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How To Trap Bats - Bat Trapping

How do you trap bats? You don't! That's not how bat control works. In most of nuisance wildlife control, trapping is the prescribed means of removing the animals. For example, if you've got raccoons in the attic, the best way to get rid of them is to trap and remove them. However this does not apply to bat control. You do not trap and remove bats. You exclude them. The bats are living in the attic or somewhere in the building. The have inhabited every little nook and cranny. They have crawled down the walls, in between gaps in the wood, and so on. You can't just go into the attic and "get them". You have to let the bats come out to you. At dusk, bats crawl out of their little crevices and out to their exit holes and then fly away into the night. You exclude them at that point. Now, it's true that some bat control companies will use traps. Bat traps do exist. However, they're a ridiculous means of bat control. They're totally unnecessary, harmful to the bats, and not as effective as a proper professional exclusion. Here are some photos of various types of bat exclusions that I've done:

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Bats coming out of a fascia at an apartment, three stories high. A large colony of bats flying out of every gap in a barrel tile roof. Removal of a colony of bats coming out of the attic of a house. These bats were living in the roof, but they can't get back in now.

In these photos you see that the bats are flying away. They are all excluded from the building, and none of them are hurt. When all of the bats are out, it's imperative that all of the entry points are permanently sealed in order to keep the bats out for good, because they will want to try to get back in.

Here's the thing about bat trapping: first of all, bats are fragile animals, and second of all, it's illegal to kill a group of them. Bats are small and light, and sensitive to temperature and sunlight and other factors. If you trap them in a trap, you could expose them to conditions that they cannot survive. If you kill bats, you've broken the law. And even if you do trap them, then what? As stated, you cannot and definitely should not kill bats. They're wonderful creatures, and each bat usually lives over 10 years in the wild. They should not be treated nonchalantly, like rats. So if you catch them, you've got to let them free. You can't relocate them to a new area. Bats don't work that way. Their behavior is such that they'll return to their original home. Even if you bring them 500 miles away, they'll migrate right back to the exact same building within days. There's no point in catching bats in a trap, none at all. Plus it's harder to do than just a regular bat exclusion. Any real professional, anyone certified in bat control from BCI (Bat Conservation International) or anyone who does it right will never trap the bats.



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