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How to Get Rid of Bats in Your Home & Yard: The Ultimate Guide (2022)

Learn what it takes to get rid of bats on your property, how to accomplish it safely, and the risks and limitations of DIY bat removal.

Lesser horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus hipposideros

About Bats – Nature’s Pest Control

Bats are the only flying mammal in the world. They are nocturnal, sleeping during the day in sheltered nests and flying out at night to feed. Most bats navigate by echolocation. The emit ultrasonic pulses and, by timing the echo, can visualize a detailed representation of their environment.

The size of a bat depends on the species. Smaller bats have a wingspan of a few inches and a body the size of a human thumb, such as the common little brown bat. The greater mastiff bat, the largest in North America, has a wingspan up to 2 feet.

A female bat will have one pup per year. In North America, they breed near the end of summer and early autumn and give birth in the early summer. They can live for years in the wild, with little brown bats frequently reaching over 30 years in age.

During the winter, bats will either migrate or hibernate when food becomes scarce. This occurs primarily with bats that live in cooler climates. Those in southern states, such as Georgia and Florida, can stay active year round because of the warm weather. For those that do migrate, they will typically return to the same roost when they come back to the area.

Bats have an unfortunate and undeserved reputation. They are associated with vampires, scary Halloween takes, dark caves, and deadly disease. More recently, bats have been demonized for their role in COVID-19, and have historically been blamed for rabies and other deadly diseases.

Bats, however, are good. We want more bats in the world. For the vast majority of people, bats are entirely harmless. Bats feed on insects, including mosquitoes. They rarely bite humans unless provoked, and while there are vampire bats in South America that feed on blood, most prefer bugs, fruits, and other foods. Even vampire bats prefer livestock over people.

Most bats in North America are insectivores, consuming insects as their primary food source. An average bat will eat more that 3,000 mosquitoes in a single night, for instance, making these animals key in controlling harmful insect populations. Other bat species eat fruit or nectar, and benefit the environment by pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds.

Unfortunately, their reputation has led to the mass extermination of bats, and their numbers have been dwindling. New construction and shifting populations have also cost bats their natural habitats and diminished their food sources. As a result, the number of bats across several species have decreased, making this animal vulnerable.

Federal law in the U.S. protects these endangered species, preventing them from being harmed or killed:

  • Florida Bonneted Bat
  • Grey Bat
  • Ozark Big-Eared Bat
  • Indiana Bat
  • Northern Long-Eared Bat
  • Virginia Big-Eared Bat

Other species may be protected at the state level as well in an effort to restore bat populations. These local laws can determine how bats must be handled if they infest a home. Other common bats in the United States include the Hoary Bat, the Lesser Long Nosed Bat, Little Brown Bat, Mexican Free Tailed Bat, Pallid Bat, California Leaf Nosed Bat, Red Bat, Spotted Bat, Big Brown Bat, and many others.

There are well over 60 species of bat found throughout the US. While the behaviors between the species differ, almost any bat could theoretically cause problems on your property.

Bats as a Pest Species

Bats are immensely beneficial to the environment, and in nature are almost entirely harmless to humans. But in or near your home, bats can still be dangerous.
The danger isn’t from a bite – although there is a risk of bite if you purposefully or accidentally get too close to one. Rather, bats – especially as infestations grow – create droppings, called “guano,” that are filled with bacteria and acidic to your property. Bat guano causes a terrible odor, grows mold, and can be immensely damaging.

Homes also offer a lot of safety for bats. Exterior shingle siding provides useful nighttime protection. Attics and barns offer excellent safety. Bats will find any space they can live without risk of predators and sleep comfortably during the day, and frequently those places are found around human dwellings.

Bat colonies that are left undisturbed, sometimes for years, can grow to contain hundreds of bats. Even smaller colonies carry risks. And while bites are rare, all wild animals will bite if they feel threatened. Bats are vectors of disease. Their bodies can host viruses that are harmless to the bat but dangerous to humans, so bites are considered serious medical issues. Bats are hosts for:

  • Rabies – Bats make up the majority of animal to human rabies transmissions with approximately 5% of the bats throughout the U.S. carrying the virus. They can spread it through a bite or scratch. While unusual behavior, such as daytime activity or an inability to fly could be a sign of rabies, the only confirmation is through lab testing so all animals should not be approached. Rabies is not fatal as long as it is treated immediately, but is almost always fatal if left ignored.
  • Histoplasmosis – This is a lung disease caused by inhaling a fungus in bat droppings. It is primarily found in the eastern and mid Atlantic states, and the symptoms increase in correlation with the exposure to harmful spores. The symptoms include fever, skin lesions, chest and joint pain, and can lead to long term respiratory issues, especially in those with weakened immune systems.
  • Leptospirosis – This is a bacterial disease found in bat urine. Coming into contact with the bacteria, especially if it touches an open wound, can cause fever, vomiting, liver and kidney damage, and can be fatal.

Bats are also hosts for many zoonotic viruses that have historically spread to humans, though the risk of bat to human transmission is extremely low. Bats can also scratch if they feel threatened, and while their scratches may not carry viruses, they may have bacteria like salmonella and they can be painful and risk infection.

Bats are typically not aggressive. But they can be aggressive during removal. The vast majority of bites and scratches occur when someone tries to handle a bat, either because it was found injured on the ground or they tried to get rid of bats without experience. Extreme care and special equipment must be used when cleaning after an infestation.
For these reasons, it is critical to get rid of bats as soon as possible, and often a good idea to contact a professional bat removal company.

Know When to Get Rid of Bats With These Signs

Some bat infestations are clearly obvious, as you may see bats on your property. But others can be difficult to notice. Since these animals are most active at night and live in hidden nooks, knowing the signs of an infestation can help you identify one early on. Some of the signs of bats include:

  • Bats coming and going around dusk.
  • A buildup of guano (droppings) on walls, window sills, and ledges.
  • Rustling or chirping noises.
  • Black stains around holes where bats enter.
  • Odor from guano.

A single bat flying around your home is not always a sign of an infestation. Many bats will simply be eating insects they find in your yard before returning to their roosts nearby. Frequent bat sightings or other signs of bats, however, do require more investigation.

Are Bats Hard to Get Rid Of?

Bats are not an easy animal to remove. They cannot be quickly captured and carried outside, nor are there any fast acting treatments that force them out. Extermination, or killing bats, is rarely an acceptable option. In many cases, it is even illegal.
The first challenge in handling bats is knowing they are present. Subtle signs are frequently missed, allowing the bat colony to continue growing and making it more difficult to remove when it is finally spotted.

During the removal process, some of the more common challenges include:

  • Bats will return to the same nesting place year after year as long as they have a way to get inside.
  • Bats will often live in small spaces, such as inside walls or attics, that are difficult to access.
  • Small species can squeeze through holes only an inch wide, making it hard to find how the bat got in.
  • Every bat, including the babies, need to be removed before holes are sealed.
  • As an endangered species, legislation determines when and how bats can be removed in many states.

Getting rid of bats requires patience, careful inspection, and a dedicated effort. Experience and knowledge of bat behavior can also help. Bat exclusion will require work that can range from installing mesh to more complex home repairs, and some parts of the process could require handyman skills.

There are many guides and tips online that tell you how to get rid of bats yourself, but it is important to complete the job thoroughly and carefully. Failing to exclude an area of your home risks bats soon returning, while ineffective methods could cause harm to you or the bats.

Hanging Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus)

How Long Does It Take to Get Rid Of Bats?

The process for removing bats can take several days or potentially even months. This is because bats are not captured. Instead, they are allowed to leave on their own and prevented from coming back to their nest.

Adult bats leave nightly, or close to nightly, to fly out and look for food. During seasons that bats are active and babies are not present, effective bat exclusion can be successful in a few days. This gives each bat time to leave the house before you or a wildlife control specialist finishes exclusion by repairing the holes the bats came through.
In cooler months, hibernating bats will rarely leave their roost. This makes them less likely to be spotted due to the decreased activity, and it also makes them nearly impossible to remove if they are found.

The other factor that impacts when bats can be removed is legislation. In certain states, exclusion is not permitted during months where bats are breeding or pups are present as it endangers the population. Exclusion during breeding season can interrupt mating, reducing the chances of successful births. Likewise, exclusion cannot be performed when babies are present since they will not leave the nest, and preventing their mothers from returning will cause them to die.

Because of these periods when bat populations are vulnerable, and therefore protected, it is not uncommon to have to wait several months after discovering an infestation to remove it. The times when exclusion is not allowed vary between states and climate, but are generally in early summer, late summer, fall, and winter.

How to Get Rid of Bats Fast

When you discover that bats are living on your property or inside your home, you want to get them out as quickly as possible. This is for your safety as well as limiting any extensive damage they might cause through nesting.

Humanely removing bats requires waiting for the bats to leave. The process simply cannot be sped up. Ensuring the process is done properly, however, is an important part of determining how long it will take. Both DIY bat exclusion and professional bat exclusion are, by necessity, not fast when done thoroughly.

There are some techniques that can help encourage bats to leave during the process. Not all have proven success or are used by professionals, but you can incorporate them into your DIY bat control plan if bats are resistant to leaving. These methods consist of making your yard less habitable to bats or tempting them away from your home.

Removing bats is a balance between the need to have the nest removed quickly and the need to keep bats safe. It can be a challenging process to handle, and the most expedient way is to involve a professional. They eliminate the need for trial and error that is often required the first time someone removes bats.

You might need to take some time to find a bat removal company that is dependable and humane. Yet once you do, they can inspect your home and get started with the right steps to have bats out fast.

Can I Get Rid of Bats On My Own?

Whether or not you can remove bats on your own depends on several factors. There is risk involved, so your comfort with those risks and ability to address them safely is essential. You will also need to be able to install the barriers or complete the repairs that keep bats out.

Like many DIY projects, bat removal has the potential to be more affordable than professional services. There are still costs to consider as you might need materials, tools, and time, but it is an approach that some people prefer when addressing wildlife concerns.
The majority of bat infestations will be colonies containing anywhere from a couple of bats to hundreds, with larger ones needing far more effort to remove. In the case of a bat colony in your home, these are the steps to remove bats by yourself:

  • Inspect – You first need to find where bats are hiding. Start by examining where bats are entering by examining their flight during the evening and looking for signs of bats. There may be multiple places. This should give you a general idea of what part of your house they are roosting in, although you should search the suspected location, and nearby locations, with a flashlight to discover if they have worked their way to another area. This inspection can also help you identify which species of bat is living there in case any species-specific legislation applies.
  • Check Local Laws and Guidelines – County or state wildlife offices can typically assist you in confirming that it is both safe and possible to remove bats at the current time. Attempting to do so during mating, hibernation, or breeding seasons will hinder your efforts to remove bats. You want to be sure that all bats present are regularly active adults based on local bat life cycle calendars.
  • Seal Entry Points – If you can remove bats at this time of year and know how they are getting in, you now need to prevent them from coming back in. This is an intensive part of the process and can involve the use of one-way doors and construction materials that seal the breaches bats squeeze through. Care should be taken before any permanent sealing to avoid trapping bats inside.
  • Clean – Removing bats is not enough to eliminate the dangers associated with them. You will need to survey the location where the colony lived for any left over droppings that could spread bacteria. This step requires safety precautions to avoid the spread of contaminants. Give it a thorough clean, as it takes minimal remaining droppings to continue to spread bacteria.

