How to get rid of bats in an eco friendly way?
We have had a problem with bats coming inside for some months now and making it their home!
We have an eco-friendly approach and would love to know whether you have an eco-friendly and natural alternative to preventing these unwanted guests making themselves so much at home! We are aware that they are an integral part of an ecosystem, but they leave behind a terrible mess and stench with their urine and excrement.
We would love to hear from you as I am absolutely sure that you may have a solution for us. Your website is amazing and very useful indeed.
I would so appreciate a happy ending to an effective solution in deterring these bats from insisting on coming indoors! Thank you very much, Brenda
Brenda, you are absolutely right, the stench is not very pleasant, and the quicker you get rid of the bats, the better.
It is not usual for bats to suddenly take up residence in a house, unless the house has been abandoned and there are open windows for them to fly through.
Usually, when you have a bat problem inside the house, it is because the bats are living either under your roof tiles, in your attic, or in the walls of the house.
Bats can fit into very small spaces, sometimes less than an inch! And so, if you want to remove the bats it will pay you to crawl all over the roof of your house and look at the walls to see where they could be getting in.
Pay particular attention to roof tiles, joins on the roof, eaves, air bricks, etc. If you take a flashlight at night and do this you will soon see where they are coming and going from.
Bats come into the house at dawn and leave at dusk, so this is their most active time, although they will also make several return trips during the night.
Once you have discovered where they are getting in, you will need to make sure that there are no bats left before you start stopping up the entrance holes.
You can do this with wire netting, screening, or even caulking. However, you do need to make sure that you get rid of all the bats first, because if you don't, and you have bats left behind, you will have a terrible smell once they start decomposing.
If you feel that you won't be able to cope with your bat problem on your own, you may have to get a bat removal specialist in. Just make sure that they will remove the bats without giving them poison or kill or harm them in any way.
Wishing you all the best!