Bats frequently finding their way into your house may indicate that you have bats roosting in your property

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 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

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. Advice about caring for baby bats

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.