How To Get Rid Of & Remove Bats In the Attic
Here we see some photos of bats living in attics. In the top shot, you see several bats wedged in between some of the wooden boards in an attic. Bats often feel most secure when they can squirm into tight gaps. In fact, bats like to fly in and out of gaps that are very small - usually about 1/2 inch - because they know that they are safe from predators that can't follow them through such small openings. In the lower left shot we see a small cluster of bats up in an attic space, and in the lower right, another small group of bats roosting near a gable vent in an attic. Click here to learn how much does bat removal cost, or read the below instructions to do it yourself for free:
How to Get Rid of Bats in the Attic
Step 1: Determine whether or not there are baby bats in the attic, along with the adults. Bats that live inside attics and buildings are called colonizing bats and are almost always large groups of female bats. They live in the attic, and they give birth to one bat per year, usually in late spring. During the summer months, this baby bat cannot fly. Thus, it is impossible to get out of the attic, because bats have to be capable of flight in order to be excluded. If it's currently the maternity season, when there are baby bats, no bat exclusion work can be done. If you attempt to get rid of bats in the attic during the summer months (depending on bat species and latitude, etc) you will end up with a bigger problem than you started with, because the young bats will crawl down the walls and get into the house. In general, do not remove bats between May 15 - August 15.
I must inform you - I've done hundreds of bat removal projects in my life. Many are extremely complex, and there's many variables that only years of experience in the field taught me. What I'm basically saying is that it's my recommendation, if you want to do it right, that in order to get rid of bats in an attic, you should hire an expert. But be aware - the removal of bats is not the kind of thing that you'd hire bat pest control for. Bat extermination is not what you should be thinking. It is not legal or ethical to kill bats and not the right way to get the job done. Bats can be difficult to keep away and bat prevention is not an option until all the bats are safely removed, not via bat trapping, but via professional exclusion services, by the six steps that I outlined above. For these reasons, I recommend that you hire a pro in your area, off of my directory, to at least take a look at your bat problem.
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