Helpful Information About NJ Bats
If there’s a bat in your house …
Don’t panic. Bats are rarely aggressive, even if they’re being chased, but they may bite in self-defense if handled. Only a small percentage of bats (about one-half of one percent overall) have rabies, but anyone bitten by a bat should immediately seek medical consultation.
A solitary bat, often a lost youngster, will occasionally fly into a home, garage or other building through an open door, window or small gap into the interior of your home. When you find a bat in your home, the first step is to determine if there has been any exposure to any pets or individuals. If there is any uncertainty, the bat should be captured then submitted to the local health department for rabies testing. Contact us if you need assistance with capturing a bat in your home.
Due to loss of natural habitat, bats often take up residence/roost in, and imprint on, buildings returning to these warm weather roosts year after year. These roosts are referred to as maternity colonies, and they have the ability to increase in size by 50% year over year. Because of this fact it is a mistake to put off addressing the problem.
Why My House?
The reason bats are present in you home is because there are gaps and spaces that provide them with access into the home. Bats are capable of entering through an opening as small as 3/8 inches high by 1 inch wide, or an opening that is ½ inch in diameter.