How do you get rid of a bat that has made its home in a light fixture?

Betsy
by Betsy
  3 answers
  • Kim Kim on Jul 26, 2017
    Is it an indoor or outdoor fixture?
    Ive never evicted a bat before, but I have gotten rid of other unwanted pets.

    If it's outdoor, wait until he goes for dinner and then secure any entry points. It would be nice if you put a bat house up for him to go to when you evict him. It might also prevemy him from invading another spot you don't want him to use.

    If he is indoors, I'm a big fan of using a pillow case. Cover lamp and haul out. Ceiling or wall fixture? Loosen the cover , put the pillow case over, feel through the case for the last turn of fastener and let the whole thing drop into the pillow case.
    Hold the top closed but dont hold the body of the case tight. You could get bitten that way.
    Take the whole thing outside and lay on the ground. Check it after dark and make sure you are bat free before bringing it back in.
    : )

  • Florence Florence on Jul 26, 2017
    We had bats in our drains outside. My husbands great idea was to spray wasp spray (with the long spray) into the drain! He stood on a ladder and you can't imagine how many bats flew out of there! He almost fell off the ladder !! Even though I shouldn't have, I laughed so hard at the sight... it worked though and we never saw or heard another bat!!!!!

  • Melissa V Melissa V on Jul 26, 2017
    If it's outside, just put on gloves and see if it's stuck. It wants out as much as you want it out! Then think about putting up a bat house-bats are great for keeping the insect population in check and really don't want to have anything to do with humans ( that's probably how it got in your light-chasing bugs at night). 🦇