Tips to get bats out of your attic
Bats maintain close relationships with humans. When they infest properties, they prefer to stick to secluded spaces where they will most likely not be disturbed. One such space is the attic. You should suspect a bat infestation of your attic when you hear their characteristic scratching and scurrying sounds. You may also see them leaving for their nocturnal activities. They leave just before dusk. You could wait outside to watch them leave and confirm the infestation.
If bats are in your attic, you want to remove them. Those critters should not be welcomed as guests. Firstly, they carry diseases. Also, they leave large quantities of guano behind that can compromise the structure of your property.
Bats are delicate and mostly harmless critters. You should work towards removing them in the simplest and most effective way possible. You also do not want to harm them in the process. In some states, laws specially protect bats as they are endangered species. Considering these different factors, here are our top tips for getting bats out of attics.
Inspection is an important part of removing bats from attics. This is because the critters will continue to come in if you do not block possible entry and exit points. Identify the entry points of the critters and seal them permanently. If you will be using one-way exclusion devices, you will also need to leave an opening where you will install the device.
When looking for the entry and exit points of the critters, do not overlook any tiny opening. Bats can apply tiny crevices and cracks to access your attic.
If you will be applying an exclusion device, you should also monitor the movement of the critters at dusk to identify the opening they use the most.
Exclusion is especially effective for removing bats from attics. You simply allow the critters to go out and block the chances of them coming back. One-way exclusion devices are easy to install in attics. You can also re-use the devices as often as necessary.
Installing one-way exclusion devices simply involves placing them over openings, with the wider end towards the interiors of your attic and the thinner end towards the outdoors. Be sure to install the device on the most active opening you identified.
You can use repellents to get bats out of your attic. Repellents work because they make an environment unconducive for the critters. Repellents for bats could be sound repellents or light repellents. Ultrasonic repellents emit vibrations that make bats feel uncomfortable about living in an area. They are also readily available.
Commercial preparations of liquids and gels are also available as bat repellents. They pose no harm to the critters and simply discourage them from occupying an area.
We should mention that trapping is not an effective way of getting bats to leave your attic. This is because the use of traps is bound to injure the critters. There are also no good traps for bats.
You should not consider poisoning bats too. When you poison bats, you subject them to an inhumane death. The poison may also not be effective and only compound the problem.
Also, confirm that there are no baby bats in your attic before trying to remove the adults. The baby bats will die in your attic and you will have to deal with their carcasses. You can confirm whether there are baby bats in your attic by checking the nests during your inspection. You can also confirm the type of infesting bat and check for their breeding periods.
Getting rid of bats from your attic should be a comprehensive process that also involves the application of measures of long-term control.
The measures of long-term control and prevention of the critters include habitat modification. With habitat modification, you make your property unappealing to the critters. You can also use long-term exclusion measures. Also, you want to inspect your property regularly for signs of wear and tear.
To keep bats out of your attic and property for good, you should remove those physically present with effective measures such as one-way exclusion devices. You should also apply measures for keeping the critters off your property for good, like habitat modification and the use of repellents.