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Bats are scary little creatures so if you find one flying around in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen, it’s understandable if your first instinct is to react in fear. Unfortunately, that’s not the right way to go about it. Realize that the bat has no interest in flying around your living space; it probably got there by mistake. Therefore, what you need to do is help it get out without injuring or causing it too much stress. In this post, we’re going to explore what you should do if a bat gets into your living space:
Once you sight the bat, the last thing you want to do is run away from the room out of fear. If this happens, you lose sight of the bat. How can you later tell if the bat is still in your room or not? How will you be able to find out where it’s hiding? It may be under your bed, couch, or in any other hidden corner. Imagine a scenario where you try to pick up a cloth from the couch the next day only to pick up the bat. Bats pose a series of health risks to humans and just a single bite may have a devastating impact if left untreated. Therefore, keep your cool.
Next, you want to make sure there’s no way for the bat to leave that room to another room. That way, the problem is manageable. This means shutting the door(s) that lead to other internal parts of your house. Then, open the windows. If the door leads outside your house, you should open it too.
Here comes the difficult part, where you have to ensure you do not take your eyes off the bat. Instead, move to a corner of the room and watch the bat. As it flies around, it will try to orient itself. Once it senses fresh air coming in from the window or door, it will fly in that direction. However, if it is unable to find its way, then wait for it to get tired. Once that happens, it will either land on the wall or floor. It might take up to 20 minutes for this to happen so you have to be patient. Then move on to the next step.
The bat is tired, so it’s important you stay aplomb as you try to capture it. If it’s on the wall, you can get someone to help you use a broom to push it to the floor. Once, it’s on the floor, immediately cover it with a towel or cloth. Thereafter, use the cloth to enclose the bat. Alternatively, you can make use of a plastic container to cover the bat on the floor or wall. Then slide a hard piece of paper between the floor or wall and the container. As a note of caution, do not make use of a net or tennis racket to trap the bat. You may injure the bat in the process. Also, the bat may attack you. Now that you’ve captured the bat, move on to the next step.
Bats residing in your house is an entirely different problem that requires another approach. In most cases, getting rid of them involves sealing entry holes and installing exclusion devices. Bat removal is regulated by wildlife laws so it’s best to involve a wildlife removal company if you’re facing a bat infestation problem.
If a single bat mistakenly finds its way in your kitchen, bedroom, or any other area in your house, make sure that you maintain your cool. By following the steps laid out in this post, you’ll effectively handle the problem in no time.