What should I do with a bat after I catch it in my house?

A bat is a creature you never want to find flying around your home. These are horrific creatures that are filled with diseases and parasites. You can get sick just by coming in contact with their feces and when dried their feces can become airborne with the parasites traveling with it. This can be quite dangerous to you and the bat is not even around!

It is for this reason that if a bat has gotten into your home that you want to take every measure that you can to get it out of your home as fast as you can. You simply cannot have these creatures roaming around your home, biting at you and your family and dropping their waste all over your home. Yuck is the word that comes to mind.

You Can Try to Catch It

Your reaction to a bat getting into your home has to be a bit tempered at first. Most would probably jump to the idea that all they have to do is swat the thing with a broom or a bat and kill it. This is the simplest solution. Then they dawn some gloves and simply throw it in the garbage. Problem solved.

No, it is not. Surprising to many is the fact that bats are protected animals in many states. Because these creatures are finding themselves on the threatened list your ability to just kill them is nil in less you want to face some rather serious legal ramifications. Fines for killing a bat can be quite excessive, far more than you want to pay.

This means that you have to try to scare it out of your home or to catch it and then remove it from your home. Trying to scare it out and get it to leave can be a daunting task that may not work as quickly or effectively as you would like, which leaves capturing it.

Most use the most simple of techniques to capture a bat, and they truly prove that an oldie can be a goodie. All that you need to do is get a blanket or sheet and help to direct the bat to the floor, where you throw the spread over it. You should have gloves, heavy clothing, goggles, and a mask on before attempting this. Now, just pull the bat into the blanket or sheet and you have it caught. Well done.

Great, But Now What?

Most will look at this and think that is great that they captured the bat, but then they wonder what to do with it. They cannot kill it or they will fall into the same kinds of problems they had with hitting it with a bat or a broom. (wouldn’t it be ironic to kill a bat with a baseball bat?)

You know that you cannot kill the animal so the best thing to do is to simply remove it from your home. Just take the sheet or blanket outside and lay it on the ground in a loose fashion that allows the bat to crawl out and get away.

A couple of things to keep in mind before doing this. Do not just flap the blanket open so that the bat is launched into the air. It may become aggravated and attack you. That would be bad. Also, do not try to help it out of the sheet or blanket. Just lay it down so that there is easy access for the animal to get out and then leave it until it leaves. This is the safest option for you that poses the least amount of risk to you. NEED LOCAL HELP? We have wildlife removal professionals servicing 95% of the USA. Click here to hire a local bat removal expert in your home town. Updated 2018. It's best to be educated on the subject, so browse this site and especially read the bats in the attic home page, or email me if you have any more questions about What should I do with a bat after I catch it in my house?

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