Animals

How to Get Rid of Bats

Are they elegant creatures from horror mythology, or troublesome flying pests? A protected species, bats have been a part of myth and folklore for centuries but are actually just everyday mammals. Unfortunately, they can prove to be a significant and potentially deadly nuisance when abandoning their usual habitats and nesting inside buildings. Here are several effective and proven ways to ensure that these winged intruders are no longer in your life.

1. Seal their entry ways.

During the evening, wait outside your building and observe where the creatures are entering and exiting. Sealing up these passages, which can be extremely small, mind you, is an important step. Bats can crawl into almost any area! But sealing their entranceways can prevent them returning.

This step should not be done during the summer mating season as the young, flightless offspring will be trapped inside and die. Not only is this inhumane, but it can lead to sanitation problems and is also a violation of the law in certain areas of the world.

2. Hang bat netting.

Similar to yet stiffer than a regular window screen, bat netting is used to prevent the creatures from entering structures and/or creating holes that they can fit through later on. In contrast to mice and rats, bats do not try to chew through the netting and will soon give up.

This method is quite effective, but setting the netting up can be quite cumbersome and your structure will not look especially attractive if more than a little is covered in it.

3. Give the bats a home.

Bats are looking for a place that provides safety for them and their pups. One way to get the creatures out of your structure is to give them one of their own, which costs approximately $75-$300 for the building materials.

Somewhat resembling the much more widely seen equivalent for birds, bat houses can be a fun project for the do-it-yourselfer in your family. The bats will stay away from your home and you have dealt with the problem humanely. You can even watch them flying about at nighttime by using this approach!

4. Hang some balloons.

This will not work on the inside of your home, but apparently does help with bats roosting outside. It sounds silly, but if you have bats living under the overhang of your porch, hanging helium filled Mylar balloons close to the roosting spot can help.

The balloons will blow in the breeze, and that movement is often enough to interfere with the creatures’ echolocation ability, which they use to locate their home roosting areas. Their resulting confusion will stop them from coming back to this spot.

5. Use fiberglass insulation.

Bats love to roost in high places, and this makes your home’s attic a prime target for them. In addition to sealing up entryways from the outside, make sure your attic’s fiberglass insulation is intact, layered, and covering all the necessary areas. This helps to properly insulate the house as well as making the creatures’ entry more difficult. That’s just a smart and savvy solution! An added benefit is that fiberglass insulation irritates bats’ skin, making them less likely to stay near it.

6. Clean up your property.

The reason you have bats inside your building may be due to the fact that your property is so inviting to them. Bats like to make their home inside dead trees, so cut down and clear away any that might be nearby.

Bats are also attracted to standing water. If you cannot remove the water, cover it with bat netting so that they cannot access it. Doing everything that you can to make the area around your structure an unwelcome area for bats is a good way to ensure that they do not come back.

7. Bring in professionals.

Bats can be quite dangerous, and a bite from an infected one could leave you with rabies. If you want to play it safe, call in a professional exterminator. After doing a survey of your property, they will decide on the best course of action and offer you an estimate.

Professionals will identify the areas where the creatures most likely invaded and offer suggestions or actions on how to repair them. Most will also clean up the bat guano, which can actually be fatal if inhaled due to the presence of a virulent fungus that it has inside.

The best solutions to your bat problem all require some degree of cost or effort. The following alternatives are cheaper and easier, but buyer beware.

8. Use electronic devices.

As bats possess extremely sensitive hearing that allows them to navigate through low-light areas, they are sensitive to certain frequencies. Consumers can purchase electronic devices that emit a sound bats reportedly find especially annoying, which prompts them to flee areas where they should not be.

Humans and pets allegedly cannot detect the sound, making this a simple way to eject bats from your belfry. However, the effectiveness of these devices is largely in doubt and the Federal Trade Commission has criticized manufacturers for failing to back up their claims with evidence.

9. Leave out mothballs.

Composed of naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, this longtime form of pest control emits a toxic vapor that is fatal for moths. This method was long considered to be effective in controlling bats, but this has come to be highly disputed.

Even if mothballs were effective, you should not be considering them anyway as killing bats is illegal. You can also forget about any other kinds of poisons you might also have been considering as they also may affect the health of your family and pets.

10. Commercial bat repellent.

As with roach motels, ant traps, and other lines of insect defense, various companies have released forms of bat repellent. Often advertised for containing all-natural ingredients, these can be found on the shelves of your local hardware and superstores. However, while this seems a very handy and simple solution, there is little solid evidence available to suggest that they have any real effect.

Bats are fascinating creatures that are very helpful in controlling the insect population. However, when they relocate to your home or business, they can present a significant hazard and even damage and devalue the property. Remember that is against the law to kill bats, so be patient and stick to our suggestions. Make your home safe again and feel good about using humane practices by doing so.

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  • I like to bring the fact up, if the bats are roosting outside and not causing trouble they will actually benifit your life. They are excellent in getting rid of insects. so the question is what is the greater of too evils.

  • We live in an old victorian and are constantly hearing bats scratching around up and down the walls and the sneaky things seem to be magic at getting out into our living area. We have tried exclusion but they always find another way in. I don’t know what kind of bats other people get but these will divebomb your face repeatedly. We can’t open a window because we will get more. A tennis raquet comes in pretty handy here. We apparently have a very large roost. I hate them, I used to not mind them but now they give me the willies. If anyone has any other ideas, I would LOVE to hear them. I don’t want to kill them, I just want them to get away!!

  • So I found a bat today…. in my basement???? Dead, unfortunately, stuck to an insect glue trap.

    Is it true that where there is one, there are more?

  • We bought our house last summer, a month after we moved in, we got a night visitor in our bedroom, figured it came thru a window. Well, turns out we bought a 10 yeard old bat roosting site and got more and more visitors. 2 biologists came over, caught one in the house and told me I was pretty much out of luck as they have been here for so long and are known to find a new way in should the one they normally use be plugged. I tried moth balls, blasting music the loudest my stereo would go,disturning them any time of the day, putting lights up next to them, but nothing worked. I was told by the biologists to try the bat house, but they said the bats probably would not go for it as my attic is perfect for them. They said the only thing that could be the way to get rid of them is to change our roof. That’s an expensive way to go, I will try the cat dog repellent and plugging most of the wholes with steel wool, but I do not want another sleepless summer. Any other good ideas I could try before spending the big bucks??Thank you

  • Hey, my Dad is really into laps, I mean really, he has hundreds up in our old 1800 Victorian barn. We seen a bat every now and then in the past ant they weren’t bothering any one they only came out at night when the lights were off. BUT not any more they have multiplied extremely, I don’t go up there much but my dad says they don’t care any more if the lights are all one or if he is there either. They just come out flying all around. They wouldn’t bother him much except the laps he has are very valuable to him and some are priceless the bats fly all around hitting many of them my Dad if afraid they will brake the lamps. He doesn’t want to kill them, and I’ll suggest the things mentioned on this site but, the barn has high ceilings and I have a feeling it will be a hard and it is of course April now and I hat to kill any babies if there are any, if any one knows any ideas it would really help!!!

  • Visit http://www.batworld.org for information on how to exclude bats. If you are in PA check out http://www.batmanagement.com for comprehensive information on bat exclusion by a pro. If you are in MD, visit

    If exclusion’s not working, it’s not being done right. In victorians and barns, it takes a specialist to find and seal all the alternate entries, and it’s a multi-year process. Any good company will give you a warranty so if the bats come back, so does the company. Also, if you exclude the bats AND put up a big enough, properly built bat box, the bats will move to the box. When the bats leave the following winter, then you move the box farther from your house and the bats go to the box. The websites above and http://www.batcon.org list people who are qualified to deal with difficult bat colonies.

    Look at it this way, if you came home and some stranger had locked you out of your house, would you just give up and go away??? To the bats, your building is home and home’s where you go to raise babies. They don’t know we’d rather not share with them.

  • We have a horrible problem with bats. when we first moved into our home we had a big problem with our attic. We sealed everything off, and unfortunately did have to kill the 47 bats currently in the attic. Now they seem to like our basement and always make it into the house, and everywhere, the tub, garbage disposal in the kitchen, washing machine, sinks, bedroom. And as all of you should know they don’t just leave, and definitely dive bomb your head. We get them trapped in one room preferably, suck them up in a shop vac, dump it, club them and dispose. It’s the only way – they keep coming in. if there are any suggestions to get them NOT to come in the house, I would love to know. We’ve tried moth balls, repellants, bat houses, multiple, we set up three far away from the house. Please let me know

  • I lived in an old victorian house with bats. I heard that they don’t like the smell of ammonia. I put some dishes of ammonia up in the attic and I belive I got rid of quite a few. I tried later refrehing the dishes of ammonia and after the 2nd time, most of the bats left the house. I heard though that it’s not a good time to do this if it is the season when they have babies or it won’t work.

  • Protected species? Give ME a break! I’m the one who works my butt off to pay the mortgage, pay the taxes and pay for the upkeep of my home. Bats are no different than any other pest invading my home. We excluded a colony from our porch roof overhang three years ago, now they have moved into the vaulted ceiling space above our children’s room. 8″ roof joists must give them plenty of stretching room. The scratching was bad enough but now we are experiencing a drizzle of BAT BUGS. These nasty little guys are very close relatives of bed bugs so you can imagine how thrilled we are to be sharing our home to both bats and their bug buddies. Right now the bugs are content to feed on the bats but research show that as soon as you eliminate the bats (so far impossible)you better be ready to eliminate the bugs because humans are the next item on their menu. We have paid an outfit named “Intrusion Solution” $350 over the last two years to stick hardware wire over ridge vents and hang “bat valves” on suspect cracks in the soffiting. They DO NOT have any garauntee on bats. I’m ready to have licensed roofers strip the roofing and roof deck off of our 14 year old house, eliminate the bats by shoveling the nasty little buggers into bags, seal every crack in the roof perimeter, install metal ridge vents (vinyl is chewable)and metal louvered vents and re roof the whole north end of the house. This is worse than rodents! I have a large house and there are little nooks and crannies all over the place! I’ve thought of drilling bat size holes through the car siding ceiling and sucking them out with the shop vac and a hepa filter. I’m going to have to inject pyrethrins into the ceiling cavities to kill the bugs. I love animals but in their proper place. My home is not a proper place. This is a nightmare. Anybody that has a”poor misunderstood bat” attitude does not have an infestation and probably would let raccoons and possums eat nin their kitchen.

  • I got an idea for the very serious bat problems. If the insects around the house are not there will the bats leave and find a new place that has the bugs. I have just 1 or two bats that come to visit once and again this is not a big deal for now. But for the people that have tons of them, Would this work? To kill outside bugs to make it harder for the bats to find food and leave?? MAYBE??

  • I haven’t been living in this small town long maybe two months but the locals sure like me i have encountered five so far they scare the crap out of me my husband hasn’t seen any before i moved in now they cant get enough of the living room and me gross please help i cant stand the creepy crawly things just a little while ago i was watching t.v. in the dark and one was playing merry-go-round with the ceiling fan its true i covered my head and screamed and we found a baby on the kitchen floor i can handle them not the big ones husband knocked it out with broom the big one we threw the baby outside… Please help they freak me out….

  • Hello: I live in an old house.(1910). Tonight I just killed a bat in my basement. How it got in I have no clue. All our windows have screens on them and no doors were open. I felt really bad after I killed the bat , but this is the second time for me in this house. The other one happened 2 years or so ago. That bat I managed to catch and release. But I’ve been told that bats come back to the same place every year. Well, this one will not. I tried to let this one go but it did not work out. My house has a basement door and the bat was hanging on the floor joyce no more than three feet away form the open door downstairs. For some reason after I banged on the wood several times it did not move. So, I got and extension pole and pushed the bat thinking it’s going to go right out of the door three feet away. Mind you I had this door open for the bat for 30mins. before I pushed the bat off the floor joyce in the basement. So, after that the bat decided he was going to fly around in the basement instead of going outside. What I don’t understand is this bat was flying directly toward me and the first one 2 years ago did the same think. Lights were on and I thought they did not like lights. Anyway, after I saw him coming towards me I said Love 15(tennis racket) and hit him down. This time I decided that enough was enough and decide that I’m going to kill this bat because he will come back or that might have been the bat I let go 2 years ago. I feel really bad about it , but I don’t want the same bat coming back each year in my house. And yes after the first bat we had somebody come out and check the house for openings and were fixed. So, I really don’t know how this bat not only got in, but got in the basement. Do you think bats like me. I thought bats tried to avoid people in general. Why would this second bat and the first bat fly directly towards me each time?
    Thanks

  • I had my first encounter with a bat last night. Came home late at night and noticed something strange in the kitchen sink drain. After glancing at it I spotted this grey furball with it’s little bat face and opened his little bat mouth. Not entirely conscious I reacted quickly throwing an oven mitt over the drain. Without getting into detail, after a long minute of decision making, I flooded the sink and let the garbage disposal take care of the matter without mess or issue. Pretty gross nonetheless.

    I can’t figure out where he came in but there was a nice big brick dust mark on my flatscreen TV. He must’ve come in a gap in the bricks somewhere in my apartment as I have brick walls. Will be investigating the situation, closing any gaps I see and hoping not to encounter one of these things again.

    After reading some things on the internet, it’s safe to assume I’ll be storing my tennis rackets in my house instead of my car trunk for at least the next couple weeks.

  • Yesterday the chirping in the attic that we thought were birds turned out to be about 20 bats! We waited until dark for them to leave so that we could seal the hole but not all of them left. Bright spot lights do not work or poking them with a pole, but a blast from the fire extinguisher helped. Although,the ones that could not get out of the attice dug themselves into the insulation, my husband had to dig them out while wearing leather work gloves. Turns out the bats had babies. We thought that we got rid of them and sealed the hole but turns out the ones that had left got back in. Hope we can take care of the problem today. Also, how do you get rid of the mess that they leave behind? Fist we had squirrels in the attic, now bats!,what’s next?

  • Just learned this after trying to remove the bats ourselvs. Removing bats without going through the right channels can be against the law depending on where you live. Also, their droppings (guano) is hazzardous to your health and should be removed by a professional. The guano can cause you to get histoplasmosis, from an airborne fungus it produces(get info from the CDC, NIOSH). It is best to consult a professinal for the capture, removal and clean up. I definitely do not want these creatures in my house nor I do not want a mosquito truck spraying chemicals in my neighborhood either. The best thing to do is to get rid of them the right way and find them a new home.

  • who needs a tennis racket, when your like me and get a broom. Except im not a very good shot, havent hit it yet. HAHAHAHAHA, guess thats why I didnt play hard ball. Good luck in trying to get rid of your bat, because im still trying.. Going to try a big net next, probably not good to use broom. If i can keep it out of my house, I would prefer it to live.

  • I just had my first experience with bats and it turns my stomach! I heard scratching in the wall and called a wildlife consultant the same day because I couldn’t stand the thought of something in my walls. He found two spots where bats have been traveling in and out of my attic. Fortunately, I think this is a fairly new problem and he assures me – after two very thorough inspections – that I should be bat free after this. He put one way nets on the holes (which are very small by the way) and will be coming back next week to seal the holes and do some caulking. If you think you have a problem CALL A PROFESSIONAL.

