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Getting Rid of Bats

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Bats are actually very beneficial to have around because they eat an enormous number of bothersome insects such as mosquitoes. However, if they are nesting in your attic, you will probably want to get rid of them. This is a guide about getting rid of bats.

     

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Question: Getting Rid of Bats

Recently, I noticed droppings on my outdoor patio table. The exterminator said it was bat droppings from a bat that stays in my outdoor umbrella. How do I get rid of the bat? I can't use my deck otherwise. I've never had any bat problems for the last 18 years.

By Wanda from Whitehouse Station, NJ


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By Ren10/21/2010

As someone who works in zoology, I want to set some bat myths strait. Bats don't mind light in fact they will fly at light simply to eat the bugs that swarm there. If you think it may bite you or get you sick. Most bats wont ever get close enough to a human to do either. And if they do get close there merely eating Mosquitoes and other insects that were about to land on you.

As long as the bat is outside there's no property damage and a lot of people now a days are building bat boxes to attract bats to there house for the beneficial aspects. Insect eating bats devour millions of insects a year. from mosquitoes and moths. To Crickets and spiders! And well spiders may be a lot more of a risk. Even Bees and Wasps may get eaten Fruit eaters pollinate flowers and disperse the seeds. Most eucalyptus trees exist from a bat. Either by pollination or eating the fruits it produces and disbursing the seed.

Having bats outside may also be keeping bugs from getting inside. why spend money and energy getting rid of a bat only to spend more tie and energy spraying for beetles and bees and other things. If you want the bat out of the mbrells put some bat boxes far enough from your home like 300 meters or the edge of your property and you'll get he benefits of less insects, While still never needing to see the bat or his droppings again.

Or just get rid of his home the umbrella. Hopefully hell get the point and find somewhere else. If you want him gone for good with no chance of come backs you can call a wildlife trapper who will gradually relocate him to somewhere else. Do not try to remove him yourself.

Question: Home Remedies to Keep Bats Out of my House

I have lived in my rental house since September of 2007, and have had a total of 8 bats throughout the years come out in my house. I know at least 1 of their roosting areas, in attic cubby hole. Around the chimney there are lot of bat droppings.

My landlord says he will look for the entry spaces and try to seal them again. These bats are a huge problem for me since I am deathly afraid of bats! I like start to hyperventilate and cry and really am petrified of these bats. They are small brown bats. I am scared about bats possibly having rabies.

I was told Bounce fabric dryer sheets will help keep bats from entering my home because of the strong smell of dryer sheets. If this works I will do this around chimney, their roosting place and pray I don't get another bats again flying in my house. Last night the brown bat came out into my daughter's room, she's 11. So can anyone please give ideas? I don't have $500 to have an exterminator to get rid of these bats.

By Heidi


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By Robin Harrison05/24/2012

This is 100% your landlords responsibility! Not yours. Bats are a very dangerous thing to have in your house because most of them carry rabies and many times you won't even know you have been bitten (if you are asleep) so you won't get treatment until it is too late.

There is no cure/remedy for rabies unless you are treated immediately - before you start showing symptoms. I don't want to freak you out but this is very serious. Please make your landlord take care of this immediately or you and your family should move out.

Question: Getting Rid of Bats in the Attic

How can I get rid of bats from behind a wall or in the ceiling of my home?

By Anna from PA


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By vicki hood10/29/2009

I have heard from a neighbor that if you play loud music in the attic about the time they enter for the night, they wll leave. Please do not kill them as they are very beneficial for eliminating mosquitoes. You might check with your local wildlife rescue for other remedies.

Question: Removing a Colony of Bats from Garage

We have a huge garage, the bats just keep comming out of a certain part of it at night, it seems nonstop. We can't use that part of the garage because of them. I know all the benifits of having them around, and I totally agree. They come out of multiple cracks, I really don't want them harmed, just living in the nearby woods with lots of trees with woodpecker holes, nearby wet area. Any suggestions? Thanks.

By Pam L.


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By vicki hood03/17/2013

Rural? If it won't disturb your neighbors, play a loud radio in the most affected area 24 hours a day for as long as it takes but not when they have young. Few days to better than a week.

Question: Bat Houses Too Close to Home

My dad built several bat houses and he loved to sit on the deck in the evenings and watch them swarm out by the thousands! Here's the problem. He built them only about 15-20 feet from the house and right over the deep well. They both suddenly fell seriously ill and my dad died. It may or may not have had anything to do with the bats, but no one wants to be around the property and especially drink the water. And the backyard stinks! How can we get rid of the bats or is there anyway to move the houses?

