Just like us bats find our homes particularly inviting, be it for using insulation in attics for hibernating or the eaves of a roof for roosting in the summer. Here are some of the most common spots in homes we’ve found bats: attics, walls, crawl spaces, under eaves, behind shutters, under decks, under awnings, covered porches.

When dealing with bats inside homes there are three objectives that need to be addressed: evicting the bats, sealing up any entry points and removing any feces left behind. Being such small animals, all a bat needs is a gap as wide as a pencil to slip in. What our specialists here at Critter Control do is inspect the entire home and find the main entry points that the bats are using to come and go. Once these openings are found bat escape valves are put in place. A bat escape valve is a one way door that allows the bats to exit through that point, but not enter back in. Typically there is only one main entry point, but in some case there can be two or three.

Once the bats leave and find they are unable to return through that main entry point they will proceed to look for other access points. This is why it is imperative to seal all other gaps as wide as a pencil around the home. Often these gaps will be found in the fascia, soffits, flashing, eaves and around vents. Reasons you may find bats in the living quarters of the home are due to direct access points which can be from an uncapped chimney, furnace flues and open doors/windows.

It will typically take 2-3 weeks to be sure all the bats have left the home during the warmer months. If the exclusion work is being done late in the fall, bat escape valves are often left up throughout the winter and not removed until late spring or summer. This is to make sure that all the bats have left and that none are sealed in when the escape valve is removed.

The final step once all the bats are evicted is to remove and feces left in the attic. Unfortunately bats do not necessarily  leave the roosting area to go to the bathroom. Fecal matter is often found in attics that have or have had bats in them and should be removed. Bats can also carry ectoparasites, so our specialists often advise our customers to have an aerial insecticide treatment done at the main entry point the bats are using to target the area the bats spent the most time in. A common ectoparasite carried by bats is the bat bug. Bat bugs are very similar to bed bugs and are often mistaken for them. There have been many instances in which customers have called us saying that they have been treating for bed bugs and have actually had bat bugs instead. Once the bats are removed from the home the bat bugs follow as they no longer have a host to feed on.

The specialists at Critter Control are experts in bat removal and bat control, and will be able to solve your bat problem. If you are experiencing bats in your attic or hear scratching in your attic, call Critter Control at 800-CRITTER!