Exclusions & Removal in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont & Rhode Island
Bats are one of the most feared animals on the North American continent. Here in the North East, the two most common bats found in houses are the little brown bat and the big brown bat. believe it or not, the bat is one of the most gentle creatures in the animal kingdom. it is our only flying mammal. The bat is not aggressive at all. Most wild animal mothers will kill, abandon or even consume their young when put under extreme stress, I have never heard of any bat following these traits.
Most people realize that they have bats when they hear the bats crawling in their walls or ceilings, Find bat droppings in their attic or around the outside of the house or they get a lost bat in the house.
Bats DO NOT cause structural damage to houses like mice, squirrels, and all other rodents, Bats do not chew, they merely live in your house. The only damage that bats can do is the larger colonies of bats can have a build-up of bat guano (poop) and most houses do not have colonies that large, some do but most do not. We can give you a price on any clean-up costs if it is necessary.
One of the biggest fears that people have about bats is Rabies. Rabies is an acute virus that infects the nervous system. Some states make it mandatory to get rabies shots if a bat was flying around your house and you cannot account for every second the bat was there or if you wake up and it was flying around. For more information about this, we recommend Going to the website for the center for disease control http://www.cdc.gov/
What we do is make an appointment for an inspection, when we arrive we will look for signs of bats and confirm that you do have bats living in your house and give you an exact price to exclude the bats and seal the house from the bats re-entering your home and we put a 2-year guarantee that the bats will not get back in. If for some reason the bats do get back in we come back out and find out how the bats got back in, make the correction, and then extend the guarantee an additional 2 years. When you pay for an exclusion, you pay one time and that is it. If you have work done to the outside of your house after the exclusion all you have to do is give us a call before the work is done so we can seal the house back up afterward, we do charge a fee for this unless prior arrangements are made, but it is minimal and usually around the cost of our inspection fee.
We offer bat removal or capture, whether is a little brown bat or a big brown bat. Animal removal is what we specialize in.
Get Bats out of Your Home
Living with bats in your home is not something that anybody wants to deal with, but the truth is many people in the northeast will experience this at some point in their life. There are different methods to rid your home or business of bats, but we only focus on the legal and humane approaches. When you think of an infestation I bet creatures such as rats and termites are what come to mind, but a bat colony can also be menacing causing structural damage to the home as well as be harmful to the inhabitants’ health. If you are living with bats in the home chances are they will take refuge in the attic due to the lack of light and the fact that they will be mostly unbothered. It goes without saying that ridding your attic of a bat infestation isn’t easy, but it is necessary and there are methods to aid you in your effort.
It is very important that one tries to relieve their house of bats as soon as they discover the infestation. This is crucial because bat feces can not only damage the structure of your house, but also give off a horrible odor, and grow a fungus that causes respiratory problems. With this being said there are some things you should know before you start your effort to rid your attic of bats. The first thing is that you cannot use poison to get bats out of your attic and in the majority of states it is even illegal to do so. This is because even if you hate having them in your house bats actually serve a purpose in our ecosystem and help keep the balance of things in nature. Another road bump you may hit in removing bats from your attic is that the pups are born between April and June so you cannot extract them during the summer because the pups are not able to fly yet, so if this is the case you will have to wait. If these do not apply to your specific infestation then you are ready to start removing the colony of bats from your attic.
Now that you know what you cannot do in the event that you have bats living in your attic it is time to shed some light on how you can remedy the situation. The first thing you will want to do is locate the point of entry and make sure not to seal it off while the bats are inside your attic. This is important because otherwise you will trap them and they will slowly die and rot away in your attic, which is both inhumane and creates an unlivable environment in the home. However, if you happen to live in an area where the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit then the bats will leave your attic to hibernate for the winter. Once they have all left then you can proceed to seal off all the points of entry that the bats were utilizing to gain access to the attic. These points should be relatively easy to find because they have an excess build-up of droppings and urine. Unfortunately, this is not an option for those who live in milder climates where it does not drop below 40 degrees. For those living in warmer regions, bats will stay in your attic year-round which means you will have to use a different method. The best way to approach this scenario is to utilize exclusion doors. An exclusion door is an apparatus that allows bats to leave through these points of entry but not return. Once you have put these exclusion doors in place wait for the colony to completely dissipate from your attic and then take the appropriate measures to prevent this from happening again in the future. It is critical that you meticulously survey your attic for potential points of entry and make the necessary repairs. You will also want to clean your attic to the point that there is no longer any trace that a colony of bats once inhabited it. Make sure that all the droppings, urine, hair, etc. have been washed thoroughly and disposed of in the proper manner. This will greatly decrease the likelihood of this becoming a recurring issue.
