Did you know that bats are essential to our ecosystem? Without our furry flying friends, we would have many more pests in our neighborhoods. Bats have a healthy appetite for bugs, which means fewer bugs to bother you.
Even though they play a critical role in our ecosystem, you still don’t want them living in your attics or crawl spaces. If you find a bat or two in your home, there are likely more hiding out.
That is how you know it’s time to call in the bat experts. Central Plains Bat Removal is here for you when you discover bats have found a cozy roost spot in your home. Contact an expert removal service today for help with your bat exclusion.
How to Know Bats are in Your House
The most common bat species that you will find in the United States is the little brown bat (little brown myotis). You may also find the Northern long-eared bat or the big brown bat.
These three are the most common bats we may find roosting in your home. Most times, bats will find themselves snuggling up in your dark attic for their overwintering phase.
They seek dark and undisturbed areas where they can easily access the outdoors to do their night time hunting. This is why you will often find them in chimneys, attics, barns, or wall voids.
Because of their nocturnal and roosting habits, it is not uncommon for a homeowner to go a few years before realizing they have a bat infestation.
Signs You Have Bats in Your Home:
- You spot a dead or live bat.
- There are piles of droppings (guano) in the corner of a structure or along a wall edge.
- You find droppings in your insulation.
- You see urine stains on your attic walls.
- You hear scratching or high pitch screeches/squeaks.
- If there is an entire colony, you may experience an ammonia odor from the guano.
If you happen to find a bat in a closet in your home, don’t panic! Bats often get lost when looking for openings in the attic. They may find a crevice, thinking it leads them outdoors, but they wind up lost in your bedroom.
The Inspection: Identify The Entry Points
Finding their entry points is the most important step in our process. Once you have called in the experts, we will perform an inspection and identify every access point.
While you may be able to establish the main exit point, this might not be the only vulnerable spot. Bats are capable of entering a gap 1/4” in diameter (that’s the size of a pencil head).
This makes it imperative to have the inspection performed by skilled professionals who are bat experts. Lack of training or experience can lead you to believe that gaps are too small for a bat to gain access.
Central Plains Bat Removal inspects the entire perimeter of the exterior of the home. We thoroughly inspect roof-lines, chimney chases, soffit areas, decorative beams, and attic ventilation, which are common access points or roosting locations.
Then we will inspect the interior of the attic, investigating from top to bottom. We look for evidence of ectoparasites (bat bugs) or contamination from bat guano.
Once the inspection is finished, we will provide you with a detailed quote and inspection report. We will discuss the plan for removal and can answer any of your questions.
Removal Process: Humane Removal
Bats get a bad rep, but they are so vital to our ecosystem. They are so crucial that they are a protected species. Therefore, they should only be removed from the home in the most humane way.
Stay away from any sticky traps or live traps that cause the bats to become stuck and die of starvation. Bat removal professionals do not use any of these methods.
Once all of the entry points have been identified, we start our removal process:
- We expertly patch and seal any areas of entry or roosting points with high-quality materials. This prevents bats from gaining access to the structure once the removal is finished.
- Next, we install a bat removal device over the main entry point. The removal device acts as a one-way door. The bats can exit at night for their feeding, but it will not allow them back into the structure.
- The removal device is left in place until we confirm all bats have flown the coop.
- Once we have ensured all bats have evacuated, we remove the device and patch up the remaining entry point.
- After we seal the entry point, we begin to clean-up and decontaminate.
The removal process varies for each structure. There are many variables to consider: the size of the colony, hibernation during overwintering, and maternal bat colonies can all affect the removal process.
Decontamination and Clean up
Bats roost together in colonies, which can result in large amounts of excrement. The urine and guano should be cleared by skilled professionals or bat experts.
We come clean and decontaminate in our personal safety equipment and respirators. The larger the infestation, the more likely the excrement is to seep through layers of insulation and drywall. In these instances, we come prepared with equipment equipped with filters that ensure decontamination and complete removal of hazardous waste.
Your decontamination could also involve the removal of compromised insulation. If so, we can install new energy-efficient insulation in its place.
We also treat the structure for any ectoparasitic bugs (these are small mite-like bugs that live on the bat). This is done to decrease their chances of migrating into your living space.
How to Know It’s Time to Call the Bat Experts
Bats are wonderful, valuable creatures. But they are best where they belong outside and roosting in trees and caves. If you find yourself with a bat invasion, you should leave it to the professionals.
The bat experts are well versed in humane removal practices and safety procedures to ensure the health of your family.
Central Plains Bat Removal has a combined 32 years of humanely and safely removing bats. We are committed to effectively removing bats from your residential or commercial spaces.
We are completely devoted to making sure your home stays bat-free. Once the job is complete, we return 6-8 weeks later to make sure the removal was successful.
We service South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Iowa. We are here for all of your boisterous bat removal needs. Contact us today for a free quote.