Removing a Bat From Your Home

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Occasionally, a bat will lose its way and end up in a living room, dining room, or bedroom.  What are the steps to take to remove the bat?  First of all, bats are generally not aggressive.  However, it's important to remember that bats are wild animals and will bite defensively when handled.  In addition, bats are mammals, and mammals can contract rabies.  While rabies prevalence is rare in bats (less than 1% of bats have rabies), you should never handle a bat without gloves.  For detailed instructions on how to remove a bat from a home, as well as removing a colony of bats, see http://batcon.org/index.php/bats-a-people/bats-in-buildings.html .