In your home

If you are certain no people or pets have come in contact with the bat

Confine the bat to a room by closing all doors and windows leading out of the room except those to the outside. The bat will probably leave soon. If the bat doesn’t leave, contact an animal control or public health agency for assistance. If help isn’t available, follow the steps to capture a bat.

If there’s been contact between the bat and people or pets

If a bat is in your house and you have any question about whether the bat has been in contact with people or pets, you will want to have the bat captured and tested. Call animal control or a wildlife conservation agency for assistance. If professional assistance is not available, follow the steps to safely capture the bat and save it for testing.

 

To capture a bat

1.Find a small container like a box or a large can, and a piece of cardboard large enough to cover the opening in the container. Punch small air holes in the cardboard.

2.Put on leather work gloves. When the bat lands, approach it slowly and place the container over it. Slide the cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside.

3.If you are certain there s been no contact between the bat and any people or pets, carefully hold the cardboard over the container and take the bat outdoors and release it away from people and pets.

4.If there’s any question about contact between the bat and people or pets, you want to save the bat for testing. Tape the cardboard to the container, securing the bat inside and then contact your health department to have the bat tested for rabies. Source

 

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The Critter Team gets many different phone calls through out the day and sometimes in the middle of the night. Among many of those different calls, bat calls are always the funniest (in my opinion).

Take yesterday for example. I received a call by a young man who was clearly afraid of something. He explained to me that a bat flew in the living room from the chimney. Now I know that a bat can come down a chimney, not necessarily fly down. He gave me the address to the house, because he wanted this thing gone! He was very scared that it had rabies. I explained that we can go and get it but obviously it would cost them. He started talking to his sister and telling her everything I told him and in the end he said he would call back….ummm okay.

A couple hours later, a woman called me about a bat that flew down the chimney and was in the living room. I knew exactly who this person was, because I already talked to her brother! But I went through the same process explaining to her the same thing I told her brother. Again she said she would call back. Well to say the least I never got a call back last night.

Now this morning I got a call, yes you guessed it, from the same woman. She now said it was in her garage and wanted us to come and do an inspection and  find the bat in the garage. She now has an appointment for our wildlife service operators to come out and resolve this bat problem!

So whatever your problem might be, we can solve it for you!