How to Get Rid of Bats

Bats built a fearsome reputation over the years thru vampire folklores. This is the reason why many people want to stay away from them or even want them dead. Even these creatures are bloodsucking, they are not a threat to the human population. When we encounter them at home, they are as fearful as we are.

Bats are active pollinators, seed distributors, and pest controllers. Because of these, killing them is punishable by law. Finding a single bat at home is easy to resolve, but having a colony of them is worrisome.

Whether it is a single bat or a colony, you have to be careful in getting rid of them because they can bite or scratch. Bats are virus carriers, so the more bats at home, the more you need to get rid of them immediately.

How to Tell If Bats Are In Your Attic

Check if you have any of the following signs for bat infestation:

  • Scattered bat droppings (guano)
  • Squawk and squeak sound
  • Bats flying around your house
  • Strong strange odor
  • Your pet brings home a bat
  • Stains on the ceiling
  • Presence of dead bats inside or around your house
  • Piles of black droppings on insulation area of the attic

What Can They Do To You

There are many reasons why you should stay away from these flying fangs. At home, bats can cause the following threats and hassles:

Property Damage

Bats do not need to chew on cement, bricks, and other structural components to cause damage. Their corrosive wastes like guano and urine are enough to block pipes and cause wood decay. These will lead to structural collapse.

Health Risks

Bats are virus carriers. They can transmit rabies, Ebola, Histomasplosis, and other severe acute respiratory-related illnesses. Unfortunately, bats are the reason why we are currently facing a SARS-CoV pandemic.

The transmission of these diseases is by direct contact with bat blood, guano and urine. Avoid being bit and scratch, and never hold your eyes, nose, and mouth after touching them or their wastes.

The following symptoms can appear 3 to 17 days after the exposure to bat wastes:

  • Headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Dry cough
  • Difficult breathing and chest discomfort
  • Fatigue

How to Remove Them from Your Attic Humanely

Removing bats does not mean that you have to kill them. There are many ways to discourage the residency of a bat colony in your attic and you can follow these steps:

1. Close entry points

If you already have a bat or bats in your attic, make sure that there will be no more additional. Close all possible entry points such as windows, chimneys, and insulation so bats from the outside can no longer enter.

2. Install a Bat Exclusion

Bat netting, tube, or a simply drop-down door is a perfect exit for the bats trapped in your attic. The concept of bat exclusion is to let the bats exit your attic and deny re-access from the same spot.

3. Switch off the light and leave the room for at least 15 minutes.

Bats are active flyers, so they will always find a way to go out of the cave and, in this case, your attic. By keeping the room dark and all other entry points closed, the bats will most likely find the accessible exit – your bat exclusion.

4. Free your unwanted guests.

When freeing bats from netting, make sure that you have the proper gear (leather work gloves, long sleeves, etc) to remove the chance of being bitten, scratched, or urinated on. Free them during nighttime for their safety.

Bat-Proofing Measures

Removing bats from the attic can be done with or without professional help (depending on the situation) but one thing is for sure: it is worrisome and problematic. Therefore, whether with or without bats flying around your house, start bat-proofing your home, especially your attic.

1. Carefully examine your home for holes.

Bats are capable of tucking themselves even in the smallest gaps in your house. Make sure to close any opening as small as 6 millimeters (size of a dime) because they can squeeze into that. You can examine if these holes have already been used for entrance by any signs of bat droppings or brown discoloration.

2. Cover potential entries.

You cannot completely block windows because these are the breath and life of the attic. Therefore, you can set up a window screen and always sees to it that it is not damaged. It should also be durable because bats can also create a hole on it to get in.

3. Build a bat box.

You do not want to get rid of bats completely. You just want them to leave your attic and never come back. Bats are beneficial to the ecosystem, so to keep them at bay outside your home, a bat box where mother bats can nurse their pups is a perfect strategy. Since bats prefer to stay high up the ground, you may want to set this up on a tree.

4. Know when is the best time to do the bat-proofing.

To minimize the chance of a close encounter with bats, do the proofing during spring or fall because these are the times that they most likely vacated the room only to come back in winter. Bats are more aggressive when they are nursing their pups in the room so be careful about the timing.

Your Takeaway

Bats are important players in the ecosystem and killing them is inhumane and punishable by law. They are harmless until they feel threatened. Thus, having them at home is problematic. You need to consider a lot of things – from removal to bat-proofing. Fortunately, you can resolve this as soon as you see the signs that your attic is under bat invasion.

These flying creatures can squeeze themselves in the smallest and darkest areas of the house so this is where you are going to start. You have to seal holes, set up a one-way exit, and be sure that nothing remains inside. Do these with proper caution as bats are known carriers of severe acute respiratory diseases such as Ebola and SARS-CoV that caused the ongoing pandemic.

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