how to get rid of bats

How to Get Rid of Bats

So here is how to get rid of bats in the attic and house safely. I will give you my personal bat-repellent experience and a few professional tips. So that those creepy bats never come back to your attic or house to search for habitat or food. 

Look, those bats are not just trying to disturb you. They are looking for food. They eat the following most of the time.

  • Beetles
  • Bugs
  • Flies
  • Moths
  • Mosquitoes
  • Ants
  • Wasps
  • Cockroaches

They are also looking for a place to live where they can be safe from predators. Hunters like the following. 

  • Owl
  • Hawks
  • Falcons
  • Cats
  • Crocodiles
  • Snakes
  • Other predators

If your house is providing all they need, they will come for it. They will find a dark space, mostly a big tree, under the bridge, or the basement where they and their family can be safe. So here is how to get rid of bats in the attic and house.

Also read: How to Repel Mosquitoes from the House.

How to Get Rid of Bats in the Attic and House

How to Get Rid of Bats in the House

There was a bat habitat near my house, and their number was growing day by day, and I was worried about it. So I have made a few changes to my house and attic. 

Now they are living in a different place far away from my home, and I am very happy about it. 

Today their number has grown to over 50 in that area, and I am not worried about them. Because they made a new habitat far away from my house. 

So here is how I repelled those bats from my house and forced them to settle in a new place. 

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One more thing, in some areas, these bats are protected by law. So check what is allowed and what is not before you start this process.

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1. My Personal Homemade Bat Repellent Idea

My Personal Homemade Bat Repellent Idea

I have seen those bats sleep around a big tree where they can be safe from predators like Owls, Hawks, Snakes, and other predators that hunt them down. So if they find your tree in a good and safe place, they will live there.

Plus, they make the habitat near a dirty pond where they can get a lot of mosquitoes and bugs. Yes, they eat mosquitoes. So if you have any of these they will not leave your attic unless you clean them up.

Clean your pond or any standing water in your yard that is producing mosquitos and cut down the tree, or cut a few branches to make it open for predators to hunt them down. Then you will see those bats are leaving.

2. Light Up the Attic and the Yard

Light Up the Attic and the Yard to remove bats

Bats hate light as it is their natural buildup to travel in the dark and sleep during the day. So if you install a good light that emits sunlight-like rays, they will get tricked and leave the area thinking it is not a safe place as light can reach there easily.

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It is one of the simplest forms of bat-repellent ideas but works marvelously. Try it.

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3. Use Mothballs in the Area

Use Mothballs in the Area to repel bats

Mothballs are widely used to repel bugs, insects, and bats. It has a chemical called naphthalene that releases a strong odor that acts as a repellent.

Sometimes humans also do not like this odor and may feel uneasy around it. So place these Mothballs around the area where those bats have the habitat, and you will see they are reluctant to come back. And in a few days, they will leave the place.

It is one of the cheapest ways for this topic how to get rid of bats in the attic or house. Go buy some balls and lay them all around the area.

4. Spray Essential Oils 

Spray Essential Oils on the bats

You may have heard that essential oil are the insect killer. Yes, they kill insects and bugs and repel frogs, snakes, lizards, and bats. Spray those oil around the attic to force those bats to leave the place.

Go buy one of the below essential oil from your nearest store.

  • Mint
  • Cinnamon
  • Peppermint

You can also place these plants in the attic or house to stop future infestation. They work the same way but last longer as they continuously release that odor into the air.

5. Buy a Bat House Kit 

Buy a Bat House Kit

If you give them a safer house than the current one, then why would they live in your house? 

Build this bat house or buy it online and place it in an area, where they can not disturb you. It is easy, and you can do it all the bat house at home.

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6. Stop the Bats from Coming Back

Stop the Bats from Coming Back

Now, after you have applied all these ideas, it is time to follow a few more steps so that those bats do not come back. Do the following.

  • Clean your trees, attic, and surroundings to that the place does not remain hidden.
  • Remove all the bugs, mosquitoes, and other insects from your house so that they do not get food.
  • Repair your walls and other broken things in the areas that attract those bats.

If you do this, I am pretty sure you will never have these problems. They will be gone for life.

7. Plant Insect Repellent Plants

Plant Insect Repellent Plants

I have talked about it in the essential oil part. But here, I will explore a bit more. Plant some insect removal plants in your attic and house in a pot that has a strong odor. 

The following plans can be used for this purpose.

  • Mint 
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Marigold
  • Catnip

These plants will repel their food, aka bugs and insects, and repel those creepy bats from your house.

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Last Words

So this is how to get rid of bats in the house and attic using these simple formulas. Again clean the whole house and yard and repel them with plants and sprays. I wish you the best of luck.

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Nazim Ali

Nazim Ali is an engineer who loves fixing things at home. He loves to try new things and share the knowledge with the world.