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Bat Control & Prevention For Bats In Attics

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Diseases

Histoplasmosis is a very rare lung infection. Bats, dogs, cats, cattle, horses, rats, and other animals can be infected and can excrete the organism in their droppings. People who have contact with bats or caves, for work or recreation, should avoid exposure to dust in environments likely to be contaminated with bat droppings. It is advisable to spray potentially contaminated areas with water before cleaning. It’s important that this is done after the bat removal is fully completed. People working in these areas should also use protective equipment such as face masks, gloves, and overalls.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease transmitted via the urine of infected animals. In very rare cases, leptospirosis can be fatal to humans. Although rodents and cattle are the main carriers of this disease, bats may also be infected. Leptospirosis occurs most commonly in people who are exposed to the bacteria during their work, for example, farmers, veterinarians, and meat workers. The most effective way to avoid getting leptospirosis from bats is to prevent urine from coming into contact with broken skin or your eyes, nose or mouth. Hands should always be washed after caring for them.

Salmonella and other bacteria that cause gastroenteritis may be found in animal feces. Most cases of salmonella infection in Queensland are caused by eating undercooked or raw food contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The infection may also be acquired from close physical contact with animals such as dogs, poultry and cattle. It is assumed that some flying foxes may also carry the bacteria. Hands should always be washed after handling bats or their feces or urine. Source

Trapping

How do you trap bats? You don’t! That’s not how responsible bat removal works. In most of nuisance wildlife control, trapping is the prescribed means of getting rid of the colony. For example, if you’ve got raccoons in the attic, the best way to get rid of them is to trap and remove them. However, this does not apply to bat control. You do not trap and remove bats. You exclude them. If the bats are living in the attic or somewhere in the building, they have inhabited every little nook and cranny. They have crawled down the walls, in between gaps in the wood, and so on. You can’t just go into the attic and “get them”. You have to let the bats come out to you. At dusk, bats crawl out of their little crevices and out to their exit holes and then fly away into the night. You exclude them at that point. Now, it’s true that some bat removal companies will use traps. Traps do exist. However, they’re a ridiculous means of bat removal. They’re totally unnecessary, harmful to the bats, and not as effective as a proper professional exclusion after bat removal.

Damages Caused

A larger problem with having bats in your house is the strong, unpleasant odor that results from the droppings-called guano, which the bats leave. If a colony of bats is living in your home, then there is a minimum of 30 or 40 bats leaving behind droppings on a daily basis. As the piles of guano accumulate, the odor can begin to permeate throughout your home. The odor of the guano is bad, but guano also carries a threat to your health that can be fatal. Bats can also damage your home. They can chew into walls, damage insulation or damage wiring as well.

Repellent

Instead of hiring a bat removal company, the idea of using a repellent to deal with an animal problem is an attractive one, and simply spraying a substance into the area where they are found, or leaving a repellent on the floor below the colony is a very easy thing to do. The key feature of a repellent is that it needs to be very unpleasant for the animals and make it horrible for the bats to remain in that location, and there are relatively few substances that can do this like professional bat removal services with exclusion. With options for repellents ranging from commercially available products through to those made using a mixture of ingredients from the home, there are a variety of different repellents that are said to drive them away from a colony site.

There are plenty of reasons why repellents are not a guaranteed way of getting rid of bats like bat removal with exclusion is, but the most important one to consider is that bats will need a significant incentive to leave a location where they have created their colony. In most cases, unless you catch the colony very early before the bats have become settled, repellents will not usually drive these animals away, as the attractions of the locations will outweigh the discomfort caused by any bat repellent. This is why many bat removal products will tend to have a mixed result at best, and if you are really wanting a successful way of getting rid of the animals, then physically excluding them from the roof space or cavity will be much more successful in getting rid of the animals.

