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How to Get Rid of Bats

Follow these steps to encourage bats to leave your house.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Remain calm Remain calm, keep children and pets away, and do not try to grab a bat with your bare hands.
  • Step 2: Remove bats from your walls Wearing heavy gloves, place the plastic food container or shoebox over any bat resting on your walls. Slide the lid carefully underneath the bat to capture it, and release it outside, onto a tree limb or wall.
  • Step 3: Locate the entry points Locate all openings that the bats use to enter your house by watching the house for a half hour during sunset.
  • TIP: If the bats are in winter hibernation, consider waiting until the weather warms to try to remove them.
  • Step 4: Install netting Place the netting above and on each side of each opening that the bats use to enter the house. Let it hang approximately two feet below the opening.
  • Step 5: Watch the house for several nights Watch outside for several nights to make sure the bats have not found another way in.
  • Step 6: Remove the netting Remove the netting when the bats are gone, and repair the openings.
  • FACT: Did you know? Scientists estimate that less than 0.5 percent of wild bats have rabies.

You Will Need

  • Heavy gloves
  • A plastic food container or shoebox with lid
  • Entry point locations
  • Flexible netting with 1/6" mesh

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