Bats are an unwanted, dangerous and expensive pest to find in your home. They are messy, leave unpleasant odors, and have the potential to be a danger to the health of you and your family.
As a professional bat removal company, we offer a comprehensive service which deals with the issue from start to finish, including carrying out a complete assessment and always finish up with a plan to seal your home, making sure it is totally secure and bat-proof to avoid any risk of a future infestation.
Bat removal can be expensive due to the high levels of skills and equipment needed. Despite the cost, it is a job which should always be left to the experts; attempting to carry out preventative measures yourself could make the situation worse, and you risk damage to your home and family.
Why Do Bats Need To Be Removed?
As well as being potentially hazardous to the health of your family, there is another very good reason for wanting to get rid of bats: the smell. Their droppings, or guano, is very strong smelling and will be deposited directly beneath their roosting spot. This is bad enough with a single rooster, but some colonies can reach 30 – 40 bats – all leaving behind unwanted gifts. The odor from the droppings can permeate your entire home, and is also dangerous for your health; they contain Histoplasma capsulatum spores, and if inhaled, these can result in histoplasmosis.
Removing Bats From The Attic
Bat removal is not a simple as just removing the actual bats from your home; the attic must also be thoroughly checked for signs of guano. This needs to be done thoroughly, eliminating all traces, and can be a lengthy and tedious process.
In addition, if bats are moved illegally during the bat maternity season, there is a pretty good chance that the pups will die. It is best to get in touch with a wildlife professional rather than a pest control company if you have any concerns. Our experts will be able to tell you the best and safest season to remove the bats and ensure their welfare.
Locating Entry Points
The first stage in any bat removal process is to locate the entry points. The most common location for bats to congregate is in the attic, and if you see one on your property, this is where the rest will most likely be hiding.
Bats prefer tight, dark corners and crevices, so identifying and locating them can be a challenge; this is another reason for letting an expert take care of this. We can offer a thorough and complete inspection, and will only use humane practices for removing the bats from your home. While they may be unwanted, the welfare, safety, and wellbeing of the animals must come first in all attempts to remove them from your property.
Home sealing is another essential element of keeping your home free from bats. Our service includes removal, exclusion, and sealing – this allows bats to be identified, removed, and prevented from re-entering, allowing the cycle to be broken for good.
The best way to prevent bats from entering your home is to cut off their points of entry, and part of this involves making sure that you are familiar with the signs that there is an issue. Staining and grease marks around openings are key signs, as are any droppings. You may also notice broken or damaged tiles on the roof, cracks in vents, loose flashing, or unexplained crevices. These could all be potential entry points and need to be thoroughly sealed.
Cleaning out the attic
As well as the other issues we have discussed, there is also a risk that bats will cause damage to your insulation, and this must be addressed and removed to prevent chances of reinfestation. If your insulation is not a loose-fill variety, this will need to be bagged up by hand and removed from the space; this will allow us to go in and vacuum any droppings which may have been left behind. This is essential for ensuring that all traces of the bats are gone, as well as being the only way to totally eliminate the smell.
Once we have removed the contaminated insulation, we will re-insulate the attic using the best material for your home, and carry out one final check to ensure that there are no additional entry points and that everything is left secure and clean. We make sure that the job is done correctly the first time, and this will help to reduce the chances of you incurring a second infestation.
The discovery of bats in your home is an issue which needs immediate attention, as they have the potential to cause long-term damage not only to your property but to your health. Contact us today for a complete, professional bat removal service, and get back to enjoying a secure, safe home.