Bat-Proof Your Home Forest Hill MD
Forest Hill, MD
BEL AIR, MD
Bel Air, MD
Bat-Proof Your Home
Most bats don't have rabies, but any bats that are active during the day, found in a place where bats are not usually seen (such as in your home or on the lawn), or are unable to fly are far more likely than others to be rabid. Common bat entry points are openings around chimneys; vents; open, unscreened windows and doors; and under eaves, siding and loose shingles. An animal control or wildlife conservation agency can help you bat-proof your home. The best time to do this is in the fall or winter, when most bats leave their roosts to hibernate.
If you choose to do your own bat proofing, here are a few suggestions: . Carefully examine your home for holes that might allow bats to enter. Caulk any openings larger than a quarter-inch by a half-inch. . Use window screens, chimney caps and draft guards beneath doors to attics. Fill electrical and plumbing holes with stainless-steel wool or caulking, and ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly. . To keep bats from roosting in the attic, cover outside entry points.
Observe where the bats exit at dusk and loosely hang plastic sheeting or bird netting over those areas. Bats can crawl out and leave, but not re-enter. Once they're gone, the openings can be permanently sealed. If a bat is present in your home and you cannot rule out the possibility that it has bitten a family member or pet, contact an animal control or public health agency for assistance. If professional help is unavailable, use precautions to capture the bat safely for rabies testing.
Wait until the bat lands and, wearing leather gloves, approach it slowly and place a small box or coffee can over it. Slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside, tape the cardboard securely to the container, and punch small holes in the cardboard to allow the bat to breathe.
If you are sure no exposure has occurred, confine the bat to a room by closing all doors and windows except those leading to the outside. The bat will probably leave soon, but if it doesn't, it can be caught as described above and released outdoors, away from people and pets.