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Bats are a mixed bag. In one hand they are great at controlling other pests like mosquitoes and cockroaches, but on the other hand they can be creepy leaving disease ridden guano and becoming the uninvited guests. While you want some bat population in the area you do not want them inside your home for obvious reasons. The diseases found in their guano can be extremely harmful to you or your pets. The good news is that they will very rarely seek shelter in a house where people live. They may in some instances make a home in a barn or an empty house. However on some occasions they will go into a house and make a home in the attic where they are protected from mother-nature and where they can be warm and safe from natural predators outside. In those times when they make a home inside your house you should know the things you need to do to get them out and keep them away.
Before They Inhabit Or Before They Return
Commercial repellents such as those sold at Home Depot or Lowes or online aren’t always highly recommended but there are some that you may wish to try. You will notice that there are not too many of them on the market and the reason is because they have not come up with one that is both highly effective and safe as of yet. Relying on these kinds of methods will probably end up getting you frustrated and you’ll still wind up with bats in your home. You can try some if you want and if it does work you should give a testimonial, but until now the repellents that have come out in the market have not made much of a difference in controlling a bat pest problem. There have been some bogus reports that ultrasonic and electro-magnetic devices work well. One theory is they mess with the bats means of navigation and therefore lead them to believe there is no way back into your attic or barn. But field tests show that they don't actually work at keeping bats away.
Keep Them Out
Once the bats are outside, you want to make sure that they stay out. Make sure to thoroughly seal off any entrances into the area they have been staying. It is also a very good idea to go around the house and look for entry points that a bat (or other wildlife) can use to get into your home on a regular basis anyhow. If you find such entry points then you should plug tem up as soon as you find them, even if they seem too small. Once the bats are out there is a chance that they will come back to your house, so closing those entry points is imperative to keep them outside. You will also want to make sure there aren’t any young left in the area. Bats are protected as they are extremely important to our ecosystems. Because of this it’s important to use the utmost care in getting a colony to find a new home.
Dealing With Guano
Once you have effectively removed the bats you will have guano or their droppings to deal with. In this case it is important to use extreme caution. Old and fresh guano alike can carry disease and cause respiratory problems with people. Many will suggest that you wear masks and make sure that there is quite a bit of ventilation when you are cleaning it out. This may be a good instance to consider having a professional aid you simply because of the health risks involved. If you decide to do it yourself the biggest thing to pay attention to is wearing masks, gloves and removing it far away from your home. Be sure to have any windows open if there are some available and be quick to get the droppings out of your living environment.
More in-detail how-to bat removal articles:
Information about bat trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a bat - with fumigants or poison.
Information about how to keep bats away - prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a bat - remove one stuck in the house.
This site is intended to provide bat education and information, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a bat problem in your attic or house. This site provides many bat control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of bat removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance bat.
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