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How to Get Rid of Bats In Your Attic

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It’s a scary world out there but if you’ve ever decided to go into your attic then you’ll realize that it’s a scary world in there as well! Attics are meant to be spooky, the dark and gloomy room where no one goes is probably the last place you’d consider going into. However, you need to understand that your attic isn’t just susceptible to introducing ghosts and ghouls like the horror movies portray, one much realistic problem you might have to deal with are none other than bats! That’s right, bats are naturally prone to places that are dark and inhabited so if you own an attic, you better watch out!

Don’t worry, this post will tell you all you need to know about getting rid of those annoying creature harbored in your attic. Read ahead if you feel like you have a presence in the room upstairs that’s not necessarily paranormal!

About Bats

Did you know that bats are the only mammals to possess capabilities allowing them to fly? It’s quite remarkable and while there may be around 1,240 species of bats, you can rest assured that they’re not really accustomed to feasting on humans, unlike what they portray in movies! Most bats are known to be fruit eating bats but some are actually “vampire” bats known across South America because they feast on blood.

While it’s commonly known that large amount of bats don’t naturally feast on blood, it’s still important that you get rid of them. This is because their saliva and bodies are enough to spread disease and cause a lot more damage. Remember, keeping them around wouldn’t only pose a threat to you but it will also severely damage the structure of your house as well.

Getting rid of bats

It’s not difficult to get rid of bats but before you take any steps, you need to first identify the problem you’re having. It’s not so difficult to find the trail of bat dropping, a.k.a Guano, and find them. However, you can still catch them by looking under common hiding spots such as under the room or any miniscule openings. Opting for professionals really isn’t the best idea in this case largely because they are not only expensive but they will opt for solutions that would harm the bats. That’s not the aim here, simple home remedies are enough to help you out. Here are a few you can follow which will you rid your home of bats:

  • Remedy #1: Moth balls are a good way to go

Moth balls are not only directed towards driving bats away from your home but if you leave them long enough, it will prevent them from coming back. Don’t worry, it doesn’t really harm any bats, all you have to do is tie these balls in a soft net and hang it in areas where you believe bats to be nesting. As expected, these balls wouldn’t help much if the room is well ventilated. This helps the smell to stay and the effect to last longer. If you’re looking for a long term solution from bats, you can simply keep changing the balls from time to time.

  • Remedy #2: Phenol actually works wonders

Phenol has a very strong smell which is known to be quite unpleasant for bats. Since bats are usually irritated by the smell, you can purchase the item and spray it around the bat’s nesting area. Remember to keep repeating the sprays every day until you feel like the odor has sufficiently increased and soon you’ll be saying goodbye to the uninvited guests. For the effect to last a lot longer, you can by phenol balls and spread it around your attic so that the smell lingers for a very long time.

  • Remedy #3: Cinnamon isn’t only a good edible item

Cinnamon may be a tasty spice but it also has a very strong smell. We’ve already established that bats are not so big on strong smells which is why it’s best to sprinkle sufficient cinnamon powder around the colony in your attic so that it contaminates the area. This is usually the best remedy to opt for since it uses a natural ingredient which doesn’t pose any threat to you.

  • Remedy #4: Water sprays keeps bats away

Most people try to avoid this method since it’s not only a hassle but it requires sufficient amount of patience. You will need time and the ability to carry a long pipe into the attic and, on high pressure, hose away the bats nesting there. It may not kill them but it will definitely drive them out of your home and prevent them from returning. This can be done by installing mesh around the openings since this will act as a barrier in keeping them from your home. It’s important to note that while this method may not necessarily harm any bats, you need to make sure there aren’t any babies nested there. Even the slightest pressure may severely hurt or, in some cases, kill these fragile creatures.

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.

Conclusion

If you follow these steps you will be able to get rid of the bats from your home and also keep them away for good. Remember, when in doubt, always opt for using the things around your home! It’s also best to keep your area clean so no bats can make a habitat there.
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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