  • For all of you out there the first thing to know is that female bats have babies anywhere from late April to late August so if you try to get rid of them (especially a colony) it won’t work because the mothers tend to return to the roost regardless of how well you think you have sealed their entrance points. The best thing to do is wait until early September when the babies are mature, call in a specialist to deal with the problem & what I found also helped was using fans & floor lamps at all times in the attick to ward off further invasion. If you only find evidence of one or two bats it indicates males because they’re loners & usually don’t like to share their “living quarters”. Yeah, men are that way no matter the species. We own an old Victorian (circa 1870) an old house poorly built & are fortunate to have “bachelor bats” who pay no rent but drive us “batty” because they have issues with each other & every now & then one of them will invade our living qurters to torture us. By the way if you scream alot upon their intrusion they will respond by what some of you think are diving at you however trust me they’re responding to the sound & back off once their eyes realise it’s not a meal ticket. Last night bachelor #1 payed us a visit & when my son & I just stood there while he did his flying around the kitchen routine he pretty well left as soon as we opened the door. I do feel terrible for people who have a colony of bats living with them because I can’t imagine living with that. Honestly having two bats living with us is not bad compared to the stories I read here so I feel bad to read about house infested with colonies, the financial burden of getting rid of these little pests & never mind the fear that many have of dealing with the stinkers. Long letter, sorry folks. By the way we have 4 bat houses on our property & the only tenants are wasps. Any ideas about those nasty pests?

  • More a question than tip:
    Does leaving bright light on 24/7 in an attic area discourage the
    bats from continuing to stay in that area? We have bats roosting near a gable side-wall vent (with undoubtably loose screening) in our 20 year old house. Would continuous bright light help to move them on?

  • For Richard K ….I did do the lights thing 24/7 & if you time it to when the bats left to feed in late evening it may work however I eventually lost interest in replacing the burnt out lights so the little stinkers returned. The other thing is that they are very focused on roosting in the familiar area they occupied previously so they may find another entrance easily accesible to your home. The best thing to do is to hire someone with expertise in bat removal although it may be costly. I personally would stay away from companies who claim that you would never have another bat infestation. Bats tend to return to the same place over & over again because that’s their homing ground, where they grew up & they are persistant about that. Trust me, I know. My husband caught two young bats flying around our living quarters, drove them way out in the country, released them & within an hour of his return they came back….eeeuuuwww! By the way they are very shy & not agressive so if you have one in your living quarters isolate it if possible in one room & open a window or a door so they can leave. Don’t make alot of noise but if not too scared stay in that room to make sure the little stinker has left otherwise he may be there the next day. They honestly DO NOT ATTACK PEOPLE.

  • recently we have had bats sneaking into our living room. we still cant find where they are coming in from, but i have caught 2 bats tonight with a baseball glove!!! i caught the second 1 in mid flight like i was catching a line drive!!!! it was crazy! i never would have thought of using a baseball glove, but i seen one laying on the floor and picked it up. then snatched up the bat. later on another was flying around and i caught it while it was flying by. we are still trying to figure out how to get rid of them!!

  • My sister called Animal Control after she found bats roosting under her deck. The officer then came and slaughtered them all with a garden ho! I was so appalled by her story of bloodbath that I called the Sherriff to look into the Animal Control Officers actions. Were they justified in their gruesome slaying? Was there a more humane approach to ridding my sister’s home from the nocturnal, harmless mammals?

    More to follow…

  • The best remedy I have found so far is to get 4 cans of Bengal bombs and throw them into each corner of attic or other place and go outside and watch them pile out mad as H*** and make note of the holes they come out of then mud or stop them up someway a few days later do it again and see if they’ve found more holes. Repeat until you’ve ran them off ***I have not found this to kill them they just are suffocated by it*** I just got through with this process and am happy ****Note the story by Jennifer
    above in this bulletin YEP SHE’S MY WIFE Good luck

  • To Jason…re bats coming into your livingroom. Unless you have a fireplace (easy entrance via chimney) they’re coming possibly through an attick or roof problems. You may actually have bats living inside your house, somewhere safe for them & it usually is something higher up than first floor. The bats that end up in your living quarters are usually young & get confused about their roost area & hence panick. We have a small attick & found several small bats…maybe babies because they were there after 10 p.m. meaning that there were mommy bats outside feeding on insects while the babies waited inside. Honestly once we open a door the little intruders left within minutes. We’re getting a new roof in September & my husband is looking into consulting with someone about restricting their entrance points. Good luck & don’t panick….they’re more scared of you.

  • more of a question than a tip…..anyone have any luck getting rid of the odor that is left behind from the quano? We had to hire a “professional” wildlife person to exclude the bats from our house – (in the process now) but it is the smell from the quano that is getting to me…especially on those hot humid days. the bats were loners as well – no colony to speak of (at least we think) and were living in an area that we have no access to – hence the guano stays even though the bats go….and by staying – so does the odor…HELP!!!!

  • This seems to be an ongoing problem here at my house. I live in an old house also and for the past 3-4 years I have had problems with bats finding theyre way into the house. I have went around all of the house looking for possible places of entry and have sealed everything possible. I still have problems. I wont lie, I fear bats more than anything, especially in confined areas. Right now I have one trapped in my bedroom and am unable to find it anywhere, I just wish the damn thing would fly around so I knew where it lands. One question though, is it possible the bats could be living in my ventalation even with the A/C running all the time?

  • I have lived in a number of older homes and all of them had bats.
    Some had few and others had many and every now and again one or two would find their way into the living space.
    The best way of capturing a flying bat is soaking a hand or bath towel with water, ring it out until it is just damp,, when the bat is flying around throw the towel up and into the flight path, (like it is pizza dough) the weight of the towel will envelope the bat and fall rapidly to the floor.
    Now all you have to do is take the towel outside and let the little guy go free. (remember to close the door behind you) (yes I forgot the door once and the bat flew right back inside) 🙂

  • Bird repepelant works wonders. It is a very sticky substance that stays sticky. You just put a large dab of it where they come out and they get sticky and cannot fly. Just a little beheading follow up with a shovel does the trick. I over 100 from my attic this way.

  • Well I finally found the bat this morning when I woke up for work, not what I had in mind to start off my day, but I had no choice and had to kill it. I opened every door in my house and waited for it to fly out, no luck. So I stood in the doorway and waited for him to fly by and took him out with the trusy tennis raquet! Sorry to all bat lovers but Im sure just a catch and release and he would have been back the next day. Plus I had to leave for work, what was I to do? Anyone have an idea how much it costs to have a bat control company come out and find the point of entry?

  • Just had a bat specialist come to my home today – found about 50 bats roosting in the attic of my Victorian home with guano everywhere. I had one in my livingroom last year and one was dying in the basement the year before that. Quite an adventure. The specialist is coming back on Monday to seal up holes and put in one-way doors. There is a 3 year guarantee with his work. For this it will cost me $850. For cleanup of guano and new attic insulation probably another $2000 — that will have to wait! Good luck to all with bats – it’s not cheap, but hopefully worth it to exclude them for good. I think I’ll replace my roof before the warranty runs out. I just hope they don’t panic and all decide to invade the living area when they can’t get back in!!

  • To the Bat Slayer….shame on you for inflicting such pain on creatures who contribute to the environment. You are obviously poorly informed about bats & hence ill prepared to get rid of them in a safely manner. What you do by using these sticky tapes is inhumane & maybe illegal, depending where you live. I have bats in my attick & have had some make their way into my living quarters, however I have never hurt them. Mostly opening the door so they can leave usually works. By the way a bat that finds its way inside is usually young & confused & trust me they’re more terrified than you. You seem like someone who really has no consciene at all. By the way bragging about your bat disposal technique is disgusting.

  • We have bats living in our attic,I am an animal lover. I have two chihuahuas who live inside and an outside cat. A lot of bats in the attic if I would like to count them as pets,but now at this point I just want them gone.My daughter in law was bitten by something, we dont know what.The bite required a visit to the hospital the doctor said it was a bee sting.Two nights later we found a bat crawling on my granddaughter in bed so now my dogs are qarentined and my daughter in law and grand children are taking rabies vacines,My dogs rabies vacines had run out the month before and I work two jobs and was going to have them vacinated when i got time off work.If the bat is rabid my dogs will remaine in captive for six months at my expense the rabies shots are very expensive,I just hope that my landlord whom I had told needed to have them exterminated has a lot of cash on hand because he will be footing the bill.We called an exterminator and it is against the law to kill them or remove them during thier mating season.SoI would like to know, when will humans get on the endangered species list.

  • To Nancy…
    Perhaps Bat Slayer could have skipped the beheading detail but you should reserve your judgement until you have a 5 year old child going through rabies treatments because a bat bit him while he was sleeping. Young and confused – maybe but I would rather see it beheaded than my 5 year old crying from the shots once a week for the next 21 days.

  • Looking for tips on 2 things:
    1) removal of the urine odor created by bats
    2) effective do it yourself bat removal/prevention
    Seems every sight wants to send you to a vendor…we would like to try it ourselves.

  • To Wendy. I’m so shocked to read that a bat attacked your little boy & need to ask whether the bat was caught & tested for rabies? I hope your son will get better soon & I do appologise for the comments I made about that man beheading bats. I just never, ever came across a rabid bat that would actually get inside a house & bite someone. There are only several cases of rabid bats attacking humans & only because the people involved had one on one contact with them, meaning they handled them & were bitten. PLEASE let me know how your little boy is & I’m so sorry to cause you pain by comments. If you need more info. on bats get in touch with me.

  • Nancy,
    My son is doing well – he has 3 more shots to get but he is fine otherwise. As I said he was sleeping when the bat landed on him and bit him and we were unable to catch the bat. After speaking with some of my friends I have found out that there have been quite a few bat bites around here in the past year, however only one of them was rabid. I am sorry if I sounded harsh I was over-emotional that day. Thank you for your concern regarding my son. The worst thing now is that he is gets upset when people ask him about it. We would like to know how to flush the bats out of the chiminey or attic and keep them out. Thank you again for asking about my son.

  • bats are dumb. seal all holes[if possible] with great stuff and or painters caulk with silicone, Except one … nail 3 foot of plastic over last hole, open on one end, allowing bats to escape at night. the bats will fly into the plastic as they are leaving and drop down and fly away into the night. UPON returning, the bats will run into the plastic and repell away. they[the bats] are too dumb to fly under the plastic and go back into your house. count the bats hte first couple of nights. usually by the 3rd night all the bats will be somewhere else. after you remove the plastic, immediately seal the holes. NEVER

  • never never never ,ever spray ahything that can kill the bats. the bats are mammals

    never never ever spray anything that will kill a bat in your attic. bats are mammals,too . you are a mammal. the spray could drift through cracks. you could cause damage to your lungs, littlebabies the weak and sickly and the old and aged.

  • Whats a Bengal bomb first of all.
    I noticed 1 bat about 2 weeks ago in our attic louvers, thought “cool a bat in there” then I noticed today at least 50 bats are all snuggled up in the same louver. There is 1 now on the other louver on the other side of the attic. Coupled with the bats is an awful urine smell I assume from the guano. Have I found them early enough to keep them from staying there if I can find a way to disturb them?

  • I live in an old house (pre 1800) that we just bought a year ago. This is my second summer living with a maternity colony of bats. Last summer shortly after buying the house, we realized that at least 200 bats were living in our siding. So, we waited until September (when all of the baby bats should be self-sufficient) and replaced all of the sheathing, siding, and insulation on our house. There was more guano than you can imagine and the odor was unexplainable. Not to mention the fact that this cost us over $4000 to do the work ourselves. We thought that we had humanely gotten rid of the bats. However, this year the ENTIRE maternity colony has returned and now have found entrances in our roof and chimney! We often have bat visitors in our home (which I find totally disgusting). I am tired of trying to be humane with these bats and like many others, my husband has found a broom or tennis racket make great smashing tools! For anyone who thinks this is inhumane, why don’t you spend hours every time a bat gets into your house trying to get it to leave on its own. It doesn’t happen very quickly! And like someone else said…if you open all of the doors and windows you are sure to invite other bats in!
    He has also found that a 410 shotgun does a great job of getting rid of them when they are hovering above our house at night…making me and any guests that I may have not want to leave the house for fear of a bat swooping down on you.
    We are now going to have to replace the roof shingles and any drip edge because this is the only way to ensure a tight enough seal that they (hopefully) will not be able to get into again. We will most likely also have to replace all of the roof sheathing and insulation because I am sure that it is filled with guano and urine!
    We have also tried putting up screens at their entrance and exit points which are supposed to allow them to drop out at night but not be able to reenter again in the morning. However, they just find another place to get in.
    So…to anyone who has bats living in their house….you have my sympathies!
    Other than redoing everything on the exterior of your home…I have no other solution to offer!

  • I livein an apartment in an older building. Last summer I had bats coming into my living area. I tried lights and noise t try and keep them out. (which also made my sleeping hard) My landlord was not concerned because he is a bat lover. However he told me after the 0th bat coming into my edroom at night while i was sleeping, that he had gotten rid of them. Well I awoke last night to a bat buzzing my head. I fought the bat from 2 am to 6:30am trying to get it out of the apartment. I informed my landlord and he laughed. I am soooooo mad!!! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep them out of my living area when my landlord really doesn’t care. (I would hate to move my rent and location is perfect. I just hate the bats!!!)

  • To Sarah,

    If you have awoken to find a bat in your bedroom then you should get checked and possibly have the rabies vaccination series. The state in which I live has a strict policy of notifying the local Department of Health in all bat cases and the DOH makes the determination of whether or not the doctor should administer the vaccination. Once they find out that this is an ongoing problem then they will most likely contact your landlord and this should force him to do something. You can also let him know that if he does not do everything in his power to rid the premises of the bats that you have the right to seek legal counsel and have him pay for your rabies series and/or withhold the rent. Unfortunately if your landlord has not done anything yet you are probably going to have to play hardball with him or move.

  • Hi everyone,

    I understand that bats are mammals too….I don’t ever want to see anything hurt or killed for no reason.

    However, we woke up with a bat in our cottage over the weekend. We were all sleeping, and it had been scratching away, until my wife woke me up, i went down to the kitchen, and the bat flew right past my head a couple of times…I couldn’t find it after that..(it was 5:00 am ) I tried, the dog couldn’t even to come up with anything, though she can smell a RAT or mouse for miles. Our cottage is completely open concept….in other words ONE room.

    So i went back to bed. We looked it up online. All these lovely bat friendly sites are quick to say….that if you have small children, and you awake to a bat in the room…..You can’t rule out exposure (to a rabid bat bite)for anyone who was sleeping. So, My wife, and my 3 children and myself, were at the doctor yesterday for round one. I had 6 needles, my wife 5, my 11 year old daughter 4, 10 year old 4, and my 6 year old son only had to have 3! isn’t that great? And the best part is, we go back on Friday for more, then next wednesday for more, and then again the following Friday for more. My kids were very brave about it. They actually are ok going back to the cottage, my wife, not so much.

    Look, give me a break about cutting the bats slack. I am fine with them contributing to the ecosystem…I get it. But when i have to watch my kids go through this (I’m not that worried about rabies for myself, but i am taking the shots because i want my kids to do it and i have to set that example…..)…It makes me sick.

