What to Do When Bats Break In

What to Do When Bats Break In

Amanda Johnson
Sep 8, 2010

Bats may be cute for Halloween decorations and perfect inspiration for vigilante heroes, but they're not so awesome to wake up to in the middle of the night. Two nights this week we have had a special visitor in the form of a creepy little winged creature. Besides the fact that they are a little terrifying, bat invasions can cause messes in your home and can even spread diseases. So what do you do when one pays you a call? Here's what we did.

First, call your landlord if you are a renter. He or she should agree to take care of the problem, depending on the terms in your lease.

Second, you or your landlord should call a humane pest control service. Bats may be unwanted when inside your home, but they are a great way to keep mosquitos and other insects away from your home! It's a smart and humane idea to have then released back into the wild.

The other thing you or your landlord should do is determine where the bats entered your space and take measures to prevent future break-ins. Sometimes they can enter in the tiniest of spaces, like cracked window screens or air vents. Screens can be repaired or implemented to prevent bat visitations.

Image: Fort Lauderdale/Miami Bat Control

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