They’re creepy. They’re disease ridden. They even turn into vampires. Well, maybe only in the movies. Bats can be a huge problem in any household and may be difficult to resolve. The interesting thing about bats is that most species are harmless to humans, and some people even find them cute (up close).
However, an attic full of bats presents the problem of massive amounts of guano (dung), which is filled with ammonia strong enough to kill in some cases. Some bats are known to be carriers of rabies. To protect yourself and your family from these little creatures you need to try some bat repellent methods.
There is no such thing as “bat repellent”. These little animals are quite tough, and seem to be resistant to any conventional repellents. There is one chemical so-called “bat repellent” on the market, but it is also harmful to kids and pets. It’s a moist crystal you sprinkle on the attic floors. However, it does very little to rid you of these bat tenants, dries up, and then spreads through the air to the human tenants!
If you want a better method, consider using noise. Bats are famous for their ultra sonic sensitive ears. So any loud sound, played continuously, will eventually drive them out. If you have a boom box, put it in the attic, slide in a heavy-metal album and turn up the volume. The uninvited, disease-ridden critters may be gone before the batteries run out!
Some people have had success catching bats with a glue board. You may find these at janitorial or hardware stores. Place these at the entrances and exits of the bats’ dwelling quarters, and change it daily. If you have a severe infestation, this may not be the most efficient of methods.
If all other bat repellent methods have failed, try installing floodlights in the attic. If the bats are not hibernating, they should be frightened enough to evacuate their homes. If they do happen to be in their hibernation stage, light will kill them. It’s generally a bad idea to kill bats, because you’ll need to come in close contact to remove them. Not only that, but if an unknown bat is left, it will rot. A stinky dead bat can leave you and your family open to disease.
If you’ve been invaded by the nefarious little creatures known as bats, don’t lose hope! Loud sounds, glue boards, and the bat nemesis of the famously feared light are sure to drive out the critters, leaving you and your family to enjoy the summer season.