30 Bats inside Clover, SC Home
Our staff recently got a call from a young couple that stated they had counted 30 bats that had gotten in the living space. We immediately went into action to assess the situation. Upon arriving at the scene the homeowners had captured all the bats and released them back outside. Not knowing the risk of exposure to rabies, unfortunately they all had to get their rabies shots. We explained to them that anytime there is a bat in the living space that it needs to be captured and tested for rabies by the local health department. Also once the bats have been captured they need to be handled carefully so there brain is intact. If the brain is damaged then they cannot be tested for rabies.
The structure was over one hundred years old and the bats were entering through the mortar gaps in an old non functional chimney. It is not typical for bats to enter into the living space but it does happen in some rare instances. As far as the reason why it is pure speculation. Some of the assumptions could be drop in temperature, severe weather, overcrowding of the colony or illness such as rabies. Most bats in the house calls are limited to just a couple of bats, but in this instance there was a large amount from the colony that had entered into the living space.
We advised the residents to block the chimney in the inside caulk all gaps around the brick on the inside to prevent future bat invasions in the home. There were baby bats detected in the colony so legally we were not able to remove the bats. After doing a thorough inspection of the outside perimeter it just the chimney that the bats were roosting.