Common Bat Entry Points
Bats are fascinating creatures that play an essential role in our ecosystem by controlling insect populations and pollinating plants. However, they can become unwelcome guests when they find their way into our homes. Understanding how bats gain access to houses is crucial for preventing their entry and ensuring peaceful coexistence. Because bats can squeeze into hole about 1/4 inch (6mm) there are many bat entry points on the average home. This article will discuss the top five ways bats can enter houses and provide practical tips to secure your home against these nocturnal visitors.
1. Soffit Gaps
Bats are remarkably agile climbers and can easily scale the walls of houses. One common entry point for bats is through soffit gaps. Soffits are the underside of eaves, and if there are gaps or openings present between the outer wall and the soffit, bats can exploit these vulnerabilities. They have the ability to squeeze through even finger-sized holes, and smaller bat species can enter spaces as narrow as a pencil.
2. Soffit to Roof Intersections:
Similar to soffit gaps, the junction between the soffit and roof can create an entry point for bats. Over time, the caulk or sealant used to connect these two components can deteriorate, leaving gaps that bats can exploit. Inspect the area where the soffit meets the roofline and ensure it is adequately sealed.
3. Vents (Roof,Gable,Ridge):
Building vents such as roof vents, gable vents, or ridge vent which are designed to provide ventilation to attics or crawl spaces, can inadvertently become a bat's gateway into your home.
Bats can squeeze through the openings of these vents or even chew through damaged mosquito screens.
Chimneys can be a popular entry point for bats, especially during the warmer months when they seek cooler roosting spots. Bats can easily enter through gaps or traditional chimney caps. Installing a bat-proof chimney cap effectively prevents bats from entering while still allowing proper ventilation. Regularly inspect and maintain your chimney to ensure it remains bat-proof.
5. Construction Gaps:
During the construction or renovation of a house, small gaps or cracks can inadvertently be left behind, providing an entry point for bats. These gaps can occur in various areas, such as under shingles, around windows, doors, utility lines, foundation vents, or along the edge of vinyl siding.
Bat Removal Process
The process of bat removal requires meticulous attention to detail and careful execution. It entails sealing the entire perimeter of the house, leaving only a few designated entry points for the bats. Every crack or hole, as small as 1/4 inches wide (6mm), must be diligently sealed using chew-proof, weather-resistant, and durable materials. It is crucial to ensure that not a single spot is left unsealed, as even the smallest oversight can result in the bats returning to the property. Once the entire house has been effectively sealed, excluding the designated entry points, bat extraction tubes are inserted. These specialized devices allow the bats to exit the property but prevent their re-entry. However, it is of utmost importance to place the bat extraction tubes in the correct locations; otherwise, the bats may become trapped inside the home, leading to their unfortunate demise or the bats can find alternative ways to access the interior of the home, causing further distress to the homeowners. Careful positioning of the extraction devices is essential to achieve a successful and humane bat removal process while minimizing any negative impact on both the bats and the homeowners.
Once the bats have been removed, a thorough assessment of the property should be conducted to determine the extent of guano contamination. Bat droppings can accumulate in various areas where the bats roosted, such as attics, crawl spaces, or wall voids. Inspect these areas and note the severity of the contamination, including the quantity of guano, the affected surfaces, and any signs of fungal growth or odor
Working with bat guano requires taking appropriate safety precautions. Before beginning any cleaning or removal efforts, ensure that you have the necessary protective equipment, including gloves, goggles, a respirator, and disposable coveralls. These measures will help minimize the risk of exposure to harmful pathogens present in the guano.
Professional Bat Removal
Bats are a protected species and must not be harmed during the removal process. Due to the intricate and challenging nature of bat removal and long-term exclusion, it is crucial to rely on the expertise of a professional company. If you require bat removal services, consider entrusting the task to Integrity Wildlife Control. With over 20 years of experience, we specialize in humanely removing bats and offer a Guaranteed Removal solution backed by a Lifetime Warranty against their return.
What sets Integrity Wildlife Control apart from most wildlife companies is our unique approach as a home repair company. We understand the importance of maintaining the aesthetic appeal and value of your home. That's why we use materials that are not only effective in keeping bats out but also visually attractive and seamlessly blend into your home's architecture. Our focus goes beyond simply removing bats; we strive to ensure that your home remains aesthetically pleasing and free from unsightly metal pieces or unappealing sealants that could potentially detract from its value.
To experience our exceptional bat removal services, please don't hesitate to contact us at (289) 272-9453 or visit our website to Request a Quote. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing top-notch service, safeguarding both the well-being of the bats and the value of your home. Trust Integrity Wildlife Control for humane and effective bat removal solutions.