Bats are nocturnal, so you might naturally assume they don’t like the light. You’re right! Bats don’t like light. Although they don’t rely too much on their poor sight, they can see, and they prefer dark areas. This is why bats are notorious for roosting in caves. Because you lose a little light with each bend in a cave, you’ll often find them roosting deep within, but that’s only the case in nature. In the city, you’ll find them in the darkest area of your home: the attic. This calls for wildlife removal services from our Skedaddle team in Oakville.
Bright Lights as Deterrents
If you want to implement a practice to deter bats, putting up bright lights probably won’t do the trick. It seems reasonable, as bats will avoid bright lights, but it often exacerbates the problem. Imagine for a moment you put up some bright floodlights around your home. The bats living inside your attic will see that light and move deeper into your home. They might make their way into your walls and other crevices that will be difficult to get them out of when you finally call the professionals to help.
The floodlights might keep the bats from flying around your home, but those wild animals may not have a problem sneaking back into the attic after they’ve had their fill for the night. Lights also attract bugs, which are what bats feed on during the night, so they may brave the light momentarily to get a good meal.
Other Problems With Lights
You can see how using bright lights as a deterrent for bats won’t be very effective, but there are some other problems with putting up lights that you should be aware of:
- When you put up bright lights, it will actually attract other animals that like it to help them find food. Raccoons, for example, will enjoy having a bit of extra light as they’re digging through your trash for a midnight snack.
- Keeping bright lights on all night long is going to start costing quite a bit of money. Over time, your energy bills could get so high it’s not worth it anymore.
- Depending on where you live, those bright lights could pose a problem for your neighbours. If they shine through your neighbours’ windows at night, you might get some complaints.
A Simple Solution
As with any other wild animals, trying to deter bats on your own isn’t a great idea. They are dangerous little creatures that could leave you with injuries and diseases. Your best solution isn’t installing lights, but rather calling in the wildlife removal Oakville professionals. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, it’s recommended you take care of a bat infestation at a time of year when bats are active. Doing so during winter’s hibernation period could put the bats at risk of death. As a protected species, this gives you more than one reason to remove them humanely.
The professionals at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control are trained to identify entry points that bats use. After safely and humanely removing the bats, their roosting area is cleaned of droppings, carcasses and any other contaminated materials that could pose a health risk to your family. The entry point will then be sealed up so you can avoid a future infestation of bats.
Wild animals can be fun to watch, but having them take up residence in your home is never a great idea. If you have bats, there are many reasons to have the wildlife removal professionals in Oakville handle the removal process. Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today to learn more or to schedule bat removal services.