DIY Bat Removal
Bats love to roost in dark and quiet places with optimized temperature. Sometimes that means inside people’s homes. They actively look for shelter to hibernate during winter and raise their young during pup season. While bats may be beneficial to the environment, there are many health risks associated with their presence in the home.
Many bat species are relatively small and can fit into small spaces and cracks in walls, ceilings, windows, and doors, and use these openings to gain entrance into the house. Once inside, it’s only a matter of time before they start reproducing, or worse, bringing other bats. When the house becomes infested, bat droppings pile up. These droppings have been known to cause various serious illnesses in humans. Many people therefore look for ways to get them out as soon as they are spotted in the house. Follow the following tips to remove bats from your home by yourself
Do a thorough inspection
If there are bats in your home, then it means they entered through a particular place. You need to determine those entry points if you hope to remove them. This is because the bats will just return if you remove them without blocking off entry points.
How to do this?
Bats mostly sleep during the day and go out to hunt at night. To find out where bats use to enter and exit your house, take note carefully of all the openings, gaps, and tears that a bat can fit in and note down these places.
Also look out for oil stains around holes as these may be secretions from the bat’s bodies. Smudges on walls and floors around open gaps can also indicate the presence of bats. If any of these signs are noticed, make sure to note them.
Do not seal off these places immediately when you discover them. If you seal off the holes too early, then you may end up sealing in some bats. This creates a host of problems as they are still trapped in your home. Another thing to note is the season in which the removal is to take place. If you attempt to remove the bats from your home during maternity season, you may end up removing mother bats and leaving their babies behind. Most of the time, the babies may not survive on their own. Therefore, get adequate information and make sure not to try and remove bats during the maternity season.
The best way to properly remove bats is to use an exclusion device. This device is designed to keep bats out once they have left the house. This is a way to ensure that bats do not make it back inside. Place exclusion devices at the opening where bats normally use to enter your house. Leave the device for about two weeks to prevent the bat from trying to re-enter your home. Once the bat tries for a certain amount of time and it is unable to get in, it gives up and eventually leaves to find a new home. The season you decide to exclude is also very important as bats may choose to stay in instead of flying out during unfavorable weather such as rain. Thereby causing you to mistakenly seal them in when you remove the exclusion device.
Sealing and Clean-Up
After all the bats have exited the building, do another thorough check to ensure that no bat is left behind. Then you can remove the exclusion device and seal off all the points. It is important to clean up thoroughly after all the bats have exited. Make sure you wear adequate protection gear as the droppings of bats have been known to transmit dangerous diseases. Gloves, face masks, and protective wear should be worn and thoroughly cleaned after the area has been cleaned. A mild detergent and bleach can be used to eliminate bat droppings and smells from the home.