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Bats are such nuisance critters that you will consider killing them if they infest your property. Killing bats is a wrong move because the critters are endangered species protected by the law in a lot of areas. In this article, we consider the alternatives to killing bats, humane methods of removal. Here are the well-established humane methods for getting rid of bats.
Exclusion devices are tools for providing one-way pathways for bats. They are considered one of the most effective humane options for getting rid of bats. Using exclusion devices is both humane and efficient. The critters are not harmed or injured in any way. Instead, they are provided with a natural pathway to leave the space they occupied. The device allows them to leave but stops them from coming back into the space from where they have been removed. The use of exclusion devices can be part of a DIY project. Professionals can also apply exclusion devices for bat eradication, control, and removal.
Exclusion devices are a preferred humane removal method of bats for several reasons. Firstly, they are readily available and easy to use. Using these devices simply requires placing them over a suitable active opening. These tools also do not require having any kind of physical interaction with the bats. The use of exclusion devices thus reduces the chances of getting bitten by bats when trying to get rid of them. Using exclusion devices also doesn’t require applying any kind of baits. All you need is to install the device and leave it to it.
To use an exclusion device, begin with a thorough investigation where you identify all the possible entry and exit points of the critters. You should then block all the identified entry points except the ones where you will be installing the devices.
Work towards installing the device at night when the bats are gone for their nocturnal activities. That way the exclusion device will be for those that didn’t leave that night. Those that left for the night will find their home inaccessible when they return. After every critter leaves, you can then remove the exclusion device and seal the opening you utilized.
Different kinds of repellents can help to keep bats away. These repellents include simple household products such as cinnamon and specialized devices like ultrasonic devices. Bats move into human dwellings because they consider them safe and secure. If you make the critters feel unsafe and unwelcomed enough on your property, they will leave.
Repellents work according to different measures. There are smell repellents used because the target critters hate their smells. Such repellents include phenol and mothballs. Since bats do not like the odors of these materials, applying them in a suitable concentration will encourage the critters to leave.
Bright lights and ultrasonic devices make the critters feel unsafe and could be suitable repellents. Bright light works because bats prefer to be in dark enclosed areas. Ultrasonic devices produce vibrations that make the critters feel unsafe.
The effectiveness of repellents for getting rid of the critters varies according to different factors, including the concentration and volume applied. Since repellents are not exactly standardized measures, they could be applied with other methods. For example, repellents can be used to encourage bats to leave spaces where exclusion devices have been applied.
Habitat modification is a humane method of removal of bats that is based on making an area so unappealing to the bats that they do not invade in the first place. This can be achieved through a combination of methods for removing all forms of attractants from your property.
Killing bats is simply subjecting them to an inhumane and cruel process. The critters are fragile. They are also harmless and protected by the law. Instead of killing them, go for humane methods of removing them effectively. Also, apply measures to prevent re-infestations.