Do bright lights or a high pitch sound deterrent machine repel bats?
Bright lights and high pitch sound deterrent machines are some of the general repellent options for the control of different critters. In this article, we consider whether they are suitable to be used against bats.
Bright lights as repellents
Bright lights as repellents work because they scare off the target critters and cause them to leave. Even though different critters are increasingly living in close relationships with humans, they do not feel completely safe and would rather avoid certain interactions. The different critters thus see bright lights as a threat to their security in an area as it makes the critters more obvious to their predators, humans. To make bright lights even more effective as repellents, they have been designed with motion sensor abilities. As such, the lights come on when the activity of the critters is detected. As a repellent, bright light works for critters such as raccoons. The light that comes on when the critters enter yards and gardens could discourage them from coming around. This is not exactly the case for bats. Bats are nocturnal animals, a feature that should make bright lights effective repellents. However, bright light does not effectively discourage the activity of the critters. This is especially true for outdoor spaces. In indoor spaces, bright lights could make bats feel uncomfortable. Even then, they may choose to live with the inconvenience.
High pitch sound deterrent machines
These machines work with the same principle as bright lights. They cause the target critters to feel unsafe about visiting an environment. These devices are also equipped with motion sensors and are activated based on the presence of target critters. Critters against which these machines are effective are those that particularly hate loud sounds. Even though loud sounds typically spell danger for a lot of critters, some critters are more susceptible to the deterrent machines. Bats are not part of the critters especially susceptible to loud sounds as deterrents.
Even though bats do not generally like loud sounds, the chances of getting them out of your property with noise is low. Instead of leaving, the critters could opt to stay and live with the sounds. Although bright lights and sound deterrent machines fall under the wide category of repellents for nuisance critters, they are not very effective for bats. Bats will not leave your property just because of these two measures.
Instead, a combination of different effective measures will get the required results, long-term prevention, and control of the critters.
To achieve long-term prevention and control of the critters, the combination of exclusion and prevention is necessary. Exclusion requires the physical removal of the critters as well as prevention of future re-entry. Long-term prevention strategies include making your property unappealing to the critters through different forms of habitat modification. For bats to stay away from your property, you have to show clear signs that they are not welcomed. When they find your property unappealing enough, they will leave for good. Long-term prevention and control are the keys to the effective management of bat infestations.