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´╗┐Attic Pests - Bat Control

Although bats can be extremely useful with the elimination of mosquitos, they can cause several different problems if they end up making their homes in your attic. When an attic becomes home for bats, most home owners try to seek out solutions. The following paragraphs will provide some valuable information regarding bat control, as well as some tips on how to get rid of bats in your attic and prevent them from coming back.

One of the biggest problems associated with bats living in an attic is the urine and feces that gets left on the floor. It is common for the odor from the attic to spread throughout the entire home. Not only that, but bat feces (guano) is known to contain microorganisms that are potential dangerous to the health of humans. When removing this particular matter from attic spaces, which is essential, it is often necessary to wear protective gear.

As with any type of pest control, bat problems in the attic are best controlled when detected early on. Once a bat makes himself at home in an attic, he will not be easily displaced. Not only will he consider the attic his permanent home, it is very likely he will invite his friends to make it their home, as well. When a bat problem is caught early, it increases the chances of successful permanent elimination.

The best way to control potential bat problems in attics is to ensure adequate bat proofing of affected attics. Sealing off or screening any spaces where bats may be entering an attic is the first step in preventing or controlling bat/attic issues. If there is no place for bats to enter an attic, it is next to impossible for them to cause too many problems for home owners.

While it is best to bat proof an attic after bats have left to hibernate for the season, sometimes it is not possible to wait until then. If this is the case, late August is the earliest any attic should be bat-proofed. If there are live bats left in the attic after all the entry ways and exits have been screened or sealed off, they will die and eventually rot in the attic. Dead, rotting bat caucuses can lead to more potential hazards than the bat urine and feces can promote.

If a bat problem becomes more than a homeowner can handle, or if bat proofing an attic failed to control the problem, professional companies are available to offer their assistance. These companies often have tools to help them find openings in the attic that the homeowner may have missed during the sealing and screening. In addition, it is often recommended for the homeowner to install a bat house in their yard once their problem is under control.