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Bat Repellent

If you live in an area where bats have been known to live then you have a real concern about keeping these creatures away. Because they live in large groups that are like communities, literally hundreds of Minneapolis bats may find themselves onto your property at one time, even trying to make a home of your shed or attic. Once they are in and comfortable where they live, they are very hard to get rid of.

It is because of the large communities that bats live in that makes them especially troublesome. This is not like a raccoon, where if you scare off one or two your problem is resolved. This is like being invaded by a hoard and flying rats, who get into everything, make a big mess, and leave disease and pestilence everywhere they go. They are absolutely horrific in every way imaginable.

Many people seek to find a way to keep these creatures from reaching their home. They look for the latest technologies or products that will do the trick to keep the bats from making their property a place these creatures will look to in their search for food or even to make their home a wonderful home for the bats. This can be quite challenging.

There are many products out there that claim that they can act as a great repellant to keep the bats away. Because of their odor and the chemicals that are used, the bats will find this something that is too unpalatable to even approach and they will scurry away.

The science behind this is quite sound in its reasoning. Bats have a very strong sense of smell, even being able to detect prey up to five miles away from where they are, and so it would seem that if a bad smell was present, it would keep the bats from coming around. That is great reasoning in theory, the problem is that it does not work at practice.

No matter what these repellants claim, nothing will keep the bats from coming around. These repellants simply do not have the desired effect for many reasons. First, and most importantly, we are talking about flying creatures. They can bypass and get around any smell that they do not like, simply by flying over and around them. If you consider that a bat may have to fly two or three miles to get to a creature it wants to it, the likelihood is that it will find a few smells along the way that it finds incredibly repulsive. The thing is that its desire for food is stronger than its concern for a bad smell. It will keep going, which means that if your house has some bad smell sprayed around your garbage cans or house and there are other areas to look for food or shelter, it will do so.

There is really only one way to use a repellant to keep a bat away, and that is to literally spray your entire property. The question is whether you want to go to all the trouble, expense and smell that these repellants give off to keep the bat away, when that may not even have the results you are looking for. This is why repellants are not the solution.

Another “repellant” idea is the use of ultra-sonic devices that send out noise that is supposed to be irritating enough to the Minnesota bats to stop them from heading your way, or it will mess with the sonar they use to navigate the way they are going. This will send them off course and keep them away from your home.

This is another of those theoretical ideas that doesn’t really work in practice. The sounds are more irritating than effective, especially if it is a large group of bats that are out on the prowl. When this is the case the effects greatly reduce. They are already not very effective with one bat, so are significantly less so when there are tens or hundreds of bats. You can spend your money on these devices but you will find that the effectiveness is simply not worth the price.

The reality is that chemical products and high-tech devices are a waste of money. You are going to get nearly as much success out of simply throwing your money away. There are ways to keep Minneapolis bats from coming to your home that center around using your brain to keep food sources guarded and places to live removed. This is where your energies need to be focused. If you go out and spend your money on repellants and other devices like this you will soon become frustrated when you see that they do not work. There are not even good homemade remedies that can work. Common sense and lack of hospitality are the keys.

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