How to Get Rid of and Prevent Bats Inside Your Maine Home
The other day I was in a friend’s yard in Cumberland when I noticed a little black bird flying across the sky. It was a quick move that I saw out of the corner of my eye. This caught my eye and as I looked for it again I noticed several small black birds darting around in rapid zigzags, that’s when I realized they weren’t birds at all.
They were bats.
I went from “wow!” to immediate laughter as I stood in the yard of someone who has a deep, genuine fear of mice. They are literally mice with wings.
There is a bat in my house, what should I do?
It took me back to my childhood home, sitting in my bedroom and all of a sudden I heard a noise at my door. I stuck my head out only for my mother to quickly shout “come back to your room and close the door!” but not fast enough for me to see the chaos of her swinging a broom and a bat zooming down our hallway.
Apparently what my mother was doing wasn’t really the right way to get rid of the creature of the night. According to animal controlif you hit a bat or try to hit it with something, its sonar indicator will tell it to keep charging at you to defend itself against a predator.
So what are you supposed to do if a bat enters your home? First of all, it depends if it is a singular bat or if you have a colony problem.
How to get rid of a bat in your house
If you only have one rogue bat that got inside, there are a few ways to go about it. If you’re going to handle him up close, wear a pair of gloves because these boys carry rabies and all kinds of diseases you don’t want to catch. The best thing to do is isolate the bat in one room, open a window or door, and wait patiently for it to fly outside.
If the bat is hanging somewhere, place a small box or container over it, slip a piece of paper or cardboard underneath, and manually remove it from your house to the outside. Trapping is the way to go; you can’t poison them like you would a land mouse in your home and it’s actually illegal in most states because they play a crucial role in maintaining balance within nature.
How to Get Rid of a Bat Colony in Your Home
What if it’s not a singular free-roaming bat and you’re actually breeding ground for a colony of bats? This deletion is going to be a little different.
The same Animal Control website shares that you should watch your home at dusk and look for the area where bats come in and out and locate it as your primary area. Bats can fly in spaces as small as ⅜ inch so they can squeeze through partitions, pet doors, windows, or even spaces around your air conditioner in the summer.
Your next step is to seal one of these cracks or holes and block them. Then place a net or one-way exclusion funnel over the main area to leave in place for a few days until you ensure that no bats fly off at dusk. You can then remove the exclusion and seal the location.
As the website shares, do NOT do this during the summer maternity season as there may be flightless baby bats in the attic and it is actually illegal.
How to keep bats out of your home
It’s quite simple: make sure you don’t have any open spaces where they can enter. They are attracted to light as they feed on insects they like it when you leave the lights on and again they can fit into the smallest of spaces so make sure there isn’t open windows, holes in your screens, open cat flaps or places where they might get in, you’ll be fine.
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To prepare for a potential incident, always keep your vet’s phone number handy, as well as an after-hours clinic you can call in case of an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline that you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.
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