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Bats in the attic? How to get them out

Bats have been moving into houses since men dwelled in caves. These days, it’s a bit easier to get — and keep — them out of your home.

If you hear bats in your attic or see evidence of their presence, call a pest removal specialist, like the wildlife specialists at Pest Solutions 365. This will give you the best chance of complete and ethical removal and cleanup.

The best and safest way to remove bats is called exclusion: keeping them out. To do that, the specialist will do a visual inspection to figure out how the bats are getting in and out. The specialist also may watch your home at dusk and dawn, the times bats are on the move, to see where they leave and/or enter.

Bat house on tree at the St. Louis Zoo. Photo by Robert Lawton, Wikimedia Commons

Bat house on tree at the St. Louis Zoo. Photo by Robert Lawton, Wikimedia Commons

Once the specialist finds the holes and access points, all the known entires will be sealed up, except the busiest one. The exclusion device will be constructed and installed here. This creates a way for bats to leave the home, but not re-enter.

It will take one to two weeks to make sure bats have left and have not been able to come back. Bats do not all leave at the same time or on the same night, so patience is needed.

Once the bats have left, the exclusion device will be taken down and the last hole will be sealed.

To keep bats out in the future, consider installing a bat house. Even though you don’t want bats inside your house, it’s a good thing to have them around your yard. According to Bat Conservation International, one little brown bat can eat 60 medium-sized moths or more than 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in one night.

For more information on getting and keeping bats out of your home, check out the AmeriSpec Resource Center. 

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