Caught a West Virginia Bat and Not Sure What to do Afterwards?

Bats are horrific creatures whose company you wouldn' t admire. Having one in your West Virginia house is a risk to contracting diseases and the spread of harmful parasites. Though you might think the best way to deal with them is by killing, remember that it is illegal to kill bats in some states. You could scare away the bat or catch it using a blanket before you decide what do with it.

Wear protective gear
Touching a Charleston bat' s fur or excrement with bare skin is likely to expose you to rabies-spreading parasites. You should always wear gloves, a mask, goggles and heavy clothing before handling a bat. You should use tough gloves to reduce chances of getting ripped by the bat' s claws and sharp teeth.

Go for medical examination
Having a bat in your Charleston house is enough reason for you and your family to go for medical checkup. Research has shown that bats can spread more than 60 human-infecting viruses including rabies, histoplasmosis and white nose syndrome. Do not attempt to catch it aggressively because it may try to bite you defensively, increasing your risk of contracting a disease.

Release the bat outdoors
Take the animal outside and place the container or bucket in an open area. If the bat is reluctant to lift off you might give it a slight jerk by pulling the container or blanket to assist. Don' t hurry it, give it time. Don' t flap the blanket to release it as it may become aggravated and attack you.

Seal entry points
After releasing the West Virginia bat make sure to seal all entry points to ensure it doesn' t re-enter. There are various materials you can use to seal the entry points, including;

  • Weather stripping
  • Foam caulking
  • Flashing
  • Screening

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