How to Get Rid of Odor From Bats in the Attic
Bats in an attic can create a mess that seems impossible to clean. The odor that comes from the bats' bathroom -- your attic floor -- is unbearable and hazardous; and the matter can be several inches deep.
Things You Will Need
- Facemask with HEPA filter
- Shop vacuum
- Scrub brush
- Urine odor eliminator
- Soap and water
- Drywall screws
To get rid of the odor and make your home safe again, you'll first have to hire someone to get rid of the bats before you can begin the cleanup process. Remember to take every precaution while cleaning to keep yourself safe.
Clean up the bat guano. Scoop and sweep what you can into bags and throw it away. Wear gloves and ventilate the attic if possible by opening windows. To be safe you should wear goggles and a facemask with a HEPA filter.
Vacuum the area thoroughly with a shop vac that can be cleaned later.
Scrub down the area with a diluted bleach solution. Allow it to dry, then spray a urine odor eliminator and allow it to dry. Scrub the area down a third time with soap and water, and suck up the liquid with the shop vac.
Pull contaminated insulation off the walls and replace it with new pieces of the same type. Staple the new insulation in place at the top and then every few feet, using the tabs that are attached to the sides. If there is damaged drywall, pull it down as well and screw new pieces in with drywall screws.
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.