Each step to get rid of bats needs to be handled thoroughly. By missing a step or not completing a step, you chance enabling bats to come back inside or leaving your family susceptible to future health concerns. An unsuccessful bat exclusion will often necessitate calling a professional in the end, and costing you additional money in removal and repairs.
Note: Although rare, individual bats have been known to accidentally fly inside homes and get stuck. In these situations, open doors and windows and – from a distance – try to scare bats away. If you cannot find the bat, call a professional. Scared, trapped bats are more dangerous and should not be approached without experience.

How to Get Rid of Bats Safely and Naturally

Removing bats is a chemical-free process, so there is no risk that children or pets might consume a toxic substance as part of removal. The only exception would be if you are using repellents, either commercial or home remedies, that can be dangerous. Most of the time repellents are ill advised.

Exclusion is the most recommended and reliably effective method of getting rid of bats. Exclusion is the process of helping bats get out, but then blocking all entrance points so they cannot get in. The type of removal approach depends on the location and entrance points. In addition to one way exit doors, At any time, you may use:

  • Mesh Screens
  • Expanding Foam
  • Wood Panels

Exclusion is also not the only approach that some people take to remove bats. Other strategies that some people attempt include:

  • Build a Bat House – A bat house is essentially a wooden box that provides a sheltered place for bats to nest during the day. They are mounted on a pole, building, or tree. You can build your own bat house with online plans or purchase one. It is important to note that while bat houses offer an environmentally friendly option for bats and can attract them, they will not successfully draw bats away if they are already in your home. What they will do, however, is keep bats near your property safely, so you still help bats survive but give them a new, safer place to live away from the accessible parts of your home.
  • Ultrasonic Repellents – These commercially available devices emit a regular noise that supposedly deters many types of wildlife, including bats. They are placed around your property where animals are typically active or inside your home where bats are nesting.
  • Natural Repellents – Several repellents, such as scent pads, sprays, and others, are available online and at hardware stores. These can be applied with the manufacturer’s instructions and may prove effective in keeping bats away or encouraging resident bats to leave. Although many are made with natural ingredients, they may still be toxic to people and pets so use them with caution.
  • Install Lights – A flashing light in your fireplace or attic can be used in some cases to make bats abandon their nest there. Lights are best used with other bat control methods to prevent the colony from returning when lights are turned off.
  • Raise the Temperature – Many bat species prefer a temperature around 70 to 90 degrees. By placing heaters in the area where bats nest, you may be able to raise the temperature to 100 degrees or more, making the space uninhabitable. The temperature needs to be kept at this heat for several days to be effective. Make sure that you will not damage any belongings with heat and keep heaters away from any flammable materials.

Because bats stick to the same nesting area as much as they can, these are often more useful as preventative measures. They can also be used in addition to exclusion to encourage bats to leave.

Another method for both preventing and removing bats is glue traps. These are placed in attics and other areas bats are common and use a strong adhesive to hold the bat when it flies too close. These are discouraged. Not only are they inhumane by causing a slow death to bats as they starve – they put any animal at risk, including your pets, if they brush against it, and dead animals can also spread smells and disease.

Deterrents and Repellents to Get Rid of Bats

Some resources on bat control also provide inexpensive home remedies to repel bats using materials you already have around your house. These include:

  • Essential Oil Spray – Mint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, cloves, and peppermint essential oils are all touted as ways to repel bats with their strong smell. Others say to mix 2 cups of warm water with a few drops of essential oil and a half cup of sugar. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray over areas where bats are active. You should apply enough to dampen the area, but not saturate it. This will fade after a few days and will need to be reapplied.
  • Mothballs – Mothballs contain the chemical naphthalene, which is unpleasant for bats as it causes nausea, dizziness, and vomiting, but is not deadly unless it is in high quantities. Place mothballs in spaces bats may hide. Although naphthalene is registered for indoor use, it is toxic to pets and for children, if ingested, so keep it well out of reach.
  • Hang a Mirror or Foil – A mirror or a piece of foil catches the light and blows in the wind to alarm bats. You can also use a mirror in an attic or nesting place to shine a light on the bats during the daytime, making it unpleasant to nest there. These are some of the weaker techniques of natural bat control and should be used alongside other methods.

The scientific evidence for these methods is limited, and much of the support for them is anecdotal. Like other natural techniques that do not rely on exclusion, they are best used in combination with additional removal and preventative measures. They fail to address the larger underlying issues with bats, making them an ineffectual long-term solution.

How to Get Rid of Bats at Home

The process of bat removal involves getting rid of bats and cleaning up after them. Alternatively, bat proofing can be performed ahead of time by sealing areas where bats might get in.

Whether you are preventing bats or getting rid of ones already present, there are different strategies depending on the location bats target. You will want to avoid direct interaction with any bats throughout this process since that puts both you and the animals in danger.

How to Get Rid of a Bats Indoors

To remove bats at your home successfully, you will need to follow the same procedure that professional wildlife control uses. Exclusion physically limits the bats’ ability to come inside but must take into account the bats already present. You should prepare for this to take several days and some amount of work, which will vary based on how large your property and the infestation is.

After you have verified that it is legal to exclude bats at the current time, these are the steps to follow:

  • Find the Bats – Bats don’t make their own entrances or dig out burrows. Instead, they take advantage of those already in existence. These entrances can measure less than half an inch wide as smaller bats can fit through tiny gaps. If an entry point is not apparent, check screens, behind shutters, around soffits, around piping and wiring, vents, and chimneys. Locate where they are hiding inside as well, either by finding the bats during the daytime or collections of droppings.
  • Install One Way Exits – Exclusion devices for one-way movement are available in stores and are designed specifically for bats. These fit over any hole that bats are using to enter and exit and are equipped with a tube that bats can fly through to exit, but not back in again. You should install one on the outside of your home to encompass the gap.
  • Wait for Bats to Leave – Bats will leave each night, so this can take one night to a few days. You should inspect your home once more, especially those places where you earlier located bats hiding during the daytime. Only once you are sure no bats remain in the house are you ready for the next step. Missing a bat is likely to lead to a dead bat in your home that will cause odors and attract pests as it decays.
  • Close All Entry Points – When bats are gone, permanently close up the places they entered. The exact method will depend on the hole and can involve caulking, plastering, mesh, new screens or windows, new siding, new shingles, and other construction materials. This will keep bats from coming in later on. If you are unable to perform the maintenance steps, it is possible to rely on a contractor to fix the openings you’ve noticed.

Sealing up your home will force the bats to go elsewhere to find shelter during the daytime. It also keeps other wildlife from entering through those same gaps as the bats, preventing future infestations of squirrels, rodents, raccoons, and birds.

How to Get Rid of Bats Outdoors

Bats in your yard can be considered helpful as they reduce populations of mosquitoes and other insects. There is no reason to panic if bats are merely flying through around dusk or overnight unless you see them in a high-risk area of your property.

It is possible that bats can begin nested in sheltered areas outdoors where their droppings can collect and their presence might be startling. These areas include porches, soffits, and trees too close to your home. They can also be found in siding.

Since outdoor spaces are difficult to create a perimeter around, outdoor bat control relies more on deterrents. You can:

  • Cover Fruit Trees – If fruit bats are present in your area, placing netting over any fruit trees on your property will limit their access to food. This makes them more likely to go elsewhere to seek out sustenance.
  • Keep Lights On – Bats dislike bright lights. Lights during the night on a porch or surrounding your home can be a deterrent to bats. If you have spaces that stay dim during the daytime, placing a light there and leaving it on continuously makes it unpleasant for the bat to rest there.
  • Install Noise or Visual Deterrents – Stillness and quiet are ideal for bats. Placing noisemakers or moving visual elements in your yard, whether store bought or DIY, can make parts of your yard less tempting to bats.
  • Close the Inside of Siding – If bats are living under shingles, place a foam or filler underneath the shingle while the bat is out to prevent it from coming back.

If you still want bats around your property to help with pests, placing a bat house gives them a place to rest that is a safe distance from your house.

How to Get Rid of Bat Guano

There is still work that needs to be done after bats are gone as the health risks remain. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces where guano has built up and can lead to respiratory problems, but the cleaning will be more dangerous in an enclosed space.
In general, this is better left to a professional who will have biohazard equipment, although a small amount of guano can be cleaned with DIY methods. You will need to use caution to avoid releasing particles into the air. Do not use a broom or household vacuum to sweep up bat droppings.

To clean up a small area:

  • Use Gloves – Wear rubber gloves throughout the sanitization process. Latex gloves will not work for this purpose.
  • Dampen the Droppings – Using low-pressure water, damped the droppings. A spray bottle works well for this. The moisture helps weigh down the dust to keep it out of the air.
  • Clean with Soap – Apply soapy water with a cloth or mop to remove all droppings. If the amount is large, collect the droppings in sealable plastic bags to be discarded.
  • Disinfect Area – Use a solution of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water to disinfect the area. Wipe the solution over the surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before removing it with a clean rag.
  • Dispose of Cleaning Materials – If possible, throw out rags and mops used in cleaning. If they must be kept, wash with hot water and soap and disinfect with the bleach solution. They can then be dried and reused.

Large accumulations of bat guano require special protective equipment (PPE). There is also a chance of dispersing harmful particulate matter throughout your home if it is done incorrectly. Cleaning after a significant or long-lasting infestation should be performed by an experienced professional.

How to Prevent Bats

With bats living throughout the world, any home or building could face a bat infestation at some point. There are several ways to make it less likely that bats choose your home to nest at such as:

  • Closing Off Holes – A bat can enter your home through a hole ⅜” big. If bats are heavily present in your area, removing holes around your home makes it impossible for a bat to come in. Some of these can develop over time, like cracks in walls or tears in screens. Others, like chimneys, dryer vents, gaps in soffits, and imprecisely fitted pipes, may already exist. A thorough inspection of your home can reveal a variety of holes where wildlife can enter.
  • Managing Pests – Most North American bats consume insects, especially mosquitoes, so keeping pest populations down in your yard will provide less food for bats. Seasonal pest control and mosquito control manages bats’ food sources. A professional pest control company can assist, or you can attempt DIY pest control as well. Effective pest control will also offer you protection from unpleasant insects.
  • Keeping the Light On – As mentioned earlier, bats do prefer areas with less light, so the brighter your home is, the less likely they are to live there.

