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What to do if a bat flies into your home

Big brown bat.

USFWS/Ann Froschauer

Big brown bat.

Don’t go batty

On its website, www.humanesociety.org, the Humane Society gives these tips for how to safely and humanely remove a bat from inside your house:

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 Remain calm and keep pets and children away. Bats tend to fly in a U-shaped path, flying higher near the walls and lower in the center of the room, so keep near a wall.

 Close interior doors and give the bat a way to get outside. If the bat doesn’t exit on its own, wait until it lands to try to catch it. (The New Hampshire Fish and Game website says to leave the room, close any interior doors behind you, and turn off the lights. The bat should soon find its way outdoors.)

 Never try to handle a bat with your bare hands. Wear thick work gloves. If gloves are unavailable, use a rolled-up T-shirt or something of a similar material. Make sure it is thick enough so you will not be bitten. Don’t use a towel; the bat’s claws might get snagged in its loops.

 Bats will most likely land somewhere they can hang — behind curtains, on hanging clothes, or in house plants. Carefully place a plastic tub or similar container over it. Work a piece of stiff paper under the container, trapping the bat inside. Bring it outdoors.

 Because most bats cannot take flight from the ground, tilt the container, or allow the bat to climb a tree trunk or other vertical surface.

C.M.

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