    This is MY house. Bats I think, might be known to bite a human hand when it (the hand) enters the roost, in order to protect its young. Oh yes of course, the bat is not cruel,…it is not evil, it is simply protecting its young. Once a person displays the symptoms of rabies, IT IS ALWAYS FATAL. So, I am biting back.. the bats are in MY roost. Please.

    The other thing these sites will say is that where there is one, there may be many , many bats. So , you know, if you wake up with a bat in your room, and you THINK it might have rabies, capture it, or if you have to , kill it and have it tested for rabies. If it doesn’t have it, You’re OK!! Bullcrap. What about the 25 other bats who live in your house every night when you sleep? Oh right I forgot, you slept right through that, so you are ok.

    if you have small children, and bats flying around the inside of your house. Get rid of them as soon as possible and seriously consider getting at least the vaccine for you kids, if not the exposure shots. Don’t listen to anyone who trys to make you feel cruel for disposing of the bats, or killing them in a humane way. Protect your roost.
    I know rabies is extremely, extremely rare….but hey, I’m a dad, it’s not a chance i can live with taking after waking up to a bat in the room.

    By the way, i started working on the bat problem today, and i am sorry to say, the whole time, i was thinking about my kids, not the bats. It is going well.

    Blain

  • Oh , one more thing. Since this is such a rare thing…(basically because people are completely unaware of how potentially dangerous bats in you house might be….(the droppings alone can cause a serious fungal infection)…..Our family doctor had to be brought up to speed like the rest of us on the issue of bat exposure by the department of health.

    She is an excellent Doctor, very practical. She was stressed about having to give 22 needles in 1 hour , 11 of them to kids under teh age of 12….. When i told her i didn’t REALLY think we needed this BUT should play it safe for the kids sake, she reminded me that bat bites are often microscopic and not detectable, especially for a sleeping person, so there is no way of telling.

    THe first thing she told me when i went in was that she instructed her husband to take down the bat house at their cottage over the weekend, and seal up the cottage.

    Good luck everyone.

    P.S. I am not trying to encourage a bat hunt here. I am not trying to encourage people to become hysterical. I just want to say, that knowing what we know about bats, the guano , and the bites, you would have to be biased to suggest that it is just A-ok for us all to live under one roof, especially with kids sleeping under that roof. ONly 1/2 of 1% of bats have rabies? Ok, so that means if you have a roost of 200 bats in your barn,…..that means chances are ONE of them could have rabies. Just get rid of them now, let them live in a tree, or a cave, and THEN leave them alone.

  • We live in an old brick home in the city and have struggled with bats for two summers now. We have had them excluded and the guano cleaned up by a “professional” (who didn’t wear any protective clothing and sucked the droppings up with a shop vac) who estimated it would cost $1100 for the whole job. He only charged us $400 after the bats returned to the garage and my husband ended up sealing the remaining bat out ourselves. Thankfully, they are gone from the attic but still finding a way into the garage and, once, the basement. How in the hell is it getting into the basement?

    This is a frustrating ordeal for anyone who discovers “poop” in their living space especially when you have little children. I’ve spent countless hours waiting til sundown so I can try to find the entry points. Last night, a bat swooped down toward my head while I was outside. I screamed and ran like the wind. It’s just one of those things I’ll never warm up to no matter how hard bat enthusiasts try to convince me. Bats are creepy and dirty. We have virtually no mosquitos in the summer and I have the bats to thank for that but, at this point, I’ll take the bugs. I can wear repellent and be just fine.

    P.S. Bat poop sticks to everything. We had in on the windows just below where they entered as well as on the gutters below entry points (not to mention the hood of my car). They leave an oily residue on everything they rub against – brick included – so dark smudges are also a good sign of entry points. Gross.

  • Help, in one week this is our third encounter with the little btards. I am not scared of them, they are however a rodent, not a house pet. They say they like to go back to where they are living? What if we released it out in the country, would it find it’s way back? Maybe we should just kill it. We have captured it again this morning 5am. Any advice.

  • Hi Wendy dear. Thank you for your kind words. The reason I haven’t responded sooner is that my teenage son was rear-ended by a drunk driver & suffered some life threathening injuries. He’ll be in intensive care for several weeks but he’ll be okay. I feel so bad about my comments & had no idea your little boy was attacked by a rabid bat. I work at a University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada studuying bat migration & impact on the environment they choose to select. The only thing I learned so far in my studies is that you can’t get rid of them easily that doesn’t involve money or change of venue….for your family. I’m not kidding because I live in an old house & the reason I’m up this late is that my husband is with our son at the hospital & a bat invaded my bedroom. Being a coward that I am I ran & hid in my study. I really am kidding about the coward part but let me tell you getting rid of that little sucker took forever. I have no idea yet how they operate in our environment without being scared but apparently they are more adapt to us than we are to them….If you’re worried about your son, leave soon. Take care Wendy & thanks for your kindness.

  • I can’t convince my hubby we have a bat problem. Last night there were 3 in the living quarters of our house. We’ve been “visited” on 3 other occasions by lone bats in the past year, including a visit in Feb…..um, I live in Illinois, it was 10 degrees outside shouldn’t he/she been hibernating?!? Any suggestions regarding how to find a a professional to get rid of them would be appreciated. There’s nothing in the yellow pages, local animal control was no help…thinking I should call Terminex just cuz they might have gotta similar calls seeking bat people.

    BTW I’m still waiting to hear what I Bengal bomb is.

  • I live in an upper apartment and have a problem with mice in 2 storage rooms adjacent to my bedroom. I bought some really strong glue traps for catching the mice. They really do the job. Within the past year I’ve caught bats in my traps. It freaked me out the first time, especially when it started flapping & made a high pitch noise. I usually take a board to hit what was in the trap to make sure it was dead. Yesterday a trap on one side of the room was moved two-thirds way across the room, so you can figure bats are really strong. So you can guess that I proceed with caution when opening/entering my storage rooms. Any tips & comments from others would be appreciated.

  • Hi Tracy. I study bat migration for a living & found that bats no longer leave their summer roost because in most cases they’re comfortable in their winter environment. That means you may have a warm attick that offers security or perhaps another place in your house that is open to their intrusion. For instance they’re not adverse to invading your basement & setting up a house down there. The only thing I can suggest is that you find their point of entrance & block it. In my research I found that they are very attached to their “LIVING QUARTERS” & getting rid of them is a challenge. Usually they’re not dangerous, however having bats flying around you is pretty scary to people who are not familiar with their habits. If a bat does fly into your home the best thing to do is turn the lights off (I know that’s horrifying) & open a door because they have a sense of cool air so they gravitate towards that. If that fails I hate to say this but your family’s safety is more important than a wayward bat. I speak from experience because last week a bat invaded our living quarters & we were unable to save him. He went crazy & my husband who’s not familiar with bat activity in close quarters panicked & before I could intervene he killed the little thing with a tea towel (he smacked him hard). I’m a bat lover because in my studies they are champions. You have no idea how many mosquitos they eat every night. It’s in the thousands. As for you having several bats in the house, it’s intrusive & scary for someone not used to that…I’d be scared if I wasn’t well informed. Take care & PLEASE let me know what happens.

  • Try having 5 bats in less than one month. We have an 1840 house, so some bats are expected. Not 5 in a month. My solution is now death for the bats. In PA, the game commission will pick up a dead or live bat found in a house with young children and test for rabies. The two we caught last night will be picked up tomorrow. We tackle the bats with towels as they fly by. The towel will knock them down, cover them up and a shoe works well to knock them out. Double bag in a plastic bag, put on ice and call the game commission for pick up and testing.

  • We live in a jungle area. Bats are a problem here; they roost under the palapa. We have tried everything. Help!

  • damn. I was hoping at least ONE person would have some sort of solution. No, eh? We have had three bats in our house in the last two nights. Caught the first two on Sunday night – up from 2:30am to 5am – and then just killed the latest one last night. We have a 9 month-old baby. The people who lived in our house before us spent $1000 getting rid of them, and luckily they live nearby AND had the receipt AND the company that did it has a guarntee so they’re coming by, but we’ll still have to pay for any new work they might have to do. Last night after dispatching the bat I went upstairs and taped aluminum foil over all the cracks and crannies I could find. Took an hour but then I slept okay. DOH has called us and we’re crossing our fingers that these bats didn’t have rabies. only half of one percent of them do, I found out, but then about half of the rabies cases in people in North America every year are due to bats. So we’re pretty stressed.

    I’m going out today to get half-round to put around our floors and some steel wool and maybe even some expanding foam. We had the whole friggin roof replaced in the spring this year, but apparently that didn’t help.

  • Had the pleasure of waking up to a bat before my alarm went off this morning. Second time in 4 years of living in our home we’ve had to experience this ( last time the horrific sounds of a bat being battered by ceiling fan woke us). We heard a weird noise, sat up in bed, then the dive bombings began. My wife and I hid under the covers, me peeking out to see what this varmint was up to, and each time it was swooping like he wanted under the covers. This went on for 5- 7 minutes, till i sat up again and turned the light on, but he continued to swoop . I got my nerve up once i noticed things settled and got up and opened a window in our room ( immediately ran back under the safety of our covers. He kept swooping towards the window, till finally he clung to the curtains, then he went to the floor, about 3 ft from me under the covers. At this time, i had instructed my wife to make a dash for the door, she did, i did, and i am very hopeful the bat left and i monitored the situation from the safety behind the door. I didn’t see him leave, but feel he did, cause I couldn’t find him in my search. I think he came in from the screen in my window which might have been ajar- from window fan? Gosh i hope…

    This is a home invasion, and I feel violated. My sleep was ruined, I’m achy today, not a good way to start my day. I too don’t want to kill these things, but enough is enough. Tennis racket will be next to my Louisville slugger in my bedroom for the next experience.

  • if you reading this and about to move into a victorian home i advise you get it checked for bats before you make any comitments and if it just so happens that they do live there, let them stay and pick a diffent home! you do not want to deal with rabes and smells and bugs YOU CANT FORGET THE BUGS!!!!we made a bad disition when we moved into our victorian home(that was before i figured out that victorian home carry more bats that any other home)now i have a 1& 1/2 year old that isnt save here any more becuase of all the deseases they carry and there droppings carry. if you have a bullet proof way of getting rid of them PLEASE TELL!

  • We live in Northern Wisconsin and a professional who goes by “D Batman” was recommended by a friend who had success. He guarantees his work for 3 three years; his bill was just under $500.00. His truck is equipped with one of those buckets like those used by those who repair overhead wires or remove high tree branches. He raised and lowered himself in the bucket, searching for and sealing all openings but one. That final opening he equipped with a one-way flap so the bats could exit but not re-enter. His plan is to wait until he’s certain all the bats are out and then seal the final opening. I’m not sure how far he’s willing to travel, but his number is 1-800-D Batman. I guess the subsequent guano removal is up to us; thanks to all the contributors on this site for your precautions on that.

  • We just moved in to our first home (built in 1930 but all remodeled with new roof, siding and shingles) and it is full of bats! I can not take it anymore and will do anything to kill these things! Got 12 in the last 2 weeks and many more to go!

  • To all you ppl that are talking about exclusion….Get real.
    I have a 1900’s house, and just spent all night on a bat hunt. 4 bats. That’s right, and there was one the night before. I kill them, I have 4 kids, and they’ve already been thru the whole rabies shots….
    I kill the bats, and then I burn them, and then I kill them again.
    They eat bugs? So does my deet!
    There mammals? So are rats!
    Come on ppl, this is my house, my roosting area….I can’t wait to kill some more…..
    Matter of fact I’d be happy to come over to YOUR house and kill some.
    Call a professional? I kill a couple more and I’ll be a professional!!! And to the guy that’s trappin them in gooey stuff and beheading them…. BRAVO ZULU!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
    I get any more bats tomorrow and I’m setting the house on fire!!!

    Exclusion….that’s flippin ridiculous….

  • I live in a house built in 1816, my second summer here. Last summer I had one bat, which dive-bombed me several times while I was sleeping (awake but under the sheet). I also have 4 cats, which probably injured it, because it was dead on the floor in the morning. I took it to a state lab for testing and it was negative for rabies. Last night I just removed my 5th bat of this summer. I’ve caught and released all of them. This is how it works: my 4 cats let me know there’s a bat by going utterly wild chasing around, leaping up the walls, etc. My bat kit consists of a fishing net and an acrylic cutting board. Because the cats keep watch in the area where it finally lands, I know where to look. I capture it in the net and let it go outside. I can account for how the last two got in: a loose screen in the kitchen, and a space between the windows after installing an air conditioner. I was bat phobic, but living alone brings out many hidden talents. I recommend 4 cats and a fish net.

  • Please include me in the NEED TO KNOW what a BENGAL BOMB is!!!!!!

    We ust bought an old house with a gorgeous attic that is half finished. We hadn’t used it because we had to reaplce a window up there and a few other things. My hubby was up working on the house fan around dusk one night. I come home from work at 1:30am and guess what’s hanging on my bedroom wall like it lived there. Yep, a freakng bat! We got it out a bat guy came and did an inspection, said we maybe had 6 or that was a lone bat. Fine so we did nothing because quite frankly they quoted us over $2500 to get rid of the bats and then even more for the cleanup!

    Fast forward to today where I go up to close a window my hubby had left open months ago and there is guano everywhere. Fortunatly for us there is two rooms up there and the door is closed between the two. We only seem to have bats on one side but I could hear them chirping. I can hear them up there. I have absolutly no desire to get a flash light and count them, I just want them out!! Hubby has looked up info and they should be leaving soon for Winter Hybernation, it is the coming back next summer thing I am worried about!

  • Please help us!!! We killed 3 of them last night, but only to be visited by 2 more a hour later. We are sure they are comming in from the basment of our house. I noticed that the chimminey of my house has no screen, could they be comming in from there? None the less I want to get rid of them by any means!!! Any advise?

  • I awoke this morning to my husband mumbling incoharently and jumping out of bed, he went downstairs only to be encountered by another bat. He is deathly afraid of them. The one in our bdrm had been crawling above his head on a fan, we bought this house 4 years ago every year we get between 2-7 bats, All but one survived, protected or not i like the idea of killing them i think if i kill one and pin it up outside as an example…..Seriously this has become a problem, if you have other pests ie-ants wasps etc you kill/poison them, bats are no different. I would like to see the society of those who protect them be on call at every hour they are needed to get them out of my house when i need them, you can call the police if you are a little old lady, otherwise you are screwed. This morning right now there is one in my bdrm window panes & two in my dining rm under a picture. We use a tennis racket & a fishing net to capture them then we release them outside to fend for themselves. We also have a damn bat house (which is coming down today) We thought we sealed it all, I still like my example idea, my husband is leaving for work now, so i get to get my 15 year old son up(which by the way i woke up earlier & he suggested we ignore them.) which would work if i didn’t have to worry about getting bit in my sleep, I am not worried about rabies, I am just not keen on anything biting me in my sleep.

