You might be surprised when you suddenly hear something hovering and flapping wings above you, and you discover that a bat has found its way into your house. Bats fly in circles, they can be spooky and noisy, and are uncomfortable to be around. A bat in your home can be a scary experience, but in reality, the bat is probably more frightened than you are.
As long as you keep an eye on it, the bat is quite unlikely to pose a threat to you or your family. However, having a bat in your home can lead to a variety of additional problems, and hence, it is important to get the bat out of your home as soon as possible.
The humane way to deal with the bat is to carefully capture it and then release it into the environment. It is important not to kill the bats since they are protected species, and they help to keep the environment in balance.
Handling a bat should never be done with bare hands but it’s best to use a thick cloth or a towel to protect yourself from being bitten. When trying to lure the bat, you should stay calm and avoid making a lot of noise. A cardboard box or other small container can be used to catch the bat once it has landed. Place a piece of cardboard under the container and, if possible, use a container with a tight-fitting lid but air openings on the sides.
Where Do Bats Usually Hide In House?
Bats are frequent visitors to homes and are scarier than most pests. They like hiding in the dark corners of the house.
The attic is the first place to check if you suspect there is a bat in the house. The attic is warm and is one of the darkest and most secluded areas, making it the perfect shelter for bats.
Secondly, the garage is another place where bats like to hide. Garages are usually messy, dark, quiet, and are not opened regularly. They are usually used as storage and bats will prefer to hide in this place because of the silence and darkness. Chimneys are also perfect spots for bats to hide. Traditional, old-style chimneys are open and are ideal hiding sites for bats. The best solution to prevent bats from gaining entry into your home is to install chimney caps, close up the openings around the chimney with galvanized steel, or upgrade to a new chimney model.
Bats are usually silent animals and they will look for quiet places in your home. They will always prefer roosting in high places in the room where there are fewer disturbances. Bats can only be heard making loud noises as they move around feeding, fighting, or mating, or when they fly in and out of the house.
How Long Can A Bat Hide In House Without Food And Water?
A bat that is trapped in the house will not do well for more than 24 hours without food and water, and it cannot survive after 60 hours without eating. They cannot stay without water overnight because they will quickly get dehydrated in the warm temperature in the house.
On the other hand, just like other wild animals, bats spend the coldest months of the year in hibernation. During this time, they use less energy since they spend most of their time sleeping and being dormant in order to reduce their heart, metabolic, and breathing rates. This is because in winter there are no insects and bugs to feed on in the house, which means a scarce food supply. So while hibernating, they can survive long periods without food and water.
Will A Bat Leave On Its Own?
Bats can leave on their own from the house. If the bat is flying around in your room, try to confine it to as small a space as possible. Rather than rushing after it, shut off the lights and ceiling fans. Make sure you leave the doors and one or more windows open, and the bat will get a good chance to fly out on its own.
If the bat is in the attic or chimney, you will need to seal the gaps because the bat needs just a small space to crawl inside. You should ensure that you seal all the holes leaving only the main one uncovered. After that, you must keep checking whether it is out, and then seal the main one to prevent the bat from getting back in again.
Is It Safe To Sleep With A Bat In Your House?
Bats are very beneficial to the environment as they feed on mosquitoes and other bugs. However, they are also not safe to live with in the same house. What’s more, sleeping with a bat that’s present in your bedroom is considered a high-risk exposure.
Bats are known to carry rabies, and their droppings can carry diseases such as histoplasmosis. Bat droppings, known as guano, look like those of a mouse, but are slightly larger. Histoplasmosis is a lung infection that is transmitted through the bat guano.
Bats also expose a human being to rabies. The virus is transmitted through the bites of an infected bat.
In addition, the accumulation of bat droppings in the room will enable the growth of bacteria. This accumulation will lead to the formation of a bad smell that is difficult to get rid of.
Finally, if the bat dies on your walls, it can lead to many health issues and a terrible odor. The best solution to dealing with the bat is to trap and relocate it to suitable habitat for environmental sustainability.
If you find a bat, or a colony of bats, taking up residence in your home, your best option is to hire a wildlife control specialist who can trap and remove the animal, and then sterilize your space for safety. Contact Wildlife Troopers in Florida to find out more about our bat removal services, or to request a free quote and a video inspection.