What areas can bats enter a house through?

Bats are very creative creatures. Like most small mammals, their primary concern is finding shelter and a food source. Sadly, this can often mean that your home can be the ideal location for them to find both. There are many rooms and areas in your home that provides some seclusion, especially areas like your attic or the walls, where the bat can have a peaceful place to rest during the day before heading out to hunt at night.

Your home offers an assortment of options for the bat to get food. If you have mice, rats, or squirrels that are living in or around your property, the bat may find these to be a perfectly tasty snack. Large insects, flying ones in particular, can also be a great meal for a bat as well.

With these two primary needs provided, you can be sure that a bat would find your house to be an ideal place for it to make its own home in. Of course, you don’t want that at all. You want to take as many precautions as possible to keep them out, and the most important of these is figuring out how they can get in.

This is one of the most challenging questions that people have. They want to know how a bat can get through into their house? The sad fact of the matter is that there are more ways to get in then you may know.

First, consider that a bat is a rather small creature. It doesn’t require a lot of room to get in. Secondly, because they can fly and crawl along the edge of your home, the areas where they can gain access increase greatly because they have various means of getting into your house.

So, let’s look at some places where a bat could gain access. The most common of these is that there is a loose board, a crack in the siding of your home, or a hole that allows the bat to slide in. A bat is strong enough to lift up a board and sneak underneath it if there is a loose one present, so this can provide the perfect kind of access as well.

In many homes, the vents that are in the attic have small slats that can become damaged or worn over time. These can present the opportunity for a bat to sneak into your home as well. If you have a hole in your roof or loose shingles this also presents an easy access point.

The challenges with places like this is that you may not even be aware they exist. Not many people do an active search of their roof a few times a year to ensure that there are no holes or loose shingles for a bat to use to gain access. Most don’t check every siding board on the side of their home unless they see an issue. What this requires is that you get up on a ladder and do some searching a few times a year to ensure the bats don’t get in.

You also need to be aware that a bat doesn’t need to get very creative to gain access into your house. It could simply swoop in when you open the door to your home or slide open a window. Bats are simply looking for an opportunity to get into your house, and you may actually be the one that gives them that opportunity. This is why it is important that you never leave your front or sliding doors open for long durations of time, and that you make sure that all windows have a screen that is securely fastened in the windowsill. Once again, a bat does not need much opportunity or space to be able to gain access into your home. NEED LOCAL HELP? We have wildlife removal professionals servicing 95% of the USA. Click here to hire a local bat removal expert in your home town. Updated 2018. It's best to be educated on the subject, so browse this site and especially read the bats in the attic home page, or email me if you have any more questions about What areas can bats enter a house through?

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