Bat in the apartment: what to do?
A bat in the apartment is a special event, especially in late summer. The cute flying animals often live near people and can easily get lost in the house. This is no reason to panic, as the animals themselves are harmless. Here you can find out what you can do if a little “vampire” has fluttered into the house.
Actually, bats “overnight” in caves during the day and not in dwellings – Shutterstock / Visanuwit thongon
A tilting window is already sufficient. Once a bat has mistaken your home for a cave, it simply flies in and wants to spend the day sleeping in it. Bats only become active at dusk or when it is dark and hunt for insects at night.
Bats in the apartment: be patient and calm
If you have a bat in your home, you should definitely remain calm. The animals like to hang on curtains or drapes and just peacefully wait out the day. At best, do not disturb the stray wild animal during the day and stay away from the relevant room until the bat flies out again on its own in the evening. To ensure this, however, you should open all the windows in the room wide just before nightfall. If the daytime sleeping bat wakes up in the evening, it will fly out again on its own and simply continue hunting as if nothing had happened. Do not touch the visitor – this would frighten the animal and can quickly result in a bite.
After the bat has slept in the apartment and flew out again in the evening, you should keep the windows closed for a few days so that the “mini vampire” does not come back and make himself at home in your bedroom. Important: After the bat has taken off, check whether it is still hiding somewhere in the room. So take a thorough look behind and under furniture and curtains.
Don’t touch the bat
As already mentioned, you should not touch or disturb or frighten the bats in the apartment. The animals feel massively disturbed by human touch and think that they are being attacked. As a rule, they then try to defend themselves with bites. Bats have sharp teeth that can hurt and sometimes even cause disease and infection. If you must handle a bat in an emergency, do so only with sturdy gloves and take care not to injure the wild animal. A bat bite should be checked out by a doctor to be on the safe side. Bats can sometimes transmit rabies, so be extra careful!
If in doubt, you can contact a veterinarian or a conservation organization who will support you in helping the bat.
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