Managing pests and regularly monitoring your home for any means by which a bat can enter are ongoing tasks, usually needing attention annually at a minimum. The reduced chance of a bat colony taking up residence, and the subsequent cost savings by limiting the need for removal and repair, are typically worth this effort.

How to Get Rid of Bats Permanently

Bat exclusion, and the restoration that is necessary afterward, is an intensive process. It is not uncommon for people to attempt it themselves, spending significant time, money, and effort, only to discover bats have not been removed. Other times they leave for the season only to return again in the spring.

If you’ve attempted bat exclusion or you simply prefer a professional solution from the beginning for safety, bat removal by trained and experienced wildlife control experts is an optimal solution. Depending on the company you work with, a wildlife specialist can remove bats, sanitize the area they inhabited, and keep them from coming back.

When choosing a wildlife control specialist for your bat problem, it helps to choose a humane company that has worked extensively with bats and wildlife, with all the tools needed to complete the job and all the services necessary to effectively seal a property. Effective bat control requires careful attention to detail and extensive work, and some pest control companies – including those that offer bat removal – may not perform all the services you need.

How Wildlife Specialists Get Rid of Bats

The response to most pests – insects, spiders, and rodents, for instance – is to call an exterminator who will kill the animals in order to get them out of your house. This isn’t the case for bats. Licensed professional pest control will only offer bat exclusion and removal, not bat extermination.

Professional bat control utilizes an inspection as the first step. This generally occurs at twilight when bats are waking up and leaving the home. The visual survey identifies any places the bats are entering and exiting.

As long as there are no regulations regarding the removal of the infesting species during the present time, the specialist will begin the exclusion process. This can take several days while each bat on the property is permitted to leave. When bats are gone, the final steps of exclusion keep them from coming back.

A close up of the small bat in human hand.

How Professionals Get Rid of Bats

Also called bat abatement, most professionals use the one-way door tactic around entrances. Bats leave to seek food, but cannot reenter upon their return. This is harmless to the bats who will simply move to another location to rest.

The wildlife specialist installs the one-way doors, usually in the form of exclusion netting after the inspection confirms bats are present. Each bat is then given time to leave the property. The wildlife control professional will return to monitor the bats, ensuring all are gone.
At this point, the holes can be closed off permanently. This can be done using materials like:

  • Netting
  • Metal Mesh
  • Chimney Caps
  • Vent Covers
  • Foam Sealants
  • New Roof Shingles

Exclusion works with bats in attics, walls, basements, and chimneys, as well as outdoor structures like barns or sheds. It is the method used with any size infestation from a single bat to a large colony, although the larger colony will require more time and cost. Many large colonies have several entry points, and addressing each one makes exclusion more advanced.

How Professionals Get Rid of Bat Guano

Professional bat cleanup uses special equipment to protect both those performing the sanitization and those in the home from breathing in harmful dust. This is done through:

  • Personal Protection – Respirator masks designed to keep out particulate matter and disposable clothing and coverings keep technicians from coming into direct contact with droppings. While this equipment is available commercially, professional sanitization uses equipment and training the technicians are already familiar with for a more efficient cleaning.
  • Containment – Disturbing the droppings by moving in the adjacent area and collecting them for disposal will inevitably release some particles into the air. To keep these from spreading throughout the house, professionals will take steps to close off the affected area to limit the air transfer.
  • Dust Control – Additional methods decrease the amount of dust that enters the air. Misters, special filter vacuums, and other tools moisten bat droppings and collect them without releasing them.

Once control measures are in place that will prevent organic material from spreading, professional sanitization then addresses any contaminated insulation. Many infestations in attics or walls result in insulation that is not reclaimable unless the colony was small. In these instances, the insulation is pulled out, securely discarded, and replaced.
Droppings on hard surfaces are removed and the underlying area sanitized with a solution that kills remaining organisms. All waste from a cleanup job is disposed of as dictated by environmental standards.

Removing bats and sanitizing after an infestation is a process that takes several days and can seem slow as you wait to have your home free of pests once more. Yet professional bat control remains one of the surest ways to eliminate bats and the dangers they present.

Contacting a Professional to Get Rid of Bats

Because a professional wildlife control company or bat removal business is familiar with bat behaviors, the tools needed to keep them out, and their environmental impact, they can identify an issue quickly and take the needed steps to resolve it.

With the prevalence of bats throughout the world, in both rural and urban areas, there are likely to be several professional options for bat removal in your area. A company can confirm that bats are the animal you are dealing with inside your home, assess the size of the infestation, and recommend the right techniques to remove it.

Nextgen Pest Solutions offers professional wildlife control to customers in both Florida and Georgia, using humane methods and the most advanced techniques to mitigate challenges with bats. We can remove bats and keep them from coming back, or assist you through the process if you have handled a portion of it yourself.

Give us a call at 866-827-7231 when you need to remove bats from your FL or GA property. We can get started with an inspection, discuss your bat control questions, and provide more information on the best ways to control bat populations.

How to Get Rid of Bats

16–19 minutes to read| Updated for 2022

As scary as they may appear, bats are actually quite benign and even shy. Though they may qualify as nuisance pests, knowing their behavior will help you to keep your home environment free of bats while letting them play their pest control role within the food chain.

Physical Characteristics

  • All bats have the same general shape and webbed wing structure.
  • The larger bats (“megabats”) may carry a wingspan of up to five feet and a weight of slightly more than two pounds. The smaller type (called “microbats”) may have a wingspan of about six inches and weigh less than one ounce.
  • A bat’s flight is more sporadic and swooping than a bird’s movements.
  • The face may resemble that of a Chihuahua.
  • Some bats live together in colonies typically ranging from 100-1,000 individuals. Others are solitary and live alone.
  • Roughly 40-50 bat species call the U.S. home, and more than 1,200 species have been discovered worldwide.

Life Cycle

There is a balance between a female bat’s slow reproductive rate (one to two babies, called pups, each year) and a bat’s fairly long life (up to 20 years). Yet because females produce few young, and because of predators like hawks, owls, and even snakes, their populations are prone to thinning numbers or extinction.

Mating season occurs during fall, with males and females meeting to breed in hibernation sites. After the pups are born during springtime, groups come together to form maternal colonies. The mothers leave at night to find food and water and return later to nurse. The pups fly away after one month, usually in the summer. Because the young are unaccustomed to flying and to the area in general, they’re the ones most likely to stray into a human residence by accident.

Understanding a Bat’s Behavior

If you are frightened by bats, know that many other people feel the same. Yet when you understand a few of their behaviors, you’ll realize why they’re generally harmless to humans:

  • Most North American bats are natural predators to insects. The common bat may eat up to 600 mosquitoes or more per hour – or nearly half its body weight in bugs during a single night. This can help farmers save money on pesticides.
  • Why does a bat screech? The technical term is echolocation – a kind of sonar that allows bats to shriek and listen for the echo as a method of nighttime navigation to avoid objects and locate food.
  • Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Due to their nocturnal nature, you’ll only see them between dusk and dawn. If a bat flies into your home during daytime, it will be as surprised as you are – and will want to find an exit.

If you encounter one nearby, there is a definite reason. One or more of the following likely applies to your home:

  • You live close to a food source. Remember that bats eat insects such as mosquitoes and moths, as well as several kinds of plants and fruits.
  • Your home and/or your area offers useful shelter. Darkened and well-shaded locations give bats a place to roost (hang upside-down) during daytime. Indoor roosting sites could include attic space, a barn, roof voids, porch eaves, and even storm drains. Outdoor settings mean caves, hollowed spaces in trees, mine tunnels, and under bridges. Any opening of half an inch or greater is all a bat needs for entry.
  • Bats like the temperature and setting.These creatures live all over the world in a variety of geographies: forests, mountains, farmlands, and cities. There are few areas where bats don’t consider at least moderately hospitable. Because much of the U.S. rests in a warm and humid climate, bats will establish roosts in many states.

Seasonal Behavior

Different species of bats handle the seasons in different ways, and temperature extremes impact their lives.


Some bats settle into hibernation and do not eat as they live on the fat they’ve accumulated during the year. Bats will cluster as colonies in the same location (called a hibernaculum) each year to preserve body heat. Hibernaculum sites range from barns and attics to caves and tunnels. This behavior doesn’t apply to all bats, however. Some will fly south – up to 200 miles – to spend winter in a milder climate.


Nursery colonies are established as mothers feed their pups and prepare them to fly away. After only one month, pups will take flight. As noted before, a young bat may flutter into a home by accident as it has no knowledge yet of the area.

Summer and Fall

As expected, you won’t see bats in daylight hours. They hide within structures or natural settings from the sun and high temperatures. Mating season starts when the days begin to cool.

Bat Myths

Let’s dispel a few ideas that give people unnatural fears about bats…

  • Myth:Vampire bats suck human blood.
  • Fact: Though vampire bats do suck blood, it’s from deer and cattle.
  • Myth:Bats are blind, hence the expression “blind as a bat.”
  • Fact: Bats have normal eyesight but do use the echoes from their shrieks to guide their nighttime flights.
  • Myth:Bats are filthy, disease-carrying animals.
  • Fact: As mentioned above, only in rare cases can bats transmit rabies to humans.

Signs of Damage

The good news is that no bat can burrow its way into your home. They simply don’t have the strength to create an opening or tear apart any materials inside. Instead, bats enter through existing holes or crevices in a variety of places.

The greatest concern to homeowners should be bat guano (droppings). Their waste can grow mold, which – if not removed – could become a health problem for your family. Should a bat get trapped inside the walls or spaces of your home and die there, the body could decompose and produce a strong odor.

Find Their Homes

Because these flying mammals can’t penetrate your home on their own, they can only enter where there is an opportunity. Typical entry points would include:

  • Behind shutters
  • Broken or torn screens
  • Chimney
  • Open soffits
  • Openings for pipes or wires
  • Under eaves, siding, and shingles

Repair damaged screens and seal off openings with caulk or foam insulation. This prevents your home from becoming a shelter for bats when temperatures change. Be aware that covering these openings should be done near dusk when bats take flight. If done during daytime, you would simply be trapping them within your home.

Whether or not you have dealt with a bat infestation, you should regularly incorporate prevention methods around your property. These are often simple measures that will help keep your home safe and clean.

