Living with bats
What do I do if there is a single bat in my house?
You can most likely get a bat to fly out of the house if you contain it to one room and open a door or window. Try to maintain a calm demeanor as much as possible to keep the bat calm as well. If the bat does not fly out, refer to – http://www.batcon.org/resources/for-specific-issues/bats-in-buildings/removing-a-single-bat
If you have any concerns you or a family member may have been bitten, contact your local public health department and your doctor immediately.
What do I do if there is a whole group of bats in my house?
If you would like to try to exclude the bats yourself, you will need to avoid any disturbance during the maternity season (early May-early September) when mothers and young may become separated. https://www.batcon.org/pdfs/education/fof_ug.pdf
If you need to contact someone to conduct the work for you, refer to this list of providers of Bat Exclusion Contractors – http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/professionals.cfm
Be sure to check the notes from Bat Conservation International on hiring a professional – http://www.batcon.org/resources/for-specific-issues/bats-in-buildings/excluding-a-colony
Why aren't bats using my bat house?
How can I get involved?
As of now, the only way to get involved as a citizen scientist in our program is to participate in the roost form (https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/5172483) which we may follow up with you to complete an emergence survey.
If you live in Will or Lake County, the forest preserve districts have volunteer bat acoustics programs you can participate in. If you live in Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo may have some options if you contact their team (http://www.lpzoo.org/conservation-science/projects/monitoring-bat-diversity-and-around-chicago).
Are there resources to teach students in my classroom about bats?
I found an injured bat, what do I do?
Unfortunately in the state of Illinois, wildlife rehabilitators are not allowed to accept bats. You can contact wildlife rehabilitators in nearby states such as Wisconsin – Ken and Barbara Bowman 608-837-BATS (2287) firstname.lastname@example.org or Indiana – Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center 219-299-8027, complete list of Indiana Wildlife Rehabbers – https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-RehabList.pdf
If you are able to safely get the bat into a box with air holes (if you can safely get a towel and a little dish of water inside that is great, but not necessary) to relax from whatever trauma it endured for 30 minutes to an hour, you can then take it outside and see if it will fly out when the box is opened. You may need to turn the box sideways so it can take off or leave the box open and walk away for a few minutes. Sometimes wildlife just needs a quiet space to recover from whatever happened to get their bearings.