How to Get Rid of Bats

Wondering how to get rid of bats? A sudden appearance by one (or more) of these flying mammals can cause quite an uproar, but a calm measured approach is usually enough to get bats out of the house. Once you've sent the bats packing, make sure they don't return.

How To Get Rid Of Bats Safely

A solitary bat in your home is probably a juvenile that is lost and trying to find her way out. The important thing is not to panic. Bats are very rarely aggressive and will do just about anything to avoid contact-and no, they won't try to make a nest in your hair. The following tips will help you get rids of bats in your belfry-or wherever else they happen to be:

  • How did that get in here? Bats can gain access to the interior of your home through open windows or unscreened chimney flues. Small species of bats can get through cracks as small as a quarter-inch thick and can fit through an entry hole three-quarters of an inch in diameter.
  • The call is coming from the attic! Roosting bats can be found in hollows spaces inside walls and in unfinished attics. Individuals that find their way into your home may seek shelter behind bookcases, curtains or wall hangings-basically, any narrow, vertical opening.
  • Head for the exit. If you find a bat in your home, try to isolate it in a room with an outdoor exit (either a window or door). Close other doors and windows and fill any gaps under doors with a folded towel. Place an observer either in the room or outside near the exit to confirm that the bat has left. The bat will eventually find its way to the exit and leave on its own.
  • Turn the lights down low. Avoid bright lights when you're trying to get a bat to leave or the animal may seek a hiding place instead of leaving. Turning the lights down low will allow the bat to have enough light to find the exit with upsetting the animal.
  • …And stay out! Once the bat has left your home, cover any suspected entrances with half-inch grid hardware cloth. If you have a roosting colony, find the entry point that the bats are using and cover it loosely with a two-foot square of plastic window fencing. Seal the fencing on the top and sides, but leave the bottom side open. The bats will be able to leave their roosting area, but won't be able to find their way back in.
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