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Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:41 pm
by poplancaster
Looking for a rifle shot! I spent last weekend removing insulation, bats and guano from the underside of our cottage. I need to spray with some type of enzyme odor remover before putting everything back next weekend. Any experience with a product for this?
Thanks
Joe

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:13 pm
by BrooklynRowHouse
You could try this:

http://www.zeroodor.com/how_zero_odor_works/

I built the backend for their ecommerce site a couple of years ago but never tried the product. However the boss was a real evangelist and the site designer said it did a great job with her incontinent retriever where the enzyme stuff didn't.

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:35 pm
by KJShea
Can't speak to the effectiveness of Zero Odor on bat pee pee, but it's done a good job on what escapes my incontinent pooch's doggie diaper.

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:55 pm
by jeepnstein
I used Nature's Miracle for a while, but it was more expensive than effective.

A cup of bleach per gallon of hot water and a shot of Dawn Dish Liquid in a pump sprayer did it for me. I soaked everything thoroughly. The bleach will also kill off the histoplasmosis.

Please don't tell me your bats were roosting in fiberglass insulation.

J.

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:33 pm
by MomsHereAgain
While the subject of "bats" is up again, I have to ask if anyone knows how I can dispose of these critters when I start tearing down the drywall (and yes, insulation too) that's on my attic ceiling. It's still pretty chilly here, so we figured it'd be a good time to start this project before we get the whole colony back. I'm expecting to find at least :roll: a few hibernating. Has anyone come across them like this? How do you catch them? I keep picturing hubby picking them off the rafters with welding gloves on :lol:. Also, after tearing down the ceiling and cleaning up, we suspect we'll be able to see exactly where they're coming in and will be able to fill in the gaps. Just for the sake of prevention, has anyone screened dormer/gable windows for the breeze/fresh air to help as a deterent and does it work? I'd love to just hire someone to get rid of them, but the cost is ridiculous.

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:22 pm
by jeepnstein
Do you mean how to physically remove one of the lovely little buggers from his happy home? I use the Bat Vac. If you use the 2 1/4 inch hose on a shop vac, it'll suck one up with authority. You'll have this really weird "thwoop" sound as they get sucked down the pipe. The best part is it doesn't kill them. You sure will teach 'em a lesson. Be sure to stuff up the hose with a rag between uses or they crawl out, a bit dazed and confused. If you take it outside and remove the top they'll fly out and never want anything to do with a Bat Vac again.

Be humane. Don't suck up a bunch of drywall screws and beer caps while you have half a dozen of them in there waiting on their parole hearing. They also are soothed if you play some Alice Cooper or Nine Inch Nails while they're waiting for their release.

Good Luck,

J.

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:57 am
by poplancaster
Thanks for the thoughts. Clean up was completed over the weekend but clorox and cleaners don't really get rid of the odors. I left the area open to dry and air out. They made themselve little rooms in the insulation where they could spread out. Other places they ganged up, leaving massive piles of fecal matter on the plywood celing below them. They don't hibernate in S. Ga so they just flew off when they were disturbed. I did sprayed with clorox and garbage can disinfedtant/odor control after removing all the insulation and mess. They didn't come back the next day. Guess they had to find another bat mansion. My guess is that there were about 4 or 5 hundred bats in the insulation. The worst odors are where their bodies were against the framing, body oils I guess. I plan to go to a pet big box this week to see what they have in the way of odor control. My plan this weekend is to spray lightly with the best odor control I can buy locally and put everything back, being carefull not leave any gaps around the piling. The only positive thing about how bats find homes is that they don't chew into your house like rats and squirrels.

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:50 am
by chriscity
This may sound silly, but what about plain old baking soda? I remember reading about numerous uses for deodorizing using baking soda.

Okay, did a little research. The Arm & Hammer website recommends sprinkling baking soda directly on odoriffic areas (like diaper pails, pet beds, etc etc), letting it sit for a while, then vacuuming or wiping off.

I don't think it would hurt to leave a big box open in your attic. They seem to have a 4 lb. box and a new 12 lb. bag available.

Fascinating, what you can do with baking soda...
http://www.armhammer.com

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:40 pm
by S Melissa
Ick, really, ick. :shock: Now that you have the buggers out - do you know where they were coming in and have you been able to plug that up. In spite of Jeeps idea they well may be back.

Mom's house was infested last summer - they crawled into a gap between the soffit (aluminum rolled stuff) and the brick side walls under the overhangs. The space was about 1/2" wide. The bat removal guys put up some pvc pipes with some sort of 1-way baffle in it so the bats could get out - but not back in. Seems to have worked. Then the gaps were caulked shut. I was amazed - they apparently squish down fairly thin - like mice - to get in little spaces. Everywhere you see glimpses of daylight - plug up

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:21 pm
by White Elephant
I remember someone saying a bat could reduce itself to the size of a quarter. In an old house where things are not plumb, square or level, there are so many areas in an attic where these pests can squeeze in.

It's time well spent to plug all holes now for peace of mind later on.

Interesting thread.