Keep Bats Away From Your Home Using These Helpful Tips
Bats in the attic are a lot more common than most people realize. Staining the siding of your house, ruining insulation and causing moisture damage, bats in the attic can cause many headaches for homeowners.
Bat guano (feces) can accumulate pretty fast, and is a breeding ground for a fungal disease called Histoplasmosis, which is transferable to humans who breathe in the fungal spores. Additionally, bats are also known to carry rabies, a viral disease that causes progressive paralysis and in some cases, death in mammals, including humans.
To save yourself a headache, follow these helpful tips to keep bats out of your attic, and away from your home entirely.
- Place screens over attic vents. However, don't seal them completely; attic vents are necessary to keep the attic from accumulating toxic furnace gases such as carbon monoxide.
- Place a screen over the chimney, especially if it unused. Chimneys are an easy target for bats, and can be used to raise their young.
- Install stainless steel chimney caps with quarter-inch (6.35-mm) wire mesh to keep bats from entering furnace vents and chimneys
- Keep all your doors and windows shut, especially when it's dark out
- Make sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows, because bats can enter through the smallest of holes. Also, plug any holes around the outside of your house with hardware cloth, aerosol foam insulation, or weatherproofing strips.
- Swap your outdoor light bulbs with yellow lights that attract less bugs, which are a primary source of food for bats.
- Seal up any gaps in windows, siding, ceiling tiles or walls. Use caulk or silicone to seal up cracks in walls. Bats can enter and exit through cracks no wider than one half an inch.
If you suspect you have bats that are invading your attic, stake out your home. Being nocturnal, bats go out in the evening, just before dark. As it begins to get dark out, walk around your home to see if bats are exiting your house and identify where they exit your house.
If you find you’re having a bat problem, and want to take care of the issue once and for all, contact us. Combining our Bat Exclusion program with our signature Cat-Guard Exclusion Systems, we can ensure that your home is permanently protected from invasive pests like bats, along with many others.
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