Bats fly wherever they want, so you can't keep them from flying around your house, (no, there are no repellents or sound machines that will keep them at bay), but you CAN prevent them from
entering your house, and that's the important thing. They don't cause any problems flying outside - in fact, they eat a lot of bugs you may not want.
The only real effective thing you can do to keep bats away from your house, I mean, out of your house, is to find and seal shut any and all entry holes, gaps, and cracks leading into your
house. Bats can enter extremely small gaps - they prefer it, actually, since a small hole keeps them safe from potential predators that might try to get inside to eat them. These gaps
are usually about a half inch thick. That's tiny! So if you have any gaps in your house, like a loose
fascia board, gaps where soffits don't fully seal against a wall, eave gaps, roof
line gaps of all sorts, these are vulnerable to bat entry. Seal these areas shut, using either a caulk or polyurethane foam. You don't need to do fancy repairs with steel, because bats,
unlike rodents like rats and mice, can't chew their way back in.
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Keep the bats away by sealing shut the entry hole.
Here I am on a ladder, sealing bat entry holes shut at a condo.
But first, you've got to use exclusion netting to get all the bats out.
Here I am, using PUR-BLACK, sealing gaps in a tile roof, to keep bats out.
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Bat Prevention Tips - Bat Prevention isn’t something that would normally come up unless you have already had a problem with bats, however, in certain areas of Northern America and Canada, especially if you live close to a water source, it definitely makes sense to know a few of the most effective tips to prevent bats. They can come along at any time, and you will often find that spring in the worst of all seasons, as this is when the bats have their babies and during this time, you can’t safely eliminate them without the assistance of a professional.
The fact of the matter is that there is only one prevention method that you need to prevent them from entering your house – seal the entire house up so all entrances and exits are completely eradicated. It’s just logical – when there are no holes to let the bats in, they will look for a home elsewhere.
Unfortunately, this major tip is often overlooked by home owners for cheaper and easier methods of bat prevention and removal, and in the long run, the whole experience could cost you a lot more than a big chunk of your pay packet.
By hiring a bat removal expert or team, you can be sure that not only are there no bats in your home, but also that every hole has been filled to refuse entry for future bats. You will want to make sure that there are no bats in your home before you seal everything off otherwise you are going to have mini corpses that are just going to stink the place out. Once you can be sure that there aren’t any, it’s time to put your plan into action.
You are going to need to do some serious detective work – get up on the ladder, climb around the roof, check in the attic and if you see a hole, SEAL IT!
Check the area where the soffit meets the roof.
Make sure all fascia boards are hole-free.
Are there loose tiles on your roof? Get them sorted.
The vents in your house – do they allow any animals to get in?
There is no hole too small for a bat; they will get in pretty much anywhere, do you will have to do a thorough inspection of the entire house, from the inside out to find any holes. Once you have found the holes, make a note of them. From this point, you can go ahead and get the materials necessary to fill the gaps.
Night time is the best time to do a home sealing job, as you will be able to see the bats flying around certain areas of your home, and this will point you in the right direction of any spaces you may have missed.
On the roof area, you will need a heavy duty sealant to fill up any holes that are in the soffits, fascias, and even the holes in the tiles. You can even use heavy duty netting on the tiles if you are finding that this is a recurrent problem. However, most bat removal experts will suggest a good polyurethane sealant, which tends to do the job.
Of course, hiring a professional to do the job is going to make things quicker and pain-free, but if you have the patience to do it yourself, and are sure that you can do it properly, there is nothing to stop you from doing it. If you have decided that a spot of DIY bat prevention in your future, there are a few things that you should know about, and the first of which is that the gadgets and gizmos that are commercially sold generally don’t work. This means the noise devices, sprays, moth balls and other such stuff is going to be a waste of your money.
The reality of bat prevention is this – there are always going to be bats in your area, so the only way to prevent them from entering your home is to seal it. Once you have done this, life will be a much easier one for you and the rest of the family.
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How to Get Rid of Bats in the Attic or Roof
Pest Control for Bats
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How to Kill Bats
SARS Transmission from Bats
How to Get Bats Out of the Attic
How to Trap Bats
Ultrasonic Sound Emitters for Bats
Florida Bat Control
How to Get Rid of Bats
Orlando Bat Removal
Prices for Bat Removal
Tampa Bat Removal
How to Catch Bats
How to Keep Bats Away From Your House