Bats often make their way into attics in search of shelter, warmth, and a safe place to raise their pups. They can cause structural damage and leave behind foul-smelling waste. With some simple, proactive measures, you can keep bats out of your Connecticut home.
Make Sure Your Attic Is Free of Bats before You Bat-Proof Your House
Before you seal off access to your house, you need to make sure that there aren’t any bats in the attic. This is especially important if there are young bats that can’t yet fly.
If you seal off entry points, mothers and pups can die in the attic. If mothers are outside the house when you block entry points, they’ll look for other ways to get back to their pups. They might damage your house and even fly into your living area.
When the pups are old enough to fly, the bats should leave on their own. Then you’ll be able to bat-proof your home.
Locate Potential Entry Points
Bats find tiny gaps in a house’s exterior and squeeze through them to gain access to the attic. Areas around vents, chimneys, plumbing, and electrical and cable lines are common places where bats get into houses. Spaces around windows and doors and gaps in siding are also used as entry points.
Go outside before sunset in the spring or summer and wait to see if any bats leave the attic. If so, note where they exit the house. If there aren’t any bats currently living in the attic, you’ll have to conduct a thorough inspection during the daytime to find spots where bats might be able to get into your house.
Block Entry Points to Keep Bats Out
Once you’ve found places where bats can get into your attic, you’ll have to take measures to seal off those areas. Depending on the location and size of a hole or gap, you might need to use weatherstripping, caulk, a screen, insulation, or bird or bat netting.
Have Professionals Exclude Bats from Your Connecticut Home
If you have bats in your attic, don’t try to trap them, chase them out, or exclude them. You might get injured, or the bats might cause additional property damage. If there are pups in the attic and you separate them from their mothers, you’ll create even more problems.
Let the professionals at Anderson Wildlife Control take care of things. We use safe and humane methods to prevent harm to animals. We can also identify the entry points that bats used to enter your attic and seal them off so you won’t have to worry about a problem in the future. Contact us today to get an estimate for bat removal services.