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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
vet@ph.lacounty.gov
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Bats in the Attic
Bats sometimes roost inside attics, walls, or other parts of buildings.
If there are multiple bats inhabiting your attic or another room in your house, the best course of action is installing a one-way excluder device—a “door” that allows bats to fly out but prevents them from returning inside. This also involves “bat-proofing” your home and sealing off other potential entrances.

It is important to avoid performing exclusion procedures in the summer months (May-August) due to the baby bats that may be inside—with the exclusion device, they will be unable to obtain food and will die. Remember to be mindful of the season when preparing for bat exclusion and do not trap bats inside. Remember that it is illegal to kill bats roosting in your home.

After all the bats have disappeared, safely dispose of the guano (droppings) that they may have left behind. The droppings may not only leave a strong odor but also possibly grow mold and transmit disease, so it is best to consult a trained professional and safely eliminate the guano.

For detailed information about bat exclusion, please visit
Bat Conservation International. pdf icon
 
Have an encounter with a bat in LA County?
Call Public Health for rabies exposure consultation
213-989-7060 8-5pm
after hours 213-240-7941 (Physician on Call)

 
 




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