How to Remove Bats from Your Home

What You'll Need
Heavy work gloves
Small net or towel
Mesh screen
Duct tape
Bat house

Bats are an important part of the ecosystem, as they can eat 600 to 1,000 insects an hour. In North America, the common bat is the brown bat, and only in Central America are there species of bats that drink blood. A bat may find its way into your home due to the destruction of natural habitats. Bats can carry rabies and other diseases (however only a small percentage of bats are found with rabies). Obviously, you don't want these creatures in your home, so read on to discover how to remove them from your place of residence.

Step 1: Locate the Bat

You need to stay calm if there is a bat in your house. Bats can sense when you are upset and will become agitated. In a quiet manner, detect the bat's location.

Step 2: Contain the bat

If the bat is in a room, close the door and open all the windows in the room. Turn on the lights so you can see the bat and it can see you. For a bat that is flying throughout the house, close all interior doors and open only doors that lead outside (as well as windows). Turn on all the lights. 

Step 3: Remove the Bat

Always wear heavy work gloves for bat removal. Once a bat is exposed to light, it will want to look for someplace to sleep. When the bat is motionless, it is a good time to use a net or towel to cover and grasp it. Take the bat outside and release it. 

Step 4: Determine How Bats are Entering Your Home

Continually finding bats in your house is an indication that you have a colony of bats probably living in your attic. Keep watch on the outside of your house at sunset to see where bats are exiting your house. You may need the help of other family members or friends to do this. Look closely for small openings and holes, as bats can fit through a hole the size of your thumb. Repeat the surveillance several nights until you are sure you know how the bats are getting inside. 

Step 5: Give the Bats a Place to Roost

Mount a bat house close to where the bats are entering and exiting your home. Allow the bats at least three to four days to know that the bat house is available for them. 

Step 6: Give the Bats a New Home

In the afternoon, cover any openings that the bats are using with a mesh screen. Secure the top and sides with duct tape, leaving the bottom open. At dusk the bats can push and crawl through the screen to leave the house. They cannot return with the screen blocking their path, so the bats will seek out the best place to roost. The close proximity of the bat house will attract the bats. 

Step 7: Seal Bats Out of Your Home

Leave the screen in place for a week, then permanently seal the openings. Never try to lure bats out of your home in June, July or August. These months are the time of year when bats nest with their young. The young bats cannot fly, so you could seal them in your house causing both an unpleasant and unhealthy situation.