Bats are human friendly living beings when it comes to preventing unwanted insects, and bugs from your home. Histoplasmosis is the most common flu-like health problem people suffer with when they inhale bat droppings. That is why many look for remedies on how to get rid of bats. But, you also need to finish the hide and seek game. Much prior to the mission of getting rid of bats at home; it is important to find their hiding place. Mostly, the bat smell and the smell of the bat droppings will help you find their refuge. If the smell does not guide you then, you can search for places where bat poops are present. Few common places where you can expect these partly-uninvited guests are attic, old unused things/ rooms, where dormer meets the roof, and the porch connect with the main segment of the house, the pergolas on the terrace that you hardly use, at the backyard where you have kept old furniture and more. It is easy to evacuate bats only when you are sure about where they are sheltered. The following are few effective home remedies to get rid of bats in your attic, home, office or from any living area.
How to get rid of bats
1. Moth Balls
Moth balls, also known as naphthalene balls, are one of the best remedies to get rid of bats. These balls not only repel bats, but also prevent them from returning to your home. You can find moth balls easily at pest control stores. Tie them in a soft cloth and hang them in the attic or wherever they are roosting. The effectiveness of moth balls as a repellent depends on the ventilation. If your home has proper ventilation, the effectiveness of naphthalene balls will be low (2). These balls should be frequently replaced to maintain effectiveness (3).
Note: When used in large quantities, there are health risks associated with moth balls.
Get a ready supply of netting materials, sealants and hard boards. Now find where the bats are residing and closely monitor their entry zone. Once the bats leave the area at night in search of food, seal their entrances and immediately clean that area. You can also use steel wool, oakum or foam rubber to close the openings (6).
If you want to prevent bats in the attic, then place some naphthalene balls after the bats are out hunting.
The smell of phenol repels bats and makes the place unpleasant for them to stay, as it irritates them. Buy white phenol from the supermarket and use a spray bottle to spritz it all over the areas where bats are living. Repeat spraying the phenol until the odor gets too much for the bats (7).
4. Repair Walls
The roof or the walls in your house may have smaller holes. A hole that is 1 or ½ inch is enough for a bat to get inside. Repair the walls and seal the entry points (8, 9). You can use rock wool insulation or fiberglass to close the openings.
There are also special aerosol pet repellents available in the pest control stores. Buy these aerosol repellents and spray them in the bat infested areas (11).
Note: Don’t spray it when bats are present on their roosting spot (13).
7. Mylar Balloons
This is a creative and a pleasant way to chase bats away. Once they move out in the night, hang Mylar balloons (filled with helium) in bat colonies and make sure these balloons remain in motion. The bats will be too scared of the balloons to return to their roost. (14, 15).
8. Hang Aluminum Foil
Aluminum foil hangings not only produce a chime-like sound but they also bathe an area in shards of light. Both the sound and also the light reflections disturb bats. Use this technique at the entry point or in their nest (16).
Hang small mirrors in the areas where bats are roosting. Extend some electrical lighting close to the mirrors or leave a long-life lasting flash light focused on the mirrors. Once you turn the lights on, these mirrors reflect light over the roost. Bats will not roost in these conditions. Using the mirror technique will drive the bats away.
10. Water Spraying
This is a very simple remedy for getting rid of bats: all you need is a long hose pipe. Spray water on the bats in the day time when they are roosting. This disturbs them but does not harm them at all.
11. Mechanical Repellents
Noise created by ultrasonic sound emitter devices can be used to drive bats away from your home. However, getting rid of bats with sound has had mixed results, but they are worth a try. Attics can also be cooled using fans to make the temperature unsuitable for bats (17). You can also use floodlights to discourage bats from the area (19).
12. Christmas Décor
It is not Christmas, but still the Christmas decorations lying unused in your basement can come in handy when trying to get rid of bats. Take the rice bulbs, bling balls, and glitter materials and hang them in the bat colonies of your house. The moving objects that are also bright scares the bats away.
13. “4 The Birds” Gel
This is a gluey anti-bat gel available in stores all over the world. Apply this gel at the entry points of the bat roosting spots in your house. Bats hate to land on these gels and they will soon move away.
- Similar to the gel, there is also “4 The Birds” liquid available on the market to prevent bats entering your house.
Note: Solution given above is a temporary solution. It does not guarantee permanent removal of bats (20).
Take powdered cinnamon and sprinkle it in the bat colony. This is an effective and a non-toxic way to chase the bats away from your home.
Be it eucalyptus oil, leaves or fragrance filled eucalyptus gel, the smell of eucalyptus annoys bats.
- Similar to the eucalyptus, peppermint also eliminates bats from your house.
This is a simple method where you have to identify the bat entrances and block them from entering. To bat-proof your home:
- First take a night watch to identify bat entrances.
- Seal holes to prevent reentry
- Provide an alternative roosting box or bat box to house the bat colony(21).
- Bat proof your home during fall or winter (22).
- The best season to get rid of bats is the time before their breeding season. February to March is the appropriate time to prevent bats from entering your home (23).
- Bat evacuation can be done at night only when the bats are out in search of prey (24, 25).
- If you are living in a country where bat conservation is enforced by law, you should call a professional to deal with your bat problem (26).
- Repeat bat evacuation plan at least for a week so that the bats never return towards your home again.
- After bat evacuation from your home, pay close attention to smaller stains on your roof, attic, etc. Not checking for the bat stains and not cleaning the stains completely will re-invite the bats to your home (27).
- Prevent bats in the attic by keeping the area cool, as bats don’t like low temperatures (28).
- To avoid the entry of bats in the house use chimney caps, window screens and draft-guards beneath doors to attics (29).
- Fill the plumbing and electrical holes with caulk or stainless steel wool to prevent entry of bats (30).
- Don’t try to catch bats, they tend to bite and they may have rabies (31).
- Avoid using pesticides and bat poisons to evacuate bats from your house. These poisons may kill the bat and dead rotting bats that are hard to find may pose noticeable health problems. The smell from rotting dead bat is a nightmare for all! (33).