Is it a good idea to poison a bat?
The first reaction of any homeowner to an infestation is to get rid of any animal that is taking up their space in the quickest way possible. Most times, poisoning (Bat Poison)looks like the easiest way to remove pests and unwanted animals from your home, but if you are thinking about poisoning a bat, you should reconsider.
REASONS WHY POISONING BATS IS A BAD IDEA
- Killing Bats is Illegal: Most states have laws to protect bats, and this is for a good reason, which is because bats are beneficial in keeping insect and bug populations in check. And a controlled bug population means that there will be a reduction in the transmission of diseases. You can be in serious legal trouble if you kill bats.
Poisons are Health Hazards: You will not find any fumigant or poison specifically designed for bats because killing bats is illegal, and if you use poisons designed for other animals, the bats will not eat it. To make them actually eat poison, you must poison their food source, which mostly consists of insects. When you poison insects, they die, and bats love to hunt their prey for themselves.
Some fumigants can kill bats, but you have to spray or apply them in large quantities, and most times, they have harmful effects on human health and the environment. If you use these products, you may have to pay a heavy fine when law enforcers get you.
Poisons are Cruel: Bats are not bugs, and you should not poison them because they do not die immediately and will undergo a lot of pain. Even if you are not there to see them, you are being cruel to the bats. It would help if you did not subject any animal to pain and discomfort because they have animal rights protection laws. Moreover, bats generally do more good than harm, and so you should evict them if you can no longer tolerate them in your building.
Finding the Dead Bats: Let us assume for a minute that it is safe to poison bats, after killing them, you would end up with another problem; how to find the dead bats and dispose of them. Bats can crawl into your walls or attic and die there after you poison them. You have to hunt and search for the dead bats or endure their stench as the bodies decompose.
You might not kill all the bats, and you will not be able to enter into the attic or basement if other bats are present and so you will still have the bat infestation problem, and you will have to endure the stench of the dead bats.
WHAT TO DO INSTEAD
Instead of poisoning, you can prevent the bats from entering into your house by closing off all their entrance points, either with caulking or with a screen. The bats may have more than one entry point into your home, so you should check around your house and fix screens on any points of entry that you find.
You can also call wildlife removal companies in your state to help you get rid of them.