By Michelle


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By Bailey R.05/08/2013

You can't move the bats, they already are used to having a home close by yours. You could call someone to come and get them but there is no way you could do it alone.

Question: Getting Rid of Bats

Every morning my white garden chairs and all the pathways are covered with bat droppings. I appreciate they eat mosquitoes, but this is too high a price to pay! It takes hours to clean and the next morning its disgusting again.

By Judy


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By Linda09/10/2013

If you can find their 'nesting' holes at night, when they are out plug those holes. You don't want to seal them in, just keep them out. Best to consult an expert though.

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Archive: Getting Rid of Bats

I was wondering how do I get rid of bats living on my trees. I look out my window and there's like cocoons everywhere all over my trees, and there's bats living in them. I want to get rid of them, they are everywhere. How would I go about getting them off my trees and away from my house?

Ashley From MA


RE: Getting Rid of Bats

Bats don't like the light, so either decorate your trees with outdoor "Fairy" lights or string unwanted CD's to the branches. These reflect any light and might deter them. They also dislike the smell of cedar. I hope this helps, good luck. Monique x (Somerset.UK) (05/18/2005)

By Monique

RE: Getting Rid of Bats

Call your local state park and ask if they can help you locate someone who can solve your problem. (05/18/2005)

By mkymlp

RE: Getting Rid of Bats

Although I have no ideas about how to get rid of bats, I have a question: why would you want to? They normally don't bother people, and they're wonderful for keeping mosquitoes and other night time nibblers away. We had one that lived on our front porch for a year or more, and now that he's gone I miss having him fly over our heads once it started getting dark. Call me crazy, but I'm seriously considering some bat houses to attract more to my yard.

Terry from Chilli, OH (05/19/2005)

By terdralynn

RE: Getting Rid of Bats

I read an article recently that bats eat 10,000 mosquitoes an hour. Sound like a good mosquito controller to me.

Susan from ThriftyFun (05/23/2005)

By ThriftyFun

RE: Getting Rid of Bats

The best site I've found on Bat control is here: www.batcon.org The web site said that electronic devices don't work (too bad for me) and killing them may leave nasty, decaying carcasses and poison potential for the family pets. So, if you can build a one-way exit, the bats will find another place. Additionally, if you build them another place to live, in conjunction with evicting them from your attics, you'll serve them and yourself at the same time. (06/28/2005)

By Mark M.

RE: Getting Rid of Bats

We found out about this accidentally through a friend. This works 100% first you get the bats out of where ever they are. Ours were living in an vent under the roof overhang, then, while they are gone, hang a mobile which you've made out of small double sided mirrors. This mobile should be big enough to cover the area they or getting into. We did this and no more bats got in there. It must mess with their radar and then they can't "see" to get in their "hang-out". We had friends that discovered this in a porch area that always had a couple of bats and they hung up a mirrored mobile and no more bats. I thought it was worth trying and it worked. (08/05/2005)

By J. Warren from Greenville, SC

RE: Getting Rid of Bats

Here is a link that might help. www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/bathouse

Because bats are beneficial in keeping insects away, mosquitoes especially, it might be best to follow some of the advice in bat proofing your house, but building them a bat house away from your dwelling. That way you won't have them flying around your house, but will still get the benefit of their eating the insects. Susan from ThriftyFun (08/06/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Archive: Getting Rid of Bats in the Attic

How do I chase away bats from the attic?

By abettere from NC


RE: Getting Rid of Bats in the Attic

You may want to contact your local municipal government. They should be able to help you get rid of them. Remember bats are great, outside, they catch a lot of insects that cause you to itch. However, in the attic is not good. Their feces can cause breathing difficulties. Once you have them removed you will have to patch up the holes where they are getting in, or you'll just be doing it again. They can get in through a very tiny hole. But again, check with your local municipality to get local help. (08/04/2009)

By quiltmum

RE: Getting Rid of Bats in the Attic

I live on the water. I have bats in the attic. I love them. I love going out at dusk and dawn and watch them fly above all the trees. I may buy some bat houses and deter them from the attic. They are good for eating insects. (08/05/2009)

By lorraina

RE: Getting Rid of Bats in the Attic

You don't chase them away. They may have rabies. Call animal control and tell them you have bats and they will either take care of your problem or at least tell you what to do. Good luck. (08/06/2009)

By grannygirl

RE: Getting Rid of Bats in the Attic

Thank you all. I have called my local animal control office and got some advice, among which was building a bat house or waiting for them to go out and seal up their entrances. (08/08/2009)

By abettere

Archive: Getting Rid of Bats

I need to know how to get rid of bats under an umbrella.

By cristin1