What to do if I have a bat in my house?

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Never fear! The experts are here. First, you need to locate where the bat is in the house.

When trying to locate the bat make sure to use thick, preferably leather, gloves and a flashlight, and NEVER put your hand somewhere before looking. 

Here are some places you should check: 

  1. Check high first, behind curtains and wall hangings.
  2. Check low, on the floor under items (bats can crawl).
  3. Generally bats can be anywhere, and they can fit in holes

Food Items Conducive to Infestation by Stored Product Pests

Stored product pests vary widely in their food preferences.

A partial list of edible food items susceptible to infestation include the following:

  • breakfast foods (especially hot and cold cereals)
  • flour
  • cake mix
  • cookies
  • cornmeal
  • grits
  • dry soups
  • dried herbs and spices
  • candy
  • chocolate
  • rice
  • dried fruits and vegetables
  • popped and unpopped popcorn
  • peas, beans and corn kernels
  • nuts and seeds (of all kinds of plants)
  • crackers, shelled peanuts and unshelled peanuts
  • powdered milk and protein (e.g., meat and chicken flavorings)

I have small, dark ants in my house. How do I get rid of them?

Ants and a magnifying glass.

The first step in any pest management plan is to identify the pest. With ants this can be quite difficult because of their small size. A microscope with greater than 30x magnification is often needed to identify them. Most people won’t have access to a microscope, so you can take the specimen to your local county Extension office for identification.

Identifying the ant is important because ants have different food preferences and different behaviors that will directly affect how well