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Question DetailsAsked on 7/18/2013

How do I get rid of bats in my house

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Click on the Home > Animal Removal link right under your question, and read the responses on birds and other animals - basically the same methods. You can also get more hints and info by googling this search term - how small a hole can a bat get into

You need to seal off openings into attics and such - but with bats do the active entrances at night after you have seen them all fly out, so you don't trap them in the attic. Then seal off all possible entrances. The next day a rodent exterminator dressed to protect from bites should go into the attic and clear out and lysol spray their nesting area to prevent smell and remove insect attraction to nest remnants, and to remove any babies. Make sure the removal is complete, else when you go to sell a home inspector may note the remnants and deduce the infestation is current. The same is true of any type of pest or rodent infestation clearout.

If nesting up under eaves, about all you can do is light the area very well (like on porches) using upward-aimed floodlights (not so close they catch the wood on fire) into the perch areas to give an indirect-lighting look. Very fine black mesh bird netting stapled up under beams and rafters can also work, but is unsightly - you have to keep it enough out in the open that it is too open area for their liking, not tucked up in the crannies - they will just happily cling to it then.

Ultrasonic bat repellers have basically been found to be ineffective, though I have heard they work on racoons and badgers - but also can drive your dogs literally crazy if powerful enough to work onthe animals..

Some people have good luck hanging FelsNaptha soap or nylon bags of mothballs or potpouri (I know that would drive me away), or putting a fake owl perched at the entrance to the roosting area. If not illegal in your area, spraying them with water mist (don't get it into the attic or too much on the walls) or ammonia mixture (Windex for instance) from a jet nozzle spray bottle or weed sprayer every night for a week or so will normally make them dislike the area enough to move.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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