1. Continuously Monitor Your Home

Everyday wear and tear is inevitable, and even the best built homes are subject to weather and disturbances from wildlife. Bats can enter holes as small as 3/8”, so it’s important to continually monitor for damage on your home’s exterior. The moment an entryway is available, it’s only a matter of time before bats or other pests find their way inside. Your house may not seem ideal for many wildlife, but it can still provide shelter, warmth and food they need to survive.

2. Maintain Exclusion Practices

Bats enjoy quiet, untouched areas, which is why they’re commonly found in places that are high up and away from predators. Try to regularly clean the areas in your home where you usually aren’t active. A loud area or one with more movement will dissuade bats from venturing inside.

Furthermore, make sure you aren’t creating easy entryways. Keep your doors shut when they aren’t being used, and never leave windows cracked open overnight unless you have secure protective screens over them. You can also invest in covers for vents and openings along the outside of your home, such as your chimney opening and dryer vents.

3. Create Alternate Nesting Opportunities

Attracting bats to your property may sound like the last thing you would want to do, but giving them a viable option outside of your home is actually a much better solution than dealing with attic bats or any type of removal process.

You can purchase a bat house online, in stores, or easily create one on your own with simple, cheap materials. These are usually made of wood and provide enough space for several bats to roost while keeping out light and allowing for drainage of their urine and guano. You can hang the bat house high up on a tree where the bats are most likely to fly inside of it.

With their sharp fangs, cape-like wings and nocturnal nature, it’s no wonder bats have been branded as the vampires of the animal world. While the one species called vampire bats do actually bite animals and drink their blood, most bats live on a diet of insects, fruits, pollen and small amphibians like frogs.

Fortunately, bats aren’t known to be aggressive. Even the species that feed on blood won’t go anywhere near humans. However, bats aren’t very particular about the environment they choose to roost inside. They hang out – literally – in attics, chimneys and overhangs. This brings homeowners a variety of problems like noise, odor, disease, and structural problems from their feces and urine.

Treatment Methods

A colony of bats in your home will make itself known to you almost immediately. Bats are active at night and have to use echolocation to find their prey, which is similar to sonar. It requires the bats to emit a high-pitched squeaking sound that is then bounced back to them, letting them know where any animals or physical barriers are as they fly.

Bats aren’t reclusive. They leave their shelter at dusk, so they aren’t hard to miss flying out of your attic. You may catch bats during the day if they roost in your attic, when they’ll be hanging upside down and sleeping. You’ll also probably smell the bats before you even see or hear them, as their feces (also called guano) and urine are both very pungent.

If you have discovered bats in your home, stay calm. You can take a few simple steps toward eradicating the problem, although it is always safer to have a trained specialist handle these animals. Bats can carry diseases such as rabies and Histoplasmosis, which you can contract after coming in contact with their guano.

1. Locate Bat Entires

Before beginning any treatment methods, first locate any areas that bats are using to come in and out of your home. This will be an important step so that you can close off these off later on in your treatment plan. To locate these entrances:

• Look for openings in attics and your roof. Bats usually enter buildings in high areas.

• Watch the outside of your building right before sunset, which is when the bats will fly out to hunt for food. Seeing them leave will allow you to isolate the area where they’re coming from.

• Inspect inside your attic or another area where you’ve heard or smelled something. Bats like to hide in dark corners during the day when they roost, but you still might be able to see where they are congregating.

• Once you know the point of entry, you can focus your inspection there rather than spending time going over your entire house.

• Carefully use a ladder and a flashlight to shine into corners and eaves along your roof and windows.

• Any bat entrance will likely be marked with brown stains from grease and oils as well as guano and urine.

2. Repellents

Your next step should be to make the bats’ living space as inhospitable as possible so they’ll be encouraged to move elsewhere. You can do this with a variety of options:

  • Liquid and gel repellents: Store-bought liquid and gel repellents are made up of a variety of ingredients, but they’re usually non-toxic and drive away bats with their odor and taste. These repellents are easiest to use in spray form so that you can quickly cover every place the bats use. However, wait until they are gone at night before using them. For these products to remain active, you must usually reapply them every 30 days or so, but you should always read the specific instructions beforehand.
  • Ultrasonic repellents: Ultrasonic repellents emit high-pitched sound waves that irritate bats and a variety of other pests while remaining undetectable to people. You can purchase different types of these devices in stores or online. These often come with a motion detector so that they only turn on when bats fly nearby, thus saving battery life.

3. Seal Off and Exclude

Once your attic or home has become undesirable to bats, it’s time to exclude them from your property. One-way exclusion devices specifically made for bats are available in stores. They are designed to fit on top of any hole which bats have been using as an entryway. These devices are usually a one-way valve or tube that allows bats to exit the attic without making their way back inside. Use them after you’ve treated your attic with repellents but before you permanently seal off the points of entry.

After using the exclusion devices, you’ll need to perform another inspection similar to the initial one you performed in order to find the bat entrances. On this second inspection, pay more attention to the areas inside your home where the bats were roosting to see if any remain. Also check for any additional holes or cracks outside where more bats could find their way inside.

Once you’ve determined that there are no bats left inside your house, and after you’ve successfully identified all of the areas where they came in, seal off the points of entry to prevent future infestations. This step could require a variety of materials depending on where the holes are – you could require new shingles, wood, plaster, caulk, or even new windowpanes. To be especially sure that the problem is taken care of, you could also hire a contractor to complete a full inspection of your home and use the best materials for the job.

Pro Tip

Repelling and excluding bats are the best methods for getting rid of them. Never try to trap or kill them, as this is often illegal and can be very dangerous as the bats will become agitated and can injure you or themselves. Furthermore, removing bat carcasses is much more difficult than excluding the live animals.

If you do happen to come in contact with house bats, visit a doctor immediately if you experience flu-like symptoms. This could be a sign of rabies or another disease carried by the bat.

4. Clean the Affected Areas

The biggest effect of a bat infestation is the damage caused by their waste. Once the bats are gone, immediately turn your attention to cleaning up their mess in order to prevent further damage.

  • Before cleaning, dress properly in a long-sleeved shirt and pants while wearing gloves and a face mask or respirator. This will prevent you from coming in direct contact with bat guano, which can transmit a variety of diseases.
  • Use a vacuum to collect dried droppings.
  • If there are droppings that are stuck to the ground, scrape them off before vacuuming them up.
  • Scrub the entire area with a cleaning solution specifically designed to break down biological matter.
  • Throw out any affected rugs, carpeting, or furniture that can’t be cleaned.

Pro Tip

Cleaning up a previously infested bat area is usually the most dangerous part of dealing with an infestation. Bat urine and guano contains infectious diseases, and it is highly recommended to contact a professional cleaning crew. Homeowner’s insurance may also cover the cost of cleaning and treating your infestation.

Since a bat infestation requires heavy-duty inspection and cleaning, it isn’t an easy do-it-yourself project. However, you can prevent future problems by trying out some DIY repellent recipes and tactics at home:

DIY Essential Oil
  • 32 oz. water½ cup sugar
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice (peppermint, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus or mint


Bats are averse to many types of essential oils, which they find too strong and unpleasant. You can mix your own essential oil spray to apply liberally throughout the affected area inside your house.

These DIY methods are cheap and effective ways to combat small bat problems, but not enough to treat multiple nests plaguing your home, or even a single large nest.

Bats can be one of the hardest wildlife pests to get rid of. While they most commonly invade attics, a bat colony can easily make their way inside your insulation, vents, and crawl spaces, slowly destroying your walls and foundation. This is why hiring an expert could be your best option. A wildlife control service will perform a full inspection to successfully locate the bats, while also determining their exact species. This enables them to tailor a multi-step, integrated plan for your house and family. These professionals are equipped with the best tools for maintaining their safety while coming in contact with bats and their waste – tools you probably will neither have on hand or want to purchase on your own. A wildlife expert can also partner with contractors and cleaning crews to take care of sealing and cleaning your home without incurring extra costs.

Better yet, many companies offer satisfaction guarantees in which they’ll continue trying methods until the problem has been solved or refund your money.

How to get rid of bats under the roof? How to get rid of bats that settled in the attic or flew into the apartment


What do bats dislike?

You can use a water hose or a powerful spray gun to repel bats from trees, gazebo roofs and other accessible places. These mice really don't like showers. You can also scare them away with naphthalene.

The animals do not like the smell of smoke, as well as increased attention to themselves, and most likely they will leave and will not return for some time (until the shelter is completely ventilated).

When do bats fly away?

All our mice are insectivorous, they have nothing to eat in winter, so they hibernate. This happens at the end of September - October. In the second half of spring, they wake up and fly out to continue to live, breed and hunt. The number one task for a mouse in autumn is to find a place to hibernate.

The cubs begin to fly confidently at the age of 35 days, when the relative body weight and length of the forearms approach adult values, and at the age of about 55 days they already leave the cave with their mothers and return to the common shelter, where everyone will meet again with the males.

How to get rid of a bat?

If a bat gets into your house, remember: the animal at this time is more afraid than you. It is better to open all the windows wide open and direct the bat with a towel towards the exit. If the animal has landed on any surface available to you, pick it up before putting on heavy gloves.

You can get rid of bats yourself by using folk remedies, pesticides or repellers. After removing the bats, clean up the area, removing all excrement, and disinfect the room.

When a bat flew into the house, what is it for?

According to a sign, such behavior of the animal portends rain. The sign says that a bat that has flown into an apartment or house promises troubles related to the health of the household. The animal must be carefully caught and released with best wishes so that bad luck leaves the house.

Like a bird flying into a house, a bat promises a speedy wedding for unmarried girls in the family. For households of childbearing age - an addition to the family. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the blood of a bat should be sprinkled on a pillow, and a barren woman should sleep on it, and then she will be able to become pregnant.

What to do if there are bats in the attic?

If you are concerned about the issue of bat excrement (guano) that spills out of holes in the ceiling or attic inside the house, then you can close these holes with foam or foam rubber. Or think about how you can collect guano in some kind of funnel or shelf located at the holes.

Ways to scare away bats: if the animals settled in the attic or in the shed, you need to light several 100 W bulbs, placing them so that there is no dark place in the room.

How do bats attack?

And do they attack people? They do not attack people, but if you try to pick up an individual, then it, like any wild animal, will try to bite you. But this is only because of the instinct of self-preservation. Very few cases are known in Russia, only about 20, when a person contracted rabies after being bitten by a bat.

What attracts bats?

This leads to increased mortality of bats. A new study shows that one of the most common bats in Europe, the dwarf bat Pipistrelle Pipistrelle, is attracted to wind turbines.

Attracting bats to artificial shelters is not only for conservation purposes. Bats eat a huge number of insects, including mosquitoes and agricultural pests.

