How to Get Bats Out of the Attic

Bats in the attic are bad news for any homeowner. Bats can make a lot of noise when they are active at night. Not only that, they can cause damage to your structure. They will also leave behind droppings that can corrode wood and other materials of your home. Bat guano can also cause serious health problems to your family.

When you discover a colony of bats in your attic, the first thing you should do is call a professional bat removal service. This is recommended when you are facing a severe infestation. But if you think you can handle the winged intruders on your own, and then below are some ways to get rid of them from your attic.

Time and Type of Noise Bats Make

Bats are nocturnal creatures, and they are quiet in small numbers. You will not even know they are in your attic. However, they will become noisy when your attic becomes the home of a swarm of hundreds or even thousands of bats. You can hear them fluttering and rusting above the ceiling or even in the walls. The best time to hear the bats is during dusk when they are preparing to fly out of your attic.

Find Their Point of Entry

Bats are like rats; they can squeeze through small holes as little as 3/8 of an inch. More often than not, they fly into the attic through the small architectural gaps near the edge of the roofline. Then they will crawl to their chosen roosting spots. You can easily find the spot where they go in and out of your attic because they leave behind brown stains from the grease in their fur.

Look for Evidence

Aside from seeing them enter and leave your attic, bats also leave physical evidence behind. You can easily smell the distinct odor of bat droppings or guano. When a significant amount is accumulated in your attic, it gets contaminated and can cause lung disease for you and your family.

et Bats Out of Your Attic

It is important that you determine the entry and exit points of the bats. You should not seal them while the bats are still inside your attic. When the bat dies inside your home, it will leave behind an unpleasant smell that lasts for days.

If you live in a place with a cold season, then just wait for the bats to migrate. Then your job is just to seal up the entry and exit points the bats are using. However, if your place is warm all throughout the year, bats will not move. This will make the task more difficult.

The best and humane way to ensure bats stay out of your attic is through the use of exclusion traps and doors. That way bats can get out of your attic but not in it. Once you are a hundred percent sure no bats are left in the attic, seal off your house.

Once you have sealed off your home, the next step is to clean up your attic. Bat droppings can cause health issues so make sure your wear protective gear when cleaning the attic. You don’t want to inhale the guano during the cleanup.

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