Black-winged, blood-sucking creatures that venture out into the night is a description many people would attach to bats. The fact is that bats that choose to take up residence in your attic, home or building are not out for blood. In fact, they are a helpful part of our ecosystem in that they eat moths, June beetles,mosquitoes and scorpions, and a variety of other bothersome pests. Structures, such as the attic of your home, provide a dark place for bats to rest or hibernate. Yet, many people choose to get rid of bats naturally due to certain risks, including rabies or disease caused by the accumulation of bat droppings.
Things You'll Need
- Friends or relatives
- Bat houses
- Screen mesh or cloth
- Duct tape
Ask several of your friends or relatives to help you spot the bats that exit your home.
Begin watching at sunset, and watch for approximately one hour after the sun sets.
Do this for several nights so you will locate all areas where the bats are exiting. Be aware that they can fit through holes as small as your thumb, and they move very quickly.
Mount a bat house near the openings where the bats exit your home.
You can buy a bat house or you can build your own.
The purpose of a bat house is to provide alternate shelter for the bat.
Cut the wire mesh to cover each hole where the bats are exiting. Tape the top and both sides of the mesh with duct tape, but leave the bottom open.
Now, any bats that are in your attic can safely exit, but no bats will be able to enter.
Leave the mesh screens up for approximately one week, and then seal off the holes permanently to avoid future unwanted visitors.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not attempt to remove bats from your home during the months of June, July or August. This is the period of time, each year, when bats are caring for flightless young. If you block the adult bats from returning to their young, the young will die.
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