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.

Bat Behavior

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Can It                                    Catch bat in trash can

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.

  1. 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.

Your Local Bat Removal Expert,

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael KoskiMichael Koski

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  • Suresh babu M

    January 3, 2020 | Reply

    In my house, one bat is flying in the hall ( 2nd floor) and it went inside the ceiling fan cup. Please suggest me how to get rid of the bat.

    • Tori Bruce

      January 3, 2020 | Reply

      Hi, I'm sorry that you have a bat! My best advice is try to stay calm, keep an eye on it and call animal control. If you attempt to catch it yourself, please wear leather gloves and long sleeves to minimize the chance of getting bit. If someone does get bit, or if you suspect it was in a room with a child, someone asleep, intoxicated or otherwise impaired, it should be captured and tested for rabies.

  • Tammy Breese

    September 3, 2019 | Reply

    I have a loft bedroom so it is the attic. I have had a bat in my room for the last two nights. It hides so we could not find during the day. I left the window open last night hoping it would leave. We tried to swat it a couple of times and it got away. I am afraid it is still hiding and will not come out till its dark. I need sleep its been two nights. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Tori Bruce

      September 5, 2019 | Reply

      I'm sorry that you are dealing with a bat in your bedroom! If you were asleep with it in the room at any point, you should contact your health care provider. And if you have more questions about dealing with your bat problem, please call our customer service number at 877-264-2287

  • Donna Ahmad

    August 31, 2019 | Reply

    In the last week or so I have had to chase 4 bats out. Can it be the same bat

    • Tori Bruce

      September 2, 2019 | Reply

      Unfortunately, it is more likely that you have a colony. Bats don't live alone so if you have had four in one week, it is not a good sign. Please call our customer service line if you have more questions, they can help you know what to look for. 877-264-2287

  • Kristine

    August 29, 2019 | Reply

    Hi, we had a bat flying around our bedroom at 5:00 this morning. My husband was able get it out safely. About 10 months ago we had a home inspection that indicated some bat “ activity “ in the attic. They said there did not seem to be a lot of droppings, but some. We called a “bat guy “ who came and put an exit shoot in and did the sealing up. About 2 months after that we had a bat flying around inside early in the morning. So that is 2 times within a year that a bat has been in the house. I’m not sure what to do from here. We already paid a lot of money for the guy to come out last year. Any suggestions!

    • GetBatsOut

      August 29, 2019 | Reply

      Call the "bat guy" back. The industry standard is to offer a one year warranty. We offer that as a minimum to all of our customers. If you have issues getting in touch with him, (which we find a lot of the cheap "bat guys" disappear) contact the better business bureau. I do recommend giving him a chance to fix the problem though. We have bats that get back in on some of our jobs as well. It's all a matter of honoring the warranty. That's what separates the good companies from the bad. We also strongly advise you to contact your healthcare professional, according to the CDC you may need post exposure treatment. (A bat in a room with sleeping people is one of the qualifiers)

  • Mallory

    August 17, 2019 | Reply

    We had a bat in our house this evening ... we have it safe in a container bc my dog was the one to find ot so we are going to call the vet and get it tested... then an hour later there was another bat. My husband been searching for it for the last 3 hours since 2am. And we seem not to able to find it what do we do know. Is it safe to go back inside. I have 2 young kids and a dog.

    • GetBatsOut

      August 19, 2019 | Reply

      The best advise I can offer you at this point is to contact your doctor, let them know what happened, and see if the family needs rabies shots. The dog, if vaccinated, probably needs a booster shot so make sure to ask the vet about that as well. Call our customer service if you have additional questions about how to handle a bat in the house at 877-264-2287. It sounds like there is a colony living in your home with you.

  • Kevin

    August 11, 2019 | Reply

    Just this evening I found a small bat circling around a room in my house. I borrowed a fishing net from a friend, When I got back the bat was on the wall near the ceiling. I slowly moved the net towards the bat and nudged it, it went right in. I took it out side and set the net on the ground and it flew away. Now I have found your site and see that I did not take safety precautions with gloves and rolling down sleeves. If there is a next time I will do that. From now on I will be on the look out for them in case there are more. Thanks for your information.

    • GetBatsOut

      August 12, 2019 | Reply

      If you're sure you didn't make any skin contact with it during the capture you should be fine. If not, have a chat with your doctor for their recommendations. Thanks for the comment!

  • Sheila

    August 4, 2019 | Reply

    I'm in my room right now with my door closed there is a bat in my house he seems to be a pretty large bat I'm afraid so I'm calling my son in the meanwhile do I just stay in my room throughout the night I'm afraid to go out and try to open the door afraid that I might get bitten because he is flying like a bat out of hell LOL what do I do

    • Tori Bruce

      August 5, 2019 | Reply

      Hi Sheila, I've been in your position before and it is very startling to say the least. Hopefully your son was helpful and you have the situation under control. Please look through the information in this link: https://www.getbatsout.com/bat-in-my-house/ for more information.

