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 at home, office or from any living area.
Home Remedies to Prevent Bats
1. Moth Balls
The moth balls also known as naphthalene balls are the top-most solution to get rid of bats. These balls not only chase away bats, but also avoid their re-entry at home. You can find such balls easily at the pest control stores. Buy and tie them in a soft cloth and hang at your home. The effectiveness of moth balls as repellents depends on the ventilation. If the place has proper ventilation, effectiveness of naphthalene balls will be low (2). These balls should be frequent replaced for the effectiveness (3).
Note: When used in large quantities, it can also cause health risks.
Get enough netting materials, sealants or hard boards. Now find the bat residing area and closely monitor the entry zone. Once the bats leave that area in the night in search of food; seal the region and immediately clean that zone. 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 move out.
The smell of phenol repels bats and makes the place unpleasant for them to reside in, as it irritates them. Buy white phenol from the supermarket and use a spray bottle to spritz it all over the areas where bats occupy. Repeat spraying phenol until the odor gets too strong for the bats (7).
4. Repair Walls
The roof or the walls in your house may have smaller holes. A hole that is as small as 1 or ½ inch is also 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 the 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 and, as a result, bats will be scared surely (14, 15).
8. Hang Aluminum Foil
Aluminum foil hangings not only produce a chime-like sound but also they bling as you light up the area. Both the sound and also the light reflection disturb bats. Use this technique at the entry point or at their nest (16).
Hang small mirrors in the areas where bats are residing. Once you turn the lights on, these mirrors reflect and disturb bats to the extreme. Using mirrors technique will surely drive the bats away.
10. Water Spraying
To execute this operation, 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
It is believed that the noise created by the ultrasonic sound emitter device chases the bats from your home. However, these devices are not very effective, but worth a try. Attics can 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 decor sleeping at your home in the other 11 months may come in handy to get rid of bats. Take the rice bulbs, bling balls, and glitter materials and hang them in bat colonies of your house. The moving objects that are also bright chases 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 in your house. Bats hate to land on these gels and they quickly move away.
- Similar to the gel, there is also 4 The Birds Liquid available in the market to prevent bats from your house.
Note: Solution given above is a temporary solution. It does not guarantee permanent removal of bats (20).
Take a powdered form of 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 and then provide an alternative place in the form of bat box. The construction of bat box is done according to maternity colonies of bats (21). Bat proof your home during fall or winter (22).
- The best season to get rid of bats is the time before their actual 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 so that the bats go out in search of prey (24, 25).
- If you are living in a country where bat conservation is given maximum priority then call up the best and cost effective bat evacuation team in your city (26).
- Repeat bat evacuation plan at least for a week so that the bats never turn towards your home again.
- After bat evacuation from 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 reside in low temperature (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 thereafter you 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).