Bat Trapping - Bat Traps
You have a bat problem in your house, and you want to get rid of the bats. It's reasonable to assume that a bat trap will do the trick. After all, we have rat traps and squirrel traps, and
even pigeon traps that work well. So perhaps you'd like to buy a bat trap to catch and remove those pesky bats.
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I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that there really aren't any effective bat traps for sale. The good news is that you can completely solve your bat problem, not through the use
of traps, but by using one-way exclusion devices, such as netting or funnels.
A bat trap.
The above and below photos are actually shots I took of bats inside attics, crawling about behind steel exclusion mesh that I installed. The bats were going in and out of an attic via some large gaps, and
in order to properly solve the problem, I blocked off several of the exit areas with the mesh, and installed a large amount of exclusion netting on many of the other openings. In order to get out, the
bats had to crawl along the steel mesh, to the netting areas, and fly out. So I took these photos as the bats were crawling along or lined up behind the steel mesh areas.
Eventually, all the bats crawled out, and left the attic. None were left behind. The important thing is that I didn't catch, or trap these bats. They were removed from the attic the proper way - by exclusion. They
were allowed to crawl out at dusk, as they always do, in order to fly out to get water and insects for dinner. They flew out of one-way netting. When they tried to return to the building, they were blocked by the netting,
and had to go elsewhere. None were trapped, killed, or harmed.
And if you did actually trap a bat in a trap, what then would you do with it? Hopefully let it go - but then if the plan is to let it go, why not just use exclusion. If you planned to trap and kill the bats, that is
unlawful, unethical, and just plain not necessary. A good bat job, with a 100% guarantee of permanent success with no bats every getting into your house again - is definitely achievable by doing it the proper way.
I have written several detailed articles about how to solve a bat problem
without bat traps:
How to get bats out of the attic
Remove bats flying inside the house
How to get bats out of the chimney
Bat exclusion tips and techniques
How to catch a bat
What If You Are Bitten By A Bat
About Colonizing Bats
How to inspect your house for bat entry
Bat prevention methods
The author, David, is a bat removal expert with
over 500 successful bat control jobs under his
belt. I want to stress the importance of proper
bat removal, and the value of these animals to
the ecosystem. I've witnessed dozens of failed
do-it-yourself bat jobs over the years, and it
is not pretty - dead bats, horrible odors,
rabies vaccinations, and so on. Bat removal work
is not easy - I trained for two years learning,
and even then, it took many jobs and hands-on
training before I was competent. I highly
recommend that you consult my list of wildlife
control companies on the home page, and hire a
professional to come out and look at your bat
problem. Get a few quotes if you must. And
remember, do not perform any bat exclusions during the summer maternity months. For more general information and links, go to my main bat removal page.
Customer Bat Email: Hi I have two bats that come every night and sit under my patio over hang and eat their bugs and whatever.
I am scared of them and hate to go out there at night. I have not heard any noises in my attic. Is this a normal habit for them just to come and feed?
They attache themselves to the stucco on the wall. My house is only 6 years old. I have read that there is nothing I can buy to keep them away. Is that true?
Is there some way I can trap and remove them? I live in Redding Ca
My Response: Those are probably male bats - females tend to live in groups in caves or attics. It is true that there is nothing you can buy to keep them away, and you can't trap them. They won't hurt you. Just leave
them be, and they'll move on soon.
Customer Bat Email: I have an 1800 SQ FT brick home built in 1935 in Edgewood KY. I have had problems with Bats in the attic and getting into the
living areas for the past 10 years. Although I have called many exterminators, the bats always return. Is this the type of project you will take on? If
so, is the next step a detailed phone call or do you come out and look around and then give a bid? Michelle
My Response: That is the type of job that I solve PERMANENTLY, but I live in Florida. Your best bet is to hire someone from my directory - yes, you
can certainly do a phone call first, and have an inspection and bid - any reputable company should offer that.
Customer Bat Email: I have an old house in Barrington, NH. It has many, many bats in the attic. They have started to find their way into our house
and now is the time to get them out. There is a bat house outside for them. I'd like to trap them and move them to the bat house. I bought the house from an older lady and she believes they have been there for a
long time. I can see a giant pile of guano on my roof. Please contact me.
My Response: I only work in Florida, but someone on my directory should be able to help you. You can't trap bats, and you can't force them to live in a bat house - it doesn't work that way - they have
to find their own place to live for their own reasons (just like you can't force a bird to live in a birdhouse).