Any unwanted animals turning up in our homes can bring stress and chaos, not to mention a number of health risks and potential damage to property.
Particularly infestations, such as rats, mice or insects, can be treated effectively in a variety of different ways. Less hard to tackle are flying animals that come to roost in our lofts and roof spaces, and bats are chief culprits in this respect.
So what should you do if you suspect you have bats living in your loft?
Detection and discovery
It may sound strange, but it’s not always entirely obvious when you have a bat infestation. As they are nocturnal creatures, you are unlikely to hear them fluttering about during the day, and you may only notice the â€˜chattering’ sound they make before they leave their roost at dusk on their way to hunt for food. Stand outside your house at this time and look up to the roof – you may see the winged creatures leaving from the direction of your loft, particularly if it is during their active season of May to September.
Another way to detect a bat infestation is the discovery of droppings. In Britain, bat droppings look very similar to those of other rodents, so don’t rule out rats or mice and use the techniques above to confirm whether or not bats are the culprits.
Consider taking no action
This may be an option that some people just can’t take, but in all actuality, one of the best techniques for dealing with bats is just to leave them be. Obviously, this is more difficult if your loft is inhabited and not just used for storage, but bats are much less likely to roost in these environments. In the UK, all 18 species of bat are protected, and that protection stretches to their homes too, so taking it upon yourself to kill, harm or move the creatures is to fall foul of the law.
In truth, living with bats is not especially difficult. Unlike rats and mice, they will not gnaw through wires or other possessions, and their roosts do not require the use of nesting materials. Bat droppings, although a nuisance, are safe from a health perspective, and they even eat many of the insects that invade our homes.
The natural habitat of the bat in the UK is rapidly disappearing, and, although it isn’t mandatory, allowing them to live in our homes is certainly a sympathetic approach to their plight.
If you decide that you simply can’t live with the animals in your home – and you are not expected to, especially in inhabited rooms – then removing them must be done in a very careful and particular manner, in line with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and Bat Conservation Trust guidelines.
The experts at LMB Group are also on hand to provide advice and assistance on the best way to deal with bats in your attic, and are fully informed of all relevant legislation involved in carrying out building works in an area that has been identified as a bat roost.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at LMB Group today.