There’s good news and then there is bad news about having bats in your home.
The good news is that bats by their very nature aren’t aggressive at all. The bad news is that if you have even just a few bats in your house, it’s only going to be a short matter of time before there are a lot more – and before they start to become a real health issue.
After all, bats are going to start to use your attic as a cave, and they’re going to start filling that cave with droppings and urine. Droppings and urine both are absolutely terrible for your health, but they’re also terrible for most common building materials. Droppings and urine can eat away at the structural integrity of your home, and they can start to do that damage very quickly.
Here are just a couple of tips and tricks to help you get rid of the bats in your home – for DIY enthusiasts:
Make Sure That You Understand The Local Law Of The Land
Before you start jumping right into these tips and tricks for getting rid of bats, you’re going to want to determine what your local laws are regarding bats in the first place. In most states across the US, bats are a protected species, which means that you can get into a mountain of trouble if you kill them.
Think about that before you start swinging a baseball bat or broomstick around.
Know Exactly What Kind Of Bat You’re Dealing With
You aren’t going to be able to handle your bat problem until you know exactly what kinds of bats you’re dealing with in that place.
If you have the chance, try to snap a picture of the bats that you’re dealing with and then do a little bit of research about those bats online. This inside information will let you know about their habits, and once you understand their habits better (when they head out for the night and when they return, what they’re looking for, and what they respond most to as far as predators are concerned) you’ll be much better off when it’s time to get rid of them.
Pinpoint How Your Bats Are Getting Into And Out Of Your Home
You absolutely, positively must know exactly how bats are getting into and out of your home.
This means that you’re going to have to spend at least a little bit of time outside your house just as it gets dark or just as the sun is coming up for the morning so that you can spot exactly where their entry and exit points are. Without knowing this, you’re going to be shooting in the dark.
Cover Up All Entries And Exits Except For One
Your next step is to simply get all of the entries and exits into your home close to off to the bats except for one.
You want to be working with one entry and one exit only, a one way street for bats to come into and to come out of. This is going to allow you to seal things up quickly after the bats have left for the night, and it’s also going to allow you to follow all of the bats out if you’re going to be a little bit more proactive in your approach.
Lock Down Your House
Finally, you need to take great steps to block down your house from bats. Make sure that all entries and exits are sealed (including the one that you have left open), you’re going to want to make sure that any repairs that need to be done are taken care of, and it’s even a good idea to invest in a “natural predator dummy” for the bat type that you are dealing with to scare bats off in the future.