Bats are one of the many annoying pests that will try to turn your home into their permanent residence. Understanding how bats get into your home is the first step towards preventing them from entering at all! Rather you actively have bats in your home, or you want to prepare before it becomes a problem, we’ve got you covered with these tips!
A damaged roof is a great entry point for bats. This is one of the many reasons why you need an annual roofing inspection. A roof with damaged or missing shingles is exposed for bats to make their way into your attic. Go into the attic when it’s light outside to check for any signs of light shining through. If your roof is in good shape, you shouldn’t see any light! Contact a roofing contractor in your area to schedule an annual roofing inspection. That’s the best way to catch signs of damage early and get them repaired before a bat makes its way through!
Chimneys require annual maintenance too. Schedule an inspection and cleaning each fall to ensure your chimney is safe to use this winter. During the inspection, your contractor can inspect the flashing around the top of your roof to check for a good seal. A vent should be placed at the top of your chimney. This allows smoke to go out when the chimney is in use but prevents bats from coming in when it isn’t! Otherwise, you have a giant hole leading right into the heart of your home.
Poor seals around windows and doors are another place that bats can use as an entry point. That bad seal will also leave your home exposed to cold drafts and poor temperature control. Some gaps around windows and doors can be sealed easily with caulking or an insulation strip, while others will require replacement. Hire a window and door expert to come take a look if you’ve never inspected this area of your home before!
If you find bats in your home, do not attempt to remove them yourself. Bats can carry rabies and other harmful diseases. Attempting to remove the bat yourself puts you at risk of getting bit, but it also puts the bat at risk of injury or death. Contact a professional wildlife exclusion expert to remove the bat in a way that’s safe for everyone involved! They can also assess your home to ensure no other pests are hiding in your attic, walls, or basement.
Contact Baystate Wildlife today to schedule an appointment with an extermination specialist in your area! Our team has the tools and knowledge needed to remove bats from your home in a safe and effective way/