Steps to find and get rid of a dead bat

A great many homeowners all over the country worry about a potential wildlife invasion on their property. The fact of the matter is, many of us are simply unequipped, both physically and morally, to efficiently deal with an unwanted intruder situation, be it a skunk, raccoon, bat, and so on. And while there’s plenty of info out there on what you should do if you find you’re hosting a live bat on your property, there’s less info on what you should do with a dead one. Which is what this article aims to correct.

First of all, how do dead bats happen?

Well, you might get a dead bat on your property in a number of ways. One common occurrence is that the bat was wounded or poisoned and managed to crawl in through a crack in your roof, wall, etc., and died inside. There is also the possibility that the bat got stuck inside a room in your home, or even inside the wall itself, was unable to escape, and died of starvation, most likely.

Why do you need to remove dead bats?

Well, the most obvious reason is the smell itself. Often, homeowners are alerted to the presence of a dead bat by the strong and unpleasant smell of decay wafting from the corpse. So ridding your property of that smell is in itself sufficient reason to go looking for the bat. But another important reason why you may want to rid your property of dead bats is that the smell is quite likely to attract other “visitors” looking to inspect and maybe feast on the situation. Your bat problem may be over, but you might be at the beginning of a great many other problems with other (perhaps worse) intruders.

protective gloves; Dead Bat

So how should you go about finding and removing dead bats?

Well, the answer is surprisingly simple, really – you just follow your nose. That’s right, more often than not, the smell of decay will be more than enough to guide you to where the dead bat is, so you don’t need to employ any fancy extra steps to find it, usually. Once you have identified the source of the smell, we suggest you do a check of the immediate nearby area, since it’s quite common to find multiple dead bats in the same place. You should also look out for live bats, of course taking the appropriate measures and never attempting to capture them, if you do find them.

How to remove a dead bat:

Never, ever touch a dead bat with your bare hands. Bats, dead or alive, are infamous for the many diseases they carry, among which are Ebola, rabies, and possibly even the COVID-19 virus. And even just touching a dead bat (without getting scratched, bitten, etc.) can lead to you contracting said virus.
So when handling a dead bat, it is important that you have:
● Thick, rubber gloves;
● Towels and rags;
● A plastic container to dispose of it (plastic bag works, too).
So once you’ve equipped yourself accordingly, grab the dead bat with care and place it in the disposing container of your choice. If you don’t have a plastic bag or container, you can also use a coffee tin can or other such container. Once you’ve disposed of the bat, you should keep wearing protection as you clean the area where you found it. Make sure you clean thoroughly and remove all traces of the bat’s existence. Bat droppings are also riddled with disease and highly corrosive, so they pose a threat to the health of your family and pets, and may also damage the structure of your home. Don’t take the protective gear off until after you’re done with the area altogether.

Maybe call a professional

While dealing with a dead bat is not as difficult as with a live one, it might still be a good idea to enlist the help of a professional wildlife removal company since they are better equipped for such tasks. Their advice may also come in handy when it comes to securing your home against future bat invasions (since they might notice things you do not).