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How to Get Rid of Bats

Summary:  Bats can find nesting spots in the most surprising locations. Learn how to get rid of bats without causing harm to these animals that are so important to our environment.

Maggie C; Nashville, TN asks: On our deck we have a table with an umbrella in the center of the table. The top is vented and bats keep getting into the top of it at night after we put it down. Can you tell me how to get rid of bats in this situation?

Dear Maggie: Learning how to get rid of bats will take a little creativity. I suggest trying the following method to discourage the bats, yet leave them unharmed.

Take a small square of cheese cloth approximately five inches by five inches. Put a cup of mothballs in the middle of the cheese cloth

Little Brown Bat

and tie it to create a little sack. Tie the sack of mothballs to the inside of the umbrella.

The odor from the mothballs will quickly discourage the bats, yet leave them unharmed. Once the bats get the idea that you don't want them around they should vacate the umbrella and you can remove the mothball sack.

You may have to do this more than once because bats have a habit of returning to old nesting sites.

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