How to Catch a Bat in Your Home

If a bat has recently found its way into your home, you may be curious about how to go about catching it. If so, you'll be pleased to know that catching an intrusive bat can be a relatively simple undertaking.

Set a Trap

Begin the bat-removal process by acquiring a spring-loaded cage trap. You'll now need to bait the trap with several dead insects and place it in an area frequented by the bat. It may take several hours for the bait to attract the bat's attention, so when performing this task, be patient and keep your eyes on the bat.

Remove the Bat

Once the bat has sprung the trap, don a pair of heavy-duty protective gloves and take it to the nearest animal shelter. Make sure to call ahead of time, as certain shelters are not equipped to care for bats. If you're unable to locate a suitable shelter, you may want to consider calling a pest removal specialist.

Never handle the cage without protective gloves. There's a small chance that the bat has rabies and, if it's able to poke its head through the bars and bite you, you'll want to make sure you're protected.

Preventative Measures

After the bat has been successfully removed, carefully inspect your home and try to find any holes through which it may have entered the house. Promptly repair any unwanted holes to ensure that your home remains bat-free.