What Should I Do If I Find Bats In My Attic?

While bats’ mosquito-eating attributes are beneficial to the local ecosystem, they can be an extreme nuisance should they decide to roost inside the attic of your Lake County property. Bat removal during most circumstances is vital for the safety of your well-being and property, as they can cause quite a bit of damage. However, bats can only be removed at certain times of the year and the killing or harming of bats is against the law in the Sunshine State and strictly enforced by the Fish & Wildlife Conservation of Florida.

Fortunately, there are many legal ways to deter bats from your attic. To reduce the many threats the critters can impose on your property, here are a few things you can do if you find bats in your attic.

How To Deter Bats From Your Attic

There are many ways to prevent bats from entering your Lake County property in the first place. A few ways to deter bats from your attic include:

  1. Eliminating Bat Food and Water Sources – Maintaining a clean space can deter bats from entering the vicinity. Eliminating the congregation of insect colonies or nests may reduce their attraction. Aside from insects, consistently checking the cleanliness of areas such as bird baths, water dishes, gutters, and other still-water sources may also discourage bats from lingering.
  2. Sealing Bat Access Points – Bats can enter your attic through unscreened attic vents, damaged eaves, chimneys, cracked roof tiles, loose windows, openings near pipes, warped siding, and other mangled structures. It is best to seal any openings to prevent bats from gaining entry.
  3. Using Bat Repellents and Decoys – Utilizing decoys such as tinfoil, sounds, mylar balls, mirrors, lights, and repellents can discourage bats from entering your property when combined with other steps of deterrence. Bright lights are an effective deterrent method as bats are nocturnal and prefer darker areas to nest.
  4. Knowing the Best Time to Get Rid of Bats – The best time to get rid of rats is during the springtime. In many areas, spring is the only season that bat removal is permitted without the help of professionals. Maternity season for bats occurs from April 15 to August 15 each year. During this time, certain bat species (Florida bonneted bat, Gray bat, and Indiana bat) are protected under Florida law from being removed from your Lake County property. Removal during bat mating and hibernation seasons is illegal and can warrant costly penalties. Late summer is the next best time to get rid of bats, but doing so safely and legally requires professional tools, equipment, and experience.
  5. Contacting Bat Removal Professionals – At the end of the day, the safest and most effective way to remove bats from your attic is by relying on licensed experts to get the job done. Bats can spread diseases like histoplasmosis and rabies through their waste and bites. Therefore, if you encounter a wild bat on your Lake County property, keep a safe distance from the critter and contact wildlife removal experts immediately.

Professional Lake County Bat Removal Services

The experts at Critter Control® of Lake County provide legal, efficient, and humane bat removal services that can keep you safe. Our team employs CritterSafe® methods to safely remove the bats from your attic. Designed to protect your property from wildlife while preserving our local ecosystem, our four-step, CritterSafe® wildlife removal process includes

  1. Inspection – We thoroughly inspect your attic to property identify the bat and size of the issue.
  2. Exclusion Removal – We carefully trap and remove the unwanted critter.
  3. Restoration – We restore the attic and surrounding areas that were damaged by the bats.
  4. Prevention – We seal any existing entry points with covers, caps, and gates as well as perform consistent checkups to ensure that your attic remains free of bats.

If you need help resolving a bat infestation in your attic, then contact the experts at Critter Control® of Lake County. Our professionals are licensed, trained, and equipped to handle bats in your attic and permanently solve your problem. To schedule an appointment and receive a free estimate for our bat removal services, call us today at 352-204-0074.

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