Do mothballs or ammonia help repel bats?
If you are plagued by a bat infestation, chances are, you are
willing to try anything to get rid of them. You have probably tried
a handful of the “guaranteed” gismos designed to keep bats away, and
they didn’t work. Now you have them nesting in your attic or walls.
I am sure you have had a group of well-meaning family, friends, and
neighbors offer their favorite home remedies from hanging aluminum
foil to Christmas lights to spraying the nest with water. Two of the
most popular “natural” repellents that home remedy aficionados swear
by are moth balls and ammonia. These do not work. Even more
importantly, they are dangerous! First of all moth balls are a
mixture of poisonous chemicals, designed to kill bugs (moths), like
naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Either of these chemicals can
become a toxic gas when exposed to air. This property is enhanced if
it is hot.
These gases are irritants to the eyes, lungs, skin, and mucous
membranes as well as causing extreme headaches, dizziness and
nausea. Prolonged exposure to this pesticide can cause hemolytic
anemia which is damage or destruction of your red blood cells. There
are studies that show that these gases can damage DNA in children
and cause cancer. Ammonia, despite its pungent odor is a fine
cleaning agent if used properly, but prolonged exposure to ammonia
fumes in the air causes burning of the eyes, nose, and throat.
It can bring about severe irritation of your respiratory tract and
result in more serious conditions like blindness, damage to your
lungs, or even death. You don’t want to use anything like these
deadly agents anywhere around your house or loved ones. Don’t be
fooled by amateur attempts to fix your problem. Consult a
professional animal removal service and let them handle your
infestation in a quick and expert manner that won’t endanger you,
the bats, or your home. Remember – a “quick fix” is rarely a good
solution, especially if it involves something as important as your
family or home.
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