Summer is Bat Proofing Season

Right is the time to really think about animal-proofing your house against nuisance bats. If you live near wooded or forested areas, or a large body of water, you are even more prone to bat activity around your property. Between the months of April and August, bats look for shelter in order to have their babies. Usually, that shelter winds up being residential attics! So, avoid being intruded by bats this season.

Use these bat control tips to ensure your home is fully protected all year long!

Protect Your House From Intruding Bats

Bats in the Attic

Although bats are Ecologically important to our surrounding environment and overall economy, they are terrible as house guests. When bats intrude our attics, crawl spaces, and wall voids, they can cause a long list of structural damages. Extensive drywall and insulation damages are just the tip of the iceberg, as their activity also destroys floorboards, stains ceilings, and causes terrible, lingering odors. Furthermore, bats are known carriers of several infectious diseases and nasty parasites, such as Rabies, Leptospirosis, lice, bat mites, ticks, fleas, and more.

How to Get Rid of Bats

When it comes to getting rid of bats, you never want to attempt the job yourself. Whether you have single bat in the house or a full colony of bats in the attic, your job is to contact a licensed Virginia bat removal company for professional assistance. If you are simply experiencing heightened bat activity around your property, and wish to abate any bat infestations or external property damages, you can implement some bat control methods on your own.

Do-It-Yourself Bat Control Tips:

Locate Possible Entry Ways

Most bats can fit through a hole as small as 3/8ths of an inch! So, you can imagine just how easy it is for one to access your attic, siding, roof shingles, or other areas of your home. Take a walk around the outside of your house and look for holes, gaps, openings, and any other possible entry points for a bat.

Be sure to seal up anything you find, and then call a professional bat control company for more permanent solutions. They use top quality materials like caulk, mesh sheeting, stainless steel wool, and expanding foam insulation to seal out bats and keep your home looking nice.

Implement Routine Inspections

After you are sure your home is sealed and protected against bat intrusions, it is wise to stay on top of routine inspections, both inside and out. Regularly check your attic and crawl space areas for signs of bats in the house. Also inspect the outside, looking closely at your siding, roofing, and nearby trees for signs of bat activity.

Install Motion-Detection Technology

Bats will startle away at the eruption of bright light or noise. If you suspect that bats are coming too close to your property, or some particular area of your property, you could be successful keeping them away by installing motion-detection lighting or alarms. Now, if you have neighbors nearby, this might not be the most viable option, but this method can be useful in small applications.

Are you ready to get your home or business protected against bats? Contact Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 for comprehensive bat removal and control services in Richmond and all surrounding Virginia counties.

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How to Use One-Way Screening to Get Rid of Bats

Sometimes, bats like to use your stuff as their own, namely for a place to live. This time of year, it is common for bats to roost inside jungle gyms, play sets, tree houses, bird houses, siding, soffits, roofing, attics, and more. If you are noticing bats flying in and out of a certain area of your property night after night, there is a simple and humane technique that might keep them out for good. It involves using one-way screening, which is inexpensive and easy to come by. Continue reading to learn where to get it, how to use it, and what to do if the bats still stick around.

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One-Way Mesh Screening

One-way screening is simply metal mesh material that is highly pliable. It is available in rolls or sheets at most home improvement stores. You can expect to pay between $4 and $11 for your materials, depending on how much you need and the retailor you choose. A couple great features of one-way screening is its light weight and flexibility, both of which makes it easy to handle and apply. Furthermore, it comes in bulk quantities, allowing you to custom cut the size you need to cover the space the bats are entering though.

How to Use One-Way Screening

One-way screening will allow bats to exit the area they continue to occupy each night, but it will not allow them to re-enter. So, the key is to install your mesh screening while bats are inside. This way, when they wake for the evening to hunt, they will squeeze through and leave, but they will not be able to squeeze back through the other way.

You see, all you have to do is cut a piece of your wire mesh screen to size. You need just enough material to cover the bottom and top of the entry point, including the sides. When you install the screening, you will need to leave a “lip” of screen handing off of the bottom. This is where the bats will squeeze through to get out, but they won’t be able to get back in this way.

Add Some Bat Houses

After you have excluded the bats with your one-way screening technique, it is encouraged to hang a bat house nearby to continue supporting the local bat populations. Furthermore, this will divert their focus on roosting in the bat house, rather than you own house! See our blog, “Tips for Adding Bat Houses to Your Property” to learn what you need to know about bat house installation and management.

How to Follow Up

Once you divert the bats away from their hang-out, it is important that you follow up by having your home inspected for bats. If you have one bat in or around your house, you likely have more. This is especially true when bats are found inside a home or building. To protect your home from future bat infestations, contact a local Virginia bat removal and control company for bat-proofing and abatement service.

Where to Get Safe, Non-Lethal Bat Control Service

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 with 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 at 804-729-9097 to request a free estimate, anytime.

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