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Bats are nocturnal flying mammals that can cause property damage and health hazards. Think you might have bats in your attic or around your home and want to know how to get rid of them? Don’t worry—there are several ways to scare bats away without hurting them.

In this article, our bat extermination team presents tips to safely get rid of bats in your home.

Be advised that it is illegal to kill them—3 species of bats are included on the Canadian government’s List of Wildlife Species at Risk.

 

3 tips and tricks to get rid of bats

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There are 3 ways to get rid of bats without harming them that are particularly quick to set up and simple to use:

  1. Light
  2. Ultrasonic transmitters
  3. Natural repellents

1. Light

It’s a well-known fact that bats are averse to light—that’s why they are always on the lookout for somewhere dark to hide during the day. If you are experiencing a bat infestation, keep your garden lights on at night, or get more if you don’t currently have enough illumination around your home.

Ideally, all sides of your home should be lit for the deterrent to be effective. It’s a good idea to use LED bulbs—they provide good strong light and reduce your electricity consumption.

2. Ultrasonic transmitters

Bats like the quiet. They have sensitive ears that make loud noise irritating. To reduce your risk of a bat infestation, you can install an ultrasonic transmitter in your yard. These devices emit sounds that are inaudible to humans but irritating to bats, who can hear a wider range of frequencies.

Note that the effectiveness of this method is inconsistent, as its range is limited and it is difficult to maintain a signal continuously.

3. Certain natural odours

Natural repellents are one of the most effective ways to keep wild animals away from your home. This method works on many types of animals, including bats.

Natural repellents have the advantage of being inexpensive, simple to set up, and easily accessible—you may already have them in the house:

  • Mothballs
  • Eucalyptus and mint essential oils

These 3 techniques are great for fighting infestations, but also for preventing them. You can use them immediately even if bats haven’t taken up residence in your home. You can never be too careful!

 

What to do once the bats are gone

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The methods described above may be effective at scaring bats away from your home, but they aren’t a miracle cure—the bats could return as soon as you stop using them.

Other steps must be taken to ensure that the problems bats cause are dealt with once and for all.

Seal your home to prevent the bats from coming back

Sealing your home after a bat infestation is essential in order to prevent the pests from coming back.

Bats can enter your home through surprisingly small holes and cracks, so it’s important to seal off potential entry points, regardless of their size. You can do it yourself, or hire a professional sealing and caulking service like the one Elite Pest Control offers.

Hiring a professional is your best option, because nothing beats the expertise of a certified technician. A team of specialists will know how to find the smallest nooks and crannies animals can use to get in and select the right products to seal the entry points permanently.

Check the state of your attic and insulation

If you have read up on your intruders (by perusing the All About Bats section written by our team, for example), you will know that bats can cause quite a bit of damage, particularly due to their guano.

That means that getting rid of the bats and sealing the entry points are not enough:

  • Pest decontamination will eliminate the health risks associated with the accumulation of bat guano. This must be done carefully with the proper protective equipment.
  • Checking the state of the insulation in your attic can help you avoid further problems down the line.

These additional tasks are part of our comprehensive pest control services, because we know that infestations can easily recur if only extermination is done.

 

Leave bat removal to the professionals

As you can see, there are methods to repel bats, but they may not be effective if the infestation is already underway. If you have seen a bat inside your home or found droppings in your attic, don’t hesitate to contact a team of professionals.

The Elite Pest Control team specializes in deterring, exterminating and removing pests such as bats. Our experts will be able to determine which procedures to use to get rid of your infestation once and for all. Contact us for more information!