Stay Calm!Bats hibernate in the winter, but when spring rolls around, they begin stirring and leave their roosts in search of sustenance and sometimes a new place to hang. In the process of seeking out food or shelter, it isn’t unusual for a bat to accidentally end up inside the living area of your house. Many homeowners don’t realize they have a colony of bats living in their attic until one accidentally ends up in their living quarters. However, just because you have a single bat flying around your house doesn’t mean you have a colony in your attic! Either way, your priority is to take care of the one bat in your living space. When you see a bat, the most important thing you can do is stay calm! Your fear — and any erratic, aggressive actions you take as a result — only serves to scare the bat and may lead it to act aggressively to defend itself.
Prepare To Take ActionBats are one of the most prevalent carriers of rabies. Though the incidents of infection are extremely low, there is still a risk. Handling the bat is not recommended, and you do not want your kids or pets around the bat either. Move any young children and animals into a separate room, close the door and place a towel underneath to close off the gap. Once that is done, quietly take the following steps:
- Determine a room where you can corral the bat.
- Open the windows in the room to any exterior doors.
- Turn off exterior lights on that side of the house.
- If the A/C unit is near the open windows or door, shut it off.
- Turn off the lights inside the room.
- Close the doors to all other rooms in the house.