These are mysterious and mythical mammals. But what happens when you need to know how to get rid of bats?
They are the only ones in their genus that can fly. Some people are scared of them even though they are not as dangerous as often imagined. That said, if they’re in your home, you’d likely want to know how to get rid of bats.
It’s very uncommon to go to your attic and find a colony of bats nesting up there, but it happens sometimes. It’s more likely to find crickets or other bugs, not bats.
Bats are drawn to the dark, lonely, aspects that an attic holds. That doesn’t mean that if you hear a noise in your attic, that you need to call pest control immediately. First, check and see if the noise was bats.
Usually, the noises from the attic are water pipes, or the wood adjusting to the humidity. However, if there are bats in your attic then you need to get rid of them. Thankfully, there are many ways to repel bats from your home.
It’s still important to know what’s involved in getting rid of bats. We’ve put together 3 items and 5 tips to get these mammals out of your home.
Our Three Favorite Items to Get Rid of Bats
Number One: An UltraSonic Device
Bats have poor eyesight, but amazing hearing. An ultrasonic sound repellant keeps bats away by using tone that you and other animals can’t hear.
How to Get Rid of Bats in Your House
The problem with bats is that they bite when provoked or threatened and carry the risk of transmitting rabies.
Bats are also noisy and may also soil wherever they stay. Nevertheless, these mammals are vital to the ecosystem because they feed on many pests including deadly mosquitoes.
These mammals usually wreak havoc if they choose to nest in your attic or home and getting rid of them naturally may be your only option. In this situation, it is necessary to get rid of them. There exists several natural, nontoxic and humane ways to get rid of these pests.
Here are list of five methods that can be employed in getting rid of those pesky bats from your home or attic.
Getting Rid of Bats: Use Bat Boxes
One of the easiest ways to get rid of bats is by establishing bat boxes around your property.
Bat boxes resemble bird houses, but they’re designed for bats. By putting these boxes around your property, bats will be draws to these boxes, especially if they are in the shade. Bat boxes are fairly cheap.
Most cost about $30-$40.
Although this is an easy way to fix bat infestations, there’s no guarantee. There’s always a chance that the bats may prefer your attic instead of the box. If you’re still having trouble, just employ another method on our list.
Get Rid of Bats: Use Light
Bats are animals that are very sensitive to light.
That’s part of the reason why they like to nest in attics or basements. One way to get bats out of your house is by installing lights where the bats are located. This can prove to be a challenge since the bats will be there while you install the light. But if you can manage, it’ll drive out the bats in no time!
If there is some natural light in the area, you could use aluminum foil to reflect light and make it brighter.
Pro Tip: Try a motion activated light and install it in the middle of the night. If you wait until midnight or so, the bats could be out getting some food. Use that time to install a motion light. When they fly in, the light will come on and it could make them find a new home.
How to Get Rid of Bats: Bat Escape Exclusion Door
Bat boxes may work, but as we said, there’s no guarantee.
If you get a bat box and a one way exit, there is one way out and no way back in. The technical name is a “Bat Escape Exclusion Door”.
After you purchase a good one (or two), you’ll have to located the entrance/exits that the bats use. Once located, you can install a one-way exit device. There are many kinds of devices that have been invented for home owners to use.
One is basically a pipe that the bats fly through, then once they exit a flap falls on top of the opening—letting bats exit their dwelling but not enter back into it. The trick to this method is to be certain that you have all the bat’s pathways covered.
Note: You could set up a bat box before you block the entrances to give the bats a safe place to live.
How to Get Rid of a Bat: Natural Repellants
Another tip to get rid of bat problems is to use mammal repellent (like for a dog or cat). These are typically nontoxic and if you spray them at the entryways of the bats, they can repel the bats and prevent them from entering your house.
It’s important, if you use repellents, to follow the instructions and take special care if you have young ones in your home.
Also, spray areas where the bats congregate such as tree branches. If possible, you can spray areas around the roof as they may try to access the house through other uncommon routes.
How Do You Get Rid of Bats that Won’t Leave? Pest Control
While this is a sometimes necessary method, I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. Hiring a pest removal company to come to your house, inspect the nest, develop a plan, and remove the bats is both time consuming and very expensive.
However, if the infestation is extreme, then this would be the smartest method to extract the bats.
How to Keep Bats Out: Lock It Up
Once the bats are extracted, it’s important to make sure that they won’t dwell in your house again.
Inspect your all areas around your home to find small openings, cracks, and open windows that lead to dark areas. Once located repair the openings and make sure they’re sealed.
This will ensure that the bats will not be able to reenter into your home.
Bats can be very annoying and can cause damage to your house—not to mention make a mess. Thankfully, they aren’t hard to get rid of. By following these recommendations, you shouldn’t have any Bat issues.
However, it is still important to know how to go about getting rid of bats.