• The only permanent method to get rid of bats from a home and keep them out is to exclude them by bat-proofing. Bats often roost in dark, undisturbed areas, such as attics and wall spaces. The entry points are often near the roof edge, such as under the eaves, soffits or loose boards, openings in the roof or vents, or crevices around the chimney. Sometimes bats will roost behind shutters or under boards without entering the home. While the objective is to seal off all of the actual and potential bat entry points, care must be taken to follow the correct procedures to avoid blocking the bats inside the roost. To confirm their presence and locate the openings used by bats’ in the warmer months, observe from the outside for bats leaving in the evening, from one-half hour before untill one-half hour after sundown. Once you have determined the principal entry points, you may seal all of the openings and crevices of over 3/8” not used by bats. Because bats cannot gnaw to enlarge an opening, a variety of materials can be used to seal an opening, including: l/4” hardware cloth, fly screen, sheet metal, wood, caulking, expandable polyurethane foam, or fiberglass insulation. To block off the principal bat entry openings, either: * seal the openings one evening after all the bats have been observed and counted while leaving (but not in June or July when the young are likely to be inside); or * hang one-half inch bird netting from above the openings with staples or duct tape, letting it extend, unattached at the bottom, to one foot below the openings (do not use in June or July). This allows the bats to leave but not enter again. After several days, the openings can be sealed; or * seal the openings between November 15 and March 15. Because most bats will have left for hibernation elsewhere, this time is ideal to bat-proof a home; or * some wildlife removal specialists, pest control companies, and other contractors provide permanent bat exclusion services for homeowners unable to complete the work themselves. Occasionally, bats enter finished rooms from their roost area in the attic or wall spaces. Interior bat-proofing, such as sealing spaces around the attic door, will prevent the bats from accidentally entering living areas of the home until the bats can be excluded from the entire structure. Because fiberglass insulation is repellent to bats, insulating walls and attic will serve a dual purpose of energy conservation and bat control. Other temporary methods include keeping the lights on in an attic bat roost area for 24 hours a day over several weeks when the bats return in the spring, or using fans to disturb the roosting bats with strong air currents. Sticky bird repellent applied around the bat entry opening can sometimes provide temporary control. HOW SHOULD YOU REMOVE A BAT FLYING INSIDE YOUR HOUSE? If you are absolutely sure there has been no human or animal contact with the bat, try to confine the bat in one room, turn on the lights, and open the windows. Because bats are able to detect air currents, they will usually leave at their normal time of activity in the early evening. If the bat is observed to land, it can be covered with a coffee can or other suitable container. While wearing heavy protective gloves, slide the container lid or a piece of cardboard under the container. If you are absolutely sure there has been no human or animal contact with the bat after reading the final section of this pamphlet, it can be carefully released outdoors. Some pest control companies or animal control officers will assist in the removal of a bat.
  • Depending upon where you live and the breed of bats it may be unlawful for you to try to get rid of them. Bats in the belfry however are an entirely different problem, as demonstrated by some of the questions that crop up on this site.
  • get a radio, stick it close as possible to the bats,and turn up full blast, do this during the day when bats are sleeping, it wont take long for them to bail........................
  • thats a good question, call a place that gets rid of them and ask them to come over, im having issues with bedbugs right now and thursday theyre doing heat treatment at my place and thanks to them i dont even have a bed anymore
    • Jenny_Rizzo
      Thanks to them they left you bedless. lol
    • pearllederman
      its not funny
    • Jenny_Rizzo
      I'm only laughing because I have a friend who said they were difficult to live with. lol
    • pearllederman
      i lost my couch too for the same reason, i never replaced the couch, im sleeping on an airbed right now on purpose cause they cant nest there, rarely see them now
    • Jenny Rizzo is brilliant ⭐
      What destructive little pests they are.
    • pearllederman
      i know but once i got the airbed i got rid of thenn cause they hate plastic and cant nest there
  • My rural friends have that problem, especially in their barn. What we do when I visit them, we shoot them with pellet guns. Once they are unable to fly, we take them outside while wearing gloves and we step on them. It might sound cruel, but I prefer to hear bats crunch under my stiletto boots, since it is the fastest and most effective way to exterminate bats.

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