How to get rid of bats

How to get rid of batsWhen some people realize that there are bats in their attic, the first thing they think of is extermination. Well, it’s probably a good idea to talk to a local exterminator about your problem, but exterminating yourself might not be the best way to get rid of bats in your area. In some areas of the country, certain types of bats are protected species. You could find yourself in legal hot water if you exterminate the wrong kind of bat. The best way to find out if your bat guests are of a protected species is to call a local bat removal service or just a generic exterminator. They would be able to help you and give you good information so that if the task is too huge for you to do yourself you’ll go back to them.

Getting the bats out of your house is essential. Bats can be dangerous. They carry deadly diseases. They can make your pets sick. They can leave a huge mess in the attic. If they’ve been in there for more than a couple of days, you’ll have a big cleanup project then. If they’ve been in there for a long time, you might end up having to replace a lot of flooring. Some people have to replace the entire ceiling of their second floor because of that damage.

Getting rid of batsThere are a couple of different ways to get the bats out. You could watch them go and then start sealing off the holes that they left through. However, if a couple stayed behind to take care of the young, those bats will still be in your attic when you go up there, and they will be active because it will be nighttime. A better way to do this would be to watch where they go to find the holes that they come in and out of. Then, make those holes so that the bats can leave, but they can’t get back in. You can do this simply by cutting a hole in the corner of a trash bag. Put that whole in where the bats get out and duct tape it open so that the bats can go through it while they are in the attic. They climb out of the hole and will be able to figure out that they have to climb down the trash bag hanging off the side of your house now. However, when they come back to the house, they won’t be able figure out that they need to get into the bottom of the trash bag to be able to get back into the house again. They’ll fly around trying to find their old hole.

If you don’t give the bats a good place to stay, they will look for new holes again. You will want to make sure your house is completely sealed. Even so, you can easily take care of this problem by giving them a bat house. You can hang a couple bat houses around your yard. Don’t leave them right next to the house. Bats do carry diseases and you don’t want them too close. Hang them on the side of your barn or a tree a short distance away from the house.

The Benefits of Having a Bat House Installed in Your Backyard

Bat HouseHaving a bat house in your yard means you’ll probably have some bats there too. Bats are a cool animal. At night, when the sun has gone down, if you watch the bat house at the right time you will see more bats come out of that small wooden box than you thought would ever be possible. It is likely that a whole colony will live in your bat house. At a distance, this is safe and a great resource to educate your children about local wildlife.

Do you know what they eat? They eat bugs. There are lots of animals that eat bugs. However, bats eat bugs in a different way than a lot of the landlocked animals. Most North American bats travel via echolocation. They are able to hear the location of the bug in the air which gives them more access to different bugs. They can eat thousands of bugs every single night. They are the most efficient pesticide ever known to the world. Having bats around your garden and the garden of your neighbors will mean that there are fewer pesticides going into our gardens. This is best for the longevity of the soil, and it is best for the people eating the fruits of the land.

Attracting BatsThere’re lots of reasons why having a bat house is good for us as people. The prime reason is probably that we don’t want bats in our own house. If you had a bat problem, and you want to expel bats, giving them a place to go will mean that they don’t try to come back into your house again.

Having a bat house is also good for bats. In the wild, bats had plenty of places to roost in forests. However, the American life is taking away so much of their natural habitat. There are more and more societies springing up to protect the bat. Providing a home for local species of bats is a great way to protect them.

There are some creatures that feel bats are a tasty treat. If you have a bat house, you probably want to protect them from such creatures. You want to have the bat house at least 10 feet off the ground, preferably closer to 20. Having the house on a pole is the best way to make sure that nothing can get in there while the bats are sleeping during the day. Another good option is the side of a barn. You want to be careful about installing it on a tree. You certainly can, just make sure it’s not one that predators can you easily go up.

