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Should I Poison a Bat?

If you’re thinking about poisoning a bat, you had best reconsider. Sure, bat infestations can become a problem, but there are other, better ways to solve it. Poisoning an animal usually results in an agonizing end for the creature and while you’re not around to see it, it remains the case.



Beyond this, bats are a protected species, which means that you could be hit with a hefty fine if you proceed with a poison plan and are caught out. Moreover, if you plant poison in your attic or a roof cavity, the most likely places where the offending creatures abide, many are likely to die there, leaving the space with a long-lasting, offensive odor. Even worse, they may wriggle down into your walls before they breathe their last, bring to odor of rotting animals that much closer to your living space.

And meanwhile, you should keep in mind that, whatever the current problem, bats generally do far more good than harm, devouring 600- or more insects – especially mosquitoes – during a single night’s foraging. A colony of bats likely represents the most effective bug-control solution you can find.

Nevertheless, if bats in your building become a problem that you can no longer tolerate, it is definitely okay to evict them. In doing so, keep them around by providing them with alternative dwelling space in the form of a bat house. You can buy them in various sizes or build them from plans that are readily available, on the Internet, for example.

Evicting the bats isn’t complex. It won’t take much in the way of materials, but it will take a little time and dedication. First, you have to find out how they’re leaving and entering your space. Then, you take a trip to the hardware store and get some screening and tubes of caulking. Get your ladder out and close off all the possible points of entry/egress, either with caulking or screen. Be thorough, because bats can squeeze through very small holes.

There is likely one major portal and that requires a bit of architecture. Cut and form the screen so that it forms a loose curtain over the entrance, allowing the bat to exit freely. Extend the curtain downward for a couple of feet, so that even if the bat can get purchase on the screen and climb a bait, it can’t get in position to reenter the port.

Leave the curtain up for a few days but meanwhile, check to assure that there are no adult bats still in side and that no babies have been left behind while their moms were out feeding. If there are, hold off on the closure for three or four weeks and then execute: the plan, not the bats.

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