How to Prevent Bats From Entering Your Attic

While you sleep at night, Florida bats make their way through the dark in search of food. But by day, the nocturnal creatures roost, often inside the attics of residential homes, leaving contaminated waste, foul odors, and property damage in their wake. Luckily, there are several bat removal methods you can try to prevent bats from entering your home.

Signs of a Bat Infestation on Your Property

One of the most obvious indicators of bat activity in and around your attic is the presence of small droppings, puddles of urine, or stains along walls, ceilings, and floors.

Toxic bat feces (or guano) in your attic can put you at risk of developing airborne diseases such as histoplasmosis, which can lead to poor vision, hearing loss, and breathing difficulties. Take notice of any unusual or unpleasant smells around your property, and listen out for any faint sounds of squeaking or scratching that bats may be making in your attic at night.

Ways to Prevent Bats

A bat’s flexible and tiny structure allows it to fit into any crack or crevice leading into your attic. Open pathway created by chimneys, vents, and windows should be covered with appropriate screens or caps that will block the entry of nuisance bats while retaining the passage of airflow throughout your home. Any holes, big or small, that are discovered in your home’s exterior can be covered with weatherproof materials such as silicon or spray foam to prevent bats, bugs, and rain from entering your home.

Installing bright yellow LED lights inside your attic can also be an effective tool to repel bats as well as the insects that they feed on, such as mosquitoes. By removing the bats’ food source, the mammals will no longer be interested in your home.

The Trouble with DIY Bat Removal

The contamination and disease-spreading behaviors of bats pose too great of a health risk for individuals to handle without expert supervision. Furthermore, the removal of several species of Central Florida bats are prohibited by law during certain times if the year. That is why you should, instead, rely on the licensed bat removal professionals at Critter Control® of Polk County to remove and prevent bats from nesting in your attic safely and effectively.

Licensed Bat Removal Services in Central Florida

At Critter Control® of Polk County, we follow a proven process to exclude bats from your attic. We start by conducting a careful inspection of your property to locate the bats, then we humanely remove all unwanted pests and sanitize areas that they have been contaminated with odorous waste. Finally we seal any entry points the bats may have used with one-way doors to keep the pests from returning.

To schedule your inspection and receive a free estimate for our effective bat removal services, call Critter Control® of Polk County today at 863-204-2815.


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