A man panics as there is a bat in the house
steps to take if there is a bat in your house

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  • jon torpes

    May 16, 2023 | Reply

    Hi Tori, thanks for this helpful guide, I think I found a curled up bat in my bathtub inside a used hand towel ,when I went to ring it out not knowing it was in there and it went right down the drain, I'm gathering information for my healthcare provider, is there any good resources for assessing risk situations where one was not able to get a good look at the bat before it disappeared down the drain?

    • Tori Bruce

      May 23, 2023 | Reply

      Isn't it amazing how tiny bats can become when not in flight? You're definitely taking the right steps to involve your healthcare professional. We refer to the CDC's guidelines when giving advice. You can find them here:https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/type.html Hopefully you get some answers!

  • Doug

    August 24, 2022 | Reply

    We live in a ranch home. I have a work sink in the basement next to my work shop. Well inside the sink where I had 8-10” inches of water and soap that I put my paint brushes in to clean. Well today I went back to the sink and noticed movement in the water. Here it was two baby bats that were alive, but it serious trouble. We’ve never had this before. So my question is, why did they go into the water and basically drown themselves? I did have a new roof installed three years ago. I did notice as we have two large fireplaces, upstairs and down. That there was a small enough space between the brick of the fireplace and the wall. But why did they go to the water? And do you think I have a bigger problem? Thank you Doug

    • Tori Bruce

      August 25, 2022 | Reply

      Hi Doug, When a bat gets trapped inside a building or house it will die of thirst after a few days. It is not uncommon to find them dead or dying in a sink or bathtub. They smell the water and then get trapped because they can't climb out. Too slippery. It is also hard for a bat to take off flying from the ground. They will crawl up a wall so that they can drop, gain air speed and then extend their wings. In regard to your second question, yes you almost certainly have a colony of bats living in your house somewhere. There is no good explanation for finding baby bats in your house other than they were born there and have gotten lost upon leaving their roost.

  • Ron Rowe

    August 13, 2022 | Reply

    What is the proper mixture of peppermint oil, dish soap, and water to use as a bat repellent?

    • Tori Bruce

      August 16, 2022 | Reply

      Hi, good question. It's not an exact science. (And it doesn't have a guaranteed success rate) The concept is a little soap in the water gives the oil something to 'stick' to, since oil and water don't mix. If the oil is concentrated, I would guess a dollop of soap and a few drops of oil in a cup of water.

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