Attic Cleanup

The best way to remove contaminated insulation caused by bats or any wildlife for that manner is through a high powered vacuum after the bat removal has been done. Our company owns a 20 horsepower vacuum. The vacuum sits outside of the home with 100′-150′ of hose attached. This hose is run from the exterior of the home to the inside of the attic through an open window or gable end. If the insulation is not of the loose fill variety then you must bag up the insulation by hand. Typically heavy construction bags work well for doing this. Once all of the insulation is bagged up and removed from the attic, vacuum up any droppings left behind. Now the attic is completely removed of any damaged insulation or bat guano.

After the insulation is removed and the attic is sanitized it’s time to re-insulate the attic. Depending on the type of home will depend on which insulation we put back into the attic. Older homes typically we’ll use a cellulose because of the moisture in the attics. On new homes, we can use a batted or blown in fiberglass. Most attics these days require a value of R-49 to R-60. Meaning an attic should have 16-20 inches of insulation. Even if your attic does not need to be cleaned or restored after the bat removal process we are still capable of adding or replacing the insulation.

How to Keep Bats Out of Your Home

There are many different things to consider when it comes to bat-proofing your home after completing the bat removal. Bat-proofing is essential if you plan on investing the time, energy or money on bat removal. You should take the time to think about what you want and need from a bat control service, as well as how serious you are about taking care of the problems in your home. Of course, if you’ve never had a bat removal need, you might not think it is as big of a deal as people who have. Or perhaps you are aware of the seriousness of the issue and want to prevent your family from being affected by it before it happens. No matter the scenario, bat removal must be done if bats in the attic are present.

Bat Control Services

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 enough that even Batman couldn’t break through the barriers that professional bat removal technicians put in place. You should never take exclusion or preventative measures, such as the exclusion for bats into your own hands because you could make the situation worse or put your family in danger without the proper experience and knowledge. Bat removal can be very expensive and rightfully is because the skills and experience needed are highly specialized.

Exclusion

If you’re looking for bat proofing that works, look for a company that offers guarantees with the home sealing and bat removal. They will typically offer comprehensive bat removal and exclusion services that will get the bats out of the attic and keep them out for years to come. The services offered by the company should come with a guarantee so that you can rest assured that they will not get back into your house. After a few years, a guarantee that your home will stay bat-free is great, because age and wear can create new cracks and gaps that these little critters can find easily. Any gaps or cracks in your home to a pest looking for a place to live are like a neon sign on a hotel that you can see from across town.

Inspections

Make sure your bat removal company offers complete inspections and has experience. You also need to determine that their bat exclusion practices are completely humane and will offer you a way to ensure that your family is safe without hurting or compromising the safety of the bats involved. It’s not the fault of the bats that our homes are taking over their ecosystem, after all, so we simply need to encourage them to return to the outdoors and prevent them from getting into homes without hurting or killing them unnecessarily.

Locating Bats

Before starting the process, the bats and their entry point must be located.  Bats are fairly easily identified if there is one flying around your house, but if there is one bat there are probably others living in the attic, walls, or roof. They like to sleep in tight corners and even under insulation so it can be very difficult to locate them. Due to the difficulty associated with finding bats, not to mention the health risks associated with getting rid of bats, it is always advisable to hire a qualified professional to remove bats from your home.

Removal Process

Ideally, you not only want to remove live bats from your home or business but also all dead bats and bat droppings as well. This can be a particularly arduous task. Bats can be quite small, often able to fit through a hole the width of a dime, and their carcasses can be difficult to find. Bat removal during the bat maternity season will likely guarantee that the pups die in your building and potential health risks remain. Instead, contact a wildlife professional, NOT a pest control company to find out the best season for getting rid of bats from your attic or building. In fact, you should always hire a professional.

Preventing Bats After Bat Removal

You should try to locate points of entry by searching for bat droppings. Broken or ill-fitting screens, loose shingles or roof tiles, loose flashing or siding, pipe entry points, and cracks and crevices in cement are all common points of entry for bats. You’ll want to make sure all these entry points are sealed.

Removing and preventing bats from roosting or nesting in and around your property can be extremely difficult. It is always advisable to seek the assistance of a bat removal professional to ensure they are eliminated effectively and permanently. Call one of our professionals today for quality bat removal services.

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