5 Effective Bat Removal Tips for Home and Garden
Bats are very common in many parts of North America. Having them around your home has its upsides and downsides. For example, bats are extremely good at eliminating pesky insects like mosquitoes. In fact, a single bat can eat as many as 600 mosquitoes in an hour. Most of the time these animals will avoid close proximity with humans, but occasionally, they can intrude on human habitation. Here are our suggested 5 effective bat removal tips for home and garden.
While they are not often dangerous, they can be a nuisance if they continually find their way indoors. A few species of bat also eat nectar, fruit, and pollen. If you are trying to maintain a garden in an area with any of these herbivorous bats, they can make your life difficult- to say the least. Here, we will discuss a few of the easiest and most effective ways you can eliminate bats or dissuade them from entering your home or garden.
Close Openings in Buildings
Bats like enclosed areas. If you have any openings along your roof-line, they will be attracted to it for shelter and security. Barns and sheds are also a big draw for bats since people do not spend a lot of time in them. Make sure any structures are inaccessible to bats from the outside.
Remove Ground Debris
Some bats hibernate in leaves, under piles of branches, and among other ground debris during the winter. Removing ground debris will disrupt this important part of the bat life cycle, forcing them to leave the area.
Eliminate Pools of Standing Water
Water attracts many types of animals, including bats who bathe in it and drink it. Standing water is also the favored breeding ground for mosquitoes- the favorite food of many bats. If you have a birdbath or pond you aren’t willing to get rid of, consider putting netting over it to keep bats out. Of course, this will make it inaccessible to birds as well.
Insects are the primary food source for the most common North American bats. As mentioned above, having bats around is one of the best ways to deal with pesky mosquitoes. However, if you find bats too intrusive- as they sometimes are- taking away their food supply will force them to leave the area. There are a number of ways to get rid of mosquitoes, including the application of poisons. If you choose to use insecticide, it is best to leave the work to a professional pest control service.
Remove Possible Roosting Spots
A key to eliminating any type of pest is denying them the chance to rest and find comfort. Bats have the ability to make even the smallest roosting point their home. However, they tend to like to roost together, so a single branch or overhang will not be as attractive as a large amount of small but sturdy branches. They will prefer the most secluded roosting spots they can find, so focus on trees and other potential habitats that are on the perimeter of your property first.
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