Bats are highly important and extremely beneficial for any open environment they happen to live in, but unfortunately, they’re a big problem when they have no choice but to roost in our attics. They can carry and transmit diseases if we make the unwise decision of catching them barehanded, forcing them to defend themselves through scratching and biting. Their guano can also lead to us contracting diseases such as Histoplasmosis, never mind the kind of structural damage large amounts of bats droppings in the attic can cause. Nevertheless, such interesting and helpful creatures need to be treated with respect and humanity.
If bats have all of a sudden started roosting in your attic, it’s a fairly sure thing that you’re dealing with a bat maternity colony. In this case, if the babies are already born, both common sense and the law will prohibit your from interference. You will have to wait until the baby bats mature enough to leave the attic, after which the colony will most probably disperse, and you can go ahead and properly decontaminate the attic, and seal shut all access points. Bats can get in through extremely small spaces, so meticulous inspection is needed. Installing a bat house near your home may be useful in deterring another or the same colony to invade your attic next year, but there is some valuable knowledge regarding bat houses you need to get familiar with before installing such a structure, so make sure you do your homework if you want your bat house to be a success.
How can you get rid of bats from your attic: If, like mentioned above, the colony hasn’t started giving birth yet, the most effective method of removal is through exclusion devices. This entails sealing up any access points but the primary one. Then, depending on the location of your primary point of entry, you will need to install an exclusion device such as exclusion netting or exclusion funnels. If you were hoping to get more practical advice or a step-by-step how-to guide, we’re afraid that that is an unrealistic expectation when on the subject of bat removal. So many variables, in addition to bats being quite vulnerable and easy to harm, make a general how-to guide an impossible task. The idea is to install a device that will allow bats to easily go out without getting hurt, but that won’t allow them to get back in. This is a delicate process that rarely ends well when not handled by an experienced professional. For this reason, if you’re having a bat infestation in your attic, we kindly encourage you to find an expert wildlife remover that has a couple of good years of experience in bat removal. A pro will know when and how to safely remove the bats, and with experience on his or hers side, the remover will be able to locate and seal shut all the points of entry available to bats in order to offer a permanent solution to your problem.
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