Bats in the Attic – How to Locate the Bat Colony

Bats living in your house can be quite disconcerting, if not outright scary. If it’s a solitary bat that maybe strayed into your house, it can be easy to remove with the help of a trained wildlife control professional. But when there seems to be an infestation of bats living in a colony within the structures in your house such as your attic, then more steps need to be taken to control the situation.

If you suspect that you may be living with bats in your house, then it is best to identify exactly where the colony is. You can achieve this in the following ways:

- Inspect your attic vents. These are the most likely areas to find them. Daytime is best though, as you can see well and most bats are resting after being out at night.

- When it’s nearing dusk, keep an eye out for bats that may be emerging from your house, because this is usually the time when bats go out, since they’re nocturnal animals. Check for the particular entry and exit points. Once discovered, they can then be sealed to prevent them from returning at dawn.

- Listen carefully for the sound of bats in your attic. This will help to locate exactly where the colony is.

- Just like any other mammal, bats leave droppings too. Check for these while cleaning the attic. Bats as insectivores, so the droppings will show a distinct presence of insect body parts, which sets these droppings apart from those of any other animal that could possibly reside in your house, like mice. Observe carefully where these droppings are mostly found and the colony could be close by.

Once the presence of bats in your house has been confirmed, contact trained professionals to come and take care of removing them carefully (if you hadn’t done it already). After this is done, make sure to clean up any of the droppings or urine left behind, to make sure no diseases are spread.

Bats can be a menace, but with these few tips to locating them, they could be out of your house very soon.

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