I need to staple mouse-trapping sticky pads/glue traps to the soffits under the roof ridge of a house (roughly where the red arrow is pointing, under the overhang). (Reason: some bats have taken to entering the inside of the house from there. This is to trap the bats.)

The ladder doesn't quite reach high enough.

If anyone can suggest alternative strategies to somehow staple said sticky pads to the soffits near the roof ridge, please share.

Thank you in advance.

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    Have you considered how you will get the dead bat down after it is stuck in the trap?
    – mikes
    Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 7:38
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    Are you allowed to interfere with bats? In many places they are protected and the consequences can be expensive or even a "special" holiday...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 7:52
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    This is not a good plan, if it works you'll have bats starving to death up there for days, then you'll have dead bats stuck up there until you take them down. Plus it won't deter future bats or birds. You're far better off getting someone to fix the hole so they can't use it.
    – GdD
    Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 7:58
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    Bats are usually useful to have around, but not in the house. Would look into building/buying bat houses to place around your land after blocking the hole into the house.
    – crip659
    Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 12:51
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    Good point @crip659, bats eat a lot of insects (thousands an hour apparently) which most consider pests. Give them a home and they'll help keep the mosquito population down.
    – GdD
    Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 15:19

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I understand your frustration, but find a way to exclude the bats. Google "copper mesh for plugging holes to exclude rodents or bats".

And I don't think glue traps would be effective.


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    Agreed. Killing bats is a really lousy approach. Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 18:25
  • I think any opening can be sealed. The problem is what about the bats that can't get out? For rats the pros attach a one way door or other route out. Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 20:04

Bats do not create openings. If there is an opening in the soffit then it was caused by something else and other animals can also enter. What does the hole lead to inside the house -- the attic or a tall ceiling? First close off the opening from the inside, then rent a tall ladder to close the soffit hole (at night, when the bats are outside). Better yet, hire a professional to handle it; they can remove the bats in a humane manner.

  • My anti-rat effort wound up with at least one dead rat in the walls that stunk and then flies came - those big ones. The pro used a method I would never have thought of. I wish I had called the pro first but I had to try myself. You can call the pro first. You have a nice house so you can afford to do it right.
    – Willk
    Commented Aug 4, 2021 at 0:11

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