What if a bat got inside my house?

No one wants to find that a bat has gotten into their home. These can be very dangerous creatures that can cause a wide variety of health issues for you, your family, and your pets. Because of the fact that they carry so many diseases and pathogens, having one or more in your home is a real serious health risk that simply cannot be tolerated.

However, the bat is not concerned if it is disturbing your peace of mind about your health. This little creature is simply looking for a place to roost in your home is as good as any place. So, what do you do if a bat has gotten into your house, bedroom, kitchen, or other location?

First Things First

The first thing to do in a situation like this is to not panic. That is easy to say, but the reality is that most people start freaking out make the situation significantly worse. Take a moment to keep your cool and then begin to resolve the situation.

This starts with ensuring that you give the bat only limited access to your home. For example, if the bat has gotten into a bedroom, then close the door so that it cannot gain additional access into other areas of your house. By limiting where it can get to you can do a great deal to control and eventually captured the bat to remove it from your home.

Also, before deciding to take any action at all you need to protect yourself. What this means is that you need to wear clothing that covers all the exposed portions of your skin, put on a hat, safety goggles, and a surgical mask, and put on gloves as well. You want to make sure that you do not breathe in any of the pathogens from this animal and that none can get in through your skin.

Now Spring into Action

Once you have this part resolved you can start to take action. If you can get the assistance of at least one other person that is to your benefit, but you can still resolve this problem on your own.

Get yourself a large blanket in something like a broom. What you want to do is to swoop the bat down to the floor or onto an area like a table so that you can then throw you the blanket over the top of it.

Your first moves should be quite cautious so that the bat does not directly come after you. Move towards it slowly and as you are able to reach the broom area towards it do so in a very slow motion that sweeps the bat towards the corner. Make sure that you keep the large head of the broom so that it is always obstructing the bats ability to fly away. Once you have reached it into the corner begin to gradually push it towards the floor. Once you have done this, then throw the blanket over the top of it.

In a very methodical way close the blanket so that is completely around the bat, take it outside, and simply throw the blanket away from the house and onto the ground. Do not directly open it up to let it out yourself, out of the concern that it may come to attack you.

Once you are done with this, it is a good idea to simply throw the blanket away. If you have found that the bat has released its waste in your home, clean this thoroughly with specialized enzyme based cleaners to protect your health. 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 if a bat got inside my house?

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