Bats in Your Attic? How to Get Rid of Them (And Other Pests)

02/13/2020 | By Pamela Vargas-Touchard |
Bats in Attic: Bats in ceiling

Do you suspect that you have bats living in your home's attic? Or do you think you might have birds, squirrels, mice, or other pests causing problems in the space?

If so, you shouldn't ignore bats in the attic or anything else for that matter for a single second. That could cause even more issues for you and wreak havoc on your entire home before long.

Instead, you should take steps to get rid of whatever is living up in your attic and prevent the pests from coming back. You should also assess any damage that was done and get it fixed right away.

Here are the specific steps you should take to rid your home of bats, birds, squirrels, mice, and more.

Figure Out Exactly What You Have in Your Attic

Before you can rid your home of whatever pests have found their way up into your attic space, you'll need to identify the specific types of pests that are plaguing your home.

In some cases, you might be able to do this simply by keeping an eye and ear out for signs. For example, you might see squirrels scurry into your attic through a hole in your roof or birds making their way in and out through a broken vent.

In other instances, you might need to hire someone to climb up in your attic to take a look at what's going on. It can be dangerous to try and evaluate a pest problem on your own.

Use your best judgment to find out what kind of pests you're dealing with. It'll allow you to move on to the next steps.

Determine How the Pests Are Accessing the Attic Space

Once you know what kind of pests are in your attic, determine how they're getting there.

As we just mentioned, they could be getting into your attic through a hole in your roof or a broken vent. But they could also be entering your home from a much lower point and climbing in between your walls to access your attic.

If you aren't able to find the pests' entry point, it's going to be tough to get rid of them once and for all. Search high and low until you find where the pests are coming from.

Hire Professionals to Remove the Pests Safely

While you're in the process of trying to see where pests are coming into your home, you should get in touch with a company capable of providing you with top-notch rodent solutions.

Ideally, the company should have years of experience in the pest control space. It'll allow them to come into your home and remove pests in no time.

Removing pests from a home can be a quick job if you have just two or three birds in your attic. But it could also be a more advanced project if there is a large rodent infestation in your attic.

A pest control company can break the situation down and let you know exactly how bad it is. They can then get to work and continue working until all the pests are out of your attic.

Seal Your Attic

After all the bats or other pests are out of your attic, you'll want to be sure to have your attic space completely sealed.

That means patching up any holes that could allow pests to get right back in and cause problems. It also means closing off the original entry point securely and ensuring the pests can't get back in through it.

This is arguably the most important step you'll take. If you don't seal your attic the right way, you could have another pest problem on your hands in just a few days.

Clean Up Any Droppings and Repair Any Damage

In addition to sealing your attic, you're also going to need to clean your attic completely. Pick up any droppings left behind by the pests and repair any damage that they managed to do to your roof, insulation, plumbing pipes, electrical wires, and more.

Even if you only have bats and other pests in your attic for a couple days, they can really do a lot of damage to it. Cleaning it up is important since droppings, urine, and more can pose a serious health threat.

A reliable rodent proofing company should be able to sanitize your attic. They should also be able to disinfect and deodorize it before leaving your home. Take a look at it to see that it's completely clean before paying the professionals for their services.

Consider Replacing Your Attic Insulation

The insulation in your attic plays a very important role in it. It prevents warm air from escaping from your home and keeps your energy bills lower than they would be otherwise.

Pests can do damage to insulation by building nests in it and displacing it from where it should be. They can also leave droppings all over the insulation and make it filthy.

If you find that your attic insulation isn't in good condition at all following a pest infestation, think about replacing the insulation. Pests like mice, squirrels, possums, and more are known to rip apart insulation and stop it from doing its job.

Just make sure you choose a reputable company to do your insulation replacement. You want a business that will use top-of-the-line insulation to bring your attic back to life.

Get Rid of Bats in the Attic as Quickly as You Can

Bats in the attic can make a mess and ruin your insulation. They can also create a huge health hazard if they leave too many droppings behind.

At the first sign of bats, mice, squirrels, birds, or any other living thing, reach out to a rodent control company for help. They'll be able to come out to your home, inspect your attic, and come up with a solution for getting rid of them.

Contact us today to get a free estimate for rodent solutions, insulation replacement, and all of the other services we offer. We can get things back to normal in your attic as soon as possible.

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