  • Well last night was another sleepless one as Dexter thought it necessary to swoop and fly at our heads while we were in bed. Even though it has been a while since we had a visit from Dexter (btw Dexter is the name we have given our bat) it was still as traumatic as his last visit. This morning when we woke up we heard a little rustling and located Dexter’s sleeping quarters. Immediately I went online to find out if there was a possible way to evict him as he had not been keeping up with his rent and his late night partying was discourteous to his roomates. I came upon the post referring to the use of a shop vac. We fashioned a device to help to direct the vacuum hose with precision and, well, let me say I have more appreciation for the shop vac’s many uses. If Dexter were still with us, I am not sure he would rate his experience with the shop vac as amicable. Bye Dex and thanks for the memories 🙂

  • This isn’t a tip, but a question on my particular dilemma. I have a log home that has a back porch that measures about 150 feet. Our logs are “D” shaped and where the curve meets the porch roof we have approximately 70 bats living along the length of the porch. They’ve been living there pretty much since we moved in in 1992, however, there numbers have been growing, as you can imagine. We routinely see baby bats “on” the porch that have fallen from their roost

    My problem is the amount of bat urine and feces that is left behind. It is becoming a problem that I’m afraid may be hazardous to our health. I have to sweep or wash off the porch daily and the urine has begun to stain the logs. Does anybody know if this poses a health threat to humans? The bat feces usually ends up in the crawl space below the back porch’s entire length. It has piled up over time and something I don’t want to do is crawl under the porch and move it myself. Spending thousands of dollars having somebody else do it when the bats are still around isn’t an option either. I just need somebody that’s knowledgeable in this are to tell me if the urine and feces is harmful to humans.

    Thanks in advance. Cheers/Frank

  • I have a question not a comment. My three year old put on his water boots and told me after a couple of minutes that something was in his boot and was moving. I thought it might be a mouse or spider so told him to dump it outside. To my suprise, it was a nasty little bat. I think he had stepped on it. He did not think it bit him, but I have read that the bite could be microscopic. Would I be able to see the bite marks on his foot? Luckily we caught the bat and are waiting for animal control to come get it. Hopefully it will not test positive for rabies. The doctor was also concerned with making sure other immunizations are up to date and the area was washed well.

  • We recently discovered droppings all over studio one morning. The windows had been open, and there was a rainstorm. After first we thought we had strange mice. Then all of a sudden 8 or so bats came out of two decorative columns! Tiny spaces indeed! They flew back into the columns and stayed. We tried light and noise. Nothing. Then a couple of friends dropped by, and together we reasoned that they didn’t like the rain, so we used a spray bottle with water, spraying into the recesses of the ornamental columns, and OH MY GOD! There were well over 20 bats flying around our studio! We kept spraying and spraying, defending any hiding spots with the water when they tried to hide. Eventually, only after an hour, they finally all left through the open windows. SPRAYING WATER WORKS!!! You can defend yourself with the spray bottle too, although they really were frightened of us.

  • I recently had the honor of a bat visit in my apartment . The Bats were dive bombimg my head and flying in endless circles around the living Room. My wife would not even go to the Bathroom she was so scared. Then they disappear and hide during the day. One way by Night and another by day. Take it out by any means possible. Kill those Suckers.

  • We’ve gone through this for the last 3 summers and caught 1 last week and 2 last night it always happens in August but I did find their entrance point today and I put up a one way exit for them made out of wire meshing…now we wait for a week to see if they all leave. I don’t have a clue how many are up in the attic but we’ll be finding out the extent of the damage when the roof gets done…It needed to be done anyways but on conversation with the roofing company he has dealt with the bat issue before and has some great methods of sealing it all off and gave me a 5year guarantee on the bats…hell I’ll take 1year. As far as catching them I just use a flyswatter give them a light whack and cover them in a sandwhich container cover it and let them suffocate in their own urine..then dump in plastic bag throw that in the main garbage bag and out with the trash. No mess and just power wash the sandwhich container and it will be ready for the next bat…hopefully after the roof their won’t be another but no sandwhiches will be used by those containers again they have become my official bat catching machine..LOL…Is this legal? Is this cruel? Guess what I don’t care it works…I’m not a free lodging home for bats they don’t pay rent and they waste my time and money dealing with them…..screw them

  • I found by accident that foaming wasp and hornet spray works on bats just like it does on the wasps. I have 22 foot ceilings. I always open at least 3 doors and windows so they’ll fly back out but they’re too stupid. I’ve lost way too much sleep waiting for hours and trying to shue these things out the door with a broom and they repeatedly fly right past the open door. After a couple hours of this I reached for what was available. That foaming spray. Hit is dead on. It slid down the wall as it tried to spread it’s wings and they froze. Then it’s scoop it up with a shovel and take it outside and kill it. I hit a 2nd one (same night) but not square on with the spray. It didn’t stop it but it drastically slowed it’s flying down so I was able to notch it out the open door with a broom. Bats, when in your house, are every bit as much of a health hazard (if not more) then mice or rats.

  • I had my first experience today with my husband,something was eating on a loaf of bread thought maybe a mouse but no mouse droppings.looked up and a bat was asleep on the wall!!I screamed for hubby and we then got the fish net,broom,shoe box.knocked it down with broom and caught with net but the net had large openings it was getting out! so we used the shoe box slid stiff carboard under it and it was trapped!!!!!took it outside watched it fly off.Hopefully gone for good i dont like any rodent,pest or bug.I Hubby was ready to shoot it with a paintball marker(what a mess we would have had).Might would have went quicker though.And this bat also went right for hubbys face.

  • Okk well we have had our house for about 18 years and a couple days ago i heard a strange noise coming from our chimney/fireplace and it has a door and everything and we got 2 of them out but there is still more how can we get them to leave?

  • Here’s a tip that worked really well for our situation! We first took a survey during the day (a creepy & brave endeavor)and found them “roosting” all over, behind picture frames, above door jams, on the floor, on walls, under the woodstove, etc. What WORKED BEST was sucking them up with a powerful vacume before dusk and then destroying — we used a ShopVac. We waited until dark knowing that there were probably others, but it was easy to snag them in flight with a fishing net. It saved us $1,995 (minimum what the pest control company wanted for catch and release!). We’ve been bat free for a few days now, yet still cleaning and disinfecting the house. What others have said about bats not wanting to leave via open windows/doors, dive bombing your head, being attracted to screams, flying around even though bright lights are on, leaving oily dirty smudges on walls, etc. is absolutely true. We experienced all of it and hopefully the nightmare is over! Good luck everyone!

  • Well i have had the pleasure of dealing with BATS for the first time this all started about one month ago when i was in the attic painting the floor with a oil primer i guess the Bat didn,t like the fumes and was flying all over the place and as i noticed where he went back too was up the brick of the chimney so i have previously noticed some droppings on the floor and thought it was mice where i did set some traps and caught some mice now knowing it was BAT DROPPINGS so i opened the window in the attic thinking this guy was trapped to let him out well Guess what about 5 days later more droppings are there so now the little F?%K er has invited some of his friends back to his crib so now reading all these tips and letters from other people GET RID OF THEM i today noticed 5 in one spot of the attic i took a fishing net put it over them and dragged them down the wall and put them in a garbage bag and tied it up took them for a drive down the road for a 5 mile drive and released them in the woods and watched them fly away but someone has mentioned that they will fly back but it was a good drive from the house and took them in the woods where there is 2 abandoned houses and a barn they flew in the woods But if they RETURN i WILL TAKE THE BAT SLAYERS ADVICE AND KiLL them if they return they are a big nuiscance and cleaning up BAT CRAP no way i d,ont mind cleaning up dog crap and if anyone knows of a spray to kill the smell would be appreciated??????? and i also have a Can of Hornet spray standing by i believe that would work thanks for the tip CENTRAL OREGON and i was quoted a Thousand Bucks to get rid of my bat problem i only can see 7 got rid of five today two left but here is a remedy that i tried and got them moving but have someone else or a few people around to see where they are coming in and going out take a Chainsaw or a Grass trimmer and start it up in your attic the fumes will get them going and you can even Hear them squeaking away, they will leave because they c,ant handle the fumes it will take about 5 to 10 minutes to get them on the move but they will return so if anyone has any other home remedys lets try them with out being Scamed by these Bat Control Companys

  • Hey Everyone,

    I dealt with bats in my attic, basement, and walls last summer. Although it took some time and patience, the only solution was to little-by-little track down how they were getting in and close up the holes. The “Little Brown Bat”, common here in Wisconsin, can fit into a hole about the same size as your thumb (a half inch or so) so attention to detail when looking for holes is a must.

    I am not a fan of killing bats unless absolutely necessary and feel that killing them in most cases is merely addressing the symptom, rather than finding a solution. Bats like to roost with other bats and can smell both where other bats currently are or where other bats have been. This means that if you don’t seal up the hole, it makes no difference whether you kill them or release them. Either way, you are likely to still have bats getting into your house which is the problem in the first place.

    For those of you having problems, I would recommend the following:

    You have to figure out where the bats are getting into your house. Controlling the bats that are already in your house is obviously critical in the short term. I temporarily closed off at night all areas that seemed likely to be introducing bats to my living space e.g. attic, basement, holes in interior walls etc. I also kept my bedroom door closed at all times to keep that area secure.

    The first thing I tried to find the entry hole(s) was to enlist the help of some friends and watch for exiting bats around dusk. If there are a lot of bats in your house (30 or more), this should be a relatively easy way to find out where they are getting in and/or out. I did not have a lot of bats (I estimated 20 or so individuals at most), so this did not work for me. Instead, I went around during the day and visually inspected every inch of my roof, soffits, porch overhang, etc sealing up holes as I went. This can be a little frustrating (I live in a big, old house), particularly when a bat ends up in your house the night after you spent a couple of hourse searching for and plugging holes, but you just have to believe that every hole you plug is one hole closer to solving the problem. I believed that and eventually, I came across a hole that had just a few pieces of bat guano around it (looks a little like a piece of rice that is black) which was an obvious sign they were using that hole. Because it was already late August at the time, I marked the spot, waited for about a month and then sealed the hole. Problem solved. As an added note, my problem was that whoever installed the ridge vents on my house did not do so with enough care to ensure that they were terminated correctly. The bats were simply sneaking into the house past the end of the ridge vent.

    As for getting bats out of my living space, I don’t want to kill them so I catch them with a fishing net or bucket and then take them outside. This has always worked well for me. Initially I was a little scared of their erratic flight pattern (it kind of seemed like they were flying at me), but after a few catch and releases I realized they actually try to avoid me at all costs. They just want to get outside.

    Out of respect, I always wear leather gloves when working with bats even though I have never had to catch one with my hands. Just in case. After I closed up my bat hole, I also made sure to wear a heavy-duty respirator (not just the little white thing that goes over your nose and mouth) when I cleaned the bat guano out of my attic.

    It is important to realize that rabies in bats is rare (as are cases of histoplasmosis), but it is equally important to take measures to ensure that they remain rare.

    Timmer

  • I have a problem with bats in my house too….I am deathly afraid of them and I scream every time…..my husband is pretty good at catching them….we’ve complained to our landlord and they have been very good in trying to get rid of them….they put a new roof on last year and sealed a spot where they thought they were coming in….they are in my walls and I can hear them screeching every night around 10pm…I hate bats so much and I dread going home….my husband works second shift so I am alone with the bats until he comes home…I just go into my bedroom and leave lights on….I don’t think bats are considered endangered species….there are too many….Why can’t they just live outside like other animals/mammals…thanks for listening…

  • A friend told me to try a 5 gallon bucket with 8 inches of water. Watch at night when they come out. Hang a bucket under the opening. Bats drop to pick up momentum to fly. They will drop in the bucket and drown. You can also tape screening up from just above the hole to the side of the bucket, to direct any really good flyers into the bucket. Once you have not had anymore in your bucket for a week, seal the hole. If you have lots of holes, seal the ones that you can’t easily hang a bucket from first. Eventually, they will all either drown or be unable to get back in.

  • I have a colony in the attic of my barn. There is virtually no cost effective way to seal it shut after the bats leave as it is an old barn with gaping holes. I store things up there and everytime I need to go in or out I have to get suited up in my “bat suit”: Pants, hooded parka, mosquito net hat reinforced with a hard hat, and gloves tightly sealed around my sleeves. It sucks in the summer months because its very warm in the bat suit. I blast music sometimes… it seems to help dispurse them.

    On a side note, I disagree with the warm fuzzy way some people treat bats. “It’s their home!” “Let them be” “Erect a bathouse”. It’s my home and there is an invader. I’m an animal, just like them. When they disturb me, I kill them. I don’t looking for blood I just don’t agree with this lets-make-free-love-to-the-bats attitude. When I walk into a grizzly den I don’t expect them to wait for me to leave and then board up so I can’t get back in. If something gets in your nest, get it out.

  • We have just confirmed that we have bats roosting in the louvered peak above our garage. Between my husband, kids myself and neighbor, we counted 17 leaving. They fly so erratic it was hard to determine if they were just leaving or the same ones just flying around. Do you think there are more? I’ve read all of the posts and I am freaking out about sleeping here tonight. We’ve only noticed the guano for about two weeks tops. I have three kids and if they have to go through what some of your kids have had to go through, there’s gonna be a war!!! We saw them a few weeks ago but they were living in the trees behind the houses. What makes them change roosts? I just went the boys (7 & 5) up to bed and really don’t want to take the baby up…let alone have them up there since they/we won’t even know if they’ve been bitten unless the damn things wake you up!!! I need a drink!!! Good luck to all of you and pray they don’t get in !!!

  • A proven technique for getting rid of bats is to get mouse glue board traps, put them back to back so sticky is on both sides, and suspend them from the ceiling in the attic of the house or problem area. After a bat was in my room and we took care of it, we had the idea of the mouse traps suspended with string. You can use anything to suspend them. It works. Today we had four bats. The thing is you have to suspend the traps in areas that they fly.

  • To Melissa,
    I am hoping that your doctor reccommended the rabies series for your son. It is not always possible to see the bite marks of a bat and because your son actually came into contact with the nasty thing it is better to be safe than sorry. Please let me know how this works out for you.

  • I was told by a retired cop that hairspray disables bats from flying but your still have to remove them from the house. I have had the bat man out here twice and there are bats till coming out of the same holes even with the oneway doors on. its war now.

  • I can understand bats getting into your attick or basement because it is difficult to those areas. But when it comes to your living space, all you have to do is inspect every square inch in every room and closet and look for an opening and close it up. How is a bat going to get into your living space from your attick or basement without an opening? They can’t get through walls. I used to get them from a pantry closet because the closet walls were not tight. So I refinished the closet. Then I was getting them from my wood burning stove. they would fly into the chimney, down the flue, into the stove and find their way into the living room. So I instlled a cap over the flue pipe that comes out of the wall (summer only, of course). Problem solved. No more bats since. When you know how they get it, close it.

  • I found a bat in our basement, which creeped me out. It was our first encounter. We killed it. My two sons were in the basement and I don’t think they were bitten, but like some people said it could be microscopic. I heard that killing bats is illegal in some states. I wonder if NJ is one of the states. I bagged the dead bat, and wanted to get it tested to see if it has rabies. I’m afraid if I do so, I will be fined. I don’t know what to do.

