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. Always wear gloves to handle bats. If you need help, call the National Bat Helpline.

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)

Bat is flying around during daylight hours

During the winter, please call the National Bat Helpline 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.