Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

Don't Go Batty! How To Get Rid Of The Bat Infestation In Your Home


Bats have two sizes, micro and mega, and live in just about every area of the world except for a few islands, the Antarctica, and the Artic.  Bats prefer warm weather, farmland, cities, mountainous areas, and rain forests.  They will roost in any place that provides shelter from the weather.  If you have a bat infestation in your home, there are steps you can take to get rid of this infestation for good. 

Identify Entry Points

Before you can rid your home of bats by implementing a bat exclusion, you will need to identify the entry points to your home.  Bats need little space to enter a home.  Check chimney areas, the attic, outside walls, and the roof.  One way to tell where bats are entering your home is to look for bat dropping called guano.  Look for missing bricks, cracks, or broken windows and bat droppings near these areas.  Once you have determined the point of entry, have the areas sealed by a professional bat removal service, or seal the areas yourself. 

Bat Exclusion

Bat exclusion or bat removal techniques should only be done after young bats are able to fly.  The maternity season depends on the type bat and the climate.  Early maternity starts between mid-April, early June and ending late August, at which time the pups or baby bats are able to fly on their own.  The goal of the exclusion is to remove bats from the home alive.  Exclusion devices are one-way devices that allow bats to exit the home, but not reenter through the device.  Therefore, it is vital that the exclusions occur after the pups are mature enough to fly so that they will not be left, without their mothers to feed them. 

Why the Exclusion?

The bat species are beneficial to society because they eat pest and insects.  They are a protected species, therefore it is illegal to kill them.  In specific circumstances, exclusion during the maternity season is permitted by court order.  If you proceed illegally, however, you can be fined and/or prosecuted.

Sealing Entry Points

Once you have the bats out of your home safely, it's time to seal their entry points up. Wire mesh screening will seal holes and cracks or you can use caulking adhesives or foam.  To use the wire, simply staple the wire mesh over the area ensuring that it is tight and flat.  If the areas are not too large and there are not too many, a caulking gun will work.  Use an all-weather caulking to get the best results.  Polyurethane Foam is another option and is available at your local hardware stores.

Getting rid of bats in your home can be executed efficiently when you understand how to identify entry points and how to properly seal them.  Adhering to the laws regarding bat exclusion will prevent you from facing possible fines or prosecution.  If you are unsure of how or what you should do, seek professional pest control service or consultation.


2 November 2015