  • About a year ago we first started to hear scratching in the walls and cielings so we had a specialist comeout and he said it was bats. He then came out a few more times ceiling up holes and what not and said we shouldnt have any more problems they had all left the noises stopped for a few months then would return then stop and so on. He (the specialist) continued to come out and check up on the holes he sealed up and what not but the nosies never really stopped. About a month ago we started to have bats in the house at night. When we had the first one in the house we called another specialist the next day needless to say he didnt do much. Since then we have had 7 more bats in our bedrooms and hallways.Each time we tried opening windows and doors for them to leave on their own but they wont so unfortunatly we had to kill them. Waking up in the middle of the night with something flying over your face is not fun. We have done everything from bombs to bat houses and so on but nothing seems to work. We are tired of sleepless nights and just want get back to not being afraid at night. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • We sealed up the one attic and put the screening over the garage louvers and guess what? No bats ever came out last night!!! All that work and they may have left already! Is that possible? It has been colder here at night but warm days. Do you think they’ve gone farther into the house? I don’t even want to think that!!! I even went up to bang on the door and walls of the attic to try to get them going and we only saw one and weren’t sure if it was from OUR house! I hate to think they’re hibernating here already!!!

  • To Laura.
    Get your Husband and a friend to watch what holes they are leaving at night when they go out and feed tell them about 30 minutes before it gets dark and wait until they see no more bats leaving from those exit points and then get wire mesh and put over the holes then put caulking over the wire mesh and make sure they seal the holes up good keep doing this for a few days until you have managed to get rid of them or when you see no more signs of Bats flying around that is waht i did and it took me about 2 weeks to locate where they were coming out of and going back into and another thing i should mention in my case the time frame was about 800 pm until 1000 pm i noticed the bats were returning to the places i seen them come out of and it was a great pleasure seeing them trying to get back in it will work but it takes a bit of time and now i can say i got rid of the flying RODENTS
    I hope this works for you and anyone else who is having a problem with them and as for catching them and releasing them they will have the final laugh on you as they can fly back where they were Roosting good luck to all

  • To Nancy, a friend of mine, he’s 92 YOA, has an attitude on his farmstead. Let it be and it won’t hurt you. Well the bats he’s been so tolerant with for so long has him visiting the Doc for rabies shots. He was sleeping last week and was bit by one. He ended up catching it and it tested positive for rabies. As of right now he’s hanging in there but not feeling too great. Tolerance can only go so far. There are plenty of other spots those critters could be, I say NUKEM till there out where they belong.

  • Much easier problem. Our bats are on the balcony (2-3 at most) staying in the outdoor corners of the house. They don’t bother us themselves, but guano is everywhere and use of the balcony is now out. Any basic tips? or just call animal control?

  • I found a bat in the inside peak of where the porch roof hit the cabin roof. I used a squirt bottle filled with ammonia and water to hit the area and threw moth balls up there until some lodged in the crevice. But there are so many half inch openings in a cabin – it’s a constant battle. I heard that if you held hardware cloth up, a bat in your house would cling to it and then you can escort him from the house. One thing we did do to find a lot of openings was to have some one inside shining a strong light at the edges where walls meet floors and ceiling and someone on the outside seeing where the light escaped. (this is a log cabin)

  • I am appalled at some of the cruel things i have read on this site about getting rid of bats. Bats are not blind, they don’t get tangled in your hair, they are not all diseased. Less than 1/2 of 1% carry rabies and they make up about 1/4th of all mammals….so please educate yourself instead of fearing the unknown. Please visit http://www.batworld.org for ANY and ALL bat related problems/questions. They have rehabilitators listed and exclusion methods to get rid of house bats humanely. Please don’t do it during summer though, i had to care for a lot of little babies this year because people fail to realize the implications of excluding mothers and leaving babies to rot in attics. Once you learn about them you will never ‘suck them into a shop vac’ or beat them to death with a broom, shovel, etc again.
    I implore you to please educate yourself, i got sick reading some of the comments left here….learn about bats, learn about compassion while you’re at it.

  • Bats are beautiful and some of these comments are heartbreaking. Humanely and gently excluding them from your house is easily done, but the benefits they provide from the number of insects they eat nightly is huge. Unless people like mosquito infestations and the like of course!

  • I had bats in my attic. Over the winter I put up bright lights in the attic. Put a bat house on a pole in the backyard by April they moved. I called in a pro to seal up the attic as best as possible. That was 3 years ago. They never came back to the attic. And I have the best yard on the block. NO MOSQUITOES. And the bat poop that I catch in dirt pots under the roost is the best fertilizer I have ever had.

  • I am happy to life in a country (Austria) where bats are not seen as a “pest” – which they are not, of course. They are protected by Austrian laws against animal cruelity and they are protected by species conservation laws.
    Nobody in my country would find an official company which offers “get rid of bats”. People who think they do not want bats at their attic have to call governmental nature protection departments, which then make contact to rehabilitators or other bat specialists.
    Private idiocies of course cannot be checked and controlled in reality but at least a lot of positive PR is made for bats in this country. Even yellow press journalists ask before they write stupid articles and afterwards these articles are not so stupid anymore…

    And Austrian people are still alive with all these bats! And we are happily living in our country, believe me. So…..

  • I don’t have a tip other than JUST KILL THE BATS PEOPLE! They should not be in your house. They have bugs. They have rabies, and they are nasty! I have bats in my barn and my attic. I have three little children, and I have no problem whacking those things with a tennis racket. The ammonia sounds like a good trick though – has anyone else tried it? I am always afraid the reabid little things are going to bite me. I love going up in the attic at Christmas time to get all of our nice guano shrouded Christmas ornaments. Its really fun cleaning their cr*p up off all of our stored stuff. Sure glad I am paying this HUGE mortgage so the bats have a nice place to take a dump.

  • We had bats between the ceiling and the roof of our house so we bought a big bottle of swimming pool chlorine granules, opened it up and set it in the roof – no more bats. However this does not work in more ventilated areas.

  • We have bats living between the gable vent and its inside screen. We like the bats – they eat lots of bugs and are fun to watch at night – but we do not like their droppings. We put up a bat house in the yard a few years ago, but the bats are not interested. We’re planning to either put a screen on the outside of the gable vent, or maybe hang some kind of aluminum foil mobile outside of the vent to try to deter them from flying in. The problem is that this is way up high, and we don’t have a high enough ladder or the inclination to climb up on the roof and lean over. The other problem is removing their droppings, which are mostly confined in the screen in the attic. I hope rubber gloves and a mask and a shower when done will be enough protection. Any advice on dropping removal? We called our local wildlife removal person, but he said if they aren’t inside the house he can’t help, and I don’t know who to call about the droppings.

  • Hi i have bats in our outside light bulb i need to know how to get rid of them! I am very frightened! I had heard the idea of spraying water at the bats does that really work? Anyways i need to find a solution to my problem. I WANT THOSE SUCKERS GONE!!

  • I just finished yesterday cleaning my attic, I`been figting with those **** since 1 month, beleve me I don`t wanna see them again in my house. I leave in the Honduran coast (La Ceiba) and we have a lot of bats, my friend from Canada Erico, told me some tips, one is during day, (while they`re resting) put some light in the attic, and let them get out, and close all the holes, and at morning you will see how they try to get in throug the same holes that use to do, and is funny see how they`re so persistant, then clean every thing and forget for ever…

  • I have a colony of over 100 bats and plan to get rid of them this week! I have to put a new roof and sofit on anyways, but what I was wondering is when they hibernate, will they all just stay there when I pull the roof off or tear the wall down(I’m gutting the house too), or will they fly away or what, I don’t know??? I’m starting in three days! Wish me luck!

  • Just paid exterminator five hundred plus to get rid of our visitors. Have called them back twice because they closed up the opening too soon and just this week because one appeared in our bedroom. Could have came in from an open window up the hall or down through the ceiling fan–don’t know for sure. Today one came in the back door when it was open and just flopped on top of the cabinet. Seem to be trying to get back to their nasting spot. After reading all your comments, I will be using any and all sugestions because I do not want them dwelling with me–sorry would rather have beetle bugs.

  • You all think you have problems? I have a big hotel in Tanzania and all the roofs are makuti (thatch) and in the restaurant open all round and the rest of the buildings have big overhangs from the roofs. I cannot seal off, nor can I even reach them. I have hundreds. They drive me insane. Am a serious animal lover but this is the one and onl big problem I have running this place. Its awful. Lights do not help. In fact judging from all the messages, nothing helps. So what to do?? Judy

  • I live in an apartment, in an old Victorian house, had 2 bats in one month, first one was found in my bed!! This bat was very aggressive, my son and I killed it, took it to animal control and low and behold this bat had rabies. My son and I had to go thru with the rabies series of shots. Just had another one in the last week flying around my living room, killed that one also, this one did not have rabies, that was a relief. The health department told me they are very high in rabies this year, yes they are a nuisance, but if they carry rabies, that can be deadly. Hopefully this does not continue, but if it does I will take each one in and get tested. My landlord needs to fix this, or I will be moving. It really upset me that this bat that was in my bed and had rabies, you hear about rabies, but never think this will happen to you.

  • These people who worry about bat rights need a bite from one themselves. The best thing to do with a bat in your house or a mouse or a rat is to kill it. They spread disease and are filthy. You people who love bats, why not open your house to them? Live in their filth and disease your self.

  • we live in europe and have quite a problem with these critters. We were sitting on our terrace one evening in summer and laughing at all the bats coming out of our neighbours eves…little did we know that we had the same problem. the neighbour on the other side was probably laughing at us with our bat infestation! what a life.
    Anyway, i understand that SMOKE helps to get rid of them, hence the bengal bomb that someone suggested. Then when the smoke gets them out you have to block the holes..well that where the real problem starts because it is virtually impossible to block the holes.
    maybe we should just light the house and walk away.

  • I live in a town where bats are common in attics. I have found that I have them in my attic. I use glue traps now I am tired of them pooping on everything. I do know there is a way for them to get in and we are not looking at roof to find out exactly where they come in. Someone told me to also use brillo pads in spaces so they will not come in. They do not like to chew through it.

  • Well this is the second time I have been visited by those little rascals. First time was when we destroyed the wet bar and make this a closet, lol. That night I guest we disturb him or her and I woke up because i heard some flopping in the bedroom, around 02:30 am, well I told my wife not to move and turn on the light and here it was on the box in the corner, since we are in Ontario Canada and they should be hibernating? Well it had to go down (Sorry for the bats lover).Then this Wednesday another one in the bathtub (Another one bite the dust) Now It looks like I have a bat problem with all the new construction in the house this will probably only going to get worst so I contacted a Bats Specialist and now waiting for him to contact me back. I do not believe I got a colony but they are quite noisy at Night in the walls and the ceiling. So we will see what going to happened once the Peps contact me by the way I just bought this House (1925) 2 months ago and had it inspected (Addict and basement) and no sign of bats or any smell or trace of **** at all only in the newer addition on the back. (Lets hope this is not to serious, I’ll let you guys/gals know what the outcome of this :):)

  • I had one of the creepy things in my place the other night and I called the non emergency # for the local police and an officer came over and got the bat out for me. I had the same thing happen about eight years ago and called them at that time and got the assistance of an officer at that time as well. I do not yet know if my place is infested w/ them as I have lived here almost three years and that was the 1st one I am aware of having made it inside but this is also the 1st year I have heard them in the walls. I am absolutely terrified of them and go into what I feel could correctly be called a panic attack. I do not own. I rent and am hopeful the manager, who identifies with my fear and discomfort of having them anywhere nearby, will be on top of ridding the place of them. In the meantime, I will be calling the local police for assistance with any encounters I may have with the creepy creatures.

  • I live outside of New Orleans, LA. Our house had six feet of water. We removed half of the sheet-rock and eventually moved back in to part of the house. Last spring we found bats in the house. Stand still, don’t speak and the bat will land, usually on a wall. Throw a waded up bath towel at the bat. It might take a couple of tries. Pick up the bat as you would any wild creature and take it outside. Set it up on something as they prefer to dive down to take off. The colony had settled in-between the brick and the blackboard on the South side of the house. Since it was Spring I had to wait until after the nesting time. We had a few more visitors, but the cats would always let us know when they were there. I got pretty good with that towel. As it turns out, **** may be hotter then New Orleans in summer but it isn’t nearly as muggy. Inside that South facing brick wall must have been like a broiler. So, they left, of their own accord. They must have moved to their place in the mountains. And now they are back, I would assume this is their winter home.I do NOT want to kill them. I just want to relocate them. I put up a bat house, which they ignored. There is an unused shed about 200 feet away that, after I blacken the windows, will make an ideal cave. This weekend, I will try the plastic sheeting over the gable vents and the Bengal bombs. I will let you know how it goes. BTW, I live next to a bayou, we have snakes, alligators, Gar fish, three types of poisonous spiders, lizards and poisonous and stinging plants. And worst of all we have mosquitoes(West Nile Fever) and gnats. So, I really want the bats to stay year round, I might even put some heat in that old shed. You should also be wary of raccoons and skunks, both notorious carriers of rabies.

  • The “Bengel Bomb” approach definately works. I live in an 1885
    victorian in MN and was getting spider bites, so yesterday I loaded
    the dog in the truck and fired off more than a dozen of the bug
    spray bombs in the house, including the basement, and left for the
    recommended two hours. Went back home and opened everything up
    to air out the gas and found that all the bats that were hibernating
    in my basement were going nuts. I could also hear them between the
    first floor ceiling and the floor of the second story so I know
    where they are living. I’m not sure the bug bomb spray will hurt
    them, but they definately don’t like it. I wonder if a full house
    wrap would work. Back in CA when you buy a house, they wrap the
    entire thing in heavy tarps and gas the **** out of it for a couple
    of days to kill any possible terminte colonies. I bet that would
    kill the bat colonies also? any thoughts?

  • Be very careful with gazing your house like you would like to do… it would probably work but if you have a big colony just think that you may have anywhere between 100 to 500 death bats in your wall/floor/ceiling the smell will be pretty bad and not counting all of the NEW bugs you going to gets because of all the dead bats. Think twice before doing this..

  • I could use a tip or two. Last year I woke up with a bat on my face, was bitten, and had a number of shots the next month. The so-called expert I called, removed about eight bats, and charged me also for an estimate to bat proof. Well, he never showed up to do the work. Today, we found a bat in the basement. I notice some occasional little gnat like bugs (like one or two a week) on my second floor. Are these coming from the bats that I assume live in my attic? About replacing your roof–that’s when all my problems started when the roof was replaced. By the way, i am pretty good at catching them in a fishing net, and releasing them. How do you find a reliable expert? The one recommended by the Humane Society didn’t follow through for me, and the other one in town didn’t have any success eradicating bats from a neighbor’s home.

  • We just purchased a older home to remodel. The home is a early 1920s style cape cod. We started remodeling the upstairs bedroom by removing old drywall from the ceiling. After our first hit with a hammer about 10 seconds of dry bat **** spilled onto the floor. With in 5 seconds the whole upstairs was filled with Bats! 4 grown men all ran to the door like we were being shot at. Well to make a long story short, We sealed the small holes outside the home with clear caulk to keep them in. We all dressed in thick leather and purchased 4 tennis rackets, 4 gas mask type masks and went in like we were in War. 2 hours later “we won”! And the house HAD 32 brown bats in it. Try using sticky floor tiles! WORKS AMAZING! No jar needed. Use 3 bug bombs at once!. They get all slow and easy to catch!!!!!!!!!

  • Bats are so easy to catch. Don’t use a net. Use a sticky floor tile, Tennis racket, or hit them in flight with a broom like grandma. LOL.
    If you want them out of your home. Get mad and get them out! TRUST ME they fall to the floor with a slow swing and its really hard for them to get back up. The bugs that come with them are worse than the bats. If you see them roost in your attic. Purchase a super soaker squirt gun, Fill it with bleach and have fun. Try filling it with Peroxide. It dries fast and they hate it. Then go sweep them into a pan and toss. I used all of the above. I had 32 bats. Bug bomb prior to WAR!

