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What To Do If You Find Bats in Your Home

02-August-2023 10:07
in General
by Admin

A vendor of ours recently found “bats” roosting on the outside of his home and was unsure of how to get them removed safely — we thought we’d do a blog on what to do you if happen to find these fascinating animals at your home.

It's important to take actions to ensure both your safety and the well-being of the bats – a cautious approach is necessary due to their protected status in the UK.

Here's what to do:

Don’t panic: Bats are generally harmless, and they play a crucial role in the ecosystem by controlling insect populations.

Observe from a distance: If you can, observe the bats from a safe distance to ensure they are not injured or in immediate danger. Always avoid direct contact with them as they can carry diseases.

Secure the area: If possible, close off the room or area where the bats are located to prevent them from accessing other parts of your home.

Turn off lights and reduce noise: Bats are nocturnal creatures and are sensitive to noise and light. Dim the lights and keep noise to a minimum to reduce stress on the bats.

Contact a licensed bat specialist: In the UK, it's illegal to handle bats without a license, as they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. Therefore, you should contact a licensed bat specialist or a local bat conservation organisation. They will be able to assist you in dealing with the situation.

Bat Conservation Trust helpline: You can contact the Bat Conservation Trust helpline for advice and assistance. They can provide guidance and connect you with licensed bat carers or volunteers who can assess the situation and take any necessary action.

Follow professional advice: Once you've sought help from a licensed bat specialist or organisation, follow their advice on how to proceed. They may decide to relocate the bats safely or take measures to encourage them to leave on their own.

Remember, bats play a crucial role in the ecosystem by controlling insect populations, so it's important to handle their presence with care and respect their protected status. Seek professional assistance to ensure the bats are dealt with appropriately and lawfully.

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