How to get bats out of the attic

Let’s be honest. No one really wants a bat in their home. The fact is that they don’t just live as one. They live in colonies, so if you have one you likely have 20 more and could as many as hundreds more. That is the most tragic thing you can possibly imagine for your home.

Bats bring disease and parasites, and they can leave a huge mess as well. Since these creatures spend their time hanging from the ceiling, they simply let their waste fall to the floor, the floor of your attic – in other words, the ceiling to your home. This can mean that you have parasites and feces all over your ceiling. Ya, we know – YUK!

You obviously want to get rid of these creatures out of your attic as soon as possible, but may not know what to do. If that is a problem for you, then here is the solution. The first thing to keep in mind is that bats are nocturnal creatures. They cannot see particularly well, in fact rather poorly, and use their keep internal sonar-like system to find predators and direction. This is going to work to your advantage. In this particular case, light is your friend.

Begin by doing a search outside your home to find was they are getting into your attic. You may find that there are actually quite a few places where they are gaining access. Close all of these but one spot. You want to give them a way to get out, but you don’t want to give them a bunch of ways to get right back in. Close these off with sealant and include some steel wool in that. This will make it hard for the bats to did their way back in.

Next, before dusk begins, put some heavy duty lights in your attic. Something with a very bright illumination. After you have put the lights in, just as it is reaching dusk hit the switch. Light that room up. You will find that those bats will see the darkness through the one entryway that you left open and will start scurrying away for that. They hate the light and will want to get out of there as fast as they can. Once they have left go out and close up that final hole. This should keep them out and give you back your attic again. Of course, you are going to have to do some heavy duty cleanup now.

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