How to Get Rid of Bats in the Attic
There are many DIY solutions if you’re looking to get rid of bats in the attic. Some of the most common home remedies you’ll find are:
- Moth balls, Ammonia
- Ultrasonic sound
- Bright lights, automatic lights, strobe lights
- Sealing off the attic or attic vents
You can try these home remedies, but the truth is, bats rarely leave on their own once they find a comfortable home. Some of these home remedies such as moth balls, chemicals, ultrasonic sound, or strobe lights are not enough to do the trick, unfortunately. The reason for this is these remedies just aren’t compelling enough for a bat to leave its warm, safe home (or it’s young). The toxic fumes may be enough to repel you - just not them.
Sealing off your attic works when done properly, and if you can locate the exact places where the bats are entering and exiting. Performing a bat exclusion is effective when done right. Bats are small and can easily find their way into walls and attics if there are openings available. Often times, they will find entry points that we can’t even see!
The process of removing bats from the attics of homes is called ”exclusion”. This involves blocking the opening through which bats entered the home and installing a device that allows the bats to exit, but not re-enter. Exclusions need to be conducted a certain way in order to prevent the inadvertent killing of bats during the spring and summer months.
Trapping bats can be dangerous, and it is illegal without a permit in most states. There are many bat species in the United States that are endangered. Your best strategy for safe, effective, and legal removal of bat colonies is to call a licensed wildlife professional.
Bat Removal Cost
The cost of bat removal can vary widely depending on many factors. The price may be higher or lower depending on your location, the size of the bat colony, the amount of damage done, the number of points of entry, and the size of your home. Look for a professional bat-removal company that has the proper licensing, permits and can offer on-site inspection consultation and estimates.