Bat Proofing your Home
Are you having an issue with Bats either in your home, in your attic, or flying around? Well its time to take some action and close up the areas on your home that they are using to get in! Some bats reside in structures, and may continue to do so with little threat to population if they aren't able to access residing places and the possibility for exposure to individuals is low. However, bats should always be avoided from coming into rooms of your house. As mentioned above, "bat proofing" your house or residing areas can prevent bats from using your house for a roosting site. For best results, get in touch with a Bat removal specialist to perform these Bat Exclusion or Bat Proofing of your home.
If you choose to do the "bat-proofing" yourself, here are some suggestions:
Carefully analyze your house for gaps that might allow bats access into your residing areas. Any openings larger than a quarter-inch by a half-inch should be caulked and sealed. Take a look at all of the soffits, the facia, and the roof line. Make sure that there is a tight seal and no openings leading into the attic. If there is even a ¼ inch of space you will want to make sure that it is caulked and sealed. Fill electrical and plumbing gaps with stainless-steel made of wool or caulking. Ensure that all gaps to the outside close firmly.
Most bats migrate in the fall or winter to hibernate, so these are the best times to "bat-proof" your house. During summer, many younger bats aren't able to fly. If you remove mature bats during this time, the younger may be stuck within your attic and die, it may also be against the law to remove bats during certain times of the year for bats are a protected species in some states. Make sure you call your local wildlife control professionals for guidance and assistance.
An exclusion is where you seal up the home from any of the openings, damage or access points that the Bat or other animals have used to gain access to your attic and home. This is more on the handyman side of things. If you are not good at handyman or construction work you may want to give me a call, Brendan Mangnitz, and I can go out there with my exclusion crew and take care of the Bat damage for you. If you want to try it, then keep reading and good luck! You want to use only the best materials anytime you are dealing with Bats. They are strong and fierce, and very determined. The foam that they sell at the hardware store, is 100% GARBAGE. Bats can chew right through this, this just makes them laugh. You want to use only Steel, Metal, and Concrete products. Identify all the areas on the home that have gaps or openings. You then want to seal off these areas ensuring that future animals cannot get into the structure. Take your time and do a good job closing off your home from the Bats, take a look at the roof, walk the soffits, and really make sure you locate any spots that can be potential access points. Roof returns are common areas that Bats generally use, you will want to close these off using metal and concrete. See the way I closed off this Roof Return on a home, this is how you do exclusion work to guarantee that you will not have a future issue with Bats!
If you think you are having an issue with bats in your and want to get an expert opinion on the sounds you are hearing, give me a call! My name is Brendan Mangnitz with Centurian Wildlife Control and I am always available to help identify the sounds you hear, and I would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.