Florida Bat Prevention - Orlando
Keep bats off property. Make the building structure bat proof.
Humane commercial / residential exclusion for bat problems.
Ammonia can be used
to clean areas infested by bats. Pans of the solution
then can be placed in a former roost to act as a
repellent. Neither of these methods will be successful
as long as bats can reenter the habitat once the odor
has begun to fade. The strong odor is also offensive to
humans and repeated applications may not be a
tolerable long-term solution. Repellents are not as
effective as simply waiting for the bat's normal
departure at dusk and taking appropriate exclusionary
Bat Prevention: Methods of habitat manipulation
Since bats prefer dark spaces, artificial light can
be used quite successfully, but only if the light is kept
on continuously and moved regularly. Otherwise, the
bats will soon find dark corners to avoid the light.
This method also may cause bats to move deeper into
the house as they avoid the light, making them more
likely to enter living areas and come into contact with
Although a number of methods have been
devised to repel bats, this approach is only a
temporary solution. Naphthalene (mothball) flakes
can be applied to the area of infestation. As long as a
strong odor remains, bats may not return. The effects
will not last long and repeated applications are
required to deter bat re-entry.
There are serious disadvantages to the use of
fumigants against bats. The results are not permanent,
and the building may be recolonized at a later time.
Also, poisons used in the extermination of bats may
cause an increase in human or pet contact with bats
as sickened bats fall to the ground and slowly die.
Even if fumigation quickly killed all bats present, it
would provide only a very temporary solution at best.
Other bats could safely move in within just 2 days
unless entry holes are plugged--a solution that would
negate the need for fumigation. If fumigation killed a
significant number of bats within the walls of a home,
a serious odor problem would result. Simple
exclusion after the bats' nightly departure is a far
A fumigant can be considered for bat control
only in a real public health emergency under the
authority of a special permit issued by the Florida
Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and only
after all other feasible methods of exclusion and
removal have failed.
Ultrasonic repellents are ineffective as a
deterrent against an animal that uses ultrasound
waves in many aspects of its life. They may actually
Wildlife Patrol are not exterminators and we do not exterminate or kill bats. Bats are removed safely, humanely, and without dangerous chemicals or poisons.
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