There is a bat in my house. What should I do?

Do not let the bat get outside. Call the Erie County Department of Health Immediately at (716) 961-6800. If it is after regular business hours, please call (716) 961-7898.

If professional help is not available, capture the bat safely as described below. You will need leather or very thick work gloves (put them on), a small box or coffee can, a piece of cardboard, and tape.

  1. When the bat lands, move slowly toward it.
  2. While wearing the gloves, put the box or coffee can over the bat.
  3. Then, slide the cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside.
  4. Tape the cardboard to the container, and punch small holes in the cardboard, allowing the bat to breathe.
  5. Immediately call the Erie County Department of Health at (716) 961-6800. If it is after regular business hours, please call (716) 961-7898.

Video: How to Safely Catch a Bat