Bat Prevention

Bats are beneficial to the environment and help control mosquito populations, but they sometimes get too close for comfort. When the pests roost on or inside homes, residents often look for fast, easy methods in commercially available repellents. Unfortunately, repelling bats is hard work that requires an eye for long-term control, which most common products do not provide.

Common Bat Repellents

Mothballs: One of the most commonly suggested bat repellents is mothballs. Mothballs contain naphthalene, a chemical whose odor is unpleasant to bats. However, using mothballs for bat prevention is not practical for several reasons:

  • Short-lived Effect: The smell of naphthalene dissipates quickly, requiring frequent replacement of mothballs to maintain their effectiveness.
  • Quantity Needed: A significant amount of mothballs is required to produce enough odor to repel bats, which can cause the smell to permeate human living areas, making it uncomfortable for residents.

Electronic and Ultrasonic Devices: Several products on the market claim to repel bats using electronic or ultrasonic technology. These devices emit sounds or light that are supposed to deter bats. However:

  • High Cost: These devices can be expensive, making them a costly solution for many homeowners.
  • Limited Effectiveness: Studies and user experiences have shown that these devices are generally ineffective over time as bats may become accustomed to the noise or light.

Aerosol Sprays: Some aerosol sprays marketed for repelling animals like cats and dogs are also used to deter bats. These sprays often contain ingredients meant to create an unpleasant environment for the bats. However:

  • Inadequate Results: These sprays are typically inadequate for long-term bat prevention and may need frequent reapplication.

Professional Exclusion

There is no magic product to repel bats. The most reliable way to bat-proof your property is to contact the professionals at Orkin. Our trained specialists will conduct the proper inspections and take the right steps toward prevention and removal.