What do bats like to eat?

Most of them feed on insects, but large bats (for example, giant evening bats) can eat birds, lizards, frogs, a few - fish, bats are known to prey on other types of bats.

April 15, 2019Tanya Kyokju replied: In the wild, bats feed mainly on insects. Most often these are butterflies, beetles, spiders, larvae and caterpillars. There are also pure vegans - they eat fruits and pollen. In hot tropical climates, carnivorous bats can live, they are distinguished by their large body size and prominent sharp teeth.

Why are city bats dangerous?

Metropolitan scientists remind that all bats in Moscow are protected animals, it is forbidden to exterminate them by law. In fact, bats benefit people by feeding on harmful insects. For an hour of hunting, they are able to eat more than 200 flies, gadflies and horseflies.

As you know, bats are a natural source of rabies, but despite this very unpleasant feature, they do not pose any threat to humans. Representatives of bats in their habitat are not dangerous to humans, a great threat to human health arises only if they are eaten.

How do bats get into the house?

Bats do not make nests - that is why they settle in places already inhabited by humans: attics, chimneys, towers, sheds and often fly into the living rooms of houses, settle in ventilation and on balconies. But they can settle in abandoned buildings and even under a bridge.

Why do bats fly into the apartment?

Mostly bats enter the apartment by mistake. Perhaps they were hunting for an insect, and it flew through the window

Most often, such troubles happen to young individuals who have just learned to fly. This happens in late summer - early autumn

Perhaps the animal will fly into the window or onto the balcony during migration, when the animals are looking for new homes. But this happens very rarely

What to do if a bat has flown into the house?

If you find a bat in your apartment (possible if you leave the window open at night), then wait until evening. When it gets dark, put a thick glove on your hand, take a mouse and put it on an open window - it will fly away by itself. Do not drop it under any circumstances.

4. If you find a bat during the warm season, release it in the evening or at night. If the animal is active (e.g. actively moving around inside the container), take the box out onto the balcony or outside and simply open the lid, allowing the animal to fly out. You need to make sure that the bat flew, and did not sit down on some surface nearby (in the reach of the cats).

How do bats see?

The fact is that bats emit ultrasounds that are not recognizable by the human ear. Sound bounces off surrounding objects and is picked up by the bat's ears. This helps them navigate in space. So it turned out that the bat really "sees" in the dark, but not with its eyes, but with its ears.

Bats see poorly both during the day and at night. They orient themselves in space with the help of voice and hearing aids adapted for giving and receiving ultrasounds, which allows them to perfectly feel various obstacles and moving prey on the fly in the dark.

Can bats be tamed?

We had Nadezhda, Zhenya, Migrasha… Can they be tamed? Maria Orlova: Bats have a relatively large brain capsule compared to other animals, even compared to large predators, which characterizes their intellectual potential: they are tamed quite well.

How to tame. If the bat was purchased in the nursery while still quite a baby, then it will be easier to establish contact with it. But from adults caught in the wild, do not expect even the slightest attention.

Why does a bat fly into the house?

Usually bats enter living quarters by accident. Often this happens with "inexperienced" young animals or injured individuals, or weakened due to, for example, a long and cold winter. Sometimes bats fly into an open window, "carried away" by the pursuit of insects.

A bat entering the house through the front door warns of the arrival of an unexpected guest.

Also, such an appearance indicates the imminent receipt of good news. If the animal pleased an unmarried man or an unmarried woman with such an appearance, then in the near future they will meet with their soulmate and marry.

Why don't bats fly during the day?

Almost all bats (as well as bats in general) are nocturnal and sleep during the day. Due to the special fragile structure of the bones, bats are completely defenseless on the ground. They cannot move on their legs and push off the ground, like birds, for example. This is why bats sleep upside down during the day.

Due to the special fragile structure of the bones, bats are completely defenseless on the ground. They cannot move on their legs and push off the ground, like birds, for example. This is why bats sleep upside down during the day. This position allows them to start flying directly during the fall.

Why are bats dangerous to humans?

“Bats can actively defend themselves and carry rabies. Avoid contact with them. When meeting, try to silently walk as far as possible from them or leave the cave, ”the zoologists explained. In early autumn, bats may mistakenly fly into apartments or houses.

As you know, bats are a natural source of rabies, but despite this very unpleasant feature, they do not pose any threat to humans. Representatives of bats in their habitat are not dangerous to humans, a great threat to human health arises only if they are eaten.

What happens if you get bitten by a bat?

If you do get scratched or bitten by a bat, seek medical attention immediately. To date, there is an effective rabies vaccine that provides protection even after a bite, but a visit to the doctor should not be delayed. The bat must be carefully covered with a box.

Even a schoolboy can earn money: If you are suddenly bitten by a bat, we strongly recommend that you consult a doctor. After all, if the vaccine is not administered in time after such a bite, then a fatal outcome for a person is great. The fact is that with a bite of a bat. you can easily get infected with the rabies virus…

How do I get a bat out of my apartment?

If a bat gets into your house, remember: the animal at this time is more afraid than you. It is better to open all the windows wide open and direct the bat with a towel towards the exit. If the animal has landed on any surface available to you, pick it up before putting on heavy gloves.

To drive out the mouse, it is enough to open all windows and doors wide open. The animal will calm down and fly out on its own. You can speed up the process and hang a white sheet on the loggia or in the yard and turn off the lights in the house. If these methods did not help, then it is necessary to very carefully catch the winged guest and release it. Put on thick mittens on your hands or use a cardboard box, cover the mouse with it and take it out of the apartment.

Where can bats hide in the apartment?

Examine areas where there is not much light, such as the attic or closet.

Find the place where the bat hid.

  • curtains;
  • back walls of furniture;
  • indoor plants;
  • open hanging clothes;
  • space between sofa cushions;
  • space under and behind cabinets and various consumer electronics.

Bats do not build shelters for themselves, but use existing ones. These can be basements, spaces under the roofs of houses, ventilation holes, dungeons, cracks in rocks, hollows in trees, etc. Mammals that decide to find shelter in someone's apartment often cause unreasonable fear and hostility in the owners of the dwelling.

What does it mean to see a bat?

That is why the image of a bat is a symbol of good. Often bats are painted in red, a color that symbolizes joy and good luck. In this case, the nature of the location and the number of bats in the picture matters. A common image of children looking at bats in flight is the expectation of happiness.

So, for example:

A sign to see a bat on the eve of the wedding - to an unhappy marriage losses

If a bat grabbed your hair, it means that someone wishes you death

To see a low-flying animal - to gossip

What sounds does a bat make at night?

Bats squeak. Sometimes one that a person cannot hear because it is an ultrasound. Very similar to the sound of a regular mouse, but much thinner.

Bats squeak. Sometimes one that a person cannot hear because it is an ultrasound. Very similar to the sound of a regular mouse, but much thinner.

When do bats sleep?

Bats are hibernated for the winter. They are placed in special boxes, which are placed in refrigerators. Bats are in suspended animation for four to seven months, most often waking up in April. After they gain strength, they are released into the wild.

All our mice are insectivorous, they have nothing to eat in winter, so they hibernate. This happens at the end of September - October. In the second half of spring, they wake up and fly out to continue to live, breed and hunt.

What are bats afraid of?

It is customary to be afraid of bats: they are associated with vampires, evil spirits and, globally, with universal evil.


Naphthalene can be a real help in the fight against bats. It should be placed near the habitat of mice when they are not there. The annoying smell emanating from this product will scare away the mice and prevent them from coming back.

How long can a bat live without food?

The vampire bats had to develop such a good hunting system because they can't survive more than two days without food. So if you find yourself being eaten by a vampire bat, just remember that you are saving her life.

Vampire bats are found only in the Americas. These animals drink the blood of large animals, but in rare cases they also attack sleeping people. Mice cannot go without food for more than two days.

How to attract the attention of a bat?

If you want to attract them to your home, you will need to lure them with food.

  1. Small bats that live in temperate regions move at night and use echolocation to find the flying insects that form the basis of their diet.
  2. Large bats feed mainly on fruits and nectar.

In order to attract bats, in the absence of trees with hollows, you can hang artificial shelters on the edges, near wide alleys and especially near water bodies, in gardens, forests and parks - hollows and crevices.

What does it mean if a bird flew into the house?

According to popular belief, sparrows bring news of the death of a relative or friend. If suddenly a cuckoo flies into a dwelling, then it is worth waiting for a fire. A dove looking into the light promises family quarrels and even divorce. It is worth waiting for trouble if the bird did not fly into the house, but from all over it crashed into the glass and fell, or worse, died.

A sparrow flying into the house portends the death of a loved one - a relative or friend. An exception can only be if a marriageable girl lives in the house. In this case, the bird predicts a quick wedding. A visiting tit promises good news. If in the house a bird sits on someone's head or shoulder, then this lucky person can make a wish, it will certainly come true.

When do the bats arrive?

Bats often wake up in May. But if the spring is warm, they may wake up earlier - in April or even in March. The animals are active only in the warm season, they settle in the hollows of large trees, less often in artificial nests.

The cubs begin to fly confidently at the age of 35 days, when the relative body weight and length of the forearms approach adult values, and at the age of about 55 days they already leave the cave with their mothers and return to the common shelter, where everyone will meet again with the males.

How to get bats out of the attic?

As we said above, bats prefer dry and dark places. You can water the animals with water from a hose with a scattering nozzle (in this case, you can flood the attic), or simply by spraying them with water from a spray bottle. They won't like it and they'll fly away.

Ways to scare away bats: if the animals settled in the attic or in the shed, you need to light several 100 W bulbs, placing them so that there is no dark place in the room.

Where can bats hide?

Almost all bats are nocturnal, and during the day they sleep, either hanging upside down or hiding in cracks in trees, rocks or in cracks in buildings. Bats are different, including vampires that feed on flesh and blood.

Bats do not build shelters for themselves, but use existing ones. These can be basements, spaces under the roofs of houses, ventilation holes, dungeons, cracks in rocks, hollows in trees, etc. Mammals that decide to find shelter in someone's apartment often cause unreasonable fear and hostility in the owners of the dwelling.

What does the arrival of a bat mean?

According to a sign, such behavior of the animal portends rain. The sign says that a bat that has flown into an apartment or house promises troubles related to the health of the household. The animal must be carefully caught and released with best wishes so that bad luck leaves the house.

The sign that a bat flew into a house is found in different cultures. Popular superstition says that this is a very bad signal. “Messenger from the Dark” may portend material loss, job loss, quarrels or health problems. Usually, the arrival of a mouse was perceived as a sign on the eve of important events, decisions, or if there is a patient in the house.

