Sometimes, as much as we enjoy getting bats out of your homes and offices, we just aren’t needed. You might just have a single bat that has flown in, disoriented, and is unsure of how to get back out.
If you have a bat problem that is limited to a single bat and not a whole colony, then read on to find some information and ideas for getting it back out into nature where it belongs.
During the day, most bat species enter a state called torpidity. Their metabolism, body temperature, heart rate, and breathing decreases in the same way it does during hibernation but for just the time between sunrise and sunset.
If you have a bat in your home during the day, chances are they will be sluggish and disoriented.
Have you ever wondered why bats hang from ceilings and walls? Well it’s to help them take flight. They don’t just spring up from the ground and fly like some birds can. The easiest way for them to fly is to fall a little ways first, gain some speed, and then spread their wings and catch the air to lift off.
A healthy, strong adult can take off from the ground, but it will be cumbersome and awkward most of the time. And if you watch it long enough, chances are it will crawl over to the wall and make it’s way up so that it can be in a better, safer position.
5 Quick Tricks for Bat Removal
I’m going to give you some instructions on what to do. These are loosely ordered by what you should try first and what is safest. As you go down the list, the methods bring you closer to the bat, which is a precarious place to be.
Call Animal Control
The best thing to do is call a professional who is trained and prepared to deal with wild animals. They should have the equipment and experience necessary to make it a short, simple catch and release.
Use Air Flow
Close all the doors and windows, with the exception of one. Wait out of the way and watch the bat. It can sense the air flow, and because it doesn’t want to be in the house, it will typically move toward it and fly out.
Use a Broom
If you place a broom gently on top of a bat when it is on the ground, it will usually turn around and grab it, perhaps even biting it, in self defense. Then it’s just a matter of maneuvering the broom to a door or window where you can flick the bat free or even just set the broom down and wait for the bat to crawl away.
I would definitely suggest wearing gloves, long sleeves, long pants, and shoes and socks for this one. Make sure as much of your skin is covered as possible. This is simply to help you avoid the potential of a bite when the bat may have rabies. Trust me, you don’t want to have to deal with that!
If you move slowly toward them, especially if it’s during the day when they are torpid, you should be able to get fairly close. When you are in range, you can place a trash can over them on the floor or on the wall. Then slide a piece of cardboard or a magazine under the can so the bat is trapped. You can safely walk the bat outside and gently place it on the ground. Tip the can over and watch the bat crawl or fly away.
Towel or Glove
If you absolutely don’t have a trashcan or large coffee can or something of that sort to use, there is one other method that I will suggest. Keep in mind that this gets you the closest to the bat and it is therefore the most dangerous. If you use this method, please exercise caution! And if you do get bit, keep the bat so it can be tested for rabies.
This last method is to either throw a towel over the bat and pick it up off the ground or the wall, or to simply pick it up with your gloved hands. I’ve picked up many bats with my hand, but I’ve always had a glove on. You can grab them but they will start squirming around trying to bite you in self defense. It can be a little unnerving for people.
The State of New York made this video to educate people on how to catch a bat safely. My only criticism is that the woman doesn’t have enough of her skin covered. But it gives you a good idea of how to do method #4 above.
If you have any questions, you can always call us as well. We are here to be your local bat removal experts. So even if you don’t need our techs to come out and help you with an infestation – we can still be a resource for you. We are your bat experts, so don’t think you have to deal with this on your own.
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