Make sure your window screen are snug. Bats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter.
That’s right. A quarter. Now I will never look at window screens the same way again.
If you wake up with the bat in the room and you don’t catch it, you need rabies shots. If you catch the bat and it doesn’t have rabies, you don’t need shots.
Rabies shots are not as extensive and painful as they used to be, but they are still quite involved. If you do catch the bat and submit it to the Health Dept, they can test the bat for rabies and most likely you will not need to get any shots. This is better.
- Get a container with a lid and a piece of heavy paper or cardboard.
- Use gloves if you have them.
- Be calm and do not get ready to attack. You are simply placing the container over the bat. Not chasing it.
- Enter the room quickly and close the door so the bat does not get out.
- If it’s night time, turn on the light. The bat should stop moving because they can’t see in the light.
- Slowly walk over to the bat with the container to the bat, place it over the bat, put the cardboard underneath so you can turn the container upright, and either tape the cardboard to the top or put the top on.
- May is the beginning of bat season. There had not yet been any reports of bats with rabies.
- Last year there were 3 bats with rabies caught in our county
- Bats are looking for places to nest in May
- The females will have babies in the summer, and then there will be more bat sightings in August when the babies are mobile