  • Been reading this as we are from the UK and have a serious bat problem.
    Our house was only built in 1994 but we have noticed bats int eh summer flying, I think I’ve identified their roosting place, and there’s daylight near our chimney.
    The droppoings were all dry, like mouse droppings and my wife made me sweep em up, should I get a health check? Reading about fungal spores etc.
    Also we have a real fly infestation in the attic, they’re just dumb stupid flies that when they come into dayl;ight rarely survive long, what are these? I just used a whole can of flyspray on one section of our attic, the flies , as I type this are dying intheir 100s!
    It’s disgusting, I know it’s illegal in the UK to get rid of bats, but I don’t care, they’re a nuiscance and our attic is covered in disgusting droppings everywhere.
    I’m thinking of sealing the holes I can see in the attic and hopefully they’ll just fly out by the chimney.
    We can’t even get an exterminator in as it’s illegal here.
    that Bengal bomb sounds ideal, anyone know where I could get something like this ordered online and delivered to England?

  • Its Sun afternoon, 27 Jan 2008. Heard the tell tale scratching in the ceiling above my bed at 3am. Not a party mind you, just enough to know one or “some” of the buggers are there.

    We found one Friday night on the floor at the other end of the house with its head chewed off by our trusty watch-cat.

    So here is question – it seems the logical option is to plug all the holes in the eves with screen leaving one end or 3 ends open so they get out and can’t get back in.

    Two questions to those of you that have had this experience before – what about the holes that are facing the ground instead of vertical? Do I just plug those 100% That seems to be the current idea.

    It was 14 degrees out so I can’t imagine them going outside in this weather – however, come Monday its in the 40’s . . .will they head out to hunt food for one warm day or does it take a few?

    Also, it looks like I need to get this sorted out by April when they breed.

    I am on a fixed income and costly and expensive is not an option.

    Oh and by the way, we have had a bat here and there sneak into the house over the past few years. So like others, I am tired of having them swoop over my face laying in bed. they fly close enough to feel them zoom past.

    I was thinking of smoke bombs in coffee cans in the attic just before dusk to encourage them.

    Any idea’s or experiences are most welcome.

  • After a year of bats squeaking, chirping, and excreting through the rafters in my homes entry way, there is progress. Bottom-line: I hired a bat abatement guy to install the plastic shoot system (where they can leave, but not get back in.) Two weeks and it seems like they might all be gone. A couple of nights, there were bats flutting around the windows looking to get in. So it all seems to be working! I have photos and some resource links on my blog. Here is the link to Part IV of the story (links to the earlier posts are at the bottom of it.)

  • Recently I have developed a ridiculous phobia of bats…I just have a few questions about bat behavior. Is it possible that a bat could enter my house without me noticing it. I don’t have an attic, but I live in a two story house. People have told me that having a bat in the house is like having a bird in the house, but i’m not sure. I have checked my closets and other areas that I think a bat might be. Am I just being paranoid or can a bat go undetected in my home for several days???

  • Illinois Bat Problem.

    Your bats will not leave until spring. Rule of thumb, if its to cold for insects it’s to cold for bats. During warmer periods in winter, as the interior walls and attic warm up, bats will become active and move about but they will not go outside. You will be told many things concerning how to get rid of bats however the only proven effective method is exclusion. By that I mean all entry points 14 inch and up must be sealed. And you are right about spring. They will begin having pups in may. Find a reputable company to preform the exclusion, maybe they will work out a payment deal with you.

  • Illinois had a 50+ degree shift in temp so everything has gone quite in the attic. I went out on roof and found a number of spots what I will plug and do the plastic chute trick as soon as the weather allows.

    Question for folks still reading this – if I had a colony up there – I am assuming that I would hear a lot of noise vs quite? I am starting to think that I had one maybe two that got separated from the colony someplace and ended up back here?

    I took a look at Jaya’s pictures and it looks like all I need to do is use some contractor grade plastic and a staple gun and I should be good to go. Maybe I will try rolling 1×2’s in the plastic to make a good seal against the roof. As its a gentle slope, I figure they can’t get back in or maybe I should seal most of it and just do a small spot. Well I have 4 dormers to deal with so I can try different approaches.

    I will drop an update and advise how the plastic chute works and if I get some sleep.

  • I have bats in our Sanctuary. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting them out? I have heard it is to cold, but then some exterminators say it is fine to go ahead and remove them.
    This is the second time we have had them

  • We have a problem in our yard. Every evening the bats come out and bombard our swimming pool. We cannot use the pool after sunset. We have tried lights and music but they dive bomb anyone’s head in the pool. Please help. We work during the day so we use the pool in the evenings. I avoid the pool altogether as soon as the sun goes down. Our neighbor put up bat houses and it seems that since he did that we have the problem.

  • I just had a bat get into my third floor studio apartment tonight. Scared the **** out of me. I don’t know how that little sucker got in — the windows were closed and the door goes into a common hallway. I opened the door to try to get him out, but he just flew around like a maniac. Since I don’t have a tennis racket, I smacked him upside the head with a cookie sheet. I thought he was dead, but as it turns out, he was only mostly dead. Started to flap around and hiss and bite at the air. I don’t have any heavy rubber gloves and so forth so I just flipped him into a box with a piece of cardboard and deposited him with the trash. Yuck. I hope no more come back.

  • I have lived in my 1920’s bungalow for 30 years. I have had about 15 bats actually get into the living areas of my house. But many, many, many more bats scratching in the attic. Every one that has gotten inside has been killed-physically. It is maddening to get awakened in the early morning with this problem. I have sat outside at dusk and tried to determine their entrance. I have sealed that area but they still get in. My latest attempt is to try to prevent their desire to use my home to roost. I purchase industrial strength ammonia in quart bottles from the hardware store and place in the various locations in the attic. They hate the smell and it keeps many of them away. It has been working for the past year.
    My next problem is to get rid of the bat ****. I understand that also attracts them. Thanks for all the other tips. I totally and completely understand your fears and concerns. They are real.

  • One solution: I have an old Victorian (1880s) that had bats, too, like many of you. a solution was to call in and have the house foam insulated! It cost about $6000.00 for a 3000 sq. ft. house, but in a day they came out, drilled holes in all exterior walls and sprayed a low expansion foam insulation into the house. It sealed the house up, soundproofed it, got rid of all the bats, and is now saving me over $1000.00 this winter on heating costs alone! It was a multi-solution! I highly recommend this! No more bats, great insulation, lower heating costs, and sound proofing to the street noise! – Bill

  • Thanks for the “May-Date” data Jeff. Totall explains the noise now and then we are hearing. I went to Walmart and bought some screen which I will tack up and leave the bottom undone so they can leave and not come back. I am going to “tom sawyer” a friend who is a carpenter to give me a hand on the holes.

    I have about 1-2 months to get this rolling.

    Question now occurs to me, as the holes are in hard to get at locations, is it advisable to patch all the holes and then use a circular key hole saw and make a bird house like entry hole and use that as my cat-door hole and have it where I can both monitor it and also easily patch it?

    It could be located in the same general area as the current entry way only a heck of a lot easier to deal with.

  • No tip, just a question. How do you get a bat to fly when you have seen one in a room or small apartment. Saw one flying two days ago and it has not been seen since. How long do you have to sit in the dark with a tennis racket?

  • I had a bat about a month ago and it took me a good week after it first flew around to find it and get rid of it. No, I am not an animla lover, I caught it in the net and then killed it. Bats really terrify me and I am a single middle-aged woman. Now I have another one. I need to get rid of this one. It was on the wall in my kitchen but not in a place i could get to it. I went to work and closed off the kitchen and now cannot find it. Last night i heard it moving around and it squeaking. I was here prepared with the net but it never came out of the kitchen and I have not seen it yet. To my horror I realized the silverware drawer had been left partially open and now I fear that bat got into my cabinets and is having a hard time finding it’s way out. I opened some cupboard doors but nothing yet…..any suggestions? I cannot keep going through sleepless nights and I won’t enter the kitchen to cook anything as long as that bat is around. Thanks!

  • I have bats in my home, I hate them, I am thinking about selling my home. If any one knows of any real ways for getting rid of them PLEASE E-Mail me.

  • I tell you this is my first time watching bats because they are in my father and laws house. He is working on getting them out with a basket that will catch them as they come out the hole they have been coming out. Tonight about 40 were in the bucket but it got too dark to see so we will check in the morning. They counted about 200 the other day. They have sealed all the entrance ways so it’s real interesting. It’s just really neat as long as it’s not at my house.
    Leesville, SC

  • For those like myself who are having a hard time affording all the repairs necessary at once to exclude bats, how about covering the whole house with specially sized polypropylene netting, along with the necessary and proper exclusion tube/chute – this of course should be done by a professional while the owner of the house gets the repairs done. I suggest this because this is what I’m having to get done. My whole house will be covered with netting by a professional service here in central Florida (along with the exclusion (exit) chute). One of the reasons this option is being done is because I have just discovered my bat problem and only have 2 weeks before the law will not permit me to exclude bats because of how bats start having babies in April through August here in Florida! So I don’t have much time and something has to be done quickly, and this will also give me a bit more time to get the extensive sealing up and repair work that has been pointed out to me that needs to be done – so much work to be done and so expensive too….The thought has crossed my mind to just sell this old house that was built in the 40’s, but this has been home for so long and I have no idea where to move to, or if that would be best for me since I’m divorced and by myself. I was hoping to use some of my saved repair money for new windows, a modern screen door, tree cutting, etc., but now all hopes of any other types of home repair or upgrades will have to wait as I try to exclude and battle these bats. Although the main entrance/exit hole has been found high up on the house in the attic crawl space area, the fact that this house also has a crawl space underneath that has plenty of access holes makes for even more work that needs to be done to prevent access after they’ve been excluded. And this is on top of all the small holes in the roof overhang around the whole perimeter of the roof, good grief! I will be getting the estimate soon on what all the repair costs will be, I’m sure its more than what I have right now. Thank goodness for the whole house net! It may be a bit embarrassing for the neighbors to see and know there is a strange problem going on here when they see my house all covered with the net, but I was told that it is very likely in a neighborhood like this with a lot of old homes that someone else is already, or will be having a bat invasion problem too. At least I’m fortunate that no bats have entered the living areas inside as of yet that I can tell, and that the guano odor is only at the very rear of the house which is next to that main entry hole. Thanks to everyone else here who is also sharing their bat invasion problems. Has anyone else heard about netting a whole house?

  • Put 4-6 bug bombs in your attic just as it gets dark. Find their exit holes, Fill them during the night with good stuff foam. “Its fast” Morning- Properly and permanently fix holes. Try stuffing holes with mothballs first.

    Try tossing sticky floor tiles in your attic or flypaper. They can be captured with a sticky floor tile too.

    Try 2% pepper spray if you find a roost. They really die fast.

  • Purchase 20 ft of speaker wire and a used small speaker. Wire it to a radio far away from the attic. Find a AM station that sounds like a squeal. Turn it up!!!!! They are unable to sleep comfortably during the day and become weak. Bug bomb using 4-6 bug bombs AT NIGHT ONLY. Find Exits seal fast using good stuff foam. YOU MAY STILL HAVE A FEW LEFT inside. Continue to bug bomb and keep speaker on during daytime. Kill the rest with a sticky floor tile Frisbee.

  • Bats play dead after being hit with a broom- Be sure bite their heads off. Kidding- They really die easy, It doesnt take much to kill them.

    Try tossing 15-20 tennis balls wrapped in sticky tape up in your attic. When they fall- Spray with 2% pepper spray F- The LAWS.

    Try a staple gone and screen netting on the exit holes After bombing attic during night hours. Close netting you may have 20-30 so use gloves. Make a fire- Toss Bag in.

  • Don’t have any tips, just bats it seems. Last night my daughter (29 yrs) said she saw a bat flying around in the living room, I thought she was crazy. So late this afternoon a bat starts flying around in the living room. Her boyfriend and I caught it using a broom to hold it down then putting a bucket over it and a piece of cardboard under it and then we released it. Great that’s over with but at 10 pm here comes another bat flying around in the living room and my 10 yr old granddaughter starts screaming bat bat bat and it flew upstairs into my bedroom and landed on my bed and again I put a bucket over it and cardboard under it and released it outside. My question is can there only be two bats or do I need to keep my eyes open for more? The thing is they must be coming into the house through the furance room, its dark in there but how are they getting in since it’s on the first floor of the house? After reading all this information now I know that I should have called and had the bats checked for rabies, to say the least we will be sleeping with our bedroom doors closed. We have been doing extensive renovations to our home, most recent was a new ceiling in the 1st floor laundry room and new walls in the kitchen and I have noticed that a lot of the messages here others have done renovations and found bats I wonder if the renovation distrubes them and causes them to surface, but our renovations have been on the first floor only. Any suggestions and has anyone else only had two bats?

  • No tip………….questions. I have bats, not all the time. Usually one or two a year. What I was wondering was if I put a bat house up in my yard would they go to that instead of my house. I am not thrilled with bats in my house. I don’t see many outside but I am gone frequently and the house is quiet. Does that make the property more ‘attractive’ to them?
    Thanks for any comments or help.

  • No tips, I have a question though. The area I live in has a lot of cherry trees. Towards late evening and into the night, the place is crowded with bats on these cheery trees. But what I dont like of them is that they really mess the walls of the house. The area is well lit up and all the outside lights are switched on in the night. How do I get rid of them?

  • Well I got rid off all of those little rascals; I killed 17 bats (All Big brown heads Bats). They are the only one kind whom stay during our cold Canadian Ontario winter, they stay in the wall and move around where it is warm, since i had a addition on the back of my house and it was made almost 50 years ago with probably a couple of case of beers ect ect it was pretty sadly made so I repaired it put new siding and closed all the holes and “voila” since mid Feb. 08 we herded nothing since, so with all this said my century house is free of bats to our delights.

  • Was told if you spray ammonnia around entrance they will leave and not come back. Anyone heard or tryed it?????

  • We had bats in our home and had a company called United Bat Control and they removed them and bat proofed our home. I recommend that you have a qualified professional help you out.

  • We live in an old victorian house that was built in 1892. Every summer we get at least two or three in the house. I have found that if I sit on the porch with the door open (I sit behind it), they will fly out.Last night it didn’t work. I thought maybe it was because it looked like it was one adult and two smaller ones-maybe babies? And didn’t know what to do?

  • I have a question,
    We live on the lake, and we have a fishing dock..this dock is lighted. it has people all day fishing. lots of noise. however it houses many bats…In the winter we pull out tuns of dead bats from the heating units…
    we even have a cat who lives entirely on the dock. any body got any ideas and how to make them move….
    Thanks Sandra

  • No Tip – question. I have cathedrial (sp) celings, so can’t get into my attic, I’m in the process of putting screen devices up in the openings, but wonder what the price of a professional will cost if my devices don’t do the trick.

    Any thoughts?

  • I live in upstate NY and just found out I have a real bat problem in my attic. I have a 1900sqft home and to get ride of the bats, seal it up and clean up the guamo I was quoted 2200.

