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How to get rid of bats in the attic

Getting rid of bats in the attic may not be as simple as getting rid of birds, the best and most effective way is to exclude the entire colony from the attic and that simply means sealing off all secondary entry points completely. Sealing off entry points must follow a safe removal of the bats completely from the attic. You don’t have to be an expert animal conservationist to remove bats, but you must avoid physical contact with the animal because of diseases they can spread through blood and saliva. There are five steps you can take in getting rid of bats in the attic, these are;
  • Inspection
  • Pre-sealing
  • Exclusion
  • Sealing up
  • Cleaning up
Inspection means you must detect how the animals move in and out of the attic, you must also detect the damages they have caused. Bats usually get out of the attic in the dusk and fly back at dawn, they also prefer to roost in the tight and hot areas of the attic. Bats can crawl through the walls and wedges as well as gaps in wood beams. Bats normally leave lots of droppings when they roost, therefore it is important to check all these things during inspection.

Pre-sealing is a process that helps you create temporary seals against small entry and exit holes, bats can enter through ½ inch holes, and the best possible way to pre-seal is to funnel the entry and exit holes out of the attic. You should identify possible future entry and exit holes but never seal off the hole completely until the bats have been excluded.

Exclusion is the best possible way to get rid of bats. Make sure you install exclusion devices on the entry and exit holes and these include exclusion nettings, cones and screening funnels. Make sure the exclusion netting helps the bat to fly out at night, but makes it difficult for them to fly back in. Sealing up follows the exclusion step. In this case, all the bats must have flown out of the attic before you seal up their entry and exit holes completely. Make use of plastic or metal screening to caulk or make use of polyurethane materials to seal up and ensure you don’t miss out a hole.

Cleaning up is the final step in bats removal and it means the leftover urine, droppings and corrosive woods must be cleansed and removed. Make use of vacuum cleaners to remove droppings, and use enzyme cleaners to remove odour and corrosive substances.

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