How can I modify my property to keepthe bat population down?

Bats are a really common problem for homeowners all across the United States. Bats inside the home can be dangerous to you and your family, as well as your pets, since they are carriers of many diseases, such as Ebola, rabies, and possibly even COVID-19. Bats inside the home are also a danger to the home itself, since bat droppings can have a highly corrosive effect which can damage your property, as well as the structures within the home, and bat urine can lead to property discoloration, over time. In other words, you want to do everything in your power to keep these winged intruders out. Luckily for you, there’s a number of things you can do to make your home less bat-friendly and keep them from approaching, and below, we’ll look at just what these things are.

Bright light, (no) bat city.

Bats are by nature nocturnal creatures and are attracted to darkened areas, where they have less of a chance of being noticed and harmed. As such, they will avoid well-lit areas, so the more lighting you have in your home, the better. You might also put a lamp in your attic, which is where most bats can be found, usually. The light will give the impression that the room is inhabited, and as such, will deter bats from entering.

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Secure the trash.

This should be a rule for all homeowners, as leftovers and open trash is the most important attraction point to all pests of any shape and size. And like most other creatures, at the end of the day, bats are looking for a nice place to get some grub, and the smell of your open trash might be what’s drawing them to your home.

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Regularly check for holes in fences, windowsills, roofing, etc.

Of course, bats love a good cozy nook as much as the next animal, but they won’t get inside a home they can’t enter. That stands to reason, and it’s why you should regularly check the shingles on your roof, the windows (particularly in your attic and basement, if there are any), as well as the wall structure. You’ll want to fill in any cracks and holes you identify as soon as you notice them, since the more they are there, the more time that gives unwanted creatures to sneak in. And it’s not just bats, either. Practically anything from a mouse to a squirrel to a skunk is likely to sneak into your property if they find an unattended hole that’s big enough to fit them. So, homeowners, beware.

Regularly check for holes in fences, windowsills, roofing, etc.

Aluminum foil and other such shiny material make for a great deterrent for bats, as well as many other creatures, such as birds. See, the shininess of the foil, as well as the general novelty of it in the world, confuses the bat, who is already mostly blind and relies on its navigation sense to make its way through the world. So anything foreign or unusual will make it avoid that area, in case the unusual object might be a source of danger.

Cover your chimney.

Using a specially-designed grate or some wire mesh, you really should cover up your chimney as well, since it can be a very inviting space for a bat family to nest, and nobody wants that for multiple reasons. First of all, the bats nesting inside your chimney, as well as the materials they
use to make the nest, will pose major fire hazards that may endanger you and your loved ones. Second of all, it’s cruel to the bat itself, since there have been occasions when the bats were not able to fly outside when the homeowner lit the stove. Now, fire-lit evenings can be extremely romantic, but not with a side of charred bat, so best to make sure the two don’t mix. All in all, there is no one-size-fits-all remedy that will guarantee your home is never the victim of a bat invasion, but as long as you perform regular upkeep and maintenance on the structures of your home, then you should be pretty safe from these night flyers.