As much as popular culture has created the myth of the blood-sucking bat, the real world is quite different. Bats are not aggressive creatures and are not looking to attack humans. However, bats are dangerous for other reason. For example, bat excrement carries serious diseases.
The fear that bats can induce in people, combined with health risks, can lead to the mistaken belief that bats lack value. In fact, we rely on bats to keep our yards clean by eating insects. If the bats were not at least in the general vicinity of our property, the creatures that were no longer being eaten would cause damage of their own.
We need bats, we just don’t want them to live with us. Prevention is the best medicine in most anything, and bat control is no different.
In addition to caulking the doors and windows, it’s also important to have some type of mesh covering for your chimney that will allow ventilation while still being tight enough to keep out the bat.
There are also ways of reducing the attractiveness of your house to bats. Mothballs in the attic and aerosol dog repellent are one option.
You can also use the bat’s enemies. An artificial owl mounted near potential access points can serve the same function for your home that a scarecrow does for a cornfield.
It’s possible that chasing the bat out of your home with a broom, or some other home remedy, can solve the problem. If that doesn’t work, or if the problem is systemic, it’s imperative to allow a professional to help.
Killing bats is illegal in the state of Mississippi. Furthermore, nine of the 15 bat species that are found here are considered endangered species. Killing any endangered species will bring down serious legal trouble. Even after all that, the original attractions and access points that brought the bat inside will still be there for others.
Magnolia Wildlife Solutions is skilled at performing the humane removal of bats and allowing you to still enjoy the many natural benefits that are derived when bats occupy their proper place in the ecosystem.
How Bats Get in a House
Bats are attracted to houses by the warmth and the possibility of protected shelter. The chimney is a prime entry spot for both reasons. It’s warm and, for a bat, it’s enough space to raise their offspring. From the chimney, they may fly out into your living room while you’re trying to relax and watch television.
The ventilation system is a natural entry point. Vents, particularly those connected to a washer and dryer, offer warmth. For a bat, they can offer shelter. If not properly sealed up, they can be accessed from the outside by a bat.
The roof offers another entry point. The rain and weather changes that impact roofs gradually loosen up their shingles. It doesn’t take much wiggle room for a bat — ⅜ of an inch at most — to squeeze inside.
Furthermore, there are some connecting areas on the roof that can be vulnerable. Any warping or damage can increase a bat’s ability to get in your attic.
The siding of your house can be damaged through natural wear and tear from the weather. Bats might not be able to create an opening on their own, but they can exploit whatever access point is available.
Finally, the windows and doors are natural possibilities. In addition to the opportunity presented when they’re left wide open, there are also little cracks and crevices that can be enough for a bat to get through. A good DIY prevention tip is to use caulking to fill in any gaps that appear in either the doorway or the windowsill.
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