Non-lethal ways to remove bats

No matter how much trouble bats cause, you should never resort to killing them. This is because bats play important roles in the ecosystem, as pest control agents and plant pollinators. Bats are also a protected species in different areas. Protected species are to be handled according to specific laws. These laws prohibit the removal of the critters with lethal methods. Instead of breaking the law and subjecting harmless critters to cruel deaths, you can choose from any of the different non-lethal methods suitable for removing bats. The non-lethal ways to remove bats are highlighted in this article.


Repellents are materials and products which bats find offensive. They are applied in the required concentration to get the critters to leave and seek a more peaceful home. The common repellents of bats are mothballs, phenol, and cinnamon. Bright lights and ultrasonic repellents could also be applied to help get rid of the critters.

Exclusion devices

When bats occupy closed spaces such as walls, attics, and chimneys, exclusion devices can be installed to remove the critters. Exclusion devices provide natural openings to the outdoors for bats. These devices also block the critters from coming back in. You can easily get exclusion devices from hardware stores. It is also easy to use and install these
devices. Install exclusion devices over active openings to lead the bats out of your home. Before applying the device, be sure to block any other opening apart from where you will apply the device.

holding bat with glove; Non Lethal Ways To Remove Bats
bat exclusion removal; Non Lethal Ways To Remove Bats

General prevention and control

General measures for the prevention and control of bats are aimed at making a property unattractive to the critters. These measures can be as simple as eliminating common attractants such as food. Bats eat insects as well as fruits. The common insects that bats feed on are mosquitoes, moths, and beetles. If a house has a mosquito problem, a bat problem is bound to follow. Fruit gardens can also attract bats. Because bats are not particularly picky fruit eaters, growing any kind of fruit can make a property more susceptible to a bat infestation. Since bats feed on insects and fruits, to make your property less appealing to the critters, tackle the insect pest problem. 

You could also cover fruit trees with netting to make them inaccessible to the critters. Installing decoy bat houses is another important aspect of the general prevention and control of a bat infestation. Bats seek shelter in homes. They especially seek the warmth of homes during the colder months. Installing a decoy bat house will make the property less attractive as a source of shelter for bats. The goal with general exclusion and prevention is to make a property as unappealing as possible to the critters. If bats perceive that they are not welcomed on your property, they will leave and find a more peaceful home.

General exclusion measures

General exclusion measures are aimed at ensuring that the critters cannot access your property. In this regard, you can apply nets over openings to keep bats from entering the property. Installing nets to keep bats away is important for properties with natural openings which the critters can apply. You can also seal artificial openings that could be applied by the critters permanently. Choose the method most suitable for your property and keep the critters out for good. Non-lethal methods of removing bats from your property both ensure that the bats do not gain access to your property and they are not harmed in the process. These non-lethal methods are also effective and can be applied in line with long-term goals. Instead of breaking the law and killing critters that are basically harmless, choose a non-lethal measure.