How to get rid of bats in your house?
If only bat removal were as easy as going in the attic and telling all those bats to get lost! Unfortunately, bat colonies are much more stubborn than you would think. Once the colony makes roost, the bats will not leave until they are kicked out! There are not a lot of things people haven’t tried to get rid of bats. One quick google search can turn up hundreds of crazy natural home remedies or Do It Yourself techniques to get rid of the bats in your house. We’ve heard all kinds of ridiculous stories about people attempting to get rid of bats on their own.
Some of the odd and more absurd things we’ve heard that people try are dryer sheets, moth balls, sonic noise machines, leaving the attic lights on, windchimes, or some have been attempting chemicals. Out of those Do It Yourself bat removal methods, two are illegal and they are all ineffective! There is only one proper way to get rid of bats in your house and that’s calling professionals. Only professionals have the expertise to locate and seal bat entry points as well as install exclusion devices in the proper locations. We’re going to let you know why those do it yourself or natural home remedy bat removal methods do not work.
Mothballs = Illegal
The most common DIY or natural bat removal method we hear about is mothballs. Now, mothballs are typically used when storing clothing, and the proper way to use mothballs is to store them in an airtight container. The vapors from the mothballs are supposed to eliminate clothes moths. The most common active ingredient in mothballs that is responsible for this vapor is either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Both are dangerous chemicals that can cause serious illness in children or animals if mishandled.
Since bats are federally protected, using chemicals of any kind to try and remove the bats is illegal. Not only are mothballs completely ineffective to get rid of bats in your house, but they can also be dangerous. Additionally, mothballs are meant to be kept in airtight containers because of the toxic vapor they emit. Long term exposure to the vapor can cause illness in humans. Tossing a handful of mothballs into your attic will cause you to be exposed to those dangerous vapors, and it is an impractical way to get rid of bats in your house. The only way to get rid of the bats in your house is to call bat removal experts.
“Want to Hear the Most Annoying Sound in the World?”
Many people ask us about the ultrasonic noise machines that are supposed to get rid of the bats in the attic. To be frank, the ultrasonic noise machines will not get rid of the bats in your house. The machine will set you back anywhere from 30 to 100 dollars. We do not recommend spending money on these devices. The ultrasonic noise will cause the bats to stir until they become used to the sound.
The thought behind these devices is that the ultrasonic noise will disrupt the bats sleep cycle and communication methods. After a period of adjustment, the sound will stop affecting the bats. While the noise may annoy the bats at first, they will grow accustomed to it. If there isn’t a real threat, they aren’t going to willingly leave their safe space. Bats are smart little creatures.
Bat Wake Up
It’s no fun to wake up to a bat flying around your bedroom or even one making a surprise appearance during the holidays. Trying to remedy the issue yourself can lead to even more bats entering the living quarters of your home. Bat removal experts are trained to locate primary and secondary bat entry points and create a custom solution for each home. Getting rid of bats in your house is a process, but professionals can get rid of the bats and keep them out. If you ever have a loose bat in your house and want to try and get rid of the bat yourself, we have some tips for you to try. Remember, do not handle the bat bare-handed! Here are some tips on how to get rid of a loose bat in your house:
How to Get Rid of a Bat Flying in Your House
Have you ever been surprised to find a bat flying around in your house? Don’t know who to call or what to do? We have some tips for people to get rid of a bat in your house without harming it:
- Open windows and doors to provide easy exits for the bat to fly out through.
- You can get a towel or sheet and hold it in front of yourself and try to shoo the bat towards the open window or door.
- Do not try and handle the bat with bare hands—thick leather gloves work best. If you are bitten or scratched, seek medical attention immediately.
- If the bat is lying dormant, not flying, you can capture the bat using a Tupperware/bucket/bowl and release it outside.
**Please keep in mind the tips to get rid of a bat that’s flying indoors will not completely remedy the bat infestation issue. It is a temporary fix to a much larger issue. Seek proper help from professionals to get rid of the bats in the house completely. Bats are fragile animals. The bones within the bat’s wings are delicate, so it is important to be gentle when handling bats in any way to avoid harming the bat. Never attempt to handle bats bare-handed. **
Getting rid of bats in your house is not as easy as going into the attic and plucking them off the rafters. Although, some people have attempted to remove bats that way—it didn’t work. There is only one correct way to get rid of bats in your house. The trick to get rid of the bats in your house is hiring professionals to find the problem areas, resolve the issue correctly, and allow these magnificent creatures to re-enter the environment safely. Also, it is important that the bats get out safely because they are federally protected. It is illegal to intentionally kill or harm bats.
People often do not think about how helpful bats are. Bats are tremendously beneficial to our environment especially with insect control. Bats like to eat water-based insects like mosquitoes, beetles, and moths to just name a few. If you have a cabin on the lake and there aren’t many mosquitoes, you can thank the bats for that! Not only do they help with insect control, but they also help with pollination. So next time there is a bat in your house, don’t pick up your tennis racket, pick up the phone and call experts instead.