When we think of bats the first thing that comes to mind is a bloodsucking monster personified by myths and superstition. Not so, they perform a vital role in the food chain and are very gregarious and nocturnal. The main aggravation caused by bats is the mess they make against walls, on cars and in the ceiling or attic of your house. Unfortunately the colony may also be quite large, depending on how long they have been there. When bats take over your home you need to consider the humane way for bat removal, or you may fall foul of the law.
Do a little research first and find out what species is inhabiting your home, maybe the wildlife preservation societies will be interested enough to take the problem off your hands. There are certain species of these animals that are on the endangered list and you should take great care in ridding your home of them.
Always consider the breeding cycle of these creatures and try not doing anything until the end of their breeding or you will be left with a lot of pups, who cant fend for themselves, dying and rotting in your house. You also need to remember that they do hibernate in the winter, so chasing them out then will be a catastrophe because they will not have enough food to survive on. It means you may just have to tolerate their existence until a more suitable time.
You will need to see where the bats are entering and make plans to close these gaps up when the time is right. Watch them when they leave the roost at night or when they return in the morning. A good indication of where they are coming in is by looking for their droppings which are easy to identify because of their diet of insects. The guano contains a lot of insect bodies and shells and tends to glitter in the light.
The best way of handling the situation could depend on the location of the colony and the reason why they are there. During the breeding season they will look for safe roosts for their nursery and land up staying indefinitely. In winter they will need a warm safe place to hibernate, even in the presence of human habitation. A displaced colony will also be eager to take advantage of any suitable nesting opportunity it finds.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure: so if you do not want to be invaded by a colony of potential pests you need to make sure it cant happen. Look around your house between the roof and areas where the walls meet for any gaps, no matter how small, and plug them up with suitable material. Look for loose or broken tiles on the roof and fix them, check if any flashing or barge boards have come adrift as well. Even chimneys can provide the ideal place for them to enter your house.
When entering a roosting area be careful of handling any animals without gloves and always wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling the dust from bat guano, which could make you seriously ill. On the best ways of ridding your home of the infestation is to wait for them to leave at night and then closing up all access points. You will need to do this over at least two days or more as they do not all leave to feed each night.
Another humane way for bat removal is by installing funnel like escape routes for the bats which prevent them from re entering by the same route. Certain sonic emitters can also be used to confuse their senses and discourage them from approaching the roost. Remember though that without them we would have a population explosion of insects to make our lives even more miserable. Cat and dog repellents have also been known to have some success in prevent bat infestations.
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