  • Wynette Clarke

    July 12, 2019 | Reply

    My parents have an older farm type two story wood house. They have a major bat infestation in the attic. They aren’t sure how they are getting in the attic, then they make their way thru cracks and openings to come down into the downstairs living area. The upstairs is not lived in, and has a door that separates it from downstairs. What advice suggestion do you have that may help them. They are in their 70’s and this has definitely become a miserable situation for them. They have contacted animal control, they don’t help remove bats.

    • GetBatsOut

      July 12, 2019 | Reply

      I can imagine it's quite uncomfortable for them at this point! The only lasting solution is going to be an exclusion and bat proofing of the house. An exclusion is putting up a one way device that lets the bats fly out but not back in. While those are up, you have to "bat proof" the rest of the home so they don't just find a new spot to get in. If you would like to call our customer service at 877-264-2287, they can go over us doing an inspection and the best way to proceed.

  • Louise

    June 25, 2019 | Reply

    I have a bat in my house and can’t find it anywhere. I have been up for 3 nights now watching for it to come out and have not seen it at all. Is it possible that it found its way out on its own without the windows or doors being open. Had my neighbors come the first night and they searched everywhere and couldn’t find it. Also should I leave my lights on or off while I am watching for it to come out.

    • GetBatsOut

      June 26, 2019 | Reply

      It is possible you have an infestation in the attic or walls and it went back to it's roost. Settling naturally occurs on all homes and opens up cracks just small enough for bats to squeeze through. I have no way to give you a definitive answer. We would be happy to come have a tech do an inspection so you can get some sleep though. Call our customer service at 877-264-2287 to discuss your issue and see what your next steps are. Bats do tend to shy away from light, but if they want to go out an open door I've seen them fly right through the room. It really depends on the bat. It can only survive for about 5-7 days without going outside to eat and drink. You may start looking around for it to be deceased somewhere if you don't think it is gone.

  • Linda

    June 25, 2019 | Reply

    I, too, woke up to a bat flying in my bedroom. I closed the door and slept in the living room so that I could determine what to do in the morning. It is now 'resting' behind the curtain in the window-the question is whether to wait now until dark to open the window? Or will it fly out during the day?

    • GetBatsOut

      June 25, 2019 | Reply

      I would highly recommend not letting it go. Since you were asleep with a bat in the room, unless the bat can be tested for rabies, the CDC recommends you undergo rabies shots which are painful and expensive. Bats have very small sharp teeth and their bites are often mistaken for something else or not even noticed. Try to capture it following the guidelines in this article. Use the can it method not the airflow method. Call animal control or a local veterinarian and let them know you've captured a bat you need tested for rabies. They can help you figure out where to take it or what to do next. If you can not catch or find the bat, or it has already been let go, please call your doctor. Rabies is 100% fatal and you need to seek professional medical advice. Bats in a house at night are often indications of a larger bat infestation in your home. Please call our customer service department as well at 877-264-2287 to discuss what you need to look for to figure out if this is a larger problem than a lone bat.

  • Beth

    June 17, 2019 | Reply

    Last year we noticed that we had bats going into our attic from the attic vents that had been altered to allow air flow.... (and bats) we made sure they we gone and put a metal mesh over the out side. We have 3 vents... we realized that 2 were altered. back in the winter we shooed them out and covered that vent with mesh as well. Now I hear something in the attic again!!! Could they have lived in the attic all winter without getting out ??? Its been really HOT in that attic for the last couple of weeks. What should we do?

    • GetBatsOut

      June 17, 2019 | Reply

      It's very possible they were in hibernation in the attic, yes. The other thing to consider is that bats are opportunistic animals. They won't burrow or scratch to get in, but they will exploit the natural openings that occur from settling in our homes. The vents were very possibly an entry point, but when you closed those off, they likely moved 10 feet down the wall and found a new opening. Call our customer service if you would like to discuss further. 877-264-2287.

  • Sharon Gauvin

    February 17, 2019 | Reply

    Hi. In august of this year I woke up and there was a bat in my kitchen. I did exactly what I see you suggested and opened my door. It flew out. Since then no problems. Until early this morning. And it was disposed of by my handyman. Its is February now. Since there has been such a long gap between august and now should I be worried or think its a fluke?

    • Tori Bruce

      February 20, 2019 | Reply

      Hello Sharon, One bat in the house can be a fluke, two bats are more concerning. Chances are you could be dealing with a colony. Depending on where you live, it could be that the bat woke up from hibernation too early and got into your living space in its efforts to get outside. Or maybe if you're in warmer temps, your colony has been regularly entering and exiting and the bat got off track. We can answer your concerns more directly if you call our customer service line.

  • Sparkle

    February 4, 2019 | Reply

    We recently have discovered a bat in my son's room...my husband went to try to open the window to let it out only to discover that the bat was gone...tonight when I went to put the kids to bed there it was flying in a circle in his room again we are not sure how it got in...if my husband cannot get it out how much does it cost to have it removed?

