Safely removing bats from your home

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – This time of year occasionally bats find their way into living spaces, especially in late summer.

Bats born in June are learning to fly and find their way into places they weren’t meant to be.

Just like us, bats are trying to stay cool during this heatwave.

If their home gets too warm they’ll search for a new one, maybe one that has an air conditioner.

If you encounter a bat in your home, there are a few ways to deal with it.

First, try to trap it in a room with an open window.

If that doesn’t work, or you find it on the ground or a wall, you can try using a butterfly net or shovel – just be gentle!

When you release it outside set in near a tree or other place where it can get its barrings before flying off.

However, there’s something new you should keep in mind before going near one.

“Out of an abundance of caution, anybody handling or in close proximity to bats should wear a mask, similar to how cats and other animals may be susceptible to COVID-19, we would ask the same thing with bats as well, just out of caution,” said John Paul White of the Wisconsin DNR.

Try to minimize how close you get to a bat.

White says they’re really only interested in flying around and capturing insects, but if they feel threatened they can be pretty fearless.

You can learn more about what to do if you find bats in your home, rabies information, and safety tips at the Wisconsin DNR website.