Bats could actually be useful to you as they help get of insects in your yard since insects are their food.
However, inhaling bat droppings could lead to a number of flu-like ailments including histoplasmosis. This reason, and the fact that bats could be seen as creepy and a bad omen, may jolt you to get rid of them from your home or garden. Also, bats tend to bite and could have rabies.
Furthermore, bat droppings and urine could lead to degradation of your home or yard flooring.
Signs that there are bats inhabiting your house include; squeaky or scratching sounds coming from the walls, ceilings or chimney as well as noticing stains on your ceilings as a result of bat droppings.
Here are some good practices, to keep in mind, when trying to get rid of bats;
- Try to use window and door screens as well as chimney caps to prevent bats from entering your homes.
- Fill holes and crevices with sealants, such as caulk, to further close access to your homes.
- After getting rid of bats from your homes, inspect your rooftop and attic to ensure there is no bat dropping or stain anywhere as any small stain or dropping left behind could attract bats to your home again.
- Check with your city council or city natural resources inspectorate about bat conservation so that you don’t go against the laws of your state.
- The time before bat breeding season is the best time to get rid of bats.
- Consider removing dried up trees around your house as bats may use them as nesting areas.
Below are 19 home remedies and bat repellents to get rid of bats from your home, gardens; and attics;
1. Use Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a great bat repellent and is completely safe to use. Bats can’t stand the smell of cinnamon and get repelled by it naturally.
Make a solution by mixing the cinnamon powder with water and spray it near them. Respray it as soon as the smell fades away. You may also spread some cinnamon powder directly on their colony. Doing this on a regular basis will keep the bats away from your home.
2. Repair Walls
Bats commonly enter a house through doors, windows, and gaps in the walls. Holes as little as 1-2 inches big is enough for a bat to squeeze through.
Inspect, your homes, for gaps, cracks, and holes in the walls and roof of your house. Get them repaired or seal them temporarily to prevent further infestation.
3. Use Mothballs
The pungent smell of mothballs or naphthalene balls acts as a great bat deterrent.
Take a soft and clean cloth and tie a few moth balls in it. Now place it near the entryways or around their nesting area. Hanging these tied mothballs around doors and windows will not only keep various insects away but will repel bats in an excellent way.
4. Use Mirrors
If you do not want to cause harm to the bats that have intruded your yard, this method is going to work as effectively as using a pesticide to eliminate them. You will need a mirror and a light source during the daytime to deter them with this remedy.
Place the mirror in a way that it reflects light continuously on them throughout the day. It will irritate them as it is the time when they sleep.
5. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint has a refreshing smell which makes it a great ingredient in food products, but the smell is greatly disliked by many pests including bats.
Spraying your house with a solution made by mixing peppermint oil and water can naturally repel bats. You may also place some crushed peppermint leaves near their nesting zone to repel them. Make sure you reapply as needed to keep the smell strong at all times.
6. Aluminium Foil
Hanging aluminum foil seems to be one of the best and harmless methods to prevent and eliminate bats from your house. The crinkling sound produced when the bats fly near aluminum foils irritates the bats. Moreover, the reflective surfaces disturb them and they get repelled by such shiny objects.
Just hang a few strips of aluminum foil in their entryways and around their fly route. It will not only ward off these pests leaving your yard but also prevent further entry of bats.
7. Use Check Valves
If you are able to find the entry points from where they access your home, consider placing a check (one-way) valve. It will allow them to easily move out but will make it difficult to come inside again.
These valves are great because they ensure no bat is trapped inside your home. Since all of them will move out at some point in time, you will soon find your place free from these pesky pests.
8. Spray Water
Spraying water directly on the bats is another humane way to get rid of them. Make sure you are not ruining your walls and roof by doing so. Just fill a spray bottle with water and keep spraying at them when they are relaxing in your home.You could use a hose if the bats are out in your garden.
It will annoy them and will cause them to leave. As soon as they leave, consider repairing the gap or hole which they used to enter.
9. Spray Phenol
Phenol helps in keeping insects and pests away from your home and would work well in eradicating bats.
Fill up a spray bottle with phenol and spray it around their fly route and the corners they usually like to visit. The strong pungent smell will irritate them and make them run away.
10. Use Sealants
If you can figure out the entry and exit points of the bats you may use some netting material and a sealant to get rid of them.
Carefully clear the bats from your home and seal the entry point with a net, hardboard or any other sealant. As they return, they will not find a way to get inside your home. Also, spread mothballs to deter them from your home.
11. Eucalyptus Oil
The smell of eucalyptus is repelling for the bats. For this reason, they don’t like to inhabit places having eucalyptus scent. Make a solution of eucalyptus oil and water and spray it near them to instantly get rid of the bats.
12. Use Christmas Decorations
Christmas decoration, that is only used once a year, can help you get rid of bats. It is a harmless, cheap and easy way to repel them.
The bright colors and reflective surfaces irritate the bats and make them run away. Place or hang these decorations in their entryways and near their nesting area.
13. Ultrasonic Repellents
Ultrasonic emitters are readily available in pest control stores and are a good option to keep bats away. Although this remedy is not as effective as other ones, you can surely give it a try.
14. Construct A Bat Box
You may try bat-proofing your house by constructing a bat box. Block all the entryways and provide them another shelter to live and feed. In this way, they will stay away from your home.
15. Aerosol Spray
A special pet repellent aerosol spray can be used to keep away the bats from intruding your home. It repels them in an effective way, but avoid spraying directly on them or when they are roosting. Killing the bats may not be an option and is illegal in some areas. As they leave your home in search of food, spray the aerosol near their nesting area to keep them away.
16. Use Floodlight
Using a floodlight to directly light up the area where the bats are nesting would irritate the bats and cause them to move out and stay away from your home.
17. Get Rid Of Insects
Bats are attracted to places having lots of insects. Bats may help you eliminate insects from your home but they themselves could become a nuisance. So, getting rid of insects will indirectly control the attraction of bats into your yard.
18. Insulation With Fiberglass
Bats get irritated when they come in contact with coarse fiberglass materials and would most likely leave the place where such fiberglass is used. Use coarse fiberglass insulation material to insulate your attic or around their roosting area to get rid of bats in a humane way.
19. Use Bat Repellents
If no other remedy is helpful in eliminating bats from your house, you may consider buying bat repellent sprays and gels from a local pest control store. Although it is not a home remedy, it can help you get rid of bats in an effective way.
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