What equipment is needed to exclude a bat?

If you live in an area where bats are known to live as well, then you know that these animals will frequently come around your home and may even try to make a home inside your attic, shed, garage or other structure where they can live. Bats want a place where they can simply hang upside down and rest during the day so they can venture out at night and search for bugs to eat.

Keeping them away from your home may be a real chore, because you don’t want these disease infested animals ruining your property and leaving their parasites and bacteria around. Keeping them away becomes your priority and here are some ways that you can do so.

Your attic is the most likely place where they will try to build a home, so you want to ensure that you give them no access. This is best done by doing a thorough check to see if there are any loose boards, holes or gaps in the siding that can allow them an entryway. If you find that there is then you want to close and seal these places. It is a good idea to include steel wool so that they cannot try to gnaw their way back in.

Keep in mind that bats like to hang in the places they go to because this is how they sleep. So, if you want to keep them out you want to deny them the ability to hang comfortably. There are some very safe anti-bat oil products that you can buy that are very much like a petroleum jelly product. You simply coat your framing boards with this gel and it makes it impossible for bats to maintain a grip. They slide off the framing board and go away because they cannot attach. These things are perfectly safe, and can keep other animals away, like squirrels, as well.

Bats are nocturnal creatures so they like to sleep during the day and go out at night. Keeping them from being able to sleep in your home is a great way to keep them away, so a bright light in your attic or in your shed can do the job as well. This will not allow them the sleep they need and so they will go away to find a more comfortable setting. You can look into repellants as well, but these are usually not effective at all, and are really a waste of your money.

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