How do you get a bat out of a room?

“First of all, you need to close the room so that the mouse does not fly further. Then open the window wider and wait for the mouse to fly out by itself. If she hid, for example, behind furniture or just caught on the wall, you need to carefully scare away with any improvised object (newspaper, slippers, stick), lightly touching the mouse.

1) Catch the mouse with your hands. Wear leather gloves so she doesn't bite you and infect you with rabies. At the same time, open a door or window. The bat will find a way out by itself, feeling a stream of fresh air.

What does it mean if a bat flew in?

Usually bats enter living quarters by accident. Often this happens with "inexperienced" young animals or injured individuals, or weakened due to, for example, a long and cold winter. Sometimes bats fly into an open window, "carried away" by the pursuit of insects.

A bat flew into a house where someone had already died - it was let in by ghosts, and it portends a quick death in the family. The sign only works for old houses and apartments where more than one generation was born and died. In new buildings, while clean from death, a bat means something else.

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Many from an early age are afraid of a bat. And when will this seemingly vicious animal begin to live on the roof of a house or in an apartment? Constant rustling, the presence of a squeak and the ability to suddenly fly into an apartment can give rise to a feeling of fear even among those who have strong nerves.

If mammals are a concern, people often wonder how they can get the bats out from under the roof. There are a large number of ways to breed bats that help in solving the problem.


What danger do bats pose

Based on the characteristics of habitat and nutrition, the animal is hardly classified as a pest. Bats rarely come into contact with humans because they live in dark, hard-to-reach areas. It feeds on insects mainly by those who eliminate crops. In this regard, bats can even be useful. For example, gardeners, summer residents.

Despite the absence of direct harm to humans by mammals, there are many negative factors associated with their close habitation.

    Constant noise, especially at night. Such "neighbors" do not let you sleep, rustle all the time, emit an unpleasant whistle. The presence of dirt and smell. Mice pollute their home with feces that emit a fetid odor. Unsanitary conditions. The bat often suffers from various pathologies of infectious and viral etiology, including those that are unsafe for life. Mouse feces contain many different parasites, pathogenic microorganisms that cause disease. The inhaled odor emitted from waste products can provoke histoplasmosis in humans. The disease negatively affects the functioning of the respiratory tract. Flu-like, with no signs of fever, vision, hearing, or heart problems. Roof damage. Having settled on the roof, mice gnaw through waterproofing, insulating material. Possible bite. If a bat lives under the roof of a house, then perhaps it will make its way to the balcony, and then to the apartment. Pests have sharp teeth and claws. For this reason, fishing with bare hands is best avoided. Perhaps the appearance of a painful wound from a bite. Also, one should not forget about the possible transmission of rabies by mammals.

Important information! If bitten by a bat, you need to immediately seek help from doctors, get vaccinated. It is worth protecting yourself from a society with bats. It is better to immediately get rid of bats under the roof of the house, because they tend to become attached to a certain habitat.

It is forbidden to hatch a bat using poisons and chemicals. Some rodents are listed in the Red Book and are protected at the legislative level. As a result, it is important to ensure that animals are not protected by law before breeding. In addition, before death, they hide in the cracks, from which it will be impossible to get the corpse. As they decompose, dead bats will emit a terrible odor that is difficult to remove.

How to tell if mice have settled under a roof

Before you start getting rid of bats, you need to find out where they live. More often, these are dry non-residential areas with different ledges. Bats cling to them and hang upside down. If the house is multi-storey, mammals like to settle on the roof. Sometimes bats can fly onto the balcony, into the ventilation passage and nest there. In the country, these "neighbors" are more common.

Finding out where bats live is easy. You should wait for the time when the bat leaves the home. Pests hunt mainly at night and at dusk. If this moment is missed, then you can lock the bats in the cracks forever. There, dying animals will make a lot of noise, and, having died, they will rot, emitting an unpleasant odor.

Attention! It is worth considering the moment of feeding offspring. Small pets are not able to fly away from the nest on their own, and the female rarely leaves the house. To drive her away with a brood is imprudent. The hatching time of mammals depends on climatic conditions: the earlier it gets warm, the sooner the hatching time will come. It is worth waiting out this period, or driving the animals away until this period has come.

Winter time is also a bad period for fighting mice. Animals often hibernate If they are kicked out, they will most likely die. The optimal time for smoking out flying individuals is the beginning of autumn.

Bat Control

There are many methods to get rid of bats in the attic. Each option has pros and cons.

When choosing products, they rely on ease of use, the number of mice living in the attic, in the barn, and on the price.

Filling gaps with boards or foam

The most effective way to prevent bats from appearing in the attic is to wall up the passage to the pest dwelling. Closing the nest includes the use of boards, or blowing out cracks, exits using foam. It is important to make sure that there is no family. After all, if the mice remaining inside the nest perish, the process of decay of individuals will begin, and a fetid aroma will appear.

Smoking with a smoker

In order to get rid of bats under the roof of a house, in a country house, they use the method of smoking. A smoker works well for this. It is recommended not to overdo it with a smoker. Mice are smoked out for 2-3 days, as they get used to the home. This option is questionable as the smoke dissipates and the mice may return again.

Important! For people, such a folk way is not harmless.

Water hose

Another popular remedy is water. Animals don't like water, so hosing them down with a cold shower will help get rid of the flying family. This procedure is carried out several times, because mice can return.

Tip! Before using this method, you need to make sure that water does not flood the ceiling of the house.

Specialty sprays

Specialty shops sell aerosols, sprays that are used to breed mammals.

Important! Observations of researchers have shown that the use of certain drugs gives low efficiency.

Important! Do not use sprays containing poisonous elements in the fight against animals. They can harm humans and pets.

Spray repellent works as follows. In the evening, when the bats leave their home, the agent is sprayed. Upon their return, they will not like the smell, and the animals will fly away in search of a new suitable place.

The 876 4-Pack Bat Repellent sprayer is used for mammal control. The composition of the drug includes peppermint. Sprays are recommended for spraying in animal nesting areas. After such treatment, bats fly away from their home forever.

Ultrasonic repellers

The best devices for removing rodents from roofs, balconies are repellers equipped with ultrasound. The device, which emits ultrasonic waves, scares away the animals from the attic and prevents them from returning.

Repellers are easy to use. It is enough to perform several actions:

    plug the device into a socket; select the operating mode; after 2 weeks, the pests will disappear completely.

Important! The device works on the principle of emitting sound waves. Their frequency: 35-60 kHz. The human ear canal does not pick up such sounds, therefore the device is safe if the power is not exceeded 130 dB. And this frequency affects animals negatively.

Among the advantages of ultrasonic repellers are:

    silent operation; safety for people; economy; no auxiliary settings are required.

Important information! The effectiveness of an ultrasonic device depends on the correct location and quantity, taking into account the power and radius of impact.

Mothball bags

You can get rid of a bat with mothballs. To do this:

    naphthalene balls in the amount of 250 ml are laid out on a small piece of gauze; a bag is formed from gauze; the bag must be tied to the habitat of animals at the time of their absence. The aroma emitted by naphthalene will not allow them to return to the nest back.

Attention! It is possible to repeat the manipulation more than once. You will need to visit rodents from time to time, changing bags that have lost their aroma. But as a result, deliverance from pests will come.

Naphthalene balls are harmful to the health of people and pets. When using them, be careful with them.


An environmentally friendly and harmless option to expel bats is a fan. He is sent straight to the mouse family. The lack of funds in the high cost of electricity, noise from equipment that must work for a long time.

Bright light

Bats cannot perceive bright light. If you shine in advance into the zones that are potential overnight stays of animals, then it is really possible to eliminate them. Bats will not fly to lighted places. The disadvantage of this method is the high power consumption and low percentage efficiency.

Loud music

It is believed that loud music will scare away the bat. You can use this option of scaring away, but the effectiveness of this folk method has not been proven.

Call for special teams

If the above methods did not solve the problem with bats, then the only quick way to remove mice is to call a special sanitary service. SES workers have modern drugs and equipment.

Preventive measures

After expelling the bats from under the roof, the attic must be cleaned, destroying all traces of their presence, and also disinfected. The presence of protrusions and holes in the roof can cause repeated invasion of bats. To prevent them from returning, you can use the following recommendations:

    seal cracks, repair the roof, or block it, plaster the attic. Even a small hole can cause a problem, since the body of the animal is small; occupation can be prevented by using nets, gratings that block the entry of pests, while not preventing air circulation in the attic; conduct a systematic inspection of roofs, technical buildings for the presence of rodents and their excrement; for effectiveness, the methods used must be repeated several times, paying attention to the nests; close windows and doors tightly.

The procedure for killing a bat is not easy. Requires perseverance and patience from the owners of cottages, sheds, houses. A suitable method of breeding bats will not only clear the area, but also prevent the emergence of mammals in the future.

How to get rid of bats

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Adorable flying friends who eat insects and mosquitoes? Nightmare demons that haunt your dreams? In general, opinions about bats are divided. Whichever position you take, we can all agree that we don't want them in our homes. Getting rid of bats at home is not an easy task, since they can hide almost anywhere and, of course, because they can fly.

Bats not only eat mosquitoes and other very annoying insects, but they are also pollinators and important to many different ecosystems. As in many other cases in nature, the answer will never be unambiguous. It is important that humans can co-exist in a balanced way with bats.

While bats are generally considered helpful and helpful, they can also carry diseases such as rabies, and rabies is just bad. This is not a reason to kill them, but a reason to keep them away from your house, hut or tent.

Speaking of getting rid of bats, there's something to hide, so let's get started. Let's talk about the safety of bats first, and then move on to their removal and prevention.

How to Safely Get Rid of Bats

Bats are pretty harmless when it comes down to it and can even be helpful.

The real safety issue when getting rid of bats is the possibility of rabies. Bats are known to be common carriers of rabies and appear to be able to transmit it with even a small bite. Currently, only a small proportion of bats actually have the disease - less than 1% of all bats by many estimates - but they are the main cause of rabies in humans. This is usually due to the mishandling of bats when trying to get them out of the house.

Always wear thick leather gloves, preferably gloves that cover your wrists and forearms, when handling the bat! With no exceptions. One bat bite is all it takes to contract rabies. Even if it appears to be dead, wear gloves when getting rid of the bat. Bats sleep quite soundly during the day and can be mistaken for dead. The bite of a bat is incredibly small - you can barely see or feel it, so it can be hard to even tell when you've been bitten.

Even better, don't try to handle the bat yourself and only have it handled by trained professionals. We understand that this is not always an option - say if you find a bat in your cabin and are 50 miles away from nowhere.

