What are the steps to get rid of bats in the attic?
Bats are flying mammals that infest different kinds of properties, from homes to commercial buildings. The critters like enclosed spaces like attics, chimneys, and walls. If bats can access the attic of a property, they are most likely to make it their home for the longest period possible.
When you notice a bat infestation, one of the first things to do is to work towards removing them. In this article, we walk through a detailed process of removing bats from attics.
Confirm the infestation
If you suspect a bat infestation, begin by confirming the infestation. Since bats are nocturnal creatures, they are mostly inactive during the day. You could inspect your attic during the day to confirm that the noise coming from up there is made by bats. Be sure to apply safety measures and wear protective materials before going up for the inspection. You would also find guano, bat feces, in your attic, if there’s an active infestation.
You could also choose to wait till just after dusk when the critters leave for the night to confirm an infestation. You would see the critters flying out of your attic. Since the critters have different breeding periods and the breeding periods influence prevention and control. You can carry out the inspection yourself or seek the services of professionals.
Identify entry and exit points
Identifying the entry and exit points of the critters is an important part of the control and prevention of a bat infestation. When you identify the entry and exit points, you are able to seal them permanently and appropriately.
The process of identifying entry and exit points of bats requires inspection, a more thorough inspection than the initial one for confirming the infestation. Look out for very tiny holes the critters can maximize. Light will enter the attic through the tiny holes. That could help you in identifying them if you do so during the day.
Since the critters will most likely not be in your attic at night, you can also search for the entry and exit points at night. This will also be a good time for checking for young bats that may be in your attic.
Apply exclusion devices
The most effective and established way of removing bats from attics is the use of exclusion devices. These devices provide a one-way path for the critters. When you install exclusion devices in your attic, you create a way for them to go out and exclude them from coming back in.
To use exclusion devices, after identifying the entry and exit points, block them permanently, except the most active ones. You can tell the most active points for watching the critters leave for the night. Those they frequently use are the most active ones. The most active entry and exit points also have a greasy stain.
Install the exclusion device over the most active openings and leave it for some time. After you’ve confirmed that the critters are gone for good, remove the device and permanently seal the opening.
We recommend the use of exclusion devices for different reasons. Firstly, the devices are readily available and easy to use. Installing an exclusion device simply involves placing it across the opening with the wider side facing the exteriors and the thinner side facing the interiors.
You also do not interact directly with the critters when you use an exclusion device. After installing, it does the work of removing the critters without any form of aid.
The use of exclusion devices is also a humane way of getting rid of the critters. The bats are not hurt in any way when you use an exclusion device. It is thus a humane and effective alternative to any kind of trapping.
Since bats are protected by different laws across locations, methods of removal should be in line with established laws. Since the use of exclusion devices do not harm the critters in any way, it is in line with the laws that protect bats across different locations.
After getting rid of bats from your attic, you should follow up with general cleaning as well as measures for long-term control and prevention of future infestations.
Cleaning the attic to remove all guano and urine will prevent the spread of the harmful diseases the critters can spread. General habitat modification will help to prevent re-infestation and keep the bats away for the longest periods. Since prevention and control of the population of bats are aimed at long-term effects, be sure to monitor the general state of your property for loopholes bats can maximize often.