Bat Removal Services
If you’re looking for bat removal and guano cleanup services, you’ve come to the correct place. When bats are spotted in human homes, they make people nervous. Our pre-screened wildlife professionals can efficiently discover where bats are entering your home and build a comprehensive humane bat removal strategy.
The bat control experts deliver a written inspection at your initial meeting that details the review of your home. This includes a complete assessment of all attic spaces, unfinished sections, and the interior and exterior of the house, among other things. In order to establish a successful humane bat removal and prevention plan, it is critical to be thorough. An accurate quote for the full bat control process will be offered after the inspection.
Are you ready to begin the bat exclusion process? Please call Animals Happen at 833-633-1120 for more information regarding bat control services.
Bat Species In The United States
In the United States, there are over 40 different species of bats. The only mammals that can fly are bats. They have wings instead of arms or hands. The bone structure of the wings is comparable to that of a human hand. Skin flaps go between the bones. Bats are low in weight to make flying easier for them. The larger mastiff bat weighs roughly two ounces, while the western pipistrelle bat weighs less than a cent.
Bats have fur all over their bodies, including their heads in some cases. Their wings, on the other hand, are not covered in fur. Red, tan, brown, and gray bats come in a variety of colors. Bats use their ears to look for food; thus, they’re incredibly vital. The ears are enormous and prominent, often protruding from the side of the head. The Allen’s big-eared bat has ears that are two-thirds the length of its body.
The western pipistrelle bat is the smallest bat in the United States, measuring 2.5 to 3.5 inches long with an eight-inch wingspan. The bigger mastiff bat is the largest bat in the United States. It has a wingspan of 21 to 23 inches and can grow to be seven inches long or longer. 1Go To Source nwf.org -“Bats”
Bat Entry Points
Bats usually gain access to dwellings through gaps and crevices in construction materials. Bats can easily tuck themselves into even the tiniest openings due to their small size. They can fit through holes as small as 6 millimeters in diameter, which is about the size of a dime.
Because bats are the only mammals capable of actual flight, they are more likely to enter a residence from above or along the roof, frequently in regions challenging to detect from the ground or reach safely. They have the physical ability to slide into tiny holes due to their biological nature. A bat’s fur is quite greasy to aid them in this. Bats employ aroma and fragrance cues to guide themselves and other colony members to departure and entry sites. Grease stains on building materials develop over time due to repetitive entry and exits from the same place on a residence.
Bats will roost in attics and between walls once inside the structure. Many bat-infested homeowners may investigate their attics, expecting to find bats hanging from the rafters. Their precise placement inside the property is far more difficult to detect in most situations, as they are more likely to be discovered in soffits, walls, and beneath the insulation.
Signs Of A Bat Infestation
Catching bats in the attic early is important to keep repair and removal costs low. The common signs of a bat problem that homeowners can keep an eye out for include:
- Bat droppings underneath overhangs and eaves
- Dirt and grease marks near entry points
- Visually damaged entry points (such as cracks and crevices)
- Piles of bat guano built up near roosting locations
- Squeaking, scratching, and crawling noises in attics or walls
- Urine and guano-related stains/odors
- Urine streaks on windows that are milky white
Why Are Bats In The Attic Dangerous?
Homeowners often opt for professional wildlife control services due to the dangers of bats in the attic. Bats themselves pose virtually no threats, but their guano and roosting habits can put both your home and health at risk. Bat droppings (guano) can destroy drywall, insulations, and anything stored in your attic.
Bats have been linked to diseases such as rabies. Their excrement, known as “guano,” can also infect soil with a fungus that causes Histoplasmosis. As a result, you don’t want bats to take up residence in your home.
Bat Caused Damage
If you suspect bats have been in your attic, there’s a reasonable probability you’ll have some damage. Guano, or bat droppings, may quickly contaminate an attic and potentially cause damage to the exterior of your home. Bat damage will arise through contamination and staining from their droppings, not from bats chewing. Urine and feces can sweat in intense heat, staining any material it comes into contact with as it runs down. It’s crucial to remember that bat droppings in an attic don’t degrade as quickly as they would outside in the environment.
