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.
The population of bats in Michigan is quite high because of the lakes and the mosquitoes that form part of the food supply for them. However, the loss of natural habitats for bats means that they are increasingly entering homes and commercial spaces in the area. Additionally, bats are protected species under both Michigan state laws and Federal laws. This makes it difficult for home owners and other to rid their premises of bats by poisoning them. Instead, they need to take steps to remove the bats from the homes and relocate them in the wild.
Bats do not normally attack humans. However, when a bat is cornered inside a home it can attack humans and pets in a bid to defend itself. This makes it dangerous for those with no experience in handling bats to try and capture them. Additionally, it is better to keep excited pets and children away from the room in which the bat is roosting to keep them safe.
While bats in the wild in Michigan are useful for humans as they eat mosquitoes and ensure that the spread of diseases such as the West Nile is controlled, in homes, bats are pests. Bat urine and guano contain bacteria that spread diseases to humans and pets. Additionally, bats are nocturnal creatures that squeak and make noises in the night, disturbing sleep.
The best way to rid a home in Michigan of bats is to trap them and relocate them. A trained wildlife expert will be able to examine the home and identify the ways in which bats enter it. The expert will then close most of the entries and set traps for the bats. The bats will be captured live and relocated in the wild as entire colonies. Additionally, the expert will recommend ways in which further entry of bats into the home can be prevented.
The bat removal and control expert will also examine the home – the eaves and shutters for damage from bats and ensure that all the bat guano is cleaned. This is important as bat guano and urine can corrode the drywall and damage insulation in the attic and other areas of the home.
Bats can roost in chimneys, attics, and vents and cause pollution of various kinds in the home. They can also attack pets and spread diseases unless they are removed as soon as they are noticed.
Bats are protected creatures under federal and state laws in Michigan. This is because bats are the natural predators of mosquitoes and other insects. By controlling the number of mosquitoes in an area, bats reduce the chances of the spread of diseases such as the West Nile.
Bats Carry Diseases
However, bats are not welcome creatures in most homes. This is because bat guano or bat feces contain many disease causing bacteria and spores. This means bats have to be removed from homes and commercial buildings instead of being exterminated or killed.
Good for the Environment, not for Your Home
The humane way of dealing with bats is to remove them and relocate them away from human habitation. This is done by first identifying the entrances into a home that the bats are using. These entrances in the eaves, attic shutters and louvers, gaps in the roof, and chimney vents should first be sealed or capped to ensure the bats cannot use them. Next a single exit is created for the bats with a trap door to prevent their reentry. The bats are then lured out of the home and captured. The captured bats are relocated together as this is the most humane way to deal with them.
Keep the Pets Away from the Bat
On the other hand, sometimes, single bats enter homes by mistake. These bats are just as anxious to leave the home as the home owners are to get rid of it. A humane way of dealing with such bats is to ask an animal control expert to capture the bat by hand and release it in the wild. The animal control expert will wear special gloves as a frightened bat is likely to bite and become aggressive. Home owners should not try and chase a single bat away but instead ensure that children and pets stay away from the room until the bat is removed.
Impactful to the Ears
While some bat exterminating products including those that emit high frequency sounds are available in the market, bat removal experts in Michigan are against their use. Killing bats is an offense in Michigan and many of the products advertised often harm humans more than bats.
If you suspect the presence of bats in the attic, it is best to take prompt action for their removal since the bats can cause extensive damage to the home. Bat guano and urine are corrosive and the bats themselves often scratch at the wood panels causing extensive damage.
Many Michigan homes inadvertently become hosts for bats because these animals are found in abundance in the region. Bats thrive on insects such as mosquitoes that breed in swampy areas around the lakes and woods. As the number of human habitations increases in the region, the bats are more likely to be displaced from their natural habitats. Bats prefer to live in dark and cave like places that are warm. Many Michigan homes have attics that meet these criteria enticing bats to move into them.
Not a Pleasant Pet to Have
Once inside the home, bats can destroy the insulation and also cause the spread of diseases because their guano contains bacteria and spores. Bat guano and urine can also corrode many home fixtures. The most effective way of preventing such damage is to ensure that bats do not enter the home in the first place.
Bats are attracted to places where they have roosted before, and one way of ensuring that they do not return is to clean up any surface that they touched.
Additionally, bats normally fly around at twilight and enter homes during this period. To prevent this, windows and doors should be kept shut during the evenings.
Holes in the Roofs
Bats are small animals that can enter your home through small gaps and entrances. To prevent this, the home has to be checked from top to bottom for small gaps. The chimneys have to be capped and the louver vents and shutters in the attic have to be screened. Additionally, the eaves have to be examined for the presence of small gaps and these have to be sealed. Gaps in the roof between tiles are also large enough to permit the entry of bats. As such a skilled bat control team in Michigan will examine all these crucial locations of the home and take steps to seal any entries. This will help prevent the entry of bats into the home.
Cleaned and Sterilized
However, if bats have already found their way inside a home once, more active measures need to be taken to control them. All existing bats in the home have to be removed and relocated in the wild by the bat control specialists in Michigan. Next, the bat guano has to be cleaned and any damage caused by the bats repaired. The cleaning has to be effective enough to remove all smell of bats to prevent their return to the home.
If you are having trouble with bats in your home call Bat Removal & Prevention, Inc. today at 248.403.8167!