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How To Find a Bat in Your House

If you’ve realized you have a bat in your house, you will want to get it out as soon as possible. Although bats are fascinating mammals and essential to our ecosystem, they do not belong in our home, and the longer they are inside, the more mess and potential damage they can cause. But bats are fast and unpredictable, and If you suspect that there is a bat in your house, but you are not sure where it is, you might be wondering how to find it. Here are our top tips for how to find a bat in your house.

Stay Calm

When considering how to find a bat in your house, try to stay calm and quiet. If you panic and scream the noise may cause the bat to become stressed, increasing the chances of accidental contact and biting out of fear.

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Check Dark Areas

Bats are nocturnal creatures that roost in dark, secluded areas during the day. If you haven’t seen the bat in a room but think you have a bat in your home, possibly due to finding bat droppings (guano), begin your search in places such as attics, crawl spaces, basements, and behind curtains or furniture. Check ceiling beams in the areas you look in. Of course, it can be hard to see clearly what is hiding in dark spaces, so use a flashlight to illuminate these areas as you search. However, if you find the bat, avoid shining the flashlight at the bat, as it will likely stress the bat and may cause it to fly erratically.

bat colony inside attic hanging on vent screen

Listen for bat noises.

Bats emit high-pitched squeaks that are often too faint for human ears. However, you may be able to hear rustling or scratching sounds as they move around. Listening carefully can help you pinpoint the bat’s location.

After you have found the bat – What next?

Once you have found the bat, close off other rooms to prevent it from flying throughout the house. Make sure children and pets are out of the area. You will need to decide whether you need to capture the bat or release it outside. If no one has had direct contact with the bat, you don’t need to capture the bat, but you can encourage the bat to leave your house by clearing a clear exit path. Open doors and windows and remove anything you can that would be an obstacle in the bats’ path. Turn off bright lights in the space to encourage the bat to fly towards the natural light. Check out our blog “What To Do if You Find A Bat in Your House” for more information on deciding what to do with the bat and how to capture it if you need to get it tested for rabies. 

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Do I need A Bat inspection?

A bat in your house may be an incidental occurrence. Bats can enter houses through open doors or windows, open chimneys, or other gaps in your property. In fact, bats can squeeze through gaps as small as ⅜ inch – that’s the size of a dime! However, bats tend to roost in colonies, so where there is one bat, there may be many more. So, after finding a bat in your house, it is sensible to consider whether you need a bat inspection from a residential bat removal company to determine if you have bats living in your home. At Get Bats Out, our residential bat removal technicians have the skill and equipment needed to thoroughly inspect all areas of your property, even your attic, basement, roof, and other areas that can be difficult and dangerous for homeowners to examine independently. Regardless of the outcome of the bat inspection, residential bat removal experts can bat-proof your property to safeguard you against any potential future infestations. If you need help dealing with bats in your house or want to book a bat inspection, contact Get Bats Out today.

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael Koski

Your Local Bat Removal Specialist,

Michael Koski

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