Rescuing a bat doesn’t have to be a complicated issue; if you call, we’ll be happy to guide you toward the right thing to do.
512.695.4116  or  512.799.8847 or 832-275-3860
We’ll walk you SAFELY through the process, but we may ask you to find, contain, and transport the bat to us.
People are usually excited to find a bat and rarely take time to read this whole page, so:
Here’s a quick method, from the United Kingdom’s Bat Conservation Trust, that describes how to contain a bat.  Simple!
(link at the bottom of this excerpt).

If you would like to become a trained bat transporter, please volunteer from our How to Help page.

So here’s what you can do to help us help bats:
For the bat’s sake and yours, don’t try to pick it up with bare hands.
If there is a chance that a person or a pet has been bitten by the bat, then you must call your local Animal Control–here in Austin, call 3-1-1.

If there has been no contact with people or pets, and if the bat has not been found in a room where people were sleeping, then the easiest thing to do is to close the doors to the rest of the building, open the windows and exterior doors, turn off the lights, and wait for the bat to orient itself and fly out.
bat in my house Drawing: Mariana Iruzubieta

If this does not work, the bat is not active, and you can see where is roosting, then containing the  bat is no more difficult than capturing a spider in your house.
bat in a bucket Drawing: Mariana Iruzubieta
Use leather gloves while containing it and wait until evening to place the bat outside, so it is not eaten by grackles or other birds.
Placing the box on its side, high up on a ledge, or wedged on a tree branch, will allow the bat to easily exit the box and drop into flight.

A shoebox is a tried-and-true method, but almost any container can be used in a pinch.

containing a bat, bat in a box Drawing: Mariana Iruzubieta

If the bat still won’t leave, and if you are in the Austin area, then print out this form, fill it out and bring it to us along with the bat.

Thank you so much for caring!

For live or dead bats indoors (and live, grounded bats outdoors) on campus at the University of Texas, Austin call UT Animal Make Safe. Their 24-hour hotline is 512-471-BATS (2287). Dead animals (including bats) on campus UT Austin Facilities Service Center  512-471-2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Parks and Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

A well thought out analysis of the decision-making process for rescuing a bat can be found at

If capturing the bat turns out to be the correct thing to do, this link shows an easy way to safely contain the bat.

For those of you with pools and tanks, an escape ramp is critical to prevent needless suffering of trapped wildlife, including  bats.