If you have been bitten or scratched by a bat, or if you suspect you have been bitten or scratched, seek medical attention immediately. Rabies is only effectively treated with a vaccine that must be given before the virus enters your body. If you can, save the bat (preferably dead). Testing a bat directly is the most definitive way to determine if it may have contracted rabies.

First of all, be careful if you are in close proximity to a bat. Don't get rid of a bat just to get rabies!

One more thing. Many types of bats are protected, so killing them is not recommended. If you find someone who specializes in bats, you'll be sure to remove the bat correctly.

Best ways to get rid of a single bat

If you have a bat in your house, it usually sneaks into your house looking for a cool place to sleep and gets trapped. Then you have a nightmare in the room that makes endless circles on the ceiling, or, even worse, a bat that is somewhere completely still hiding, but you cannot find it. I hope you never have to experience this. (It's terrible!) Anyway. One bat is not that big of a problem because they are also desperate to get out and all you have to do is help them.

Turn Off Fans

Bats love cool places and are often attracted to air conditioners and fans in the home. They think it's a tempting cave entrance, but get scared when it's not. Shut off all sources of cool air immediately to let the bat calm down trying to find this non-existent escape route.

By turning off fans such as ceiling fans, you will also prevent tragic bat accidents where a bat gets caught in a fan and dies. Even though we don't want bats in our home, the goal is not to eradicate the world of bats. We like it when they live.

Open window

The bat will get rid of itself if it thinks there is a way out. Open the window and remove the screen and the bat should recognize the exit and book it. For best results, choose a window where the wind will blow from outside.

You may need to cheer him up very gently, for example with a very long handled broom. Don't abuse him or make him see you as a threat; rather, gradually bring the head of the room closer to the bat so that it feels the need to move towards the window. If the bat senses that something is approaching it, its instincts will cause it to move away from the object.

Open the door

To put it simply, open the door to get rid of the bat. The idea is the same. You need the wind outside to attract the bat and make it know there is a better place for it. Give the bat some space and it should fly out. If you get too close to the door, the bat will avoid it as it thinks you are going to attack it. (Bats are really afraid of us.)

However, if you have bats near your house and that's how this one got in, leaving the door wide open can only make the problem worse!!

Get A Net

If the bat is trapped in a windowless room or the bat is too scared to leave, you may need to catch it. The fishing net can be used to get rid of the bat by trapping it or pulling it out from the air. Then you can rush outside and let go. Just make sure you're wearing sturdy leather gloves, preferably one that fits well around your wrists, otherwise you might have to unravel them.

Even with gloves on, act like a bat could bite you at any moment. The bat does not view humans as its enemy, but you must understand that a trapped bat is most likely stressed and panicked and doesn't know what to do. This can be more unpredictable than a bat under normal conditions. All animals are like that - when they are threatened, their behavior changes and becomes less predictable.

Wet towel

Sometimes a frightened bat gets tired or crashes into a wall, causing it to finally land on the floor. In this case, throw a wet or damp towel over it. A thick towel will prevent it from slipping out and freeing itself. Again, and I can't stress this enough, wear gloves when doing this. When you get rid of the bat, it can bite through the towel and get into your hand.

Stunned or resting bats may appear dead but are actually still alive. Never assume that a bat is dead just because it doesn't move.

Getting rid of nesting bats

If there are bats in the attic, they will probably want to make it their new home. twilight and walk around your house

Watch the vents in the attic and under the roof shed for bats to escape. It may take several nights to locate the location as they are fast and tiny. You can also try at first light when the bats return.

Bats are also fans of any kind of floor structure - shelving, cornices, gutters and wooden piles. Make sure you watch where the bats rest, not just where they fly.

Look for a hole where bats escape from.

When you spot where they come out, take the ladder and look for the hole that the bats are escaping from. It can be small... very small. Bats can crawl out of a hole the size of a coin, so keep an eye out. The most likely cause is a recently damaged vent or ceiling.

Close the opening.

Once you find the hole, close it with a heavy piece of canvas, leather or rubber. The idea is that the next evening the bats will come out to eat, but they won't be able to get back in because of the shutter. After a few nights, the bats give up and look for a new home. You can then close the hole and hopefully give yourself a pat on the back to get rid of the bats.

If you find that you have windows or a porch that bats let in through, an easy way to fix it is to use a simple screen window patch (here on Amazon). This will avoid problems until you come up with a more permanent solution, possibly involving a contractor.

Apply Dog/Cat Repellent

You can also have some success with a can of dog/cat repellent and apply it where the bat enters the house. This will help with that little extra deterrent. We recommend Keep Off on Amazon.

Ultrasonic Repeller

Many people say that using an ultrasonic repeller - one that people can't hear but drives bats crazy - can work. They can, but that doesn't mean you can ignore the root cause of the problem. We love the CleanErth Advanced Repeller available here on Amazon.

Professional Bat Control Management

If you don't want to get rid of your own bats, you can call a professional. It's not cheap, and they're not going to show up and choke the little devils. Professionals must remove bats in a way that does not harm them as they are protected. They will keep an eye on where the bats go and what damage they have done to your home. If bats have been a constant problem in your home, then their experience is well worth it in helping you finally get rid of bats once and for all.

Alternative Bat Control

Bat Houses

Bat Houses are a good idea if you want to keep bats nearby rather than nesting in your house. They eat a lot of insects! You can build them yourself or order them on Amazon, like Looker Products' three-chamber bat house.

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Know ALL existing solutions

So, there are bats in or around your house. The normal question you start to ask is whether it is possible to eliminate them in any way (humane or chemical). To be honest, there are several methods that can be dealt with. There are some that don't work.

The section on how to get rid of bats will help you. Here you will find all the information you have been looking for: traps, one-way doors, poisons, sprays and other liquids. Read about the possible results, weigh the pros and cons, and then decide what is best for your home.

Basic Bat Removal Steps

Identifying entry points is considered the best way to quickly get rid of multiple bats. Place them outside the house, as well as in the attic.

This can usually be done by climbing onto the roof. To do this, you need to get a fairly high ladder to get to the highest points. On examination, be sure to find the inscriptions: they are marked with dirty spots, marks and bat droppings. Remember that the size of the holes can be ½ inch high and 1½ inch wide.

They can enter you through very small openings.
Sometimes they go unnoticed, so it is especially useful to pay special attention to spots.

Inspection allows the homeowner to find records and prevent further contamination. You can find more information about infection here.

Removal includes important instructions that can be easily followed without professional help :

  1. Identification of entry points .Although the holes are quite small, even large bats can squeeze through them. Once found, seal most of them with sealant and leave one hole so they can come out overnight.
  2. Plug . This is the next step and is done at night while the animals are away. Alternatively, homeowners can also install a check valve, a one-way door that will allow bats to leave the attic or shed without any chance of returning.
  3. Bat houses . If you are concerned about the life and feeding of bats, get special houses so that the animals can settle there, and not in your home. This is a very popular bat remover.

How much does it cost to remove a bat? Here you can find the answer to this question, but be aware that there are some additional costs.

The fact is that most creatures do not leave the place even after connecting. They will seek shelter, and buying a bat house can cost you dearly.

Bat houses cost up to $300 depending on materials and sizes.

Bat Conservation International approved standard construction costs up to $75, and seven-chamber steel construction will cost between $210 and $300.

How to properly remove a bat that has entered your home?

When a flying creature enters your home, don't rush to use any toxic products or chase it. Make sure he's scared too. All your panicky movements can harm the animal.

Most of the time bats find their way out through a window or door if it is wide open, but sometimes you should use a small box or bowl to cover them. Stretching a piece of paper across the bowl, catch the pest and release it. This is humane bat removal. Read the details here.

Whom to call to get rid of nasty bats?

Search the phone book for an animal control professional. This is a trained person who comes to you and removes bats from your property. Sometimes he cleans up all the mess and takes the captured animals to protected areas. So do not worry about the fate of creatures and their health.

Do-it-yourself bat removal

If you are asking “how can I get rid of nasty bats”, you should understand that it is quite simple. The only recommendation is not to poison them, as this can lead to a biohazard of dead bats, who clean up insects in the backyard.

Instead, you can choose from other options available on the market today, such as casements and one-sided doors.

One-way doors allow bats to escape from the attic or any other building, but they don't give them a chance to get back inside again.

Leave the doors until you are absolutely sure that the animals are gone. Then remove the device and start repairing the areas that were used to enter the location. After the wells are sealed, you can be sure that the infection has been eliminated.

However, there is a recommendation to check the rest of the inhabited area to make sure that there are no nesting animals in your house. Don't forget to clean up after bats.

If you want to know about poison, its variants and effects, information can be found here.

How to get rid of bat colonies in the chimney and barn

To eliminate bats in the barn or on the porch, you'd better follow the rules of the exclusion technique. To do this, install one-way devices at all entry and exit points. Much depends on the architecture of the building. If there is a need to destroy colonies behind the shutters, funnels, cones, shielding and mesh can be used.

The fact is that each building and its parts are different, and if you are looking for the most popular fixture, use the grid. It sits beautifully, allowing the animals to fly out at night but not return after feeding. The device even works in basements. You can also learn more about exclusion devices.

Bats in the attic? Elimination devices are perfect for this situation! They are humane, save people from trouble without killing animals.

They leave places to escape, giving time to close the records.

After sealing open the attic and wait a few hours. Then wait about half an hour after dark and close the last hole. Late in the evening, all the bats are feeding, leaving their favorite place. This is the perfect time to protect yourself from bats.

As you learned how to quickly get rid of bat colonies in your chimney, attic, and shed, and used the tips, start cleaning:

  • remove all used devices,
  • clean the area,
  • Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning,
  • patch all cracks and holes in the wall.

Pay special attention to old barns, because they usually have holes and cracks, as well as storage areas where colonies of bats can live.

The old barns with bats have remained great houses for bats.

Use moth balls to prevent infestation as they are excellent repellants. They are cheap and pretty easy to use. Learn more about their use. In case the moth balls don't do it on their own, place the lights in the places that the bats like the most. Since these creatures love dark places, light will make them leave the area.

How to get rid of bats outside the home?

Most people choose dog or cat repellents for this purpose. However, it is important to know that spraying any liquid directly on bats is illegal and inhumane. Wait until all the animals are hunting and spray repellant on the areas where they like to spend the night.

Another popular solution is fiberglass insulation. This material irritates the skin of bats, thereby helping any homeowner to protect himself from these pests.

A one-way door can also be used at all entrances, allowing bats to leave the area freely. The best time to use them is June and July, as this is the so-called gestation season, ideal for the complete destruction of pests.

