An opening with the thickness of a standard yellow #2 pencil and 1-1.5 inches long is all a bat needs to get into your home.
A bat house isnt 100% effective in deterring bats from entering your home.
There are no guaranteed, long-term bat deterrents on the market that are safe for your family.
It’s about time for bats to be seen again at dusk flying around your neighborhood/yard. If you see bats flying near your home, they MAY be residing in your home! Some householders have had bats for years without being aware of them. If you believe that you may have bats or are just curious, you can do a little bat detective work yourself by following these simple “LWL”steps below.
Bat guano or mice droppings-
How can you recognize their (bats) droppings?
Do the crumble test! Roll a dropping in a piece of tissue between your finger and thumb – if it feels hard then you probably have mice, not bats. A bat dropping will crumble to dust quite easily because it consists of indigestible insect parts and be shiny.
Bat guano found on my porch.
Bats feed at night for 30/60 minutes at a time, eating up to 1500 to 2000 insects in that time. They then roost in an area to digest those insects. Bats may fly back into the structure where are roosting or they may find an area (a corner in an entry way is common) to roost outside the structure. Bats are territorial and will stay close to where they “live”
Difficultly with the DIY “watchman duty”-
It depends on what type of species of bats you may be hosting as to when they will make their exit.
Are the scratching sounds from mice or bats?
If you hear scratching in your walls or on your ceiling, it may be mice or bats. If the noise is more at dusk and dawn, and is in mostly in one area, and in that area all the time, It is a good chance that it is bats in your attic or walls (Please be aware bats may have more then one entry point, so you could hear noise in a few different areas).
So what do you do now that you know you have bats? Perhaps you are wondering if there is a quick and dirty way to perform your own bat removal. You are probably thinking there has to be a way I can do this myself! But remember bats are a vital part of our eco-system, eating many insects (including mosquitoes) as part of their nightly diet and are protected by the Michigan Department Of Natural Resources and Environment. Bat Removal & Prevention, Inc. is a Michigan based wildlife control company with over 13 years in experiences and specializes in small to large colony humane bat removal. Failing to follow the correct course of action when evicting bats from a home may subject a homeowner to more of a problem then originated. So please don’t kill bats. We can help you. Really. At times you may be able to do your own bat removal, but if you notice that you have a colony of bats, call Bat Removal & Prevention, Inc. we don’t kill bats and perform exclusion that are safe and humane with the welfare of our winged creatures being our primary concern. We love bats!
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