How To Get Rid Of Bats

Having bats in your home or on your property can be a big hassle for anyone. Bats will not typically attack humans, but they may spread disease, particularly through their guano. Worst of all, bats tend to live in colonies, meaning that you are unlikely to have just a few of these animals. The good news, however, is that with the help of an expert, you can easily get rid of bats no matter where in your home or property they are. Of course, you should start with a few simple preventative methods as this will prevent the bats from ever coming onto your property in the first place.

Prevent With Home Repairs
The best way to prevent bats from entering your home or other building is to make sure there are no potential entry points. Bats are very small animals, meaning that they can fit through a hole that is a ⅜ of an inch or larger. If you are concerned about bats coming into your house, then take the time to thoroughly go over the exterior and seal up any holes that are this size or larger. Pay extra attention to high areas, such as near the roof or attic as bats prefer to enter your home two stories up or at least 8 feet from the ground. Hiring a professional can help with this as they will know which areas the bats are most likely to use as entry points. Remember that if you plan on completely sealing up your home, you want to first check that no bats are inside.

Use Fences And Mesh To Prevent
Because bats can fly, you can't use traditional fences to keep them out of your property, but applying mesh to key areas can make a difference. If, for example, there is a vent opening or duct with a large opening, you can place mesh with holes that are under ⅜ of an inch across over it. This will stop a potential entry point.

Exclude The Bats
If your preventative techniques didn't work or you missed an area, you may end up with bats in your home. Exclusion is the absolute best method of removing them from any building as it is effective and will not harm the animals in any way. You can exclude the bats yourself if you want or you can hire a professional.

No matter who does the job, exclusion begins by finding all potential entry points that bats may use to get into your home. There are two ways to make this job easier. You could theoretically enter the attic during the day with the lights off and see where daylight enters. Any daylight indicates a hole in the wall or roof. If you pick this option, just remember that bats and their guano will be there, so there is a slight risk. Another option is to do the job at night and go outside when the bats are about to leave to hunt. Have a few people help you so every area of your house is within someone's sight and pay attention to where the bats leave. Those are your entry points.

You will then want to seal up all the entry points except for one. Place an exclusion device over this hole, which will hopefully be the main entrance for the bats. You can buy a one-way door or make your own exclusion device using netting or mesh. Within a few days, all the bats will have left and you can seal up the remaining entrance. Remember not to exclude the bats if babies are present as this animal is a protected species.

Avoid Trapping
When there is an animal in your home, most people turn to trapping and relocation as the solution, but this won't work or bats. You won't find many completely effective bat traps on the market. If you do manage to trap a bat, then you would have to get rid of it. The obvious solution is to just release it after sealing up your home, but in this case, exclusion would work just as well and involve less effort. Relocating a bat won't work as they will be able to find their way back and can fly hundreds of miles.

Repellents Don't Work
If you are dealing with bats, it can be tempting to use repellents. You won't find any chemical repellents on the market designed for bats and if you do, they will probably not work. You can also try a home remedy, but these are unlikely to be effective. Unfortunately, even sound and light machines that claim to repel bats are ineffective.

Never Kill Bats
You should also never kill bats in an attempt to get rid of them. This is inhumane and frequently illegal. There is always an alternative to killing bats and if you don't think you can handle the infestation yourself, simply hire a professional to do an exclusion. Keep in mind that if you choose to kill a bat, you will have to safely dispose of its body and will put yourself at risk of getting a huge fine.

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