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how to get rid of bats in the home

Bats inhabit all across the world, even in the United States. Because bats are prominent in America, sometimes they come into our homes. Bats like to live in dark and cool spaces away from bright lights, making them attracted to spaces like attics.

If a bat enters your home, that means they have found an entry point. Bat infestations can be hard to deal with, but you should stay calm. Professional wildlife removal companies will take care of the infestation once and for all.

Typically, bats will look for food sources. They eat all types of insect populations. If you also have a bug problem in your home, you might attract bats.

Bats carry rabies and will leave bat droppings in your home. Because of this, you should never allow bat problems to remain unsolved. Thankfully, companies like Nuisance Wildlife Rangers can assist you in removing bats.

Ways to Get a Bat Out of the Home

No one wants their home to become a bat house. If you find that bats are living in your home, you might be wondering how to get them out. While you should never attempt to remove them on your own, there are ways to make the process safer.

When getting bats out of your home, take the following steps:

Clear the Room

Before trying to remove a bat, you should ensure the room is empty. Remove other people, children, and animals from the space. Like us, bats can become nervous when an environment is chaotic.

Provide an Escape Route

Close all doors to other rooms in your house. This will prevent the bat from retreating into a room that they cannot exit from.

Now you are ready to encourage the bat to exit. Open doors and windows that lead outside. Usually, a bat will exit the room when they see an opportunity.

To make the bat more likely to exit, turn off any lights near the doors and windows. Bright lights scare bats, so having the exit darkened will attract them.

If you believe the bat has exited, make sure to check areas they could be hiding in. For example, look in high spaces like in curtain folds or behind wall decorations.

Catching Still Bats

Most bats will exit your home on their own. However, some bats may experience fatigue or injury. If so, they will stay perched on a wall or another high place in the room.

If a bat has stopped flying and is not trying to get out on its own, you could try to catch it. It is important to note that this could be dangerous and you should contact a professional.

With that being said, you’ll need some supplies if you are going to do it on your own. The supplies include:

  • Leather gloves, long-sleeve shirt, and pants
  • A broom
  • A shoebox or plastic container
  • A piece of cardboard

Before attempting to catch the bat, put on gloves and long-sleeved clothes. This will minimize the risk of the bat injuring you. Never try to catch a bat with your bare hands.

Try to coax the bat onto the broom by placing the handle above the bat. Usually, this will cause the bat to cling onto the handle. Then, you can slowly bring the bat outside.

Another way to catch a bat is using a shoebox and a piece of cardboard. While the bat is sitting still, cover it with the box. Next, place the cardboard over it to secure it inside.

Bring the bat outside once you secure it in the box. Open the top and tilt it to allow the bat to fly out.

Contact a Professional

The best way to remove a bat from your home is to contact a professional. If you see one bat, there could be others in different rooms. Professionals can look for bat guano to determine where they are living.

Once the professional finds the bats, they can trap and relocate them. Nuisance Wildlife Removal does this humanely and ethically. In other words, we will keep you and the bats safe at the same time.

How to Prevent Bats From Returning

If you find bats in your home, that means they found a way in. You should try to prevent bats from returning once you remove them. If you have contacted a professional, they will assist you in preventing re-infestation.

The best ways to prevent a bat from returning include:

  • Use caulk to fill any openings in your home that are larger than a quarter inch by half inch.
  • Install window screens and chimney guards
  • Consider using draft guards under your doors
  • Use plastic sheeting or mesh to cover outdoor entry points like on porches
  • Have bright lights throughout your home
  • Use high-frequency sound emitters or ultrasonic devices
  • Use deterrents like mothballs, peppermint, eucalyptus, or other essential oils

Bats might enter your home if you allow them to roost on porches or the roof. They may see an insect flying into your windows or open doors and follow them. Because of this, you should install plastic sheeting or mesh to close off porches.

Additionally, chimney guards will prevent bats from falling into your home or roosting inside. While you can relocate a roost, they are more difficult to deal with.

Get Rid of Bats in Your Home

If you or a loved one has bats in your home, it’s time to call a professional. Trying to remove bats on your own could put you at risk of contracting dangerous diseases like rabies. Thankfully, Nuisance Wildlife Removal can remove bats safely and humanely.

Do you have nuisance wildlife animals that have invaded your property? If so, you need nuisance wildlife control, which should be provided by experts. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers is one of the largest, privately owned companies, in Florida, which offers professional wildlife and animal removal. We have been in existence for the last 5 years and we provide exceptional wildlife removal services. 

Contact us today to learn more about our bat removal services.

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