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Bats found in rooms

Bats are often go unnoticed in lofts, basements, garages and externals parts of buildings, but occasionally they can stray into the living spaces of homes and work places.

What should I do if there's a bat in a room?

Bat isn't flying

If the bat has landed then it should be contained according to the advice found here. Always wear gloves to handle bats. If you need help, call the Bat Helpline 0345 1300 228

Bat is flying around a room or living space

NEVER try to catch a flying bat you are likely to injure it severely and it may even bite in self defence.

If it's a warm evening the best thing to do is:

  • Close the door to the room
  • Open the windows to the outside as widely as possible
  • Dim the lights

This will give the bat a chance to find its own way out.

If you are not sure it has flown out, it is best to look high up in places such as in the folds of curtains and behind picture frames, (a healthy bat will want to be out of reach and out of the light) or in low level places (if a bat is injured or in trouble it will struggle to hide properly).

If you find a bat flying during daylight hours:

During the winter, please call the National Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228 as the bat may need to be assessed by a bat carer.

Sometimes in the summer, young bats, which are inexperienced flyers, will become exhausted before finding their way out. They may try to land on a wall or curtains, or they may crash land on furniture or the floor. In this case, you should contain the bat, and then release it at dusk.

Bats are always turning up inside

Bats frequently finding their way into your house may indicate that you have bats roosting in your property. More information about being a roost owner can be found here.

Bats entering the living spaces of a home on a regular basis is not a normal part of having a roost, and there is help and advice available. Call the National Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228 to discuss the situation with one of our Bat Advice Officers.

 

How are bats getting in?

Bats have a very sophisticated system for finding their way around in the dark, but despite this, some do end up getting trapped inside buildings. Bats are very small and need only a very small space in order to gain access which means it can sometimes be very hard to tell how a bat got in.

Their external access has been blocked

Sometimes moving items around in the loft will inadvertently block the bats' access point(s).  The bats will then be forced to search for an alternative exit route.  We would recommend that you carefully move items away from the eaves and roof slopes.

Baby bat season

Brown long-eared bats on timber (JJ Kaczanow)Baby bats are born in the summer. They are very small and have little fur.  When their mothers go out to feed in the evening the unsupervised babies sometimes go exploring and end up in living areas, having fallen through small gaps.  Then when baby bats are learning to fly they use their newly developed echolocation skills to find their way back to the roost.  Sometimes they might crawl through the wrong gap or through an open window (especially if this window is beneath the roost entrance) and end up in a room instead of a roost. If you do find a baby bat please click here for advice.

Open windows

Sometimes bats may mistakenly fly through open windows when hunting insects.  These are often isolated incidences and don't necessarily mean that there is a roost near the property.  However, it does suggest that there is a colony within the local area.

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