Langan says bat-proofing starts with closing spaces as small as a quarter of an inch to keep out the critters. That includes doors, windows and chimneys. And bats can be more than just pesky. "Bats are rabies carriers so if you suspect you might have had contact with a bat, if you wake up in the morning and there is a bat in your room, you might not know if the bat had bitten you or if there is a saliva transfer with the bat," said Langan.
Although Langan says rabies is rare, he advises folks not to take chances. If you do find a bat in your home, he says trap it but don't touch it or try to remove it yourself. The Nebraska Humane society has workers available to come out and remove the bat or bats for your safely. You can reach them at 702-444-7800 extension 1.