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How to Keep Bats Away From Your Property
Thanks to several myths and legends, bats are most feared for their blood-sucking abilities. But this estimation is unfair. Bats are incredible and fascinating creatures – and they don’t deserve to be considered creeps.
For one, bats are the only flying mammal in the world. What’s more, their role in the ecosystem cannot be overstated. Some species help to keep the population of harmful insect species (like mosquitoes) in check, while others help in the pollination of several fruits we love.
But even with these immense benefits, the last thing you want is to have bats in the house or property. Why? Because if you have a bat colony in your attic or chimney, with time, the bats accumulate lots of droppings (guano). Bat guano is highly corrosive and is known to accelerate the deterioration of building materials.
Moreover, bat guano also contains the spores of a fungus that can cause histoplasmosis when inhaled. Histoplasmosis is a serious lung infection that can have fatal consequences if left untreated.
In this post, we explore some of the strategies we use at District Wildlife Solutions to help your clients get rid of bats.
Eliminate food and water sources
Bats eat a whole lot of insects. To give you a bit of perspective, a single bat can eat up to 6,000 to 8,000 mosquito-sized insects each night. Hence, if you have an insect infestation problem, you must take care of that first. You can use an insecticide or have your property fumigated.
But also as important, you must ensure no stagnant water is lying around your property. Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water, which in turn attract bats. Water also attracts bugs and several other insects.
Exclusion makes it practically impossible for bats to gain access to your house or property. And not surprisingly, this is the most effective means of keeping bats away. What’s more, it’s the only legal way to get rid of bats. That’s right! Bats are a protected species. Hence, the killing or trapping of bats is illegal and can result in fines and/or jail time.
But the thing is that bat exclusion is quite complex. That’s why it’s best to involve a professional wildlife company like District Wildlife Solutions.
Here’s how the exclusion process works:
- Identify bat species and colony size.
In the United States, there are 47 bat species with a wide range of sizes and behaviors. A good place to start is to note the bat species present in your area, before you narrow it down.
- Choose the right moment
Even exclusion cannot be carried out anytime you want. As noted earlier, bats are a protected species. Hence, your actions must not directly result in their death.
For that reason, generally speaking, exclusion should not be carried out from May through August. Why? Because this is their birthing season. Attempts to exclude bats will only result in trapping young bats as they are separated from their mothers. And eventually, they will die.
Similarly, exclusion should not be carried out when bats are hibernating. Getting rid of them during hibernation season is sending them to their graves.
- Perform exclusion
First off, you need to seal all potential entry holes for bats into your property. This may include cracks in window screens, damaged chimney caps, space beneath doors to the attic, and lots more. Close up these holes with stainless steel wool or caulk. Replace your chimney cap if needed.
But most important, leave one hole open. In this hole, install an exclusion device. Once bats make it out through this device, they are unable to get back in.
- Clear bat waste
Bats leave lots of waste which serves as a breeding ground for several diseases. That’s why you must clean the infected area with an enzyme-based cleaner.
Are repellents effective?
There are several repellents in the market that claim to keep bats away. But the truth is that most do not work. Even if they do, they are very ineffective.
Notwithstanding, some repellents you can experiment with include mothballs, phenol, aerosol, mylar balls, aluminum foils, mirrors, and cinnamon, among many others.
Since bats are mostly nocturnal, having bright lights on your property at night may help keep them away.
Keeping bats away can quickly become complicated because of their ability to fly, as well as their status as a protected species. That’s why you shouldn’t handle a bat infestation on your own. You can always trust us at District Wildlife Solutions to effectively bat-proof your property.