always let the bat land first before you do anything. If you need to contain the animal in a room until help arrives, do so without touching the bat.
- Keep yourself safe: Never put yourself at risk with any wild animal. Bats can carry disease or rabies, so do not attempt to handle the bat yourself. If you are concerned a person or pet in your home was bitten, contact your local health department immediately.
- Call a humane wildlife control specialist: This is always the best choice. If you can safely get the animal to fly away on its own, then do so. Otherwise, get specialists to remove the bat. They will make certain the bat is released in a way that ensures its survival as well as your safety and check your home for signs of a bigger issue.