Though they are one of the world’s misunderstood creatures, there is no denying that bats play a critical role in our natural ecosystem. And, while they benefit us in a variety of ways outdoors by eating bugs, pollinating flowers, and dispersing seeds, they wreak havoc on the inside of homes, primarily when roosting in large colonies.
If you come across a single bat somewhere in your home, chances are it may have gotten in through an open window or door. But if you see bats more frequently, they could be unwanted house guests. To discover how the bats are gaining access into your home, you will need to complete a thorough inspection, or better yet, hire a wildlife removal company who has the proper tools and experience to safely remove them.
How Bats Get In
Bats never make holes to get inside of buildings; they only use entry points that are left open such as:
- Cracks and gaps as small as half an inch around windows, conduits, and utility vents
- Loose or missing shingles or tiles
- Gaps in the bricks of walls
- Openings in the attic
- Barns or warehouses with large doors
- Loose-fitting doors
- An unprotected chimney
- Broken or poorly-fitted screens
What to do When You Find Openings
While your first instinct may be to close all of the entry points you find around your home during your inspection, you cannot begin bat proofing until you are absolutely sure there are no bats still living inside. If you block all of their entry and exit points, the bats will get trapped and end up flapping around the home looking for a way to escape. As the bats begin to panic, they will become agitated and cause even more damage to your home.
Let the Professionals Help
Before the holes can be closed, a live bat exclusion must be performed. This will ensure all the bats are safely removed by allowing them to exit but keep them from being able to return. At Critter Control® of Orlando, we have over three decades of experience in removing bats from the inside of homes. For more information on how we can help you get your home restored to its previous condition, call us today at 407.295.7194.