If there’s one thing that none of us want to find inside of home, it’s a bat. Mostly because what they basically look like are rats with wings and since they tend to lurk in dark places, when they are up in our attic, they have the tendency to catch us off guard.
But if you’re someone who happens to live in an older home (bats really like those because they tend to have a variety of entry places) and/or it’s the beginning of the summer season (that’s when female bats are looking for a place to have their babies), there’s a chance that you could end up with a bat (or a few bats) inside of your house. The good news is that there are instructions that you can follow that will help to remove them.
If you’re interested, we’ve provided you with a five-point list below:
Figure out how they are getting in. The first thing that you need to do is go up into your attic to see how they are entering into your home. It could be through a crack in a window or a small hole in your chimney. A clue that can help you is something known as guano. It’s basically bat droppings. Where you see a collection of it, look around and you’ll probably see an entry way.
Install an exclusion device. After detecting the hole(s), the next thing that you should do is install an exclusion device. This serves as a one-way door where bats are able to exit out of your home without being able to enter back into it. You can purchase them or you can make your own out of nylon mesh. All you need to do is cut a piece of it that is approximately 1/6 or smaller and place it over the hole.
Leave the device up for two weeks. Being that bats are a creature of habit, once they have found a place, they have the tendency to attempt to return. So, leave the device up for about two weeks. After you are certain that there are no more bats (or baby bats) in your attic, now you can seal up the holes for good.
Clean up the guano. After the bats in your attic have been removed, something else that you should do when it comes to bat removal and prevention is clean up the guano. Although it’s considered to be an excellent garden fertilizer, if you do happen to leave it in your home, the fumes could lead to a respiratory infection. That’s why our recommendation is actually that you hire a professional to come and do the clean-up work for you; just to make sure that all of the droppings are gone. Or, if your budget is tight and you would prefer to clean up the guano yourself, you can get tips on how to do so by going to BatsInTheAttic.org and putting “clean up bat guano” in the search field.
Invest in an electronic bat repellant. Something else that you might want to do is invest in an electronic bat repellant. They are devices that are specifically designed to provide sounds that will deter bats from coming into your space. For more information on bat repellants, visit PestRepellerUltimate.com.