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How to Get Rid Of Bats

Encountering a bat in or around your home can feel like an eerie scene right out of a horror movie -- when you visit your attic after a decade or so to brush up on your old memories, and suddenly you are hit with these  little winged creatures. You run downstairs screaming. 

If you haven’t realized what just happened, then you should know that you just walked into a nest of bats and woke them up with your harsh flashlight. 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. They don’t require much space and their supple body allows them to squeeze into small spaces. This is the reason why it is nearly impossible to spot them.

About Bats

Bats are the only mammals that have “true flight” capabilities. There are around 1,240 species of bats and they make up one-fourth of the mammal species found on earth. Bats, by nature, are not wild creatures. One thing for sure is that they don’t pose any threat to human beings apart from flu-like symptoms, which you might get by inhaling bat droppings. What they do like to consume is insects, which automatically makes them a “natural pest control” option. Some like eating fruit and nectar and others find their food source in mammals, frogs, fish, birds and lizards. Amongst these species, the most famous ones are known as “blood-sucking vampire” bats found in South America.

Five Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bats

You can identify bat nesting by following the trail of their poop (guano). You might need a ladder for this, as the easiest way to find their hiding spot is to have a good look above and under the roof. Any small opening can work as their entrance.

Following are some home remedies that will help you get rid of bats but remember, these remedies should only be used when bats are not present in their nesting area. The purpose here is to push them out of the house, not kill them.

  1. Phenol

The strong smell of phenol is an unpleasant odor for bats, which irritates them. You can easily buy phenol from your nearest supermarket, along with a spray bottle. Pour phenol in the spray bottle and spray on the nesting area of the bat. Repeat this for days until the odor of phenol gets strong. At one point, the smell will be too much for bats to return to their nest. As a precaution, you can scatter a couple of phenol balls, so that its scent lingers.

  1. Moth Balls

Moth balls not only help in chasing bats away, but they also prevent their re-entry. They act as an invisible shield that stops bats from entering the attic again. You can buy these balls at any pest control store.

Tie the balls in a soft net and hang it around the nesting areas of the bats. How effective these moth balls are depends on the ventilation inside your house. Ironically, the better the ventilation, the less effective the balls will be. Therefore, hang them in an area where there’s no ventilation, so that its smell is more potent. Replace the balls frequently for effectiveness.

  1. Water Spraying

Water spraying is not that effective, as it is an operation that takes time and patience. For this, you will need a long pipe, which you can easily stretch to the attic. Turn the water pressure to medium and hose down the bats nesting. This will not kill them but will disturb their roosting. As soon as they fly out, you can install the mesh on the openings to keep them out. However, before doing this, make sure there are no bat babies, as they may not survive even light water pressure.

  1. Cinnamon

As mentioned earlier, bats do not like strong smells. A spice that is a staple in every household pantry is cinnamon. By sprinkling the bat colony with powdered cinnamon, you will contaminate their nest. This method is non-toxic and an effective way to chase out the bats.

  1. Eucalyptus

You can use anything from eucalyptus oil to gel, leaves or perfume. If you don’t have access to a eucalyptus plant, then an equally great substitute is peppermint.

How to Prevent Bat Infestation

Before using any home remedy for removing bats, you need to create a one-way escape route that will allow them to crawl out of their nest. Once they are out, you can install nets or mesh on the attic and basement openings to keep them out. As for guano, before cleaning any area, wear gloves and a surgical mask.

To clean the guano, use a vacuum cleaner. Once the place is cleaned of all the visible and lose guano, clean the ones that are stuck to the walls and beams. For this, you can use an enzyme-based cleaner and scrub the area with a brush.

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 out of the house.

After bats have left the nest and you are sure none remain behind, insulate the attic and the area where the roof and dormer meet. Install nets and mesh where necessary to keep them out and check the roof regularly to see if they are hiding under the awnings.

Professional DIY Products for Controlling Bats

If the above home remedies do not appeal to you or you are looking for a more solid and proven approach to getting rid of your bat problem, then do what the pros do and equip yourself with professional DIY products. Solutions Pest & Lawn has a variety of products that can be used to repel or deter bats from hanging (literally) around your home.

Bat Repellents

If you are aware of the entry point where bats come and go from your home and have direct access to it, you can attempt to ward off the bats with repellent. Solutions Pest & Lawn carries a repellent called 4 The Birds-Bird Repellent , which comes in gel form. While originally designed to deter and repel birds, this can also be used to repel bats and has been proven successful. 4 The Birds gel product comes in a container similar to a caulking tube and can be applied with a caulking gun. The gel is thick and sticky and can adhere well to any surface and lasts a long time. When the bats come upon it where it has been applied they will find its texture unpleasant and will leave.

You can apply 4 The Birds on gable vents, behind shutters and inside the holes where bats are entering. By coating these areas and making them unpleasant for bats to be near, the bats will eventually find somewhere else to stay. Unlike birds however, bats can withstand treatment if its only touching their feet so for this approach to be effective, you must make sure it is heavily coated in an area where they choose to rest. Also you should consider that since bats are very mobile, you should keep the treatment fresh. If a week passes and bats are still roosting on your property, reapply.

Solutions Pest & Lawn also has 4 The Birds in liquid form. 4 The Birds Liquid Repellent is essentially the same formula but in liquid form and can be applied using a hand sprayer. This is best for reaching high and hard to reach areas that you may not be able to get to using the gel.

Aside from repellent materials, you can also repel bats with sound via Transonic PRO - Ultrasonic Pest Repeller. This product produces uses sonic and ultrasonic sound waves to annoy, frighten, and disorient various pest types, including bats. Place this wherever that bats are residing and they won’t come near your home any longer.

Lastly, you can use repellent granules such as Critter Ridder. Lay these granules out in areas where bats are not around, when they eventually do come around they will try these granules and will be disgusted and would not want to be anywhere near your home.


Bats can be a frightening pest to encounter in the home but if you are armed with the right products and know the best techniques to apply like what we shared above, you can eliminate problematic bats in your home. For more help or advice, give us a call at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com


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