I too have had bat problems and I have found two methods that work well. 1. Rat glue traps...hang these vertically where the bats are roosting,at night when its hot out they will fly into them and there they remain, stuck. this is not my first choice of treatment as they remain alive while stuck to the trap, but it does work well, Wear heavy gloves when handling. 2. High wattage bulbs in a motion sensor, this method was given to me via an exterminator, flooding the roosting area with light will deter them from landing. Remember bat feces are toxic, i don't know about thier urine. Last summer I was either bitten by a bat or hooked with the elbow claw while standing on my porch. Either way I had to undergo 10 rabbies shots that was not fun.Dr. also mentioned bats vaporize thier saliva, so if one flys near your facial area, you still need the shots as you may have breathed in the vapors. Remember bat houses will only draw more bats to your area. Sometimes killing them is the way to go. My exterminator absolutely advised against bat houses...Bats are NOT your pals (sorry Jay) they don't like you, they like your logs.... Don't get bit ! Regards Don
IF you have bats entering your home, remember bat poop is toxic stuff. You should determine thier point of entry, bats can get in through a very small crack or crevice. Steel Wool will work, bats will not chew it to get in. This method has worked for my place.....Log Home Livin AHHHH! Regards Don
We built our log home so there in no way a bat will get into the attic or anywhere else. Our gables are log siding, and where the siding meets up to the roof overhang, we do have bats that linger up there. They cannot get into our attic, or house, there are no entry points. I don't really mind them, they eat bugs, so they have a purpose. Now I will never understand the purpose of a wasp. Something that may help, is every so often, hook up a power washer, and aim that at the areas the bats linger. They will leave, and be able to continue living. When I was staining my home a couple years ago, I would go half way up the ladder, spray the power washer, and they leave. Now I asked my vet, should I worry about them biting??? He told me they are just like a mouse with wings, they are more scared of you, then you of them. So when they come out, just duck and they will fly away, and they do. So however and whenever you get them to leave, block those openings, and enjoy your home!!!
A bite by a mouse is not nearly as medically harmful as a bat. In my years in this Ripple Craft log home I find that different generations of bats come back to the same roosting area as former family members. i can only liken this to insects that leave a scent trail that can last for years, like carpenter ants. you can wipe out a colony one year and the next year a new group with use the same entry trail to use. Yes...Iam fully aware of bats help in nature, but keep in mind they carry a bevy of dangerous bacteria and the mess they leave behind is a toxic stew. The droppings are many and urine stains on logs tedious to remove. I would liken them to be more like RATS with wings than mice. When I was bitten I was simply standing on the porch at dusk when a blur of black crossed my face, when i got inside my wife said "your forehead is bleeding" straight to the ER and my 1st of 10 rabbies shots was given. Bats are not hamsters and I deal with them as needed. Regards Don
Sorry that happened to you. I was a foot away from one, when I was doing my gables (staining), and it came out, I ducked and it flew away. One other year, one came out and slid down my back and crawled away. (guess the Clorox dazed him) I just never had a problem with them, other than irritating them when I stain the house ever 7 years. For some reason the bats don't bother me, wasps, carpenter bees, and other bugs do. Regards Mary
Mary. If you see bats roosting in a paticular area, plugging the holes with steel wool works great for bats and mice, niether one will chew at it. And yes, Carpenter Bees pose the biggest problem I have. In spring when it warms to 75-80 degrees the females start looking for nesting sites. The damage they can do is amazing. The carpenter bee traps to me were useless, after buying 5 of them NO trap caught any bees, not one. The only good deterent (after trying many) was Bayer Termite and Carpenter Ant killer. Mixed double the usual dose. I had no luck with the much touted Martin's Viper Insecticide. Good Luck Offing All The Critters.........Don