There’s a Bat in my House!

Situation: You’ve found a bat either inside your home, school, or workplace, or outside clinging to the side of a building, on a tree, or lying on the ground.

Why this happens: If a bat is in your home or other structure, likely points of entry include an uncapped chimney, open and un-screened (or torn screen) windows, uncovered vents, a door that has been propped open – even briefly – or holes, cracks or gaps in the siding, overhangs, or roof. Bats do NOT chew their way into a building – the entry points they utilize are pre-existing.

Bats enter buildings for a number of reasons. In the late fall, winter, and spring, the bat may have been attempting to hibernate in the attic but became dehydrated or sick and unintentionally found their way into your living quarters while searching for water or warmth. If it is late summer, the bats born this year are on their own for the first time and a young bat may have been looking for a place to rest for the day and ended up inside your home by mistake. If a bat is found outside hanging on a wall or tree, it may be injured or sick, or it may just be a migrating bat that has stopped to rest. If a bat is found outside on the ground, it is probably injured, sick, or exhausted. And a mother bat that becomes grounded may be unable to take flight because she is carrying her “pups” (babies) — in our area this is a possibility for mother Eastern Red Bats, Hoary Bats, and Silver-haired Bats.

If you have a bat problem, give us a call today at 920-331-0583 or drop us a line on our contact page. We are here to solve the problem.