How to get bats out of the attic vent

If you have bats that are living in your attic you should not be surprised. Like every other kind of animal, bats are looking for a place to live that offers them shelter and peace and quiet, and your attic is the perfect location.

Just think about it. Bats, because they are blind, need a place where they can rest during the day without being exposed to the sun or to predators. Your attic is usually a place that is not disturbed much, so it makes for the perfect option.

Not Something You Want Around

Of course, this may be the perfect place of the bat, but it is not for you. You don’t want a bat making a home in your home for many reasons. First of all, they are messy, disgusting creatures that hang from the ceiling and piss and defecate down below themselves while they sleep. That means that floor of your attic and the insulation are getting covered by bat waste and you cannot imagine how many parasites and bacteria are in there that pose a health risk to you and your family.

Then you have the added concerns about them attacking someone in your home or your pet. A bite from a bat can be very dangerous and you don’t want to risk the health of anyone in your home. Therefore, if there is a bat living in the vents of your home they simply have to go.

What to Do

First, you must understand that your chore is a little more daunting than you may have imagined. Not only does a bat pose a health risk to your family, but they like to travel and live in colonies. That means that if you have seen one bat there could be tens or even hundreds more. That is obviously something to be concerned about.

You want to try to get rid of these creatures from your vent, but calling an exterminator may not be practical. You may not be able to afford the cost of having one come out, plus there may not be someone in your area that can get bats from your home. This means you have to do it yourself.

Fortunately, you can do this with a little ingenuity. First, what you need to do is to locate the place on your home where the bat is getting into the vent. This is usually where a board has come loose or is broken, where a hole is present, or in a large gap in the planks of the vent. If you have found one, do not believe that your work is done. Keep looking to make sure that there are not more.

If you have located more than one opening, then what you need to do is to close all but one, preferably the one that is the most used. You may not be able to tell that, but if one opening is larger than the others then assume this is the most commonly used one. Close the other holes using caulk and add steel wool to the caulk or sealant to stop them from digging into it to try to regain access. Also, if you can nail or screw a piece of steel over each location this will help. 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 How to get bats out of the attic vent

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