    • GetBatsOut

      February 4, 2019 | Reply

      I would recommend you don't let it out if you haven't already. It is always best to have the bat tested for rabies when found in a child's room. We are a company that deals with infestations, not necessarily a single bat in the house so I'm not sure how much other companies charge. I do know in some places you can call the local animal control through your sheriff's office and they will come assist for free. Here is more information about bats and rabies from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/contact/index.html

  • Ishmael

    December 25, 2018 | Reply

    We live in small rural town near Bloemfontein in South Africa and do have a lot of bat species under our house roof.We are not sure how or what attracted them to come and make this house their territory.This is very serious cos they seem to increase every time.Pls help us...thanking you in advance.

    • GetBatsOut

      December 27, 2018 | Reply

      Hello Ishmael, we do not service outside of the United States. I will email you some information that may help you.

  • Andrea Reynolds

    August 20, 2018 | Reply

    We had two bats in my stepson's room on the 2nd floor Saturday night. Luckily my husband was able to get them out using a box. It definitely was an unexpected ending to the night. My neighbor said he has had bats in his house before, especially in this time of year. I need to figure out how they got in. Until then, is there anything I can put out (non-toxic) to deter them away?

    • GetBatsOut

      August 21, 2018 | Reply

      They make all kinds of "deterrents", from noise makers to light machines. Some of them may work temporarily (a week or two) but the bats will acclimate to them and go back to their roost. I think the question you should be asking is if the bats are coming out of the house. Bats, especially 2 of them at 1 time, don't often just fly into your house. They probably came out of a roost in your attic/roof area. I would recommend you start with a bat watch. Watch at dusk for a colony to be leaving the house. An infestation should be handled quite differently than a fly in bat. Call our customer service to discuss if you have more questions or would like us to send a technician to inspect for an infestation. 877-264-2287

  • mary ann

    August 16, 2018 | Reply

    do i leave the lights on or off when i open a window?

    • GetBatsOut

      August 17, 2018 | Reply

      We've seen it done both ways. Bats are not blind as people believe, but they also don't have the best vision. The important thing is to keep the room still. You want the bat to feel the air flow of the open door or window so it heads to it. I personally recommend leaving the lights on so you can watch the bat fly out and know for sure it's gone.

  • Roxane

    August 5, 2018 | Reply

    I discovered the bat at night and fled the bedroom. In the morning I went back and there is no sign of the bat. Help!!!!!

    • Tori Bruce

      August 6, 2018 | Reply

      Hi Roxane, We would be happy to help you. Please call our customer service line 877-264-2287. When you explain your situation, they can give you advice as to proceeding.

  • Keedy

    August 2, 2018 | Reply

    My daughter came in the kitchen screaming , crying and hyperventilating that she seen a bat hanging in her room . We immediately exited the house . My neighbor, mom , and dad all came over and can't no one find the bat. I am absolutely terrified to go back to the apartment with my 9 year old and i am also pregnant. My neighbor literally had to call earlier to get a bat out her place and my other neighbor stated her husband had to get one out . It seems like bats are taking over our complex and my landlord don't seem to care

    • Alex ORegan

      August 3, 2018 | Reply

      Hello Keedy, We are very sorry to hear you are going thru this right now. CDC (center for disease control) guidelines state that if a child is alone in a room with a bat or if anyone wakes up to a bat in their room or if an intoxicated person is alone in the room with a bat or a mentally handicapped person is alone in a room with a bat you need to call your healthcare provider immediately and explain what happened, they will give you the correct direction as to how to care for your family's health. Regarding your landlord please click this link to see more information about how to deal with your landlord regarding your bat problem. He can call or email us at any time to go over the problem.

  • Janet

    June 11, 2018 | Reply

    I had a bat in my house the other night. We got him out but how do I know if there may be more. Not sure how it got in.

    • GetBatsOut

      June 12, 2018 | Reply

      There are definite signs you can look for. Check out this blog post: https://www.getbatsout.com/3-signs-bats-living-home/

  • Robin Davis

    May 20, 2018 | Reply

    Can you come get this bat out of my house??

    • GetBatsOut

      May 20, 2018 | Reply

      We certainly can. You have to call our 24 hour line at 877-264-2287. They will take your information, including your address, so we know which tech may be available to help you.

  • VICTORIA CARPENTER

    April 22, 2018 | Reply

    Thank you so much... My cat brought a bat into my bedroom last night. Have no idea how he was able to get it in the first place . The poor guy (bat) was circling the room high next to the ceiling, I could't figure how to get it. Tried with a net but the bat was too agile and fast. I'm so grateful to have found your advice on the internet at 2am. I opened a window wide and was fascinated to see the bat detect the airflow and lower its flight pattern to swoop out the window. Thank you! By the way, the cat is up to date on his rabies vaccine.

    • GetBatsOut

      April 23, 2018 | Reply

      That's great to hear! If you have any more incidents, call us for an inspection to make sure there isn't a colony in your home.

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