Bats love small, dark spaces to rest during the day. If they can find their way into your chimney, most bats will gladly take roost. A common belief is that you can smoke bats out by lighting a fire. Find out why this is an ineffective and inhumane option, and explore effective bat removal alternatives today. Don’t panic when you see a bat in your home. Our Skedaddle team in Montreal is here to help with effective strategies to safely get rid of these animals.
Problems With Smoking Bats Out
DIY bat removal strategies aren’t a good idea. While you may be frustrated enough to take matters into your own hands, there are three main problems with trying to remove bats by yourself, particularly by smoking them out of your chimney:
- It’s inhumane.
- It’s ineffective.
- It’s a temporary solution.
There is a chance that the bats may be stuck in your chimney. If they can’t immediately find the exit, or if the fire you light heats up the chimney very quickly, you could kill the bats before they leave. Smoke often makes animals disoriented and sleepy, so it’s more likely to kill any bats in your home rather than scare them out. Dying from suffocation or burning to death are both particularly gruesome and inhumane ways to treat bats, even if they are unwelcome intruders.
More likely, the bats will simply leave while the fire is lit and return as soon as it’s gone out. Even worse, bats may fly down the chimney in an attempt to leave, which means you’ll have a living room full of disorientated bats. This strategy isn’t always effective at removing bats.
How did these furry invaders find their way into your chimney? A properly secured chimney shouldn’t have a hole large enough for bats to enter. Removing these bats is only a temporary solution since other bats in the area will still have a way to enter your chimney to rest. Don’t go through all the work and hazards of removing bats only to have more show up tomorrow.
Alternative Bat Removal Solutions
At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we have a three-step solution that’s proven to provide effective, human bat removal and control. Work with us to implement this three-step strategy in your home in Montreal:
- Assess the situation and humanely remove bats.
- Clear and clean your home to avoid the risk of disease.
- Prevent further bats from moving into your chimney, attic or other areas.
The bats found a way into your chimney, so our first step is to carefully inspect your home to get a sense of the extent of the infestation and how they entered your home. Next, we use one-way exits and other professional tools and tricks to humanely remove all the bats from your home.
Bats are known to carry a number of diseases, so we thoroughly clean any guano or other debris that may carry diseases. Finally, we seal up any holes and repair any damage to keep another wave of bats from finding a cozy resting place in your home. Bats can fit through a hole as small as 6 millimetres, so you need a professional to help you find all the tiny holes the bats may have used to enter your chimney.
Contact Skedaddle Today
If you have bats in your chimney or anywhere else in your home, don’t wait to contact us. Work with your local Montreal bat removal team for humane, hassle-free ways to enjoy a bat-free home. Don’t spend hours worrying about bats or trying to get them to fly away on your own, but turn to a professional team for professional results. Bats are a great animal to have in your community, just not in your chimney.