BAT CONTROL 

Order: Chioptera

This page provides homeowners with information on techniques to control bats in dwellings.

 

Are Bats Living In My House?

There are a few clues to look for in determining if bats are living in your house.

1. If you have had two or more encounters with bats flying around your house within one calendar year, then you probably have bat droppings in middle of attic bats.

2.  If you find piles of mouse like fecal material in your attic or on the ground outside your house, then you probably have bats. (Bats defecate before they enter your home and below where they roost for the day see photo)bat droppings bat guano Make sure that the fecal material is not old by laying down a piece of newspaper and see if any more droppings fall on the paper. If there is, you have bats. (Just a word of caution about droppings. They can carry a fungus known to cause Histoplasmosis. Don't breathe the feces and avoid contact with them. Ideally, you should wear a HEPA filter mask and spray the fecal material down with 10% bleach solution). You can distinguish between bat droppings and mouse droppings in two ways. First, bat droppings tend to be clustered as they will pile up below where the bat is roosting. Second, bat droppings will have a shiny speckled appearance (from all the insect wings) and will crumble like dust when touched. Mouse droppings on the other hand, tend to be scattered about and become hard when dry.

3. You see bats flying around your dark house constantly and even see them disappear. Performing a bat watch at dusk is an ideal way of determining if you  have bats. While it is not one hundred percent accurate, it is still worth doing. Perform a bat watch by having people stand by your house at dusk till dark. They should be positioned to see as much of the house as possible. The first person to see a bat should shout out. If you have trouble identifying the specific hole, concentrate on the side of the house where the first person saw the bat. Only perform bat watches on non-rainy nights.

4. If you have a bat flying in your home during the winter time, then you can be certain bats are living in your home as they have decided to hibernate there.

Other Signs of Bats

Bat control video for T.V.

When Are Bats Active During the Year?

I just saw my first bat of the season in an attic vent on 3/23/99

Bats hibernating in your home can also become active during the winter. The reason for this is either your home gets too warm and they think it is Spring or it is too cold and they must move to warmer cover.  If you ever have a bat in your home during the winter time, it is proof that bats were hibernating in your home.

Strategies For Evicting Bats From Your Home (click for other videos)

homeowners guide to bat control video350104 Bat Free Belfries: A Guide To Bat-Proofing Video

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(Margaret Brittingham & Lisa Williams-Whitmer)

This Pennsylvania State University duo of wildlife biologists has put together a video that explains bats and their manners, along with bat biology. The best way to remove bats from homes is shown along with how to bat-proof your home once the bats have been evicted. Finally, how to build bat houses and theories of placing a bat house are explained.

If the colony is already established at your home, you need to determine if young are present. Young are flightless until about mid august. (remember all dates in animal damage control are generalities. Your situation may be different. Dates can be off in your situation by as much as thirty days or more). Nevertheless the times to be wary of bat exclusion, unless you don't care about killing the young, is between June and mid-August.  

The abbreviated process for excluding bats from your building can be outlined as follows: Exclusion is the best and surest way A free informational guide can be downloaded below. Warning, bat control is conceptually simple but practically speaking difficult to implement. Click her to find a qualified professional

a. check the time of year. Between May-Mid August, controlling bats by exclusion may result in the deaths of the young by preventing adults from returning to feed young.

b. close all the holes around your building with foam, caulk or 1/4 inch hardware cloth. (except the holes the bats use to leave the building) These holes can be identified by doing a bat watch at dusk or looking carefully for rub marks around holes or for droppings below the entrances (for more information, click here.)

c. over the bat exits, install a one way door or bat trap. This will allow the bats to fly out but not return. Since you closed all the other openings they can't fly into those spots either.

Order a one way door . For best service, e-mail your name address and phone number to admin@wildlifedamagecontrol.com and then call in your credit card number to 413-796-9916. You can also fax your information to 304-345-2448

Bat TrapYou can also use (if legal in your state) BAT Traps

12" Bat Trap

18" Bat Trap

 

d. don't think that if you build a bat house the bats will simply leave and enter the bat house (Click here to learn about Bat Behaviour.) However, if you would like information about bat houses click here .

Sound simple? It is. The problem is getting on the ladder and finding all those openings. Beware though. Even properly proofed houses may still cause spooked bats to fly into your living space until they all eventually leave.

 

a. Place lights in the attic. Be careful though they may simply go and live in the walls between the studs.

b. install an exhaust fan. Bats need hot temperatures to raise young. Installing an exhaust fan in the attic that turns on when the temperature gets too hot will help discourage bats from living in your home. Do this before the bats return from winter hibernation for best results. Also the fan temperature gauge should be set at 70 degrees F.

c. Mothballs can be irritating to bats but there are dangers to using them in your home. We DO NOT recommend them. Chances are to get bats out of the house with moth balls will require enough moth balls to drive you and your family out of the house too. Plus it is a potential fire hazard.

Free Guide

If you would like a copy of the Massachusetts Guide to Homeowners and Bats, (without paying for postage click here) otherwise, send a SASE manila envelope size 81/2x51/2 with one dollar's worth of postage to us. We do not sell this booklet. We provide it as a free service and we are grateful to the Mass. Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife for allowing us to make photo copies of the booklet.  Be assured that WDC does not sell mailing lists or customer information. At present we don't even do mailings or e-mailings, nor do we anticipate doing so in the foreseeable future.

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Click here to read about BAT HOUSE BASICS

 

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