Can you do the bat removal project by yourself?

Bat colony removal is very challenging. There is only one proper way to get it done - with a live exclusion. The principle is that you let the bats fly out naturally, as they do every night, but through a one-way exclusion cone or netting. Then they can't fly back in. Simple, right? Well, it can be very tricky. Read more about it on the home page. But whatever you do, do not attempt to kill the bats. Read more about killing bats in buildings with poison fumigant.

Should you decide to do the job yourself, here is a how-to guide: Firstly, you are going to need to grab yourself a ladder, a torch and a notebook. It’s time to play spider-man. You are going to need to move around the outside of your home, paying special attention to the roof area, making sure that there are no holes that could potentially be used as a doorway by the bats. There are a few areas that you should pay extra special attention to:

• The areas where the soffit meets the roof
• The roof itself – loose tiles and broken tiles will need to be replaced
• Fascia boards
• Vents
• Chimneys

If you spot a hole anywhere in the external parts of your home, make a note of it in your notebook. You will need this later on when you buy the materials necessary to block up the wholes.

It is wise to remember that bats are generally small creatures and will get in the tiniest of holes, so even if you think a specific hole is too small for an animal to crawl inside, it should be filled anyway.

The next thing you need to do is to get yourself a head lamp or a torch. You are now going to want to do another run of the external of your home at night time. This will allow you to see where the bats are flying around the most; possibly leading to an entrance, and you can also use the torch to spot any holes that you may have missed during the day.

Now for the hard part – you must fill any holes that you have seen. Head on over to your local DIY store and get yourself a handful of materials:

• Polyurethane sealant
• Heavy duty netting (If tiles are cracked or damaged)

You are going to need to work your way around the home, with the help of the notes that you have made for yourself, and fill each and every little hole and crack that you came across. Once you have done all of these things, you should be on your way to being fully protected from a bat infestation. If you are in any doubt, always call a professional - even if you don’t want to employ them, they will usually give you a few good tips in the right direction to protect your home.

Go back to the How Do You Get Rid of Bats in Buildings home page.

More Bat Information:
Biology of Big Brown Bat
Biology of Little Brown Bat
Biology of Mexican Freetail Bat
Biology of Evening Bat
How to use one-way exclusion funnels to remove bats without trapping them
How to get bats out of the attic
Will a bat in the attic have a nest of babies?
Will repellents get a bat out of the attic? (none work well)
What if a bat got inside my house, bedroom, kitchen, etc.
How to get bats out of a wall
Will a bright light or high pitch sound deterrent machine work on bats?
Do mothballs or ammonia help repel bats?
Will a pest control company remove a bat
Will the city or county animal services help me with a bat issue?
Should I hire a pro, or remove bats myself?
How to keep bats out of a barn
What is a bat’s mating habits?
Is bat feces dangerous to touch or breathe?
What is a bat’s natural diet?
Do more bats live in urban areas, or wild areas?
What are some of the symptoms of a sick bat?
What diseases do bats carry?
Do bats make good pets?
Should I ever poison a bat?
Should I relocate a bat?
What should I do with a bat after I catch it in my house?
Is it legal for me to trap a bat?
What is the best material to exclude bats?
What equipment is needed to exclude a bat?
What is histoplasmosis?
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