  • No Tips, Question. We have bats in the front eve of the house and the back no telling how many of them thier are. At night you can see them flying out of the eve it’s crazy. The last couple of afternoons they have been on the side of the carport and my husband would try to attempt to get them away nothing has worked. Someone suggested to wait until they fly out at night, and go up in the attic and put a screen up around the eve’s at the front and the back so they cant fly back in but, what if all the bats didnt fly out? and what if their a bunch of bat poop and pee everywhere, I heard that the bat poop can cause blindess?? Help Please

  • I have baby bats in my chimney I want to get rid of them but too scared of them They make that screaming noise when I turn on the light. when the lights are off there is no fuss. if there are baby bats how many big bats do i have.

  • No Tip…Question-We were sitting outside the other night at dusk and counted 42 bats fly out from an overhang by our chimney on the house. We looked and more were still there. We don’t have attic access in our house. Do to the rural location, we do not have access to professionals to remove them. HELP!

  • no tip- question- we have bats hanging on our chimney leaving feces on the chimney. will water and dish detergent get rid of that or is there a certain soap that we can use to make it clean?

  • I used a company called Bat Masters and they did not follow up their work i still have ducktape and styrofoam on my house AND bats, now i have bat bugs that BITE ME!! i recommend you do it yourself it might save you $1025.00 !!

  • Thank you so much on your direction to United Bat Control. They were very professional and knowledgeable. They completely have resolved our bat issue in our commercial building. Thanks again!

  • I counted 175 bats comming out between the soffit and 12″ wood beam.
    I have tried the moth balls with no success. Can anyone help with this problem? We live in BR LA. I do not want to kill them, we like seeing them just not in our house.
    Thanks in advance,
    Mike

  • No tip- Question- HELP!!! WE just moved in our new home in Feb, and have recently had problems with many bats. We asked our landlord and they said there have been bats in the attic and chimney for over 20 years. At night time I see maybe 200 plus fly out. Thats scary. Recently we found 4 in our house and had to get rid of them. We need help FAST!!

  • We currently have a bat problem and had a professional come out and inspect the outside of our house after getting three bats inside our home. This website was pretty right-on with what the guy who came to my house said. But unfortunately, he can’t distrub the roosts and get the bats out manually and seal my house up until sometime in August, when the babies can begin to fly, and eventually fly out on their own. In the meantime, I’m supposed to live with these things getting into my home…
    My advice would be to do something (like call a professional or do your own bat hunt) as soon as you are aware you have bats! I’d also suggest that, if you do have one bat in our house, check or have a professional check to see if you have a colony. Chances are, if the bat you caught was a mother bat, we were told that it WILL come back for their baby. Plus, if you do have a colony of them, chances are you could get others inside your home. (And if you are in my situation and have to wait awhile to get them out and are worried that they will get into rooms with no doors, they said that a blanket/sheet could work as a door, providing you leave no spaces or gaps that they could get through. We went as far as to nail a sheet into our doorway in the meantime!)
    If anything, call a professional and get some advice from them as to the safest, easiest and most successful way to get rid of the bats once and for all. And anyone you do have come to your house to get rid of them, reputable companies will not kill bats because it is illegal, and chances are the company will not be insured for their work in killing bats. (We had no idea!)
    Hope this was helpful!

  • I recently found a bat in between to pieces of clothing that I was getting ready to put in the washing machine. In my panic to get it out of my bedroom and more importantly out of my house my son whacked with a broom and threw it outside. BIG MISTAKE! I got to thinking about how long that thing had possibly been in my bedroom. I called the local health department and they suggested my husband and I get the series of rabies shots just as a precaution, so we are. We have lived in our house for approximately 9 years and have had approximately 10 encounters with bats getting in our living quarters of our house. Last summer we sat outside and dusk and counted over 100 bats coming out of various places under the ridge cap of our hip roofed house. We have tried putting screen over holes and filling others with the expanding foam to no avail. So, we are going to buy a huge tarp to cover the entire roof of our house. We think the bats will be able to slide down the tin roof out from under the tarp but will not be able to get back in. Does anyone else think this is a good idea?

  • Our bats are driving us crazy. We have lived in our house for 12 years we used to average one bat a year that entered our living space, but last year we had 7 that entered through the summer months. We had a bat exclusion after the first two and after got 5 more. We kept finding droppings in our basement through October and then we thought we found the culprit in January hanging on the wall in storage area of basement. Last month we found droppings on the first floor living area. We are now in lock down mode again. Kids sleeping with mosquito netting. We spent over $6,000.00 removing an old chimney and having the entire outside of the house sealed and they still aren’t gone!!!! We had the Bat man come again, he found more entry places, but can’t eliminate until after breeding time. We wanted to get preventitive rabies shots, but there is a National shortage and were told no. So we just have to live in fear of the creepy little things!!

  • We bought “rat boards” and placed them where the bats roosted at the junction of the roof and the outside eaves. This was a last resort, not easy, icky to clean up, but effective. We also bought a bat house to encourage them to roost on the side of an old outbuilding. The upside: mosquitoes (and West Nile Virus) are way down!

  • Hey and Hi!!

    We just light a small amount of fire, and they burned. But, we couldn’t smell anything. We had bats for only 1 month, and then never returned again. So, thats pretty good. No one got bitten or anything of that matter. Or, he just made moth balls up in the chimney all smashed, and they hate the smell. We didn’t do it ourseleves. We had help, and it was less than $200. Which was good for us. Then, we did on our own, and we hadn’t had them since. Good luck!!

    ~Katee

  • We found eight bats in our basement (five in washing machine) after returning from vacation. We are going to start bat exclusion soon. Thought I would share what I have found through much internet research and word-of-mouth info:

    First, call you local animal control office to remove any bats in the living space. In our state (MO) they will remove the bats free-of-charge and test all bats for rabies. Rabies is nearly 100% fatal once symptoms appear (typically a few weeks after bite). We were also told that bites are often painless and leave no marks, so don’t assume you have not been bitten.

    Our bat nest is in the chimney, between flues. We think the bats got into the basement by traveling down the furnace flue and escaping at a gap above the hot water heater. The pest company wrapped mesh around this opening in hopes of keeping the bats out of the living space.

    Several people opined that bats usually enter living spaces accidently. Often, the juvinille bats get confused/curious and take a wrong turn, and the other bats instinctively follow.

    I also heard that bats are very loyal to their roosting sites, and will return every year if possible. Someone suggested that if you get rid of the droppings, you will have less chances of return. Has anyone else heard this?

    After several nights of watching, we have yet to see ANY bats exit our chimney. I hope this means a small colony?

  • I noticed mouse droppings on my patio table this morning and wondered how they got there. Then tonight I saw a bat fly away from my patio umbrella and put 2 and 2 together. Bat droppings. How do I keep them out of my umbrella? It was closed but I guess I could tie it closed too. Any ideas?

  • we just discoved 2 bats in our attic and its sad to say we have no idea how to get them out.If anyone could give us any real advice at all it would be awsome

  • OMG I have hundreds of bats all in my siding and eaves! I have been bitten once and needed to get rabi shots! My house is very old and to cover every little hole will be expensive if not impossible! My little barn is starting to stink! I have a dirt floor and there are droppings everywhere. Im only in there a few minutes a day. HELPPPPPP !!! My tip? Light a match????? 🙂

  • okay so the past ffew day there has been a couple bats comming into my house & i have been usherin them out with a towel…they get out through my front door yet the next night they are there again. I dont know how to get rid of them for good without hurting them and i dont want to have to do that…I dont know where they are comming rom though, i have an attic a basement and tons of rooms in my house so i dont know where ot start looking…any help or tips would be wonderful. I want them out for good….

  • Last night we were woken by a bat flying around our bedroom. We have a 6 month old, so this really bothered me and freaked me out. Supposedly the previous owners didn’t have a bat problem, hard to believe since they lived there for 30 years and we have been there for 8 months! I am worried about us and of course our daughter, it seems like getting rid of bats is a big ordeal and after reading about the woman who found a bat in her clothes, yuck! now i feel as though i have to tip toe and be scared in my own home. How do I get rid of these?!

  • Two bats probably the same one entered our home the last two nights, we chased it around and caught it and released it out the door. But do not want to do this every night. Have heard that 50% carry rabies, cannot find where they are coming into our home. We have lived here for 8 years and never had them in our home before, Any ideas would be much appreciated, we have young children and do not want to chase these critters nightly, thanks

  • About 3 nights ago, I was woken by a bat flying around in my bedroom. I never caught the bat or saw it leave my house. How do I know for sure the bat is out of my apartment. Could it be hiding somewhere? Someone help!

  • I HAVE A SPLIT LEVEL HOME, SO ON THE GARAGE I HAVE 2-SIDES OF THE GARAGE AT THE PEAK THAT COME INTO CONTACTWITH THE WALL OF THE HOME.
    ON THE PEAK OF THE ROOF OF THE GARAGE ON EACH SIDE, IT LOOKS ALMOST LIKE A TRIANGLE,AND IT COMES RIGHT TO A POINT LIKE THE TIP OF A TRIANGLE.THATS WHERE THE BATS ARE GETTING IN..I STUFFED STEEL WOOL UP UNDER THE SIDING , BUT THAT DIDNT SEEM TO HELP.EVERY NOW AND THEN I WILL GET A BAT ON THE INSIDE OF MY GARAGE. SO TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT,I NEED HELP PUTTING UP AN EXCLUDER IN BOTH THOSE TRIANGLE POINTS AT THE PEAK OF THE ROOF ON MY GARAGE, BUT I DONT KNOW IF THE NETTING WILL STICK TO SHINGLES ON MY GARAGE..

    THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO HELP ME

  • I have found a bat in my living room and my son caught and released it, i am short of terrified. If there is one are there more, will it find it’s way back in. I am so scared i can’t return home. Does there have to be more if there was one

  • I am in the same position as Beet Schank, Love your tip, but, did you get help? Whoever can rid us of our BATS gets the prize…

  • I have a old 2 story house with a bat that lives in the walls and flys between the false ceiling and the original ceiling. It is a place not accessable for me to catch it so how can i deter it from going there. Does mothballs act as a bat deterant?

  • My parents have had 3 bats in their house in the 3 weeks. The 1st started in my dads room and made it all the way down stairs which is where it was caught and released. Then aprox 5 days later my mom found a dead one in her clothes hamper in the basement. Last nite 8/15/08 my dad had another in his room. I have searched from top to bottom and in a small crawl space/closet that they use for storage there is an opening around a pipe I am guessing goes to the attic but the door entering to his room has an opening less than 1/2″ on the bottom could they be sneaking in thru that? Is it possible for them to enter in thru their cold air returns? They do have a guy coming over to put on a metal cover over their chiminey will this take care of the problem? any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Kim

  • i am wondering if there is something relative between a few of us… I also have been waking up to find bats flying through my bedroom… within the past month this is numbers 5& 6 at 430 am . needless to say I haven’t slept since.. my husband put mothballs around the house after 3&4 approx 1 week ago… I’m wondering if it’s a time of year thing???.. also not my idea of a fun thing to do @ 5 am.. don’t know what to do now???

  • A tip on catching live bats – We get about 6 bats in our living space a year. It always works the same way the Wife runs and hides while I close all the doors and turn on all the lights. With help from our 2 cats I track it and wait for it to settle down. With Salad tongs in hand and gallon size zip lock bag I grab the Bat stick it in the bag zip it off. grab the car keys put the bag behind the rear tire and reverse the car 2 feet. Problem solved. If you release it you will be chasing it again the next night.

  • i have hundreds of bats in my back living in our tree but i dont live in the country they have never come in to the house tho

  • don’t have a tip. just a question. we had a bat in our bedroom two weeks ago, my husband and son were able to take care of it. The next day I was telling my brother about it and he said “Did you get the second one?” He said one time many years ago they had a bat in their house and his mother-in-law asked him that, she told him that they usually come in two’s. I was wondering if that is true or an “old wives tale”. Well night our cat woke us up as he was pouncing on the bed, you guessed it, another bat. We have checked all around and can’t figure out where they are getting in. So this weekend, it will be heavy duty bat checking. I just want them GONE!

  • Jeff i thought it was funny what you said
    im going to try that one tonite
    anyone make any recommendations for exterminating without the cost of getting someone to do it?

  • I have been living in my house now for two years, Since moving in I have had over 30 bats. None of the bats come out in the winter but As soon as it warms up they start coming out. I was told that if a bat is born in your house it will come back always. I have put up curtains between all the door ways and really can’t figure out how they are coming in or going out. I have tried just about every thing said on this page nothing has worked. I can not stand then. I just want them to go away. SO if anyone has anymore idea keep them going. Thanks a lot!!

  • We have had 6 bats in our house in the last year, this seems to be the time of year-no signs of a roost that we can see but we know we have a lot of bats in the trees around our suburban neighborhood cuz we see them at night. IS it possible this many bats have found their way into our house w/o having a roost somewhere inside our house????????? I do not handle the situation very bravely….a hoody and a tennis racket in each hand has been my technique so far

  • I had a bat in my house 4 nights ago. Of course I’m terrified so my oldest son had to take care of it. One of my friends asked if I got the second one, what second one? Well tonight the second one showed up! So Sue, I have to say that maybe that “old wives tale” must have some truth.

  • I have bats in my barn and would like to get rid of them have tried everthing but nothing I did works would like to know what I should do to get rid of them

  • Ok I am living in an old Victorian home near a river and we got BAT problems I cant even go into the basement before I have a bat swooping at my head my son has killed at least four bats in the last week, and I am so sick of being scared to do laundry. I am going to buy a strobe light and hope that it will help!!! I know they eat insects but omg…I am so agravated. I now have my oldest son …his nickname …Jul the batslayer…lol…

  • Got a bat in the dash of my truck! How can I get him to come out? I don’t necessarily want to kill him, I just want him out of my truck!! I’ve almost taken the dash completely off but can’t find him. I know he’s there because I can hear his high pitched chirping.
    Somebody please help me!!

  • I got woke up @ 5am to my 12 year old daughter saying a bat flew and got her face, my self and room mate went up stairs and tried getting it off the wall and it flew into my sons room so I opened the window that has no screen got it to fly around but didnt leave it went into the kids toy room and got it self in a crack by the time Animal Control got here it was already day light and the bat was gone, I have no clue where it went will it come out again yes!!!! what should i do they are creapy and i dont want to touch it….please let me know

  • i have a colony of bats living in a vinyl siding outside corner. i built the house and i do not believe that they can get in the attic, or soffit. also there is a substancial amount of guano on the concrete under the corner in question. when i squeeze the corner i can hear them moving around. can i start to put up a one way sreen yet. are the little ones old enough to get out? i live in southeastern michigan.thanks jim

  • I have two bats in each of my shutters on the front of my house. I get urine on the shutters and droppings on the sidewalk leading to the house. They sleep all day and I have sprayed them with the hose a few times and they aren’t staying away. What can I do to get rid of them? I like the idea they eat mosquitos but why crap in my space? Thanks.