If you want to attract bats, be careful about lighting situations. You don’t want the bat house to be in the path of a street light or your garage light. They want dark at night. At the same time, bats only stay in your bat house during the summer months if you live in northern regions. In contrast, make sure the house gets plenty of sunlight during the day because they love the heat. They usually live in caves during the winter because it is warmer. Some even migrate south. If you want bats to be part of your backyard ecosystem, you’ve got to treat them right and design proper bat house plans that’s true to their needs.

Bat House Plans - Construct the Perfect Structure to Attract Bats

Bat House PlansBuilding a bat house is a great idea. Bats are beneficial creatures to have around. In order to build one, you need good bat house plans. You need plans that will fit with your location as well as your design. You also need bat house plans that keep the bats’ well-being in mind.

Everybody should have a bat house in their yard. If you care about the environment, it is essential. Bats are an endangered species in many parts of the world. Most people view them as a pest and call an exterminator if they have them in their attic. Well, they’ll never need to go in your attic if you build them a bat house. Bats are an essential part of any local ecosystem. They eat bugs, and they’re plant pollinators. If we kill off the world’s bats by taking their habitats as we are currently doing, the whole world will suffer from it.

Building the bat house yourself is a great idea. You save money. You can build the bat box you want. You can customize it to go with the decor of your home and garden. There are a couple of crucial things to keep in mind though.

Bat Box PlansThe most important thing is the size. If you live in Alaska, you won’t need a very large bat house. Most likely, there aren’t a lot of bats in your area. A small bat house will accommodate any colonies that happened to come around. If you live in the South, a tiny bat box will do no good. In fact, most colonies won’t even go near it because they know that they can’t all fit into it. If you live in the South, you need to be looking at three or four, even for five chamber bat houses. These aren’t a lot more difficult to put together. They just need a few extra supplies and more time.

Every bat house plan should have a few crucial pieces. If a bat box plan does not have these, the designer of the plan probably doesn’t know enough about bat houses. You should not build bat houses from plans that don’t have of a predator guard, a solid roof, and something for the bats to cling to inside. That something for the bats to cling to can be ridges in the wood, or it could be a mesh that the bats can get their feet around. If the walls are flat and smooth inside, that’s not going to attract any bats.

One of the coolest parts of building the bat house yourself is that you can customize it. Color choices are a bit limited. You need to keep the bat house dark if you live in colder regions and light-colored if you live in warmer regions. After that though, you can add all sorts of embellishments. You can add a steep roof like a regular house if you think it is more attractive. Just make sure there is a ceiling inside so that there is some insulation. With the right color scheme, you can even paint some windows and doors onto the front. It is more difficult to do this with purchased houses.

Bat Control and Removal Tips

Bat removalIf you have bats in your attic, you do not want to take the situation lightly. Bats are a serious pest. They often carry rabies. Rabies is way too expensive to treat. They are also dangerous and can be fatal. On top of the danger of bats, there is a huge mess and a lot of destruction. When bats urinate and defecate in your attic, it starts to deteriorate the wood. It will start to rot in the floor of your attic and in the walls. This can cause the ceiling of your second story to sag. You may have to replace the whole floor. This isn’t even considering the fact that the smell is awful.

Some guides will say that you can only do bat removal in the spring and summer. They say that if you remove bats at other times of years that the bats have just had babies, and it is inhumane to remove them. For many parts of North America, especially in colder regions, this is a sound advice. However, you need to talk to a local expert. Regional experts on bat removal will know that you’re going to try to do it yourself. They’re not going to give you bad advice. They’d rather be helpful now so that if you do need help later you will trust them and go to their business. Use the resources that are available to you. Local guides on bats are much better than generic Internet guides that don’t talk about the bats in your region.

bat controlIf you’re going to expel the bats, you want to give them a place to stay. Bat houses and bat boxes are crucial. You don’t want to get rid of the bats completely because they’re beneficial to your local ecosystem. You also don’t want them to search around for another way to get into your attic. Building a bat house or buying one gives them a place to go.

