To whom it may concern:
We have bat problems, that are viewed just like your photo with the bats hanging from the outside of mesh hanging inward of the Gable Vents.
I was wondering How do we fix this problem.. ? Could we use the mesh on the outside of the Gable Vents to keep the bats out and will this keep the bats away?
Please help, can’t afford any professionals due to job lost and they are charging 250 just to come out…
Any assistance would be very grateful.
Bats like to hang under the louvers of gable vents and many times will find their way up into any nook, crack and crevice found under the eaves of most any structure. Such locations can keep them out of direct weather conditions and gable vents happen to be one of their most favorite spots to roost. But as our online BAT CONTROL ARTICLE explains, this will many times lead to them getting inside the attic. Ultimately this will cause all kinds of other problems. To prevent this from happening, it would be best to chase them away and take a pro active stance now, before they gain access inside, and in the long run you’ll save a lot of time and money.
The simplest thing to do right now would be to get some BAT SCREENING and place it out over the vent, from the outside of the house, so they aren’t able to get up under the slats of the vent. The screening should be affixed around the vent, wider and taller than it, so they aren’t able to gain access at all to the protective area. Bats aren’t strong enough to chew through it and though they’ll seek an entry point when they first encounter the barrier, in most every case they’ll quickly move on and away from your home altogether.
Once you find them gone and not coming back for a few weeks, you can proceed to step two. This would be what you need to do for a more permanent solution. You could choose to leave the screening in place as this will work fine. But if you find this cosmetically unacceptable, take it down and apply some 4-THE-BIRDS GEL to the louvers. This non drying glue will remain active for 6-12 months and if they were to return, they’d avoid the glue and move on for sure. When applied right, you won’t be able to see it from the ground so in the end it would be a cosmetically acceptable solution. And prior to applying it, you could clean up the area which is many times just as important as explained in our article. Bat guano (their feces) is nasty and you don’t want it piling up on the vent, in the attic or alongside the house.
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