To many people, bats mean scary movies and haunted castles. In all reality, bats are a serious problem for homeowners in Georgia, as there are many different types of bats that can be found throughout the state. These creatures spread disease and can cause damage in your home, therefore it is very important to get rid of them. Continue reading to learn more about bats and how they can be removed.
What problems do bats cause?
Bats are a serious problem animal due to their ability to cause damage to homes, but more importantly, they have the ability to spread many diseases. The diseases they spread, known as zoonotic diseases, can even cause death in humans. A simple definition of a zoonotic disease is simply an illness that can be given to humans by animals. Bats have been found to carry over 120 different diseases, creating the potential for serious risk for you and your family. Ebola, coronaviruses, Marburg, and a variety of other deadly diseases are spread by bats. While it is very unlikely that a bat in the United States would be carrying Ebola, you could contract one of the other diseases they carry. Being bitten by a bat or coming into contact with a bat’s feces are enough to spread the disease, making it imperative that caution is exercised when bats are around.
While it might seem odd that bats could cause actual damage to your home, they actually can. If you ever have a bat problem, there is a very high probability that this infestation will be located in your attic. Bats love to hang out in attics, and they deposit their feces, also known as guano, everywhere in your attic. Your insulation’s insulative properties will almost immediately be destroyed by the thickening layer of guano, and it also makes stains all over your attic. As an added danger, if anyone ever goes up into your attic for any reason, they will accidentally bring down the bacteria in the feces to your living area. Due to the serious health risks and the damage they can cause to your home, bats are a serious problem that should be taken care of as soon as possible.
How can I prevent bats?
The main reason bats are such a problem is that they can squeeze into virtually any area, especially if there are any cracks or holes or other entry points. The best way to prevent bats is to examine your home’s interior and exterior. If you happen to find some concerning entry points, be sure to find a way to plug them very well. All-weather sealants are excellent for this task, as they will last years and keep areas sealed up very tight. Another favorite method is to bolt on some metal siding that will keep any future pests out, as critters have a very hard time chewing through thicker pieces of aluminum. If you have an older roof or have reason to believe that bats have been using your roof as an entry point, you will need to take care of that with mesh wire or repairing the shingles. Also, be sure to check out your chimney and make sure there is a chimney guard that prevents animals from gaining access.
How do I remove bats?
It is very important to keep bats alive, regardless of how frustrated homeowners are with them, as they help get rid of the worst kinds of insects. Removing bats alive and keeping them safe during removal is the best method so that they can be relocated to wilderness areas. If there is minimal stress during removal, they have better chances of survival and can take out large insect populations. It is certainly not recommended for homeowners to try removing bats on their own, as there are way too high of chances of being bitten or scratched during removal. In addition, legal issues can cause you serious headaches since many bats are protected. Hiring a wildlife control company is the best step to take when you know you have bats, as they will be able to remove the bats safely, legally, and effectively.
How to Keep Bats Away from Your Property
If it’s dark and quiet, you bet you’ll find bats there. Obviously, not all houses are home to bats, but it’s a common problem facing property owners. Nor is it one most relish. Aside from the tremendous destruction associated with any pests, bats, in particular, are renowned for being a major carrier of diseases. These can include rabies, bacterial infections, and nasty parasites. That’s without delving into the vast quantities of feces and urine they leave behind.
Bat infestations should, therefore, be dealt with immediately. Even better if you can stop them from occurring in the first place.
If you have found bats on your property, don’t risk contracting a potentially deadly disease. Don’t face the removal and clean-up alone. Contact us here at Elite Wildlife Solutions. We understand how devastating and disheartening it can be to find bats on your property. That’s why we’re dedicated to efficient and effective removal. So, give us a call.
Otherwise, follow these tips to avoid ever dealing with bats in the first place. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
Inspect your property
First, you’re going to need to hunt for all potential entry points. You’ll also want to make sure there are no bats already residing in your property – so head up into the attic and give a thorough inspection.
Regarding entry points, any hole leading from the outside into your property is a potential cause of a nest. Holes leading into the attic should be of particular concern, however.
Make a note of any holes and feel for drafts or look for shafts of light inside the attic.
Seal up the holes
After you’ve found all the entry points, seal them up. There are two cost-effective methods:
- Use steel mesh
- Inject hole with foam
With a pair of wire cutters and a staple gun, you can rapidly seal up all the available holes, ensuring nothing can get through. For smaller holes, foam is suitable. It also helps close up any hard-to-reach locations. Alternatively, you can hire a professional to fit metal cladding to close up spaces or correct the brick/woodwork. That’ll cost more but will look more visually appealing.
The choice is yours.
If you’re still not satisfied, you can also use repellents to help ward off bats. Common scents that bats despise include:
- Green tea
Bats generally have an excellent sense of smell. Therefore, irritating their olfactory center with a strong stench is an effective way to repel an infestation. It can also deal with an existing bat problem. You can find more information about bat repellent here.
Other potential repellents include ultrasonic devices. These machines release an extremely high-pitched and fluctuating wavelength that confuses the bats and prevents sleep. It will need to be placed near the attic or potential nesting location, however. With such excellent hearing, bats select nests specifically for their quietude.
Remove food and water sources
Finally, you’ll need to remove the main attraction for any species: the food source. Bats primarily dine on insects – it’s why it’s illegal to kill bats in most jurisdictions: they keep the mosquito population down. For many species of insects – particularly mosquitos – standing water is key to their reproductive cycle. By controlling the availability of standing water, you reduce the bat’s food supply, thereby reducing bat numbers.
Make sure to install a drain on plant water basins. Change birdbath water two to three times per week. Consider whether you want to keep your pond – is it worth removing to decrease the likelihood of bats? If water tends to pool in your yard, install a French drain to dissipate the water over a wider area.
Though they’ll never be as effective as simple repellents or sealing up entryways, these methods can work.
Either way, if your bat problem continues, contact Elite Wildlife Solutions. With our years of experience, we’ll be able to diagnose any issues and offer cost-effective solutions quickly. Don’t put up with a bat infestation that can easily be solved. Get in touch with the experts.
Why hire Elite Wildlife Solutions?
Elite Wildlife Solutions is proud to be one of the best options for removing bats in our service area of Alpharetta, Canton, and Cartersville, Georgia. When it comes to bats, we have the experience needed to get the job done right. Bat removal with an emphasis on ethical treatment is one of our specialties. Consider hiring Elite Wildlife Solutions, as we not only remove animals and exclude wildlife, but we also offer other services, such as pressure washing, small handyman repairs, rodent control, crawlspace cleanouts, small insulation jobs, gutter cleanout, insulation installation, and many other services. If you have a bat problem, give Elite Wildlife Solutions a call today!