Bat and home
The smell of both of these is intolerable to bats. Try using eucalyptus oil or eucalyptus-based gels as a natural bat repellent. Powdered cinnamon is very effective in chasing away bats.
Sprinkle some in the bat-infested area, and see results right away. The smell of phenol irritates these nocturnal creatures, so it works as an extremely effective home remedy to get rid of bats.
Buy white phenol and store it in a spray bottle — use this as bat spray in all the areas occupied by the bats. Keep repeating until the odour gets unbearable and the bats leave.
Perhaps the easiest way to ensure no entry or re-entry by bats in the house is by repairing all the walls in the house. Close all holes, cracks and crevices, and replace or fix broken or cracked tiles.
Bats are capable of entering through the smallest areas, even holes that are half an inch or so in width, so this would be the best way to keep them away from the house permanently.
After you have ensured that the bats have all left at night in search of food, clean out their nesting region s and cover them up with sealants, hard board or nets.
Make sure you use sufficient amounts of these to prevent them from entering again. Leave moth balls in those areas afterwards to keep them away permanently.
Use aerosol dog or cat repellent in the areas occupied by bats, but do this only after an exclusion device has been used to ensure the bats have left the area, at least for some time, otherwise you might end up causing harm to them or even killing them, and killing bats is illegal in certain places in the world, as well as inadvisable in general, as they contribute greatly to maintaining the stability of the ecosystem.
Exclusive bat repellents are available in the market in the form of sprays or gels. Use these to chase away bats from your attic, porch or chimney.
This seems strangely simple, but it is nothing if not effective. Keep spraying water in the areas where the bats roost to get them to move out.
The best part is that the water will cause annoyance while ensuring that they are not harmed in the least. Once the bats have left after being sprayed with water several times, clean and seal up the regions.
Use Mylar strips or moth balls as additional precautionary measures. A sticky anti-bat gel available all over the world, this is extremely effective in keeping bats away if applied at the entry points.
Bats are averse to landing on gels, so a generous use of this product will ensure that they leave. After making sure all of them have indeed left, clean and seal up the roosting areas.
Aluminium foil is great for use at the entry points as well as nesting regions of the bats. Hang some in these areas, and see the bats leave in almost no time.
The hangings not only cause a chime-like sound when they move in the wind, but also work as great reflective surfaces — both the sound and the light will cause disturbance to the bats and keep them away.
This is easily one of the most effective home remedies for keeping bats away from the house. They are not aggressive. This makes them look much bigger, especially if one is flying around inside your home.
To most people they look like an eagle or condor when cruising around in their house. They are about 4. Their wingspan is from 8. Their outdoor flying pattern when feeding is a very erratic pattern, usually darting back and forth and making quick direction changes.
Both Little Browns and Big Browns often emit a chattering sound as they get ready to exit their roosting areas at sunset to begin feeding. The sound is similar to a cricket or katydid noise.
The bats in our neighborhoods are insectivores, which of course means they live on insects. They consume a tremendous number of night flying insects every night during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.
Since bats consume extremely high numbers of mosquitoes and other night-flying insects, they are very beneficial to have around. Many homeowners are installing bat houses on their property to provide a natural method of insect control and reduce the need for pesticides.
Bat houses do not increase the chance of having bats in your home. Bat houses are not a solution for a bat problem in a structure.
Bats are not going to "move" from your home into a bat house. Bats do not attack people , and a fear of bats is caused by a lack of education about them.
Their echolocation system enables them to locate a tiny insect flying in total darkness. How could anyone think they would run into a person?
When people are outdoors at night, insects are attracted to us by heat and smell. The reason bats sometimes appear to be swooping towards us is due to the fact they are simply zoning in on the insects we attract.
The next time you see a bat pass close by, you should be thankful. It may have just eaten a West Nile Virus infected mosquito that was about to bite you!
Bats only become a problem when they decide to use an attic or other section of a home or building for a roosting or nursery colony.
Most people do not tolerate that idea very well, and it becomes necessary to evict the bats and repair the structure as needed to prevent them from entering in the future.
Bats may use caves or old mining shafts for roosts, but many of those areas are becoming scarce. Bats are adapting by using man-made structures for roosting and nursery colonies.
They are able to locate very small openings into homes and buildings, and it seems churches are one of their favorites.
Bats do not chew their way into structures! They only use gaps and holes that already exist, and locate them by sensing air currents and temperature.
They are simply opportunists. Taller structures are more likely to receive less maintenance due to a lack of access for repairs.
Since they are nocturnal and for the most part very quiet animals, they often use attics for years before the odor from the build-up of droppings alerts us to their presence.
Never seal your home without performing an exclusion! Most people will panic when they discover bats are living in their home.
It is the absolute worst thing you can do, but unfortunately the most common step that is taken.
People who fail to research the subject will usually seal the holes during the day when the bats are roosting inside. Now instead of an odor problem, you have a colony of stressed-out bats flying around in your house.
If they are not able to find their way into your living quarters, they die in the attic. You can guess how pleasant that becomes after a week or so.
Bat houses are becoming much more popular, as the trend towards natural pest control is growing. Bats consume tremendous numbers of night-flying insects, and will work long hours for free if you simply provide them a home.
The concerns relating to the West Nile Virus are prompting homeowners to install bat houses to help control mosquitoes.
The combination of mosquito reduction along with less use of chemicals is a win-win situation. Viewing their nightly feeding frenzy in the sky becomes a favorite evening activity for many homeowners.
Placing bat houses in the best location will increase the chance for bats to find and use the house. Much information can be found at the Bat Conservation International website.
There is a great deal of information on their site about bats, and also links to many other related sites. Understanding basic bat behavior helps us realize what causes them to enter the living quarters of our homes.
Bats are very sensitive to air currents, and the cool air which enters an attic after sunset is what triggers the bats to exit the structure and feed each night.
As an attic cools down, cool outside air is drawn into any cracks or holes, and the bats follow the air currents to the exit holes. It is very common for bats to find their way into the living quarters of homes, usually during warmer summer temperatures when we use our air conditioning.