It is possible to have drywall damage if bat problems have been present for several days or longer. The weight of bat guano or droppings breaking through drywall or even drop tiles. Damage can also result from feces and urine penetrating the insulation to the point where the drywall absorbs the excess. Bat urine removal will be required if an infestation has spent a long period of time in your home. Spots on your drywall that appear to be water spots and have a black staining appearance may be dismissed at first, but heavy fecal collected areas can contain enough weight to cause the drywall to fall through.
Damage to the insulation is one of the most prevalent issues with bats in the attic. Bats are tiny creatures that can weigh only a few ounces and can cause insulation damage in various ways. Droppings collect daily, and the insulation can only absorb so much pee and feces. Contaminated insulation must be carefully removed and disposed of.
Diseases Spread By Bats
Although bats may transmit bacteria and viruses that are hazardous to humans, the risk of infection is minimal. Bats should not be handled by people who have not been trained or vaccinated.
Histoplasmosis: A type of lung infection that is extremely rare. Infected bats, dogs, cats, cattle, horses, rodents, and other animals may expel the organism in their droppings. People who come into contact with bats or bat roosts should avoid dust exposure in areas where bat droppings are likely to be present. For this reason, bat guano should only be clean by professionals with protective equipment.
Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease spread by infected animals’ urine. Leptospirosis can be lethal to humans in infrequent circumstances. Although rodents and cattle are the most common carriers of this disease, bats are also susceptible. People exposed to the germs at work, such as farmers, veterinarians, and meat workers, are more likely to contract leptospirosis. Preventing bat urine from coming into touch with broken skin, your eyes, nose, or mouth is the most efficient technique to avoid contracting leptospirosis from bats.
Salmonella: Animal feces may include Salmonella and other germs that cause gastroenteritis. Close physical contact with animals such as dogs, poultry, bats, and cattle can also lead to illness. After touching bats or their excrement or urine, always wash your hands. 2Go To Source conditions.health.qld.gov.au -“Bats and human health”
Bat Control Services
The most effective way to get rid of bats is to use a method known as exclusion. Rather than luring a bat into a trap, the smartest thing to do is force it to leave and never let it back in.
When property owners call us with a bat problem, the first thing our pre-screened bat control experts do is figure out how they got in. When they identify the entry locations, all but one entry location is sealed. A one-way door is installed on the last opened entry point. As a result, when your bats go hunting at night (through the exclusion device), they won’t be able to come back in.
The Bat Control Process:
- An initial inspection will identify each bat entry point in your home.
- Each entry point is sealed (except one), and one-way doors are installed.
- Once the infested area is bat-free, the final entry points are sealed to prevent future infestations.
- Repair any damage to the interior or exterior.
- Safety equipment is used to clean the attic of all dangerous bat guano.(Insulation replacement/attic restoration)
Cleaning bat guano from a home’s attic is a regular task that most professional bat removal companies can accomplish. This type of job necessitates the use of special bat equipment designed to remove all material from attic spaces, including insulation, bat guano, old rubbish, and any other potentially contaminated items.
Special guano vacuums are designed to remove all of these contaminants at once, reducing the amount of time a business spends within a contaminated attic. These vacuums are pretty expensive, and only companies that perform this task regularly are able to afford them.
Preventing Bats After Bat Removal
Bats can enter through broken or ill-fitting screens, loose shingles or roof tiles, loose flashing or siding, pipe access points, cracks, and crevices in cement. To avoid an infestation in the future, make sure that all of these access points are shut/sealed.
Bats can be difficult to remove and prevent from roosting or nesting in and around your home. It is always a good idea to seek the advice of a bat removal professional to ensure they are eliminated effectively and permanently. Call one of our pre-qualified bat professionals today for quality bat removal services.
Get Bats Removed Today
There are many bat control services out there that can offer a variety of solutions for bat removal, guano cleanup, proofing, and control. If you take the time to check out the different remediation services, you shouldn’t have trouble finding what you need. Just make sure that you find a company that can offer all the assistance you need and that will work with you to make sure your home is bat-proof.
Preventative measures such as the exclusion for bats should always be conducted by professionals that can properly perform repairs. Bat removal can be costly and rightfully is because the skills and experience needed are highly specialized. To find a reputable bat control company near you, contact Animals Happen at 833-633-1120.
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