Some websites try to sell ultrasonic sound emitters to get rid of bats, but these quick fixes don't work. Some old wive's tales recommend the use of mothballs. You can even find bat traps on the market that may be illegal to use on bats. The only way to get rid of bats is to install a one way door and remove all of the bats and seal all of the entry points.
A home or office must be physically inspected to determine the active entry points. Once the active entry points are located all other gaps and cracks must be properly sealed. Once the sealing is complete an exit device must be installed on the entry points and left in place for several days. This is to allow the bats ample time to safely exit the structure. Once all the bats have exited the exit device should be removed and the entry points sealed.
How are the bats getting in my house?
Georgia bats, for the most part, are quite small, and can squeeze through an opening 1" x 5/8". Attics provide a good roost environment and bats often can enter these areas where the sides of a house meet the roof or chimney. You can find entries by watching in the evening for the bats to emerge.
Can I get rid of bats in my attic with light? With noise? With garlic? With moth balls?
Unfortunately the answers are "no". Bats living in attics, during the spring, are usually maternity colonies. The moms may put up with just about anything to keep a good roost and protect their babies, including noise, light and strong smells. Bats are actually able to put up with smells so strong that humans must wear protective masks. And one of these "cures", the moth balls, have been found to be a carcinogen and dangerous to the people living in the house.
Will bats cause damage to my house?
Unlike rodents, bats do not make nests nor can they chew, so they do not physically harm your home. If they roost in a home long enough, however, large amounts of guano and urine can build up. Bat guano can be a nuisance and a health hazard. In the eastern United States, histoplasmosis is commonly found in bat and bird droppings. Bat urine contains ammonia.
If I put up a bat house, will the bats leave my attic for the bat house?
Unfortunately, no. Bats wont give up a preferred roost and attics are usually much warmer, quieter, safer and larger than a bat house. If you don't exclude them from the attic, they will continue to live there and probably not use the bat house. But putting up a bat house when an exclusion is being done is wise. When the bats are humanely removed from your house, they will have a new place to go and you will keep them in the neighborhood eating your bugs!
How can I tell if the droppings I find are from bats or mice?
Even though they appear to be similar, bats and mice have very different diets and therefore their droppings are different. Mice eat a lot of vegetable material and their droppings of plant matter don't crumble. Bats eat insects and their droppings contain tiny bits of insect pieces. Therefore bat droppings are sparkly in the sunshine and crumbly in texture.
How to Get Rid of Bats
Bat control is a unique field. It requires specialized training, techniques, attention to detail and extensive knowledge of bat biology and behavior. Getting rid of bats requires experience. An effective bat removal system ensures that the bat colony will no longer use your home or business as a roosting area.
Urban Wildlife Control technichians care for the welfare of these beneficial creatures, we do not aim to kill any bats. A professional merely excludes bats from the premises and makes sure they can't get back in, while thoroughly cleaning the biohazardous droppings that they leave behind. Experience counts when working on bat jobs, and it takes a skilled eye to get the job done right the first time.
Effective bat control requires a full site inspection, and 100% of the structure must be properly sealed, including gaps as small as 1/4 inch wide. This can obviously become quite labor intensive. In some instances the primary entrance/exit holes are the only access points available, and basic repairs and an exclusion may be sufficient.
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Bat exclusion work should not be attempted by amateurs. It takes an expert with a lot of experience to do the job correctly. Urban Wildlife Control has performed over 600 residential and commercial bat removal & exclusions with a 100% success rate.In February 1995, the aunt of a 4-year old girl was wakened by the sounds of a bat in the room where the child was sleeping. The child did not wake up until the bat was captured, killed, and discarded. The girl reported no bite, and no evidence of a bite wound was found when she was examined. One month later the child became sick and died of rabies. The dead bat was recovered from the yard and tested - it had rabies.