How to find a bat hiding in your house

So, one day you were coming into your home in the early evening and you notice a bat either working its way through some loose board in the siding of your house or maybe it even swoops writing through the doorway and into your home. After you have been completely grossed out by the fact that a bat has made its way into your home, you are probably thinking to yourself that you have to get that thing out of your house right now!

The question becomes, how do you go about doing that? If you are not exactly sure where the bat went you have some work ahead of you. These creatures not only fly well, but because of how small they are they know how to burrow into areas or find places that allow them to be nearly invisible. So how do you find a bat that is hiding in your home?

Time to Put on Your Sherlock Holmes Cap

The first thing for you to do is to relax a moment. Most people get quite concerned about having a bat in their home because of how dangerous these animals can be. If you are careful everything will be fine.

When to Search

If the bat gets into your home during the nighttime then the best thing you can do is to shut off the room that you believe that it is in and wait till the day. Bats sleep during the daylight, which makes it easier to find them. During the night they are wide-awake which puts you in greater danger. Close the door to whatever room they are in and protect yourself.

Wear Heavy Clothing

The next thing you want to do is to make sure that you are wearing heavy protective clothing. Bats carry a large number of diseases and parasites that can be quite dangerous to you. Cover your skin with heavy clothing, wear protective goggles, and make sure that you wear a surgical mask over your nose and mouth.

Let the Search Begin

Once you have properly attired yourself so that your skin is protected, now your search can begin. Where you want to start is by looking for places where the bat can hang. Bats sleep by hanging from their feet above the ground below. This makes it a little easier for you to search for if the number of places in the room that the bat is in leaves only a few options.

As a word of precaution before moving any further, ensure that you never touch the bat directly. Always use a towel or some other kind of garment that you can wrap the bat in to get rid of it. This protects you from getting sick from anything from the creature.

If you find that the bat is not hanging from anyplace, then your next option is to search for areas in the home where the bat could crawl into something. This could even be areas such as between seat cushions, underneath entertainment centers, behind cabinets, or other areas that allow the bat to be virtually invisible.

Keep in mind that a bat will avoid sunlight if at all possible. This means that during the daylight hours it will do what it can to avoid any place in your home where the light is shining. This is why you need to make your search in places where it could be in the dark as the sun shines into your living room, bedroom, or attic.

If you find that you are still not locating it at that point, then what you need to do is to start searching around the floor to see if you find where droppings from the bat may have landed. This can be one other clue to tell you where they are hiding. 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 How to find a bat hiding in your house

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