If you notice bats near your home, you may have a bat roost in your home. The easiest way to tell is if you hear any loud, unusual sounds or chatters coming from your roof, attic, or other high up areas within your home. If you are still unsure, you can always call someone to take a look, from Elkhart bat control.
Once confirmed that bats are in your home, there are a few different ways to effectively and safely remove them. You do not want to get close to them or be bitten by one, as bats are a major carrier of rabies virus. Although the ratio of transfer of rabies between bats to humans is extremely low, as less than one percent actually contracts the virus. It is still essential to be extremely careful.
You can choose for a local pest control service such as YES Pest Pros, to come in and rid your home of bats, or you can do it yourself. If you choose to do it yourself, you should be sure to do it accurately and safely. Bats can fit into small, even tiny cracks or openings in your home. The Ideal time to seal your home from bats is between November and March as the young bats are capable of flying by this point.
If you are going to bat proof your home, buying a few bat boxes and setting them up nearby can greatly help as they offer an easier, more ideal roosting place. Seal off all opening save a few, and check after the bats leave their roost for the night. If not all have left, check daily until it seems they have all left. Seal the opening temporarily with cotton or cloth for a few days. Then check again to be sure all the bats are gone. Once all are gone, seal the last opening completely and any other small openings that may have been revealed over the last few days.
If a bat gets into your home itself, not just roosting in your attic or other exterior areas, you should take precautions. Do not excite the bat or aggravate it. Block off any escape routes and allow it to tire out. Once this happens, use some heavy duty gloves and carefully trap the bat inside a container, then slide the lid under and secure it. Unless you can be one hundred percent sure that no one was bitten by the bat, you should take it to a local animal control center, pest control or even a health department to have it tested. Some pest services will remove a bat for you if you have no wish of getting near them.
Be safe, responsible, and handle the situation in a calm collected manner. Remember that trained bat exterminators are often are the best route to ensuring the safety of your home and family.