Do you have a bat in your house right now?

A bat in your house can be a frightening experience. It is also a potentially serious situation. With the information on this page, you can handle this in a calm and safe way.

Making a good decision right now can save you worry and money. Please read carefully.

First – a few things to keep in mind with a bat in your house:

The bat wants out of the house – there is no food or water for it in your home.

The bat is disoriented and lost.

Bats are not aggressive – but will bite if cornered.

Bats’ teeth are very small. They typically will not bite through jeans or leather gloves.

A percentage of bats carry rabies.


*Rabies is reportedly very rare in the UK. If you live in the UK and have a bat in the house, please contact the Bat Conservation Trust either on National Bat Helpline at 0345 1300 228 or by emailing them at [email protected]. Laws surrounding bats are very different in the UK and EU than they are in the United States. 

Now – review these steps, one at a time: