Bat Removal from the Attic
How to get Bats out of your attic - If you have bats in your attic, or think they are living in your attic, then you know that your home is no longer the dream home you once thought. These beasts often come with pals, and make things horrible in your home, leaving their waste and creating a mess that ruins the entire feel of your house. It is one of the worst things imaginable for a home owner.
Bats are carriers of a wide variety of disease and pestilence, which means that their waste is a big mess of health problems for you and your family. Rabies and parasites are just a few of the problems you will face, and if they have built a big colony in your attic you cannot imagine the damage and chaos they have caused. This means they have to go.
Your attic is the ideal place for them to live for so many reasons. The primary one is that this is often the least used room in your home. The bats can set up shop and make a home in your attic virtually undisturbed. It is the ideal location because it is dark, usually has bugs and little critters, like mice, that make for a tasty snake, and no one is usually around to disturb their slumber. This is why they love the attics of people’s homes so much.
If you have a problem with a bat or a group of bats making a home in the attic of your home then here are some things you can do to get rid of them.
Your first step is to do an investigation to find out where they are getting into your attic. Make sure you do this during the brightest part of the day when they are asleep, and do it from outside. This is the safest and healthiest option for you. Look for cracks, holes and gaps where the bats are able to get in.
You will find that there are usually several different places where the bats can get in. A bat needs more than a half of an inch to be able to gain access to the attic, so you want to find all those places or they will be getting right back in. What you are looking to do is to find the hole that is the largest spot, and leave that one open while closing up all the other ones.
To seal the other entry spots use a liberal amount of caulk and ensure that you use at least 3/8 of an inch in depth for the caulk. If possible, to the outside of the caulk use some steel wool that you blend in with the outermost layer of the caulk. Steel wool is incredibly irritating to bats to chew on, so this will keep them from trying to chew their way back into your home.
Over the one way entryway that you leave available to them, you want to put a one-way exclusion device in that entryway. This will allow the bats to get out, but not get back in. the door or netting is only built to swing outward, but not back inward, so they are stuck out of your home.
After you have gotten all the bats out of your home, the next thing to do is to seal the last opening you have remaining. Use the same techniques you used before to close up the hole or gap, including caulk and steel wool.
The most likely time the bats will leave is just as dusk is occurring. Bats prefer to out at night, so if you have the exclusion door in place you will be able to keep them from getting back in when the sun is close to rising.
The one problem you may face is that not all the bats normally leave at night time. Some will stay around to protect the nest, so you have to get them to vacate as well so they, too, will be stuck outside and not able to get back in. to accomplish this is actually quite simple. Bats do not want to be around where there is light, so at dusk starts it is a really good idea to shine a very bright light into the attic. It needs to be as bright as you can make it, so that the attic is illuminated to a very uncomfortable level for the bats. They will instinctively leave and you will be cleared.
If you find that there are a few left then you can get rid of them by trapping them and then releasing them outside. Read up on how to do this before trying. If you decide you need to use the light, also make sure that you block the attic so that the bats will not try to fly into your home instead of going out through the entryway.
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