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The 3 Steps Every Homeowner Should Take If They Have A Bat Infestation

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While bat removal is definitely a job for a professional, understanding the basic steps that bat control entails will make the process easier to follow. You can judge which control expert is likely to do a good job for you, and you will be more comfortable as the process progresses.

1. Keep Bats From Coming Into Your Attic

Bats can fit through spaces as small as 3/8 of an inch. That means that many homes have many different possible entry points for the attic. In addition to the obvious choices, many pest control professionals will visit your site at night to observe where the bats are coming from. Many also prefer to install wire mesh closures after the majority of bats have left for the night.

While you may want the bats gone right away, bat control can only be done during certain times of the year. The main goal of bat control is to get them out of your attic, not kill the bats, so removing them when they have young or are hibernating is inhumane. In addition, some species of bats are protected, and special measures might be required in addition to timing the removal correctly.

The devices the control professional will instal are called exclusion devices. These are generally cones of wire mesh that allow the bats to leave your attic, but not get back in. Since not every bat leaves every night, these devices will need to stay up for several days to ensure all the bats have left before moving on.

2. Monitor the Situation and Ensure That All the Bats Have Left.

Because not every bat leaves every night, the exclusion devices must be left in place for a week or so. In addition, you and the removal expert should monitor the situation to ensure that the bats are able to get out through the devices and that they are not able to get back in, either through the device or a hole that you missed during installation.

Once several nights have passed without any bat activity, the removal professional can close the entrances permanently with wire mesh or caulk. Good nesting sites can be tough to find, and if you don't close up your attic, you will have a new colony move in shortly.

3. Remove the Droppings From the Attic.

The primary reason to have bats removed is because their droppings can contain a fungus that infects humans. If your infestation was especially bad or went on for a long time, you will probably see the clean up team suiting up and putting on masks before they go in your attic.

Professionals use specialized vacuums to remove the majority of the droppings from the attic. While bats are tiny, they have fast metabolisms and consequently produce a lot more droppings than you would expect. Large piles of droppings are more likely to harbor the fungus, and must be disposed of properly to avoid harming humans or wildlife.

Finally, the area is scrubbed and sterilized to remove any traces of the fungus. Commonly, you will need to replace your attic insulation, since it is impossible to clean. Removing droppings and dead bats from walls and chimneys is possible, but it will depend on your specific situation. Since these items do smell, you will want to invest in their removal, even if it does mean digging into a wall and then patching it.

Removing bats from your attic is all about relocation. Even species that are not protected are beneficial, so poisoning them is not a good choice for control. While the process is far more time consuming, removing bats safely will protect you and your property, while protecting the environment as well.


27 August 2014