Do you think you have bats in your house? If you find out that you do, how do you get rid of the bats in your home? The first steps in removing bats from your house are more in-depth than most people may think.
When it comes to needing to get rid of bats in your home, it’s a process. The first thing you want to do is verify and make sure that it’s bats you are dealing with and not some other animal that might have got into your home. You want to ensure that what you are hearing is bats and not your house just making noise or another animal that might have got into your home. You want to be on the watch for droppings, also known as guano. When it comes to the droppings, they will be small and very black; it will also give off a horrible smell.
Bat urine is usually not visible, but it will start to leave a brown stain behind and even an odor. If you come across droppings, be very careful because the guano has mold spores and will cause health issues for you.
Another thing you want to do is make sure you research what type of bats you have in your area. There are so many different types of bats it’s crazy. You want to make sure that you do NOT bat-proof your home during the birthing months. If you make it where the mother bats can not get back to their babies, the babies will be stuck up in the attic and die due to not being fed by their mothers. Then you will end up with a horrible smell from your attic due to the babies dying. You want to get a look at the bat if you have one in the home so you can see what kind of bat it is. Bats live in just about every small hole you can think of. They can get into a hole the size of a pea which is rather small.
Take Preventative Measures on Your House
You want to make sure that your home is in top shape. What do I mean when I say that? You want to make sure that your siding is all in place. You want to make sure that no windows are broken, and you want to make sure that your gutters are all in place on the house as well. Bats can and will get in your home any way they can. Bats can get through a hole as small as 3/8ths of an inch! Now that’s small!
You will want to make sure that all of the holes are sealed up. You may want to turn a light on in the attic at night to help keep the bats from going up there due to bats love dark and quiet places. The light will help make the bats go to a different roosting spot. Another thing you can do to keep bats from coming into your home is to set up bat boxes. When you set the boxes, make sure they are far enough away from your house, so the bats don’t go back to your home and use the boxes instead. When it comes to putting them up, make sure they are 12-20 feet off the ground. When bats take off, they must drop down into flight to be able to start flying. So when you put up your boxes, this will lead the bats to go to the bat box and not your house.
Another thing that you will want to do to your home is to put in one-way exclusion devices. This will allow a bat to leave without getting hurt in any way. And then a bat won’t be able to get back in. Then the bats will find a new location to roost. When it comes to one-way valves, they are no bigger than a water bottle. If you feel like this is too big of a job, call the professionals. Professional bat removal experts will get your home sealed up for you, and they will make sure the one-way valves are set properly, so bats don’t get stuck in them as they try to get out.
Clean-Up After the Bats are Gone
Once you have your home bat-proofed and the bats start to leave, you will notice the smell of things. You will begin to see the noises are less and you won’t have the scratching in your walls. Once the bats start to leave, you can then begin the clean-up process as well. When it comes to doing the clean-up, you must be very careful that you do not breathe the droppings in (guano) due to it causing severe health problems and respiratory issues. You will want to wear a mask or a proper face covering when you do the clean-up. You will need to dispose of the droppings in an adequate bag and dispose of it that way. Then you will need a disinfectant/antibacterial spray and scrub everything down with it to make sure it all got cleaned up. You do not want to leave any droppings, or the urine behind it will smell over time. Once you have that done, then you can dispose of everything properly. Then once your home is sealed up, the most important thing you want to make sure you do is keep checking the attic to make sure no other bats have made it back into your home. You want to watch for any new signs of bats that might be trying to make their way into your home again. Once you are bat-proofed, the bats will keep coming back for a bit due to them thinking they can get into your home yet, so it will take a bit before they leave your home alone and find a new place to roost and start their colony all over again.
Once you have checked your attic and the bats are gone, you should be good to go. The only thing you would have to do is keep your home sealed up, and then bats will stay out of your home, and you can live in peace again.