How to get rid of bats?

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Bats and their roosts are protected by law.

Bats spend most of the winter hibernating until they wake in April time looking for food in the evenings.  Bats are most active from April to October. By September and October, Bats will have mated and will start to build up fat reserves for hibernation in December.

Bats are important to our world because some plant species rely on bats to pollinate their flowers.

Bats are insect eaters so they also make good pest controllers.

If you suspect you have bats in your home you MUST:

  1. Contact a nature conservation organisation (SNCO).  They will be able to give you advice on how to deal with it.
  2. If you are having building works carried out in your home, you must stop immediately and contact a nature conservation organisation (SNCO).

In England, the Bat conservation trust can offer a free visit for homeowners and churches in England to assess the problem.

You may be eligible for a free visit if you meet the following criteria:

  • You live in a house or flat.
  • If you are carrying out any building works that do not require planning permission.

In Wales, you can contact your local office of Natural Resource.

If you have any other issues, click on the relevant guides below:

Mice/Rats Bed Bugs Ants
Wasps Carpet Beetles Fleas
Bats Spiders Foxes