You may be thinking that you can just use a bunch of rat poison in your attic. It might work; it might also be illegal. Depending on the species that you’re working with, there might be a lot of regulations about what you can do to deal with them on your own. If you are considering exterminating bats, this is another time would you need to ask a local expert about the bats that live in your region.

Once the bats are removed, sealing your house might be the most crucial part. If you don’t seal your house, they’ll just come back tomorrow. You need to figure out exactly where they left. You can you do this by watching them leave at night and watching them come back in the morning. You need to find the holes. You need to make sure there’s a way for the bats to get out while you’re getting rid of them but not a way for them to get back in. Once all the bats are gone, you need to go around and find every single hole and make sure it is well caulked and sealed so that they cannot reenter.

Bats and bat box

Bat boxBats are an essential part of any ecosystem, and the bat boxes should be too. Most bats in America are either pollinators or they are bug eaters. As the bee population is facing collapse, there is far more need for bats. Furthermore, as the use of pesticides is increasing and often depleting the natural resources in our soil, there is an increased need for natural pesticides like bats.

Bat BoxesUnfortunately, as the forests are being destroyed for lumber and paper and to create farmland, bats are losing their natural habitat. Bats usually like to colonize in the branches of dead and dying trees. However, there’re less and less places for them to stay. This means they’re not safe from predators during the day, and they’re dying off.

It also means that your attic might be a suitable home for them. For so many reasons, you do not want bats in your attic. Some bats carry diseases. If bats are urinating and defecating in your attic, it can cause a lot of damage to your home. They also can attract predators so that you have more than just one type of animal living in your attic.

The best solution to all of these problems is building a bat box. A bat house is a natural home that you can build for bats. You can buy them prebuilt as well. They are not expensive. You can place them on the side of your barn or on a special poll. They need to be placed about 15 to 20 feet off the ground to give them plenty of room to fly out.

Bat boxes keep bats safe. They keep them in their habitat. If you live in a colder region, bats will only live in your bat box during the summer. This is when you need them the most anyway. If they eat bugs, they will take out the mosquitoes that plague your summer fun. If you grow a garden, they will take out thousands and thousands of bugs each night. The average bat eats between two and six thousand bugs every single night. A colony will have 20 or more bats. That is a whole lot of bugs. That reduces your need for insecticides and pesticides and allows you to have more natural and organic fruits and vegetables coming out of your garden.

A bat house needs to be specially designed for bats. It needs to have a place where they can hang upside down inside. It needs to be located in an area that is safe from predators that want to eat those tasty bats. It needs to be painted dark if you live in a cold region so that heat can collect inside of the box. Bats prefer boxes made of wood.

There is no reason anyone should be afraid of having a bat box. Less than one person per year gets rabies from bats. It is an overblown problem. If your bat box is far enough away from your home, you may never see or interact with those bats.

How to build a bat house

how to build a bat houseWhen you’re building a bat house, you need to start with exterior grade wood. Obviously, you want your bat house outside so you need wood that is going to withstand the weather. Cedar is a great choice, but exterior grade plywood is fine too.

Building a bat house is like building a very narrow box without a bottom. The roof on the house is not flat. It needs to be in at least a 30° angle to protect the bats from the rain. This also protects the box from snow buildup and the damage that the heavy snow can cause.

You want the front of the box to have some holes or some gaps in it to allow for ventilation. You want these holes to be towards the bottom so that the top of the box where the bats will reside can get quite warm.

You need to add a predator guard to the front and back walls of the bat house. The predator guard is just a thin piece of wood to prevent any snakes or squirrels from climbing up there.

On the inside walls of the bat house, the bats are going to want to climb up and hold on with their feet. They sleep upside down hanging by their feet. You can cut grooves with a saw. You can cut these roughly every half inch and they need to be about an eighth inch deep for the bats to easily hang on. Building a bat houseYou can also use some plastic mesh. That’s even easier for the bats to hang onto. It’s also much simpler to install than making ridges all along the wood with your saw. You can just use a staple gun to put those up. Make sure you use plastic though and not metal due to the fact that metal can hurt the bats feet.

