Bats Found In The Home
Bats found in the interior of your home can cause a panic in Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee, as they will fly wildly, back and forth in your home, and will usually be noticed in the middle of the night going from room to room. Trying to think of who to call in the middle of the night to remove a bat will often be challenging, or next to impossible. Animal Control agencies will not be available. Police Departments will not assist with removal. Nationwide, the only option will be a private wildlife control operator, as they will be available 24 hours a day. Many private wildlife control operators are available around the clock for assistance. It is very important that you do not attempt to touch the bat. If the bat is flying, and is in a room, try to close access to that room. If the bat has been flying, and has since landed on the ground, you can try to put a pot, pan, or container over it. Ensure no one in the home has came in contact with the bat. If the bat is confined to a room, tape the bottom of the door so there is no escape. Call a professional for assistance, as it is likely that you have a bigger issue. It is very rare that bats will be isolated, all alone, and they will usually be found in a colony. Bats that happened to enter the interior of the home usually indicates that bats are living in your attic, walls, or soffit. Contact a Animal Pros specialist, for immediate 24 hour assistance with removing bats from the interior of your home.
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What To Do If A Bat Is In The Interior
While bats in the interior of the home indicate the presence of a close by colony, there is some helpful steps to minimize the risk of a bat coming in contact with someone in the home.
- Try to isolate the bat, or confine it to a room, and then close off access to the room.
- If the bat has landed on the ground, you could try to cover it with a container.
- If the bat is flying in your home, you could try to open up the doors and windows of your home, in hopes that it does fly out.
- If the bat is hanging from my wall or ceiling, it is best to not disturb the bat, and call a professional for assistance.
- Do not try to kill the bat, and call a professional for assistance.
- Ensure no one in the home has came in contact with the bat, or has been scratched or bitten.
- In the event, a member in the home has been bitten, contact your local hospital, animal control agency, or health department immediately.
While bats can carry rabies, that does not mean that every bat is rabid. Still, rabies is a fatal disease, and should be taken seriously. Bats do not attack, but bats will bite if handled. Contact a AnimalPros specialist for 24 hour bat removal services.
Dangers of Bats In The Home
There are several dangers from bats being found in the interior of your home. Bats will often find their way for my attic or wall void into the interior of the home. While they will fly for a little while, they will often get tired and land on the ground. Once on the ground, they will crawl around and are capable of climbing blankets, drapes, sheets, and other fabrics. This can create a serious safety hazard, if it is in the middle of the night, and people are sound asleep in their bed.
In addition, health departments suggest that if you are in the same room with a bat that is in the interior of the home, that you get a rabies post exposure treatment. In the recent years, bats have been the source of the majority of the human rabies cases in the United States. In some cases, even with limited exposure to a bat, rabies transmissions can occur. So if you are bitten, scratched, or came in contact with saliva from a bat, the bat will need to be captured and tested. If you attempt to capture the bat on your own, use heavy protective gloves, a container with a lid, in contact your local health department. Or contact a Animal Pros specialist, as we can handle removal and rabies submissions.
Bat Rabies Submissions
You will first want to report the bite or other transmission to your local health department, as soon as possible. Using heavy protective gloves, a shovel, or other method, place the bat in a secured container with a lid or old coffee can. Place a call to the nearest rabies testing facility or health department. In Tennessee, rabies testing facilities are located in Nashville, Knoxville, and Jackson.