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
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.
26 Aug 2010, 02:19
I have a photo of a roosting bat right next to a mothball. They do not react to mothballs. That is just a myth.
To solve your problem, you will need the help of a certified animal control specialist. Bats will take advantage of their surroundings and are very adaptable.
They are actually good to have around as they eat up to 10 times their body weight each day in insects. But they can be a problem when they enter your home or invade your attic or belfry.
Get professional help if you have bat problems.
26 Aug 2010, 10:04
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I had bats in an attic storage space that was behind a door on the same floor as my apt.
The exterminator used mothballs and got rid of the bats.
The EXPLANATION IS: The bats are there to feed on the moths. Get rid of the moths, get rid of the bats!
Worked like a charm for us.