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Bat Entry Points: Nobody wants to be the victim of a bat invasion. Well, to be fair, nobody wants to be the victim of any type of wildlife invasion, be it rats, squirrels, opossums, and so on. And while there is only so much you can do about it, it really helps a lot to be properly informed on the topic. Knowing what to expect helps you prevent invasions, helps you secure your home against unwanted intruders, and also puts you in a better mindset. Once you know how these creatures work and attack, you are already better informed than most and are eliminating the surprise factor that causes many homeowners to panic when they see a black bat flying about the place. So in this article, we’ll be looking at the most common entry points and hideouts for bats on your property. This will allow you to secure those places, and will also mean that you know to keep an eye out.
It’s important to remember that bats are not likely to make their way through crowded or heavily inhabited areas, as this poses a danger to them, and they know it. You won’t see a bat just swoop in through your kitchen window in the middle of the day. First, that’s because bats are nocturnal creatures and aren’t likely to show up during daytime, and secondly, because the bat knows it has a fairly good chance of being found out and possibly killed if it comes into such a populated area.
So easily the most common lurking grounds for bats are attics, basements, sheds, barns, and other such structures where you probably don’t go all that often, and where they’re fairly certain to enjoy a long and uninterrupted stay.
Below are some of the most common bat entry points, and you should keep a careful eye on these next ones, and ensure they are always sealed or in proper working order, so as to prevent an unwanted bat intruder.
A really common entry point for bats, as well as other wildlife, is your attic vent, which allows them fairly easy access into your home. This is why it’s paramount that you always check your attic vents to ensure there are no cracks, holes, and spaces big enough for a bat (or any type of intruder, really!) to crawl through. While it’s unlikely for bats to chew their way in, other intruders aren’t so prudish, and a bat may easily use the hole left behind by someone else.
If you have windows in the spaces mentioned above, it’s a good idea not to leave them open and unattended for long periods of time, as that is practically an open invitation for a wide range of wildlife to squeeze their way in. Moreover, you’ll want to check the window fairly regularly to ensure there is no damage (e.g. cracks and the like) that might facilitate access.
Even if the space itself seems small, do not underestimate the ability of these flyers to squeeze in. You’ll want to keep a good eye on the structure of your property, and fix such holes as soon as they appear.
As time passes, it’s normal for your home to sustain some amount of structural damage, which may leave certain parts of your house exposed for bats to swoop in. What’s worse, these holes are often unseen by the untrained eye, which is why it might be a good idea to have a professional examine your property regularly!