Bat Removal Information
Understanding the biology of the bat is vital to understanding the challenges of controlling or getting rid of bats. Bat removal and prevention is a job that is best left to experienced wildlife professionals, as nonemergency bat removal by untrained homeowners may be dangerous to the people or bats.
There are times, though, when bats will accidentally enter the living space of a home. This usually happens at the most inopportune time, such as late in the evening. This can also cause a panic considering that the average homeowner doesn’t know how to react and there is little hope of obtaining professional assistance at that hour.
Bats may be legally protected in certain states, so it is important to understand that anything beyond releasing the bats can be a violation of state law. Local jurisdictions may also have rules about wildlife and they may specifically address bats.
If a stray bat comes into the house, it is usually accidental. Perhaps the bat has come from the attic and wandered into the living space by squeezing under a door to the attic. In warmer weather, bats may be attracted to homes after dark as the light attracts the bats, knowing that their food source, insects, will be attracted to light as well.
Bats can be encouraged to leave a structure by turning off lights, turning on outside lights and providing a way for the bat to escape, such as by opening a door or window. This is very effective.
If a few strays are found in an area, the professional can pick them up with heavy gloves and relocate them. Bats should not be killed by the homeowner or the professional. There are no products available for bat control.