Bats in my house
Many people assume bats carry rabies, that is, spreading the disease without ever becoming sick themselves. However, although bats can transmit rabies if infected (typically through a bite), only about one-tenth of one percent of bats ever contract the disease, and when they do, they eventually become sick and die. But that doesn’t mean you should handle a bat carelessly.
The most important thing is to keep both you and the bat safe because bats are a valuable part of our environment and are legally protected in Idaho. Bats provide free pest control by consuming insects that damage crops, saving U.S. farmers over $3 billion annually. A single individual of the bat species known as Little Brown Myotis can consume up to 600 mosquito-sized insects per hour!
So what should you do about that bat in your home? Idaho Fish and Game has a short video on how to safely remove a bat to protect both you and the bat.