  • PLEASE HELP!!!!!!! I am in an apartment and last weekend was the 2nd time a bat was in my bedroom, and it scared the crap out of me, literally. My maintanence guys were able to get it out the 1st time, but it came back a week later, which was labor day saturday, and they weren’t able to locate it. (He did get in because of screen not all the way closed. Today is Tuesday, and I haven’t been able to sleep n my bed all week! We have checked around the whole apt and cannot find it. How long will it survive indoors, with no access to “food” or water before it dies? I am so ready to move at this point! I have seen elsewhere that if it’s flying around you can throw a towel over it and remove it that way, but I keeping an empty coffee can on hand as well. My maintenance staff now thinks that I am “batty” for calling them and tem not being able to find it. I am afraid to leave the window open hoping it escapes that way, but I am afraid of other vermin and varmits getting in. Any help anyone can give me is greatly appreciated.

  • My mother in law has a bat cave somewhere in her house and we need help.
    Does anyone know what to do? She had them for a few years now and has paid hundreds of dollars to the batman and it has not helped. The bats are now starting to attack them while they are in there beds or even just sitting on the couch. I went to visit the other night and we sat outside until 2 am to watch and see where they were coming in at and all that happened was we found one asleep on the porch and in attacked us. This is becoming a huge problem for her and her family and she has a two year old grandson what if one gets in bed with him. Please help we have did everything we can think of.

  • I have bats in my attack. I constructed a double bat house, capable of hausing 500. They ignore the bat house and roost in my attack instead. I’ve heard there is a device that makes a noise bats don’t like. I would like to get one if I knew where to look.

  • How can I get rid of bats that are living behind my shutters I live in Pa. The second floor of my house has Louvered shutters there are 11 windows 22 shutters. not all shutters have bats living behind them but most do.If I chase them out they just come back or move to another shutter.Putting a mesh around the shutters would take alot of time and look pretty ugly.They are destroying the new paint job on my house.I do know my neighbors would not like seeing a bat house in my yard and their mess is disgusting.Please Help Thank You

  • Hi Andrea. I have the same problem. The attick is usually where they prefer to live, however if it gets cold they will find a place more condusive to their environment, a warm basement. I have been studying bats for years yet I can’t bring myself to get rid of them in my own house. If you want to stop them from invading your home please call people that are qualified to remove them humanely otherwise you may be stuck with these little stinkers forever……they tend to come back. Including their babies. Good luck kiddo. As for me I tried to get rid of the 2 bats I have & they are not going anywhere yet. Some expert I am, right? Take care & know that less than 1% of bats carry rabies. Some misinformed person here stated that bats are responsible for 50% of rabies or something like that. Like what??? I guess he missed National Geographic Special on RABIES?????

  • Need Help: We “lost” the bat we had in our house last night. We have all the rooms shut off that we know where it isn’t. It was last seen flying in the hallway but cannot locate after much searching in the middle of the night and turning lights on. How do we flush out the bat or do we just have to wait it out until it decides to appear again and wake us up? Any info appreciated.

  • Our warehouse has bats. We leave a lot of lights on. If they are in your basement, try that. They also have to jump from something high in order to fly. So, if they are on the ground you’re ok. Also a butterfly or fishing net is good to catch them mid-flight. If you buy or build bat boxes (hang em high in a tree or on a post)they will live in those outside instead of in your house. Bats are endangered so you may get fined if caught killing them. If you can locate the entrance they are using (usually has black smudges near it)you can cover it with a flap. That way they can get out at night. They climb back to the entrance usually and they will not be able to find it if there is a flap over it.
    We have a huge 4 story, cinder block wall full of thousands of them! We cannot find or get to all the entrances. The expanding foam keeps them out or in. They also hate bleach…..fyi. And Ocean Insect spray! Goodluck!!

  • United Bat Control helped us remove a colony of bats from our wharehouse. They were great and they will you suggestions also. I recommend them highly!

  • I live in Mexico, my house is made of cement, I live in the Jungle with plenty of trees, I have a large home with overhangs all around, I have tried sound devices, lights, fans, balloons, chemicals the farmers use on their animals to keep bats off. The bats are runing the looks of my home with bat poop and pee not to mention the daily clean up I have to do which is a LOT. I just don’t know what else to try, the high pitched machines do not work. PLEASE HELP. They cannot get inside the house, only the eves outside and ALL year around. Thanks, Felice

  • I live in N.California and have Bats entering between boards of eaves. there are droppings from March until November but none December to March, does this mean they have left or are they hibernating and do not come outside to produce droppings, I want to close gaps but do not want to trap them insideBrendan

  • we had a bat get in the attic and came to the second floor flew around all night i was scard to death.is there something i can put up there they do not like?HELP PLEASE

  • We have bats in our house we can’t see them but we can here them in the walls. We saw them at night once. They were coming out from some where but we couldn’t tell were or how many are in the house. We can’t open anything because we don’t know where they are. I would really much appreciate if someone comes and help me get rid of these bat so me and my family can go on with ours live.

  • There is bats in our building is was look up for a year and half and i really need to get rid of them can u help me thanks

  • To Shameer Mohamed. I don’t understand your post. Did the building you moved into was vacant for a year & a half? If so you may have a colony of bats since most empty buildings not habitated by humans for long periods tend to attract bats & other critters. In this case your only option (honestly) is to get a professional to deal with this situation. Bats are very territorial & will return to their roost even if transported miles away unless their point of entry is blocked. Unless you know where they are entering (100%) they will find a way in. I know what I’m talking about because I study bats for a living. Please know that about 1% of bat population are rabid, however do not approach a bat flying around your home without protection especially if it seems sickly or combatative. If at all possible & if you’re not too scared open a door & try to get him out. If that is not an option I hate to suggest this but for your safety use a big towel & hit it, they are easily brought down. I don’t advocate killing them, however if you have no other means (financially) of getting them out that may be your only recourse. Good luck & hope it turns out out well. Almost all bats I have studied (big/small brown bats) are very timid & avoid human contact unless they get confused with their surroundings & inadvertently invade your living area. That said, if the living area was previously empty they may consider it their domain. This info. is not meant to scare people but I can understand how frustrating it is to have one of these little stinkers flying around your house at night. Trust me I have been there.

  • To all the folks on this message board, please know that killing bats is ILLEGAL so try to find an alternative to getting rid of them. Call a reputable pest control company that will relocate them & seal their point of entry. I know it costs money but in the long run it will be worth it. Killing a single bat or several will not prevent more of them from entering your living space.

  • My girlfiend woke up the other night to a BAT and freaked out as if she was having a heart attack! I had to rent her a hotel for a few nights while my friends and I stayed at the house with a six pack camping and waiting for the little stinker to show up again. Well, he didn’t show up, just when she’s here! How do you find where the bat is coming from? I live in Worcester, MA, does anyone know a good exterminator? I hope that they aren’t breeding in my attic or something… oh man, I’m hoping I find his ass tonight!!!

  • It’s not always illegal to kill bats, and often only certain kinds. Check locally for your specific regulations. I can shoot brown bats all day long where I live. They are NOT cute cuddly creatures like the radical animal lovers tell you. They and their feces can carry very dangerous diseases and in my opinion they are simply flying rats! Are we sorry to kill rats in your house?

  • The old house I live in is lousy with bats. If they stay up in the attic, no problem. Last night, I found one in my kitchen for the first time. Now there’s a problem. Time to get a net.

  • The old white house I used to live in had bats. now my wife and i live in texas and we hired an exterminator. i only wish we’d have done this in our old white house.

  • I had problem of a female colony nesting.I heard their noise one day and mistook it for baby birds nesting.Next day I removed the opening cover where the wall met the overhang(plastic eaves had not been installed correcrtly…overlapping and interlocked)WHAT WORKED for me was allowing sunlight to enter their nesting area and sprayed wasp/hornet killer.Dozens left fast.Basically left 3 small openings(1 in middle and each end of eaves for remaining to leave at dusk.Then I closed openings up till the next night.I have repeated this 4-5 nights and have used a water hose to chase those returning and trying to get back in.Good luck.

  • We have been having a moldy smell in our house for about 3 weeks. We finally cut into the drywall in our living room and found bat guano in between two studs, from the bottom to the top imbedded in the insulation. The poop has become moldy, which made us believe we had a water problem and possibly a leak somewhere. Anyway, has anyone ever had this problem and how do you rid your house of the smell? Any suggestions as to how we can be sure this is the only place we have a problem.

  • It is December, tons of snow on the roof, and last night we heard the squeeky sound of bats in the wall and roof. We live in a log sided home and they are getting in to the roof and wall through the gap between the logs. That is our entire house so we can’t possibly close all openings. Plus, it is winter and the roof is covered with snow. My husband is very worried about the quanno building up all winter. Can we get rid of them during the winter? And if not, how do we possibly get rid of them in the Spring when the entire house is like a big bat house.

  • First of all the best I can give is hire a professional wildlife control operator and seek out an expert. If you are in New Orleans, LA look for Parker Wildlife Control.
    To remove bats you must seal up the house after installing a one way door, where the bats fly out and cannot fly back in, it sounds easy and it can be under the right circumstances. Setting up a job properly can take even an expert awhile. If you have a metal roof the problem may be in the ridge cap or along every rise in the pleated run! All cracks and crevices must be sealed, before you can even think about removing the guano they leave behind, again – if you have a problem consult an expert!

  • United Bat Control can help to provide you with bat removal solutions. They are a nationwide company with years of experience in dealing with the most complex situations.

  • I took care of my bat problem on the patio very inexpensively. An exterminator wanted to charge a fortune. A rubber snake and a box of mothballs which I tied up in old nylon pantyhose did the trick. Voila! Once they spoted the serpent and their nesting place smelled like mothballs they did not come back. Halleluijah!

  • For the woman in Mexico with bat problem…. while living near Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, we had a major problem with bats who were attracted to the hummingbird feeder – they would empty a full feeder before the night was gone… a local man advised us to string empty soda pop cans along the patio – they left and avoided the area after that. Easy, cheap and effective method without hurting the bats.

  • With WNS or White Nose Syndrome recently killing millions of bats at a time they are more precious than ever. This fungus only attacks them when temperatures drop, and causes them to come out of hibernation at times they would not normally be awake, this causes the bats use stored fat cells eventually leading to death. Scientists are prediction that extinction is likely in the next 16 years unless a solution can be found to cure this rapidly spreading fungus.

    Bats are very unique, they are specialized sonar guided mammals that can fly and the only mammal at that, that can take flight. Couple that with the fact a lactating female can eat almost her body weight in bugs in a night, shows how remarkable they really are. Over 3 dozen species exist in the U.S. with some being threatened. Here in Illinois bat species have a few endangered species amongst the list. They do not have the best eyesight and the saying “blind as a bat” doesn’t come out of no where. When you have very poor eyesight and are so small you have to safe during the day, or get eaten by a predator. Unfortunately for you, sometimes this means bats in your home or chimney causing you to wonder, how do you remove bats! Do not feel intruded upon they just want to be safe just like you and I. I mean come on, who can blame a nearly blind animal that works all night keeping mosquitoes in line. The proper thing to do is relocate the bats to a new area unharmed and seal up your home from bats. And you can have this done with out touching a single bat.

    Just like skunks and even dogs, they can contract rabies. The honest truth about rabid bats is, although they are a carrier of rabies, only about 1% of the population actually has the infection. The reason the hype with rabies is so large is because it still is a threat to humans and the majority of people know so little about bats that is usually just the warnings that stick in their mind. Make sure your distance from them stays far enough so no accidental contact can happen and im pretty sure they will do they same. Histoplasmosis, a disease derived from histoplasma capsulatum is a fungal spore in bat guano, when kicked around or blown this airborne spore can cause lung disease, this is also present in pigeon droppings. Guano tends to fall apart at the slightest touch, so once its made into dust it doesn’t take but a small gust of wind to get it kicked up into breathing area. Bat guano removal has a very specific protocol for safe clean up and no air born stir up or fungal spores. Extracting guano should only be done by guano removal professionals with experience in removing bat feces. Bat bugs, a bug carried by bats is something like a bed bug, these bugs infest beds, hair and clothing if not specifically targeted and exterminated by a bat bug specialist. They can and will infest in a home if not killed. Just because they are “like” bed bugs, they are not bed bugs and will not die from bed bug treatments. They are a different type of pest that has to be tended to in their own specific way for total removal of bat bugs.

    There has never been a homeowner I’ve run across that has hundreds of thousands invested into a home and dont mind the the fact that they are a cause of loss of value from urine stains ceilings or roofs, guano stains, odor and disease such as histoplasmosis spores in their attic space or screaming and screeching of bats in home.

    When Illinois bat removal services are called for, as well as Wisconsin bat removal services, young at times can not yet fly and leave by themselves. So you don’t have dead bats in your home or dead bat odor in your home, bat control and exclusion is done the last few weeks of August when the young start to fly independently. Bat entry points into homes usually are high up into soffits, roof and peak vents, un-screened attic fans, opened eves, gaped chimney creases etc. All of these areas are time consuming, yet easy to close up for future bat colony prevention.

    They are all night loving nocturnal animals, the size of bats in Illinois and Wisconsin range from the little brown all the way to the big brown. Their wing span can be up to a foot in length. They munch on insects all night helping to drastically reduce mosquito numbers in some areas where bat boxes are places for just that reason. They can eat over 300 an hour. Bats breed in the fall months. Maternity colonies of pregnant females form until the spring time when the little babies are born. The babies nurse for several weeks until they are able to take flight on their own.

    Colonies are always found close to water. Little brown bats like to group in colonies while big brown bats are solitary creatures. A little brown bat infestation is a seasonal structure problem, while a big brown bat will enter the structure and stay all year if allowed to.

    There are a bunch of websites that break down what to do if you get a bat in your home and how to safely remove it with out injuring the bat of yourself. batcon.org is the best I have found. When the bat removal process is started, all entry points must be found and one way valve systems are put up over holes that let bats out of your house with out the ability to re-enter (again this is done when young bats can take flight). Once bat exclusion process has been done, all bat entry points are closed and sealed off to eliminate bats in the future from entering your home.

    Bat Extermination, meaning to remove by lethal efforts is illegal, killing bats is un-ethical and a crime. Setting out bat poisons or glue traps is ineffective in trying to attain bat control, a pest control license only given by passed exam is mandatory to dispense toxic pesticides. Bat repellents are also ineffective to bats. Exclusion and repair is the only guaranteed measure to bat removal.

    If you have questions regarding bat removal or have any questions please feel free to contact U.S. Wildlife Removal Service. If you are not in Wisconsin or Illinois, let us help you find an accredited bat management company with the proper experience to handle all bat problems. Bat management can be expensive because it is a specialized profession and must be done right as well as a big task protecting your heath and home value. Leave it to the professionals, you’ll be glad you did.

  • We live in North Alabama in a log cabin with a metal roof, we have bat’s in our eve’s and front porch overhanging roof as well as the 2 “dog house” windows on the covered porch, We can hear them inside and it sound’s like there is a family of them in there chattering back and forth, we have tried a few suggestions, like Garlic and sprayed repellent on the area we believe there entering but, this hasn’t seem to help the problem , we don’t have the money to pay a proffesional to help with our problem, If anyone has a suggestion to help save our Log home from becoming a BAT HOUSE please help!!!Thanks!

  • We live in a woodet area out side of town . and we are renting . well this year we had 3 little brown bats come in the house . our cats cought one but did not eat it so i took it outside . a friend of mine told me its against the law to kill them, i killed one did not mean to . but the other once i was able to set free. i talked to the park district they given me bat house . thats what im doing today but i wounder if i have one will more bats come here ?

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