This is all based on my experience of getting a bat out of my home at the beginning of this month so take what I say with a grain of salt.
This is not an end all be all to getting a bat out of your house, but this is how my boyfriend and I got the bat out of the house.
I’d recommend contacting a professional to remove it if you can afford it or have someone else with you if you plan on trying to do it on your own.
Earlier this month I had a 13 inch bat in my house (with its wing span expanded) and when I tell you I was terrified.
Today I’m going to share with you guys exactly what I did to get the bat out of my house.
I had a bat in my house! What to do & How to Get Bat Out of House
So the bat was in the basement which is the worst place to have a bat in the house.
I called pest control only for them to tell me they would charge me $499 nonrefundable whether they got the bat out or not.
I was upset because not only was this bat in my home, but also I didn’t have a lot of money to spend especially considering they might not have been able to remove it.
And the pest control costs for bat removal ranges so much.
I also ran into this issue of a variety of pest control companies closing at 6pm and 8pm at night when bats are active at night… as in after 9 PM!!!
Make it make sense!
Also if you guys want to know the full dramatic story of my experience of having a bat in my home, watch the video!
It was overwhelming!
Do’s and Don’ts of Getting a Bat Out of Your House
If you plan on not staying at your home because you don’t feel safe (this is what I did), if you can close the doors you can close and put a barrier at the bottom of the door.
Don’t turn the lights off. I made this mistake which caused the bat to just fly around the house in confusion because it didn’t know how to get out of the house.
Keep all the lights on and have your door opened to pitch black to lead the bat out.
Try not to scream because from my experience, bats like high-pitched sounds.
Do not touch the bat. Bats can bite or attack when they feel threatened and grabbing it will potentially make it antagonistic.
Although from what I read online, bats rarely attack humans. They’re just as scared as we are too be honest.
Wear gloves and be covered. You don’t want the bat to touch your skin. If it does, go to the doctor just to be safe.
DO not kill the bat. Apparently there are laws that protect bats or at least where I live (Michigan) there are laws which can lead to jail time and fines.
BONUS TIP: You don’t have to do this, but I recommend wearing a hazmat suit (because I’m extra). LOL
My boyfriend and I bought a hazmat suit and a face shield for each of us from Harbor Freight.
So here’s how I got the bat out of my house:
The bat probably won’t be active til night time as in after 9 pm.
I called a pest control place to come to my home and they didn’t see the bat at all.
Keep in mind it was 4pm when they came.
I read that if a bat flies into your home during the day that it means that there is something wrong with it.
Bats like the dark so turn all of the lights on and have your door open where it’s dark outside.
Make sure you turn off any lights outside or motion sensors for light.
Bats like high pitched noises so when you are ready to lead a bat out of your home… high pitched noises will trigger it.
The first time I realized a bat was in my home, I was cackling and laughing on the phone with my boyfriend which is high pitched. LOL
The bat started flying above me and of course, I instantly started screaming which made it fly around even more.
When ready to lead the bat out of your house at night, play a high-pitched noise and be ready for it to fly.
Here is the video I played on Youtube which caused the bat to want to come out of the basement and fly up the stairs.
I played it for 15 seconds and paused it.
I go into detail about exactly what I did in my Youtube video so check it out!
What to do after you get the bat out of your house
Once the bat is out of the house, if it has touched you or you just want to be safe.. make sure you either go to the ER or make a doctor’s appointment.
Sometimes bats carry diseases and you can never be too safe.
Deep clean where the bat has touched. We actually deep cleaned the entire house since no one was there and the bat could have touched anything.
Throw away anything it touched, especially if you smell something.
In my case, we had a barricade up (it had a combination of my screen panel, sheets and towels) and the bat either peed on it or did something to it because I kept smelling this weird scent. So I threw all of those sheets/towels out along with the screen panel.
Overall, I hope that you found this helpful.
IT is a scary experience when you find a bat in your home.
Hopefully you’ll be safe and successful with getting it out of your house.