When you’ve got all the wooden parts of your bat house assembled, you really need to caulk all the edges. This keeps moisture and rain from getting in. It keeps the warmth in since the bats love warmth. It just makes the whole structure safer and more comfortable for the bats.

Once you’ve got it caulked, now it’s time to paint. For most people living in the northern hemisphere, you’re going to want paint it a black or dark navy blue. This is because dark colors attract the sun. You want that bat house warm because bats love warm weather. If you live in the Southwest or an area that is very hot, you could paint it a lighter color, even a white. The bats won’t need extra heat there.

To install the bat house you need to find a safe place. A tree is where people often think to put them, but it does not get the kind of sunlight that bats like. The sunny side of a barn or even a pole is a great place for a bat house. This way, they will be safe from anything that wants to eat them. They’ll have plenty of space to fly out of the bat house. You can also have the house at a distance from your own home.

Interesting facts about bats that you may want to know

 

  • There just three species of bloodsucking or vampire bats. They only live in Central and South America.

Vampire Bats

 

  • Wyoming is the home of the oldest fossilized bat which is reported to be over 50 million years old.
  • Flying foxes are a type of bat. They are the largest bats known to exist. They only live in rain forests and eat fruit and nectar, so they are harmless.

Flying Fox

 

  • Bats can’t stand up. That’s why they always hang upside down. The force of their heartbeat is stronger than the force of gravity so no matter how long they hang, blood never rushes to their head.
  • In North America, one bat can eat up to 6000 insects in one night.
  • The Kitty’s hog nosed bat, or the bumblebee bat, weighs as much as a dime. It is the smallest known bat. It only lives in Thailand and has a wingspan of 6 inches.

Bumblebee Bat

 

  • In many regions, bats are considered a powerful local pollinator just like the bee is. When these bats go extinct, the whole ecosystem will suffer.
  • Bats achieve amazing heights and speed. Some have been detected 3000 feet above the ground. Others can regularly fly 50 mph.
  • Less than one person per year gets rabies from wild bats.
  • Most bats live in human houses because their natural habitat has been destroyed. We can help them by setting up bat houses so that their species does not go extinct.
  • The largest bat colony is found in Texas. In this colony, there are 25 million free-tailed bats, which are native to Mexico. Furthermore, in Texas is the largest urban colony of 1 million bats.

Bat Colony

 

  • Not all bats eat insects. Some eat fruit and nectar. Some are large enough to eat other small animals like birds, frogs, lizards, fish, and of course, the vampire bats drink blood.
  • Most female adult bats have one baby per year. Twins are also common in many species of bats.
  • Vampire bats only drink one teaspoon of blood each night.
  • “Chiroptera” is the order of bats. The word means hand wing. The wing of the bat is very similar in structure to the hand of a human. It has four bony structures like fingers. They also have a thumb which is small and is used for holding food, crawling, and grooming.
  • The largest bat ever found was 2 pounds and had a 6 foot wingspan. It was a flying fox found in Malaysia.
  • Most bats live in colonies. Some live alone.

bat picture

  • The oldest known bat was found in Europe and was still living at 41 years old. It is common for bats to live up to 20 years and some species are known for living up to 30.
  • Different bats deal with winter differently. Some hibernate; some migrate; some live in caves.
  • When a bat is flying their heart rate is 1000 bpm. Contrast that to when they are hibernating, which is 11 bpm.
  • Half of all bats are an endangered species. Sometimes this is because of destroyed habitats, and other times it is because of hunting and extermination. Regardless, it’s all tied to human behavior.
  • Vampire bats are a compassionate species that often cares for their elderly and their wounded.

 

Bat Morphology