Though bats can be of great help in keeping the mosquitoes around your house under control, you do not want them inside your home. Inside the home, bats can cause various problems and can even carry rabies. If you find that you have bats in the attic or other areas of your home, you will need to take a few precautions to secure your house and make sure that the bats stay out.
Things You'll Need
- Eucalyptus oil
- Window caulk
Search for small holes in your walls or windows where bats may be entering. There are often small holes near the attic area that bats can use to enter the home. Cover all attic windows and vents with screens. If you have a chimney where bats may be getting in, get a screen to cover the top of the chimney as well.
Use a bat repellent chemical. Naphthalene is the only chemical approved by U.S. law that can be used to repel bats. This chemical comes in crystal or flake form. Buy it online or from a pest control professional and sprinkle it along the floor of the attic.
Fix any damaged window screens. Examine the window screens around your home to make sure they are intact and do no have small holes. If you do find holes in any of your screens, replace them. Use caulk to seal any areas around windows that are have cracks or are not secure.
Watch the outside of your home around sunset to determine if there are still bats in your home. When the sun goes down, you will see the bats exiting your home. Watch where they are leaving from to quickly find and fix the hole they are using to get in and out.
Tips & Warnings
- The New Jersey Department of Health recommends that you wait to fix any holes until after sundown, when all bats have exited the home. This way you know you are not trapping bats inside.
- Naphthalene is not a permanent solution for the removal of bats. Once the flakes melt away, the bats will no longer be repelled. This method should be used in conjunction bat-proofing your home.
- Photo Credit Bat image by Edward B. from Fotolia.com
How to Repel Mosquitoes Naturally
Mosquitoes don't just create an annoying buzzing noise and cause itchy bites. Those insect pests can also carry diseases, such as the...
How to Keep Bats Out of Your House
When they are outside, bats are a wonderful addition to your property. They dine on the mosquitoes and other insects that would...
How to Find a Bat in Your House
Bats may sometimes enter a house through an open door or window, or a crack in the foundation, and decide to build...
How to Get Rid of Bats in the Walls of Your Home
Bats may not be your idea of fun house guests. They are nocturnal, and seek cool, dark places to hang upside down...
How to Get Rid of a Bat Inside Your House
It is not uncommon for a lost bat to enter a home. At dusk, bats fly around searching for a meal, and...
How to Keep Bats Away From a Swimming Pool at Night
Bats are attracted to certain areas and once the pests set up home, it's difficult to remove them. Bats can continue to...
How to Get Rid of Bats in One Day
Bats in your house can be a serious problem, as apart from their unwanted presence, they may be carriers of the rabies...
How to Get Rid of Bats Outside Your House
Bats eat 600 to 1000 insects per hour, helping rid your landscape of insect pests like moths and mosquitoes. While they do...