How to Catch & Remove a Bat from inside your home

Occasionally a bat may find itself stuck in the actual living space of your home. It can be relatively easy to remove a single bat on your own, however you must make sure you have thick gloves, long sleeves, and other protective gear to help prevent any biting. You want to make sure you enclose the room that the bat is in, close all doors so that he cannot fly to another area of the house. If you have a small net it is best to use that to catch the bat, however a towel will work as well. Just wait until he lands and then scoop him up. Be sure not to put too much pressure on him.

North American Bat
Bats are common in North America, but are seldom seen by the vast majorityy of the population

Once you take the bat outside, he should want to take off on his own. If he doesn’t, it is best to place him on a tree and walk away. Bats occasionally need high ground to take off from, so the bat can climb to a more ideal location to take off.

If you have not been experiencing any other bat activity, it is important to check your attic space to make sure that you don’t have a bat colony living unnoticed up there. You basically just want to make sure that this guy was actually flying Han Solo and not a part of a bigger problem. If you notice that he flew right up onto your roof, this could also be a sign that there is a potential entry point.

Steel mesh for exclusion
Steel mesh is a great material for bat-proofing side-mounted attic vents with louvers.

If you got a bat in your house from a known issue, it is important to identify how he got in from the attic or chimney. You don’t want more bats finding their way inside, so you need to identify it as soon as possible and get the access point sealed.