An infestation of any kind is frustrating but it must be resolved in an appropriate manner. Employing the wrong method will come with consequences that could potentially lead to jail time. It is important to remember that no matter how bothersome the infestation gets these are still creatures that serve a purpose in the ecosystem. Bats aid people every day by eating thousands of mosquito-sized insects, and contributing to the pollination process. As a result, they should be treated with some humility even when we are ridding them of our attics. If you follow what this article says you will be bat-free before you know it. With this being said it is always important to check your attic for potential points of entry even after repairs in order to prevent this from happening again in the future.
The Signs of Bats in Your Attic and How to Get Rid Of Them
Unless you’ve experienced bat infestation in your attic, it’s probably not top of mind for you. But unfortunately, these uninvited guests are a sad reality for lots of homeowners in New Hampshire. Because of the height, warmth, safety, and cave-like feel of the attic, bats will roost there if given the chance. To learn more about bats in the attic visit batsintheattic.org.
So, what are the signs of bats in your attic? And more importantly, how do you get rid of the problem?
Let’s get right into it.
Signs of Bats in Your Attic
At New Hampshire Animal Damage Control, here are some of the most common signs of a bat infestation in the attic we’ve observed:
Bats are silent fliers. But when you have a bat colony in your attic, they can raise a racket, especially when coming and going. You will not hear their screech because it has a higher frequency than what the human ear can detect. But you will hear sounds of them flapping their wings or hitting their wings against the wall or roof.
- Bat droppings (commonly called Guano)
Bat droppings are elongated pellets that are small and dark in coloration – a bit similar to rat droppings. But unlike rats, bats pile up their droppings in a heap – usually near the entry spots. So if you find bat guano close to the window or roof, there’s probably an entry hole close by.
- Strong odor
You should also know that guano and bat urine can create a strong ammonia-type odor. If you notice this horrible smell from your attic, then there’s probably a bat colony there.
- Physical sightings
Bats are nocturnal creatures. This means they are most active at night. Hence, you might see them coming out of your attic at dusk and returning at dawn. Such physical sightings are a sure sign of an infestation.
What’s more, a bat might find its way into your living space. In most instances when this occurs, there’s usually a colony nearby.
- Oily stains
Bats produce black streaky, and oily mess from their skin. As they get into your attic through the entry holes, this oil stains the edges. With time, the stains accumulate and give off their presence.
- Ceiling stains
As bat guano, urine, and other waste begin to pile up in your attic, the moisture from these wastes begins to seep through your ceiling. And the longer the colony remains there, the more severe the stain becomes.
How to Get Rid of Them
Here are some strategies for getting rid of bats from the attic.
Bat proofing involves the sealing of potential entry holes into your attic. Most bats leave in the fall or winter to hibernate. Hence, these are the best times to bat-proof your home.
Bat-proofing is best achieved through a one-way door. Here’s how it works. All potential holes are sealed up except one. In this last hole, a one-way door is installed. This door ensures bats are unable to get back in once they leave. At the same time, it ensures no bats are trapped within your attic.
- Bat boxes
Having bats around is good because they keep the insect population in check. But instead of having them in your attic, you can provide them with bat boxes. These are artificial roosts designed to serve as alternative roosting spots.
There are several other ways to get rid of bats – like using ultrasonic repellents and mothballs. However, most of them are ineffective. Also, note that it is illegal to capture or kill endangered bat species.
If you’d like professional help handling your bat infestation problem, you can always count on New Hampshire Animal Damage Control.
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