How to get rid of bats in the walls

If they have already entered the walls of your house from the attic, take action immediately:

  1. Look for the smallest holes outside the house. Pay particular attention to cracks under the eaves or openings in the siding. Don't forget air conditioner vents and chimneys as these are their favorite entry points. Usually, a narc darkened with oil indicates the location of bats.

    Use wood, brick and cement when repairing holes and cracks. This should be done at night when there are no animals inside the walls.
    So you won't catch them.

  2. Spray repellent around bat areas and under roof eaves and siding. Today's market offers several effective repellants. Click here to learn more about sprays, liquids and gels. Once you have chosen the right spray, use it along cracks and holes to reach the inside of the wall. Pests do not like repellents, so they will soon leave the area.
  3. Insert fiberglass into walls, under floors and roofs to scare and scare away bats. Full fiberglass insulation is not required, but a few layers will be very helpful. Direct exposure will irritate the animals and cause them to leave.
  4. Contact a professional agency to make sure you did everything right.

You see, there are several solutions. Read more about their varieties and applications in our articles. Say NO to bat infestation and live a normal life.


How to get rid of bats


  • STEP 1 - Inspect the attic and look around the house at dusk and dawn to determine the type of bats and the entrances and exits they use for entrance to the building.
  • STEP 2 - Climb up the ladder and climb onto the roof and identify any entry holes and gaps 3/8" or larger. Seal most of these areas with caulk or other sealant. Leave the main outlets open.
  • STEP 3 - Install appropriate one-sided security doors on the main exits. These can be funnels, screens or nets depending on the architecture. Bats should be able to fly out, but not return.
  • STEP 4 - Watch the bats at dusk and dawn to make sure they can get out correctly but not come back. If there is a problem, remove the one-way doors immediately and reposition them after a day or two.
  • STEP 5 - Leave a functional exception for at least 3 days. Once you are sure that all bats have come out, remove the safety devices and close the holes and gaps.
  • STEP 6 - Clean and decontaminate the attic. Remove all guano and mist or spray with enzymatic cleaner.

How to get rid of attic bats
Attic bats are usually female bats looking for a safe place to raise their young. There are many legal issues when it comes to bat removal, and this situation is best left to the professionals. Bat colonies are legally protected and cannot be killed or relocated. The best way to get rid of bats in the attic is to install a one-way door that will allow the bats to leave the building but not come back in. This process may seem simple, but it can't be done when there are bats or you have a few starving bats in your attic. The bats will stay on the roost year round if it's warm enough, and if not, they'll fly away but return in the spring. That is why it is so important to wall up the attic so that bats cannot get in and cause inconvenience.

How to get rid of bats in the basement
Basements are like caves; dark and usually of constant temperature. Bat colonies are drawn to such an environment. Once a roosting place is found, the bats don't want to leave it and they will return to it every year if it's available. Access prevention is the only real method of controlling bats, as the animals are protected by a number of laws and regulations. You can't legally kill bats, they can't be caught and moved. So what does it mean to remove bats? The only effective means of removing a bat is to install a one-way door at the basement exit points. Adult bats will be able to leave, but will not be able to return. Possible complications are associated with the appearance of bats. The bats will not leave the basement with the adults, and if the adults cannot return, the bats will eventually die. In large colonies, this could mean hundreds of dead bats decomposing in your basement. For effective bat removal, professional knowledge is recommended to help minimize this type of dilemma.

How to get rid of bats in the house
Trapped bats in the house are not uncommon, especially during the warm summer months when homeowners leave windows open after dark. If a bat has flown into your home, do not hit the animal with a broom or other tool, and do not set a house cat on it. Choose a room in your home with large windows. After turning off the light, direct the bat to the selected area, opening all the windows. Leave the bat there overnight. The animal will likely be gone in the morning. If a bat is injured in your home or doesn't want to move or fly, place a ventilated box or container over the rodent and call a rehabilitator. Don't touch the beat. In many parts of the country, bats are the main carriers of rabies. Overhandling the bat can lead to potential health problems. Most counties will require you to report bat exposure and may require bats to be euthanized and tested for the virus.

How to get rid of bats in a barn
Barns are another major habitat for bats. Barns often have high roofs with many beams and hidden spaces. Hay lofts are opened only once or twice a year, causing the rafters to darken and the perches to become dusty. Barn bats can be very difficult to remove due to their nature. Most livestock buildings are left open for large animals to enter at will. This permanent policy can make it impossible to control bats. For bats in the barn, the barn must be sealed during the hours of bat activity: dusk and dawn. Barn doors are not usually an exit for bats. Watching the rodents exit the building will take you to where a one-way door trap should be set up. Removing bats from the barn is the only way to exterminate them. Bats cannot be poisoned, they cannot be caught and moved. Bat colonies are legally protected and cannot be moved or killed. This makes it difficult to control the bat. Most bat situations require the help of a professional. Even if you can install one-way doors to keep the adults from coming back, abandoned bats can cause serious problems when they crawl into a corner and die. and remove the entire colony.

Return to the main bat removal page for more information on how to get rid of bats. You can also read these articles which I wrote after years of experience with these creatures. Find out what to do about bats in the attic and if bats are dangerous. Read my advice on how to get rid of bats and what to do about bats in your home or chimney. Learn about bat boxes and pregnant bat season.

Learn from me the best methods to prevent bats and the various diseases they can carry. Learn about their feces and, if necessary, how to kill a bat. Learn about bat repellants and how to catch a bat. Protect yourself from bat-borne diseases and find out which areas of your home bats commonly enter. Find out how to keep bats out of the barn and whether or not to cage bats.

Learn the biology of the big brown bat, the biology of the little brown bat, and the biology of the Mexican free-tailed bat. Find out if bats are truly blind and will chew on wires. Read what to do about a bat after you've caught it in your house and what to do about a bat stuck in a fireplace. Learn about bat birthing centers and how they communicate, as well as whether repellants can get a bat out of your attic.

How to get rid of bats in buildings: Having bats in a building is a complex and serious problem when compared to other nasty wildlife problems you may encounter. what kinds of bats are in your attic, make sure there are no bats, and then figure out the best way to get bats out of your attic. You need to treat the entire colony if you want to completely eradicate the problem. After they have been removed, the openings should be closed and the attic thoroughly cleaned to completely eliminate the internal threat.

Even though the above process has been outlined with such simplicity, it is usually a very complex and detailed process that needs to be done and done well. Even experienced people may find it difficult to handle a problem.

The process is not easy, but with the right ideas and tools, you can deal with the infection in the easiest way. You will need to find the entry and exit points that the bats use to get into the attic. The holes should be closed, leaving only one. The largest hole is best left open and then put on a one-way device. So the bats can fly out, but they can't get back in. You should never do this process if there are bats, or you'll run into an even bigger problem. It is also against the law in many places.

The reason you should never kill bats while there are young ones is because they can't crawl out of their exit hole and can't fly yet. They are also dependent on their mothers until they are weaned and can go outside and forage for their own food. If left in the attic without adults, they will become dehydrated, starve to death, or even crawl into other parts of the house and die there, creating a serious smell.

The best one-way exception must be perfected for it to work well. Once all the bats have moved out of the attic, seal any openings and give the attic a thorough cleaning. When doing so, always wear protective clothing.


How to get rid of bats in your home

Get rid of bats with the help of a specialist.

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Bats are dark and fluffy and seem to fly erratically in the gathering twilight, so many people enjoy them. This feeling of disgust is mostly misplaced, but there are still good reasons why you don't want bats flying around your living room or using your attic as a hiding place. Bats not only fuel the nightmares of squeamish people, but they also carry diseases, especially rabies, and can stain your home with their guano, which also carries the disease. Unfortunately, you cannot deal with bats in the same way as other pests such as rats. Bats will not fly into any trap you set and will not take bait as they feed on flying insects, nectar and live fruit.

Bats don't want to be in your living room any more than you want them there, so if one of them gets lost, it will probably leave eventually. Bats that nest in the attic are another matter. walls or chimney. They really want to be there, and the best way to get rid of bats is to actively eliminate them. You can then use repellents to keep them away.

Why should I get rid of bats in my house?

Some bats are not much bigger than your finger.

Bats are more common than you think. There are over 1,000 species, and one study by the Royal Society estimates that they account for 20 ahref =" one-fifth! percent - of all mammal species. One of the reasons bats are so prolific is because that they adapt well to changes in the environment.In North America, one such environmental change is the rapid disappearance of traditional shelters such as old big old trees and caves.Bats respond by moving into people's homes and other structures

It is true that some types of bats live off blood, but these so-called vampire bats live in the tropics. Bats in North America feed mostly on insects, including beetles, moths and mosquitoes. A single brown bat can consume up to 500 mosquito-sized insects in an hour, which should make this bat a welcome addition to any garden party.

The main problem with bats is that they carry diseases. In fact, they carry more diseases than any other animal, probably due to their tendency to sleep close together. You might be wondering what diseases do bats carry? Rabies , nipah, hendra, ebola and m__arburg are just some of the nasty viruses that can be spread by bats and bacteria such as leptospirosis , salmonella and histoplasmosis 9073 9073 9073 can be found in their guano. Guano is an excellent fertilizer, but it should not be harvested in the attic or behind walls.

How to get a bat out of the house

Leather gloves are a must when trying to catch a bat.

Bats have an incredibly accurate targeting system, but even so, one can get off course and end up in your house. If this happens, the best way to get the bat out of the house is to open a door or window, turn off the lights, and wait for it to fly out. However, it can become so entangled that it lands on your curtains or furniture. When this happens, you can catch a bat using a 1 liter plastic container. Carefully place it on the animal, then drape a piece of cardboard over the hole and take the bat outside. Release it near the tree by carefully tilting the can so that the bat jumps onto the tree trunk.

When it comes to removing bats, thick cotton or leather gloves must be used to avoid bites - a serious concern due to the potential danger of disease. . Rabid bats often lose their ability to fly, so if a bat in your living room is crawling on the ground - unusual behavior for a bat - stay away from it. Call an animal control specialist to remove it and assess for disease.

Bat infestation control

Exclusion devices allow bats to leave but prevent them from returning.

If you find a bat flying around in your living room, chances are there is a whole colony living in the attic or chimney. The technique that most bat control experts use to get rid of such a colony is called " live exclusion". Bats must go out at night to feed, and installing a one-way safety device will prevent them from returning. The type of device will depend on the architecture of the facility and the type of bats, so it's best to follow the advice of an animal control specialist. However, in a pinch, you can construct a suitable conical "check valve" yourself using wire mesh. Fill the holes with a funnel-shaped wire mesh cone that will allow the bats to escape but make it harder for them to return to the enclosed area.

Before ruling out bats, it is important to inspect the home for any bat-sized openings through which flying marauders could enter, and seal these openings securely.

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