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How can human living quarters be protected against bat entry?

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How can human living quarters be protected against bat entry?

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Most bats that wander into human living quarters enter through a loose-fitting door to the outside or an attic, an open window, an unscreened chimney, or a gap in an outside wall. They must have spaces at least 3/4-inch in diameter or 3/8 by 7/8 of an inch to enter. A room by room search will quickly reveal such possible entry points. Holes or crevices are easily plugged with steel wool or silicone caulking. Chimneys can be covered with half-inch hardware cloth screening, and loose fitting doors may be fitted with draft guards. Unlike rodents, bats do not chew holes, so are easily excluded. Even when bat colonies cannot be excluded from walls or attics, they can be kept out of human living areas.

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Most bats that wander into human living quarters enter through a loose-fitting door to the outside or an attic, an open window, an unscreened chimney, or a gap in an outside wall. They must have spaces at least 3/4-inch in diameter or 3/8 by 7/8 of an inch to enter. A room by room search will quickly reveal such possible entry points. Holes or crevices are easily plugged with steel wool or silicone calking. Chimneys can be covered with half-inch hardware cloth screening, and loose fitting doors may be fitted with draft guards. Unlike rodents, bats do not chew holes, so are easily excluded. Even when bat colonies cannot be excluded from walls or attics, they can be kept out of human living areas.

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