With about 40 different species native to the USA, bats are some of the most commonly found flying animals in this part of the world.
Known for inhibiting secluded and dark locations, bats and bat infestations pose a major health risk in your home, especially indoors.
Even with this, you can't just use the regular old pesticide to get rid of them. It's illegal! So, if you're serious about it, but don't want to call in the pros just quite yet, here are some basic tips for you to adhere to:
1. Bat houses
This is a weird tip, but it's certainly effective when applied effectively. Bats are known to return to the same places to roost.
With echolocation, you can direct returning bats to a place of your choosing, rather than indoors.
An ideal bat house is at least fifteen feet high. After waiting till late spring to confirm the full adoption of that space as a colony, you can easily cohabit with them. They'll eliminate the ground pests around your home, while keeping away from the insides of your home.
2. Identify and seal the entry points
Even if you have several bats roosting inside the barn or in living space, they're sure to have a few entry points.
Take the time to observe and note these access points. Then, you can install special one-way doors, preventing their re-entry.
Do this to keep the bats outside, then finally seal up the spot.
It's crucial that you also seal up any other small holes that you have in the building structure. Bats are agile, and can squeeze through very tiny openings. You can use silicone caulk as a sealant medium as it's highly efficient and looks very clear after drying.
You can also top off the sealing measure with hardware cloth e.g wire cloth. This ensures that the sealant will remain bat-proof for a long time.
3. Time bat proofing exercises
Even if you seal up all entry points, you'll still be faced with the same problem if you do it at the wrong time.
The best time to carry out the procedure is in the autumn, when the bats have all hibernated. This way, you won't box up any baby bats that may breed unawares indoors.
Also, watch out for the vents, louvers, chimneys, eaves and other dark, cozy locations.
4. Getting rid of bats outside your home
It's important to note the gestation cycle of bats, to aptly time exclusions.
Most female bats have a single pup each season between May and August. When they're in this cycle, they can be a menace as they tend to eat a lot.
It's ideal to have the trapping exercise done before the birth of their young, or in the early fall, before they fly off to hibernate.
5. Get help with bat removal
While you may be able to handle the problem yourself, the best way to deal with a bat infestation is to call in the pros.
We’ll inspect your home and then proceed to remove them using the safest and most effective method. We’ll also monitor the situation to ensure they do not return.
At Another Problem Solved, our pricing is affordable, and we have over twenty years of local experience to shape our expertise. Get rid of your bat problem now.