Steps to find a hiding bat in your house
Hearing flapping sounds in your home in the middle of the night can be quite scary. It gets worse when you realize the flapping is coming from the wings of a bat. Apart from the ominous roles attached to them in movies and Halloween, bats are also carriers of numerous zoonotic diseases. Although they can be beneficial to the environment, bats can also become nuisances when they decide to roost inside the house instead of the wild.
They are mostly dreaded for their role in spreading rabies and also the structural damage they cause when they roost in a building. It is for this reason that every homeowner wants them out immediately after they are discovered. The only problem is that these animals are quite skilled at hiding. They can stay in the house for months and not be spotted. Bats can hide out in attics, chimneys, or even the air vents of the house. This makes finding them difficult. Moreover, they have wings and so they are difficult to catch when spotted. Bats are small animals with many species smaller than the average thumb. When flying around, they are easily noticed. The problem arises when they find a tiny hiding spot to hide out.
How do bats enter the house?
It's not uncommon for bats to gain entrance into homes and properties even with all the windows and doors firmly shut. Many bat species are small and they can fit into holes on window sills or cracks in walls. They can even use gaps on the roof or ceiling to gain entrance into the house. The attic or chimney is one of the best places to hide out in the house and they also use little openings in these places for entry and exit. Once they are in the house, they make themselves at home and even keep returning after they have been chased out.
How to find a hiding bat in the house
Look up before looking down
Bats are good flyers. It therefore follows that if they roost in a place, it’s going to be a high place. When hiding out in the house, bats prefer high grounds such as the attic or the chimney to low places such as the basement. So when you are searching for a bat in your home, search your attic, chimneys, top of curtains, vents or high shelves first. If you see a bat in your home but you cannot locate it, then start at the ceilings or the high places before working your way down to the basement. Try naturally dark places in the house such as closets and cupboards as bats love to hide out in dark places.
Try searching during the day
Bats are nocturnal animals. This means that they are most active during the night. They have terrible eyesight and cannot see properly in the daytime so they rest during the day. If you want to find a bat in your house, make the search during the day when it is resting and less active.
What to do when you find the bat
If you eventually have some luck and you find the bat, do not attempt to touch it. Bats carry and can transmit a host of deadly diseases so do not attempt to remove the bat by hand. Make sure you are wearing protective gear, a glove, long sleeved clothes, eye goggles, and so on. Rather than touching it, try to drape a towel over the bat and carry it outside.
You should also check for signs of other bats in the house. Bats often live in colonies and it is possible that there are more bats in the house. If there are more bats nesting in your house, you may need to get the services of a professional wildlife management company. If you are lucky and there is just that single bat, then you also need to find its point of entry and seal it off to avoid future re-entry.