How can I get rid of a bat inside my house?

If a bat is present in your home, contact an animal-control or public health agency for assistance. It may be important to capture the bat for rabies testing, especially if a potential bite or exposure has occurred. Sometimes, professional help may be unavailable. In such cases, use precautions to capture the bat safely, as described below.

To begin, you will need:

  • leather work gloves (put them on)
  • small box or coffee can
  • piece of cardboard
  • tape

The steps you should take to capture the bat are:

  • When the bat lands, approach it slowly, while wearing the gloves, and place the box or coffee can over it.
  • Slide the cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside.
  • Tape the cardboard to the container securely, and punch small holes in the cardboard, allowing the bat to breathe.

When no potential exposure has occurred, the bat can be safely released outside. If a bite or exposure to saliva (e.g., into a person's mouth, eyes or a fresh wound) has occurred, your health department or animal-control authority should be contacted to make arrangements for rabies testing.


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