How to Prevent and Remove Bats in the Attic
By Mark J. Donovan
||Those little scraping sounds you hear on your ceiling may not be just the little footsteps of mice. There is also the distinct possibility that you may have bats in your attic. To determine if you have bats in your attic, go outside your home at dusk and look for bats exiting the house. In particular pay attention around the roof area, such as in the roof eves and soffit areas. Bats are fast, and in the twilight you may have difficulty seeing them. Consequently you may need a few sets of eyes watching out for them. You may also need to observe the house over a couple of nights.
If you see bats exiting your home, then you need to remove them. Bats bite, and they can carry rabies.
The best way to remove bats from your home is to first inspect your home for small openings around the areas where you observed the bats exiting your home. Note that a bat can get through a hole about the size of a dime.
|Next, during the day cover the holes with a screen mesh. Use tape to hold the screen over the holes, however only tape the top and sides of the screen pieces. This way the bats can slip out from the bottom end of the screen to get out of the house, but they won’t be able to get back in.
After a few nights, you should find that the bats have left your attic and home. You should be able to determine this by no longer hearing the little footsteps scraping and skittering along your ceilings.
Once you are convinced the bats have left your attic, you can then permanently seal up the holes around your home.
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