Bat Control

Bat Control

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"To get rid of the bats, you first have to get rid of the bugs. With no bugs to eat, bats won't want to stick around. Supreme IT around cracks and crevices indoors and a barrier treatment outdoors will do the trick."

Bat Control: How To Get Rid of Bats

This page is an expert guide on getting rid of bats using the products and methods suggested by our experienced pest control specialists. This guide offers a two-pronged approach by treating bat food sources and what strategies you can use to keep the bats away.

Encountering a bat in or around your home can feel like an eerie scene right out of a horror movie. Bats are commonly found in attics, chimneys, and basements that haven’t seen the light of the day for a long time. You might wonder how they settled in, but getting inside for these mammals is very easy.

While bats normally are thought of living in the wilderness or in caverns and caves, they are becoming more of a common issue in urban and suburban areas. Bats that may be hanging around a neighborhood may eventually make their way indoors if they are enticed by an area to roost, normally settling in attics, chimneys, or edges of roofs.

Bats don’t require much space and their supple body allows them to squeeze into small spaces. While bats are not aggressive creatures, they will screech, scratch or bite if they are scared. They are most harmful when they carry rabies or have left bat droppings that are known for carrying bacteria that can cause diseases.

If you have encountered a bat in your home or lurking around outside, the DIY guide below will help you with tips and techniques on how to safely remove them from the premises and prevent them from intruding in the future.

Identification

Bat identification

It's important to first identify and make sure that what you are dealing with is a bat. Misidentification can lead to using the wrong treatment methods, leading to a waste of time and money.Bats are a unique creature that most people will immediately recognize because of their distinct traits. There are around 1,240 species of bats found all over the world that can vary in size, color and wingspan.

  • The majority of bats are brown or dark-colored and have prominent wings that are hairless and flexible. They are the only mammal that has the ability to fly.
  • Bats are divided into two main categories: microbats and megabats. Microbats are the smaller type of bats which can range from less than two inches in length up to five inches. Mega bats are much larger and have bigger wingspans.
  • Bats are often nicknamed "flying rats" because of their furry appearance and large, pointy ears. They are also known for having sharp teeth and claws which they use to hang upside down when they are at rest.

Use the description and image above to help you in properly identifying a bat you may have encountered.

Inspection

Bat on roof

After you have confirmed that you are dealing with bats, you will need to perform an inspection to determine where the bat is located and is frequenting.

Where To Look

When the temperatures drop, bats often look to quiet, secluded areas indoors for a warm place to stay. Outdoors, check around the exterior of your home, up on the roof, or around your chimney. Indoors, you should look for them in your attic or basement.

What To Look For

You want to look for the bats themselves or signs of their presence. The most obvious sign they are active in an area is bat droppings or guano. Bat droppings are oily, irregular shaped and pointed at the ends. If you find droppings concentrated in one area, you want to make sure you address the infestation quickly.

Treatment

Once you have identified a bat on your property and figured out where they are settled, you can move forward with treatment. Your best options for getting rid of bats is a combination of repellent products and environmental modifications that will exclude bats or deter them from the area.

The reason why a bait mainly sticks around in a home is that there are plenty of insects for the bat to live off of. By addressing and eliminating the insect population, the bat will naturally move on elsewhere because their food supply is gone. We recommend applying Supreme IT Insecticide around your yard to do this.

Step 1 - Apply Supreme IT Insecticide

Spraying Reclaim

Supreme IT is a broad-spectrum insecticide that is labeled for treating a large number of insects that bats like to eat. It also has a long residual effect that continues to kill for up to 90 days after application.

To apply Supreme IT, simply mix water in a hand pump or hose-end sprayer then add Supreme IT at a rate of 1 oz per gallon to cover 1,000 sq. ft. To accomplish uniform control when applying to dense grass foliage, use volumes of up to 10 gallons per 1.000 sq. ft. Measure the square footage of your lawn to determine how much Supreme IT you need to cover the entire area. Shake well and pump your sprayer.

Next, you should spray a perimeter treatment of Supreme IT around the outside of your home and structure to create a barrier that will keep insects out. Spray around doors and windows, around the foundation going up 2 or 3 feet then spray any other possible points of entry.

Prevention

copper mesh exclusion

Once you have applied Supreme IT and gotten rid of the insect population, the bat would likely not stick around. Aside from this, it is important to take preventative measures to exclude them from settling on your property by getting rid of their roosting spots and sealing off points of entry.

Seek out and subsequently cut down any dead trees found on your property. Dead trees end up becoming rotten and therefore make ideal homes for bats, especially if they are all hollow inside. Apart from that, cover up your firewood.

Seal off any points of entry that a bat may use to slip into your home. We suggest using Stuf-Fit copper mesh and placing the mesh around areas where you feel a bat may try to sneak inside your home and find a place to rest.

Since bats prefer to stay in the dark, a great way to prevent them from making a nest is to hang around shiny ornaments, mirrors, and aluminum foil. The reflection and the noise will drive them crazy, and they won't want to stay.

Key Takeaways

What are Bats?

  • Bats are flying mammals that may seek out a home to seek warmth when temperatures are cool and will stick around to feed on insects.
  • While they may be startling to discover, they are not aggressive and like to stay away from humans but can bite when threatened.

How To Get Rid of Bats Inside and Outside Your House

  • A broadcast treatment of Supreme IT insecticide on your lawn can help to kill insects and will indirectly get rid of bats by getting rid of the bat's food supply.

Preventing Bat Reinfestation

  • Prevent bat infestations by taking away their roosting spots and implementing exclusion measures by using Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh and putting up shiny ornaments where they have been active.
  • You can also reapply Supreme IT to keep the insect population down so the bats will have little to nothing to eat.
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