How to Relocate a Bat

Handling a bat is never recommended. But sometimes, homeowners are left no choice but to intervene in moments of emergencies. If you have come across a bat in the house or other area of your property, and cannot wait for professional bat abatement services to arrive, it is important to understand how to safely handle and relocate a bat, for the sake of the bat’s protection, as well as your own.

Continue reading to learn what you need to know about handling a bat, including Kentucky bat tampering and trapping laws that may concern your situation.

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Louisville Bat Removal and Control 502-553-7622

Bat in the House

If you have a bat in the house, you can try the escape and evade method. This involves opening all the windows and doors in the vicinity of the bat, while closing off all others, in order to encourage the bat to simply fly outside on its own. Be sure to separate everyone from the area of the bat, including pets.

Bat in the Attic

If you have a bat in the attic, try the escape and evade approach mentioned above. If you cannot access your attic well enough to open a window or door, you can also try bat abatement service. A professional bat control technician will inspect your property for the bat’s entrance, and then implement methods to make the bat leave and seal up the entry way.

Bat on the Ground

If you find a bat on the ground, whether it is a baby or injured, the best practice is to leave it alone and let nature take its course. However, if you want to relocate it, try using the shoe box method. Place an empty shoe box on top of the bat, put on a pair of heavy-duty work gloves, and then use a shovel or garden spade to gently scoop the bat up.

Next, relocate the bat to a farther-away habitat where it will not pose a threat to anyone. Furthermore, never attempt to rehabilitate an injured bat, nor keep it as a pet. Not only are there laws against this, as exotic animal domestication requires specific government permits and more, it also poses several health and safety threats to you, your family, and pets.

Mother Bats  

Sometimes mother bats carry their pups on their backs, and sometimes, there are too many clung to them. In this case, a mother bat cannot take launch and fly. If you find a mother bat with babies clinging to her, your only approach should be to contact a local wildlife removal and control company for professional intervention. They have the proper resources to ensure the safety and rehabilitation of the bat family.

Dead Bat

If you find a dead bat, whether indoors or outside on your lawn, you can use the same shoe box method given for finding bats on the ground, minus the shoe box. Since the bat is dead, it is not going to attempt to escape, so you do not need to contain it. However, be sure to wear protective gloves and relocate the bat to a faraway area where it can safely decompose.

Kentucky Bat Removal Service

Call 502-553-7622 for prompt and professional Louisville bat removal and control you can trust. We are DNR licensed wildlife control contractors who provide residential and commercial bat removal services at competitive prices. Whether you have one bat or an entire colony, we are fully equipped to manage any job regardless of size or scope. Request a free estimate or advice, anytime.

Kentucky Laws About Tampering With Wild Bats

Here in Kentucky, certain species of wild animals are protected under state law. This means that you can be penalized on several different levels if you are caught and convicted of such conduct. This is important information for those who are dealing with nuisance bat problems since it is possible to break the law without having any actual intention. Basically, what seems like an act of protecting your property may actually be against the law.

This scenario is made even more serious considering 3 of Kentucky’s native bat species are federally endangered, and thus, protected on a federal level. This means that a person can face felony charges for tampering with one of these species. If you have nuisance bat activity around your property, be sure to educate yourself on what you can and cannot do within the limits of the state and federal laws governing bats.

Continue reading to learn the Kentucky laws about bat tampering, as well as, how to get rid of bats safely and legally.

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Louisville Bat Removal and Control 502-553-7622

The Laws Surrounding Wild Bats

According to KY.Gov, the official website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, all bats in the state are protected by law. What does this mean for you? It means that it is illegal to trap, domesticate, breed, harm, or kill a bat. Furthermore, there are no intoxicants, or repellents, that are legal for bat control applications. There are exceptions to this law, for instance, in the case that it is proven that bats are damaging a property.

Possible Penalties

If an individual is caught tampering or harming bats, they can face both criminal and civil penalties. This includes jail time, hefty fines, restitution, community service, banishment, loss of professional licenses, loss of gun privileges, and more. It depends on the severity and scope of the incident.

To Get Rid of Nuisance Bats

There are several ways to manage nuisance bat activity on and around your property without harming or jeopardizing the well-being of the local bat populations. In fact, there are several ways you can be bat friendly, while also protecting your home from bat damages. Talk to a DNR licensed and insured bat control company for help dealing with bat problems. They have the knowledge and resources to remove bats safely, bat-proof your home, and more.

Louisville Bat Removal and Control

Call 502-553-7622 for prompt and professional Louisville bat removal and control you can trust. We are DNR licensed and insured wildlife rescue and control professionals with more than two decades of experience working with bats. We offer residential and commercial abatement services, including minor attic restorations for bat damages. Request a free estimate, today.