Bats aren’t only scary and annoying, they can also be harmful to your health. Bat guano, or bat dung, contains lots of bacteria and viruses that can cause some pretty nasty illnesses. This is the reason why you want to do your best to remove bats if you have them. However, when it comes to bat removal and prevention, there is certainly a wrong way and a right way to go about doing things. Knowing how to get rid of bats the right way is important, but you also want to know what some of the wrong ways are, so that you can avoid taking those routes. In the end, the key is to get rid of bats for good. Here are some important bat removal do’s and don’ts for homeowners.
Don’t get rid of bats during the nursing season. Getting rid of bats during this time will be quite difficult, because not only will you have a bunch of defensive mother bats to combat, but you may also have young bat corpses decomposing, which can have a whole other set of problems. So, make sure that you find out when the nursing season is and wait for it to be over before you start gearing up to get rid of them.
Do have the right supplies. It is also critical that you remain protected and covered when removing bats. This means that you need to wear a mask that can protect your lungs and respiratory system. If you breathe in bat guano, you can get extremely sick. Some species of bats have guano that can be deadly. So, you not only want to cover your nose and mouth, but also your skin and hair. Removing bats requires going into full combat mode.
Don’t simply patch up the area of entry. It is important to find the area of entry, but you don’t want to hastily patch up the area. If you do this, the bats won’t have anywhere to go and they will either find another place to exit or they will all die in your attic. In some cases, you may have to open the area even wider to make sure they have a clean exit. If the roof is already damaged, you won’t be doing any more damage by making the hole bigger.
Do close the area of entry after the bats have exited for their nightly feeding. Once you hear all the bats leave, you want to put a screen over the entry area. When the bats come back to roost, they will realize that the entry is closed and then move on to a new roosting space. You won’t get rid of all the bats right away, but if you take this measure every night, you will slowly get rid of them. When they are gone, you probably want to hire a special cleaning crew to make sure your attic is properly sanitized. In the end, you’ll also want to permanently repair the roof so the bats can’t come back.