Bats are an important part of the ecosystem, but the animals can become a nuisance if they invade your attic. Like all wildlife, bats look for a comfortable place that is safe from predators and near a source of food. Your dark, secluded attic can provide the ideal location to set up a colony. If left unchecked, the animals will roost in large numbers. Bats can travel through the walls to other areas of your home. Bat droppings, also known as guano, can stain ceilings, attract other pests and pose a health risk. The waste matter also encourages the growth of a fungus that causes respiratory infections. You can take the following steps to keep these pests from invading your home.
Home and Attic Inspection
Begin the process by conducting a full inspection of the exterior of your home, including the roof, soffits, fascia and air vents. Look for holes, cracks and spaces between architectural elements, especially in tight corners. Check for loose boards, torn screens and missing tines on ventilation screens. Some entrance holes will not be readily apparent because bats can contort their bodies in order to squeeze through openings as small as 3/8 of an inch. The average bat weighs approximately an ounce. As a result, almost any hole, crack or other opening may be a way inside. Bats prefer to nest at least 8 feet off the ground. Check inside the attic for damage as well as any signs of a current infestation like droppings and scratches.
Seal Possible Entry Holes
To prevent bats from entering your attic, you must seal every potential opening with high-quality materials to prevent the problem from recurring. Repair or replace broken or torn vent and screens. Fill holes and cracks with caulk or expanding foam. Cover openings with metal screens or flashing. Bats cannot gnaw their way indoors in the same manner as rodents. Make sure vents and chimney caps are securely in place. Performing these simple repairs will seal potential entrances thereby preventing bats from entering your home.
When to Call a Professional
If you already have bats in your attic, you will need the help of an experienced pest control company. Do-it-yourself bat repellants are ineffective. Extra care must be taken when removing bats because the animals are federally protected. The difficulties in locating these pests and the possible health risks that they pose require the expertise of a knowledgeable exterminator. Our technicians use special methods to get rid of bats safely and humanely. We can also help you to bat-proof your home. If you have any questions or need our services, contact Worldwide Pest Solutions today for assistance.