How to Make Non-Toxic Bat Repellent Spray

In our previous blog, we discussed which products on the market are not recommended for controlling nuisance bats around your property. Although we gave you some advice on which spices you can use to ward off bats, it might help to learn a safe and effective recipe for a homemade, non-toxic solution that works effectively as a repellent against bats.

Continue reading to learn how to make this easy, humane, and non-toxic bat repellent spray using simple ingredients found around the house!

What You Will Need:

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What To Gather Up as Supplies

You will need a clean, unused plastic spray bottle. You can purchase these for a few dollars at any local convenient store or department store. You can also find them at home improvement stores, dollar stores, craft stores, gardening stores, and online vendors. After you get yourself a plastic bottle, you might want to opt for some safety gear, such as rubber gloves or eye goggles. These will protect your skin, eyes, and mouth from anything irritating in the repellent.

As for ingredients, bats hate strong-scented spices, such as cinnamon, menthol, spearmint, peppermint, eucalyptus, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic. Most of these items can be found in your pantry or spice cabinet. Otherwise, simply visit your local grocer and gather them up there.

How to Make and Apply Your Repellent

It is important to know that this repellent can irritate your skin, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. This means it can also have the same effect on pets. So before using your solution, be sure you have a plan in place to protect your pets from the areas where the repellent has been applied.

To make your repellent spray, simple combine water with whichever ingredients you have chosen, and transfer the solution into your plastic bottle. Now just don your protective gear and get started with the application process. Here’s how:

Think about the areas where the bats are becoming a bother. Perhaps they are taking over your log pile, inhabiting a common tree on your property, or some other area that needs to be bat-free. This is where you want to apply the repellent.

When spraying the repellent, be sure to apply it 6 to 8 inches away from the surface to ensure even distribution. Continue spraying around the area, and then move onto a perimeter application.

Take a walk around the larger area that needs to be excluded of bats. Using the spray, create a boundary, and then remember where the boundary is with land markers. This will help you keep pets away from the area.

Permanent Bat Control Solutions

To truly get rid of nuisance bats, you may need more than just a repellent. Typically, environmental modification strategies must also be combined with a repellent to resolve your nuisance bat problem at its root. By abating bat activity on and around your property, you can further protect your outdoor pets from bat confrontations. Certain environmental changes coupled with professional bat exclusion services are the best strategies for abating bat activity. Contact a licensed Virginia bat removal and control company in your town for humanae bat exclusion advice and assistance.

Who to Call for Virginia Bat Control at an Affordable Price

Call Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 for safe and humane bat removal and control assistance in Old Dominion. We serve all of Virginia and its surrounding areas. We offer 24 hour bat removal, as well as, numerous residential and commercial bat exclusion services, such as bat cleanup and restorations for bat damages. We even provide insurance work! Contact us today for a free estimate.

Products That are Not Recommended for Bat Control

If you have a nuisance bat problem on your property, there are good ways and bad ways to manage the situation. Bats, although quite bothersome to homes and buildings, are actually critically important to our Eco-system and local economies. For this reason, bats are protected by law, and it is not legal for someone to trap, harm, kill, or even keep a bat as a pet, unless they are authorized by the state.

This can be quite confusing since property owners can go online or to certain retailers and purchase products that are advertised as “bat pest control.” The problem with these products, besides the fact that they are mostly ineffective, is that they are inhumane and unsafe. If you have a nuisance bat problem on your hands, please avoid these dangerous and often times, inhumane products advertised for bat abatement.

Continue reading to learn which products you might find on the market that are not good for bat removal and control, as well as, a terrific homemade recipe for an effective and safe bat repellent spray.

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Bird Netting

If you ever come by a pest control worker that recommends setting up bird netting to catch and remove bats, do not take their advice. Bird netting is incredibly inhumane for bats, as it can damage their wings, cause orthopedic injuries to their tiny hips and forearms, and even cause womb injuries to pregnant female bats.

Furthermore, bird netting can be very dangerous for other types of wildlife, as well as, dogs, cats, and even small children. It can cause strangulation, circulatory depravation, deep cuts and wounds, and more. These same principles apply to bird spikes, which are also inhumane and ineffective against bats.

Shock Track Systems

Similar to bird netting, retailers also offer products that deliver a small pulse of shock if a bird (or another flying animal) decides to roost on a ledge. These are called shock track systems, and although they are advertised to deliver a “harmless” shock, we still consider them utterly inhumane. Bats are not birds; they are mammals just like us! So, setting up a system that electrocutes them is wrong, even with the shock being physically harmless.

Pest Repellents

Most pest repellents on the market, whether in granule form or sprays, are usually toxic to both living organisms and nature. Not only are these generally ineffective, they are harmful to people, pets, animals, insects, trees, grass, plants, soil, underground water supplies, and more. It is never recommended by bat removal specialists to use such repellents on any kind of wildlife, especially bats. Not only will they not solve your problem, they will pose several health risks to you and your loved ones.

See our blog, “A List of Household Spices to Keep Bats Away” to learn how to make a safe and humane, non-toxic bat repellent recipe that you can make from scratch, and for just a few dollars!

How to Safely Get Rid of Bats in Virginia

Call Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 for safe and humane bat removal and control assistance. We serve all of Virginia and its surrounding areas. We offer 24 hour bat removal, as well as, numerous residential and commercial bat exclusion services, such as bat cleanup and restorations for bat damages. We even provide insurance work! Contact us today for a free estimate.

A Species Comparison of Social Bats Versus Solitary Bats

Here in Virginia, there are around 16 species of bat found around our local ranges. Common species include the Gray bat, Indiana bat, Hoary bat, Silver-Haired bat, Red bat, and of course, the Virginia Big-Eared bat. All Virginia bat species, and more, can be classified as either social or solitary. But their classification largely depends on their natural behaviors.

Continue reading to learn the difference between social and solitary bats, including which local bat species fit into each category.

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Solitary Bats

Solitary bats are just that: bats that keep to themselves. They do not settle and roost in colonies. Instead, they live alone and migrate south to warmer areas for the winter. Some species, however, are known to hibernate for the winter, rather than migrate. Generally, solitary bats take up shelter in trees along riverbeds, or in rock crevices. Common species of solitary bats here in Virginia include the Hoary bat, Red Bat, and Silver-Haired bat.

Solitary Bat Species:

➞ Silver-Haired Bat
➞ Red Bat
➞ Hoary Bat

Social Bats

Social bats are the exact opposite of solitary bats. They are colonists, meaning they take up shelter as groups, and hibernate in their chose shelter for the winter. Most often, social bats are found roosting in hollowed trees, abandoned mines, buildings, and even residential settings, like attics and wall voids. Common species of social bats include the Little Brown bat, Big Brown bat, Tri-Colored bat (formally known as Pipistrelle), Evening bat, Indiana bat, and Northern Long-Eared bat. Of these species, the Indiana and Evening bat are listed as endangered.

Social Bat Species:

➞ Indiana Bat
➞ Northern Long-Eared Bat
➞ Gray Bat
➞ Southeastern Bat

Social bats that are not typically found in Virginia: The Little Brown Bat, Big Brown Bat, Tri-Colored Bat (Pipistrelles), and Evening Bat.

Putting Up With Nuisance Bat Problems in Virginia?

Call Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 for safe and humane bat removal and control assistance in Old Dominion. We serve all of Virginia and its surrounding areas. We offer 24 hour bat removal, as well as, numerous residential and commercial bat exclusion services, such as bat cleanup and restorations for bat damages. We even provide insurance work! Contact us today for a free estimate.