Bats are one of the most common nuisance wildlife species we handle at ABC Wildlife, and our clients always have excellent questions about what goes in to safely removing and preventing bat infestations. We are dedicated to providing the public with as much information as possible about all wildlife species, especially ones as environmentally beneficial as bats. Bat removal specialist Branden Dennison sat down with us to answer some of the most common questions we get about bats.
How and why did the bat get into my house?
Little and Big Brown Bats are opportunistic mammals that seek cavities resembling caves and other naturally occurring structures. Your attic is a suitable environment that allows safe roosting and potential for overwintering, at which point bats go into a state of torpor. Bats utilize echo location which helps them to identify small gaps that allow entry with pinpoint accuracy. In order to effectively avoid future bat intrusion, all gaps that are 3/8” to 2” wide must be properly sealed after exclusion has been performed.
What can ABC Wildlife do to remove the bats?
Bats are federally protected, and we follow all standards put in place by industry leaders such as National Wildlife Control Operators Association and Bat Conservation International. A successful exclusion project must first begin with a thorough inspection of all exterior components that exist on your home. Once we accurately identify all active entry points, we will design a plan that allows us to effectively exclude the current bat population while simultaneously sealing gaps that can provide future access into the residence. After the bats have been removed, we can supply sanitation and insulation remediation services to effectively clean contaminated surfaces and materials.
What can I do to prevent bats from getting into my home?
First, I would like to point out that bats are a necessary and vital component of our ecosystem. On any given evening, a bat may consume upwards of 3000 insects. Bat houses can be installed on your home, allowing a secondary option for roosting versus your attic space, although it is not a guaranteed solution or approach. Ultimately, the best course of action to prevent bats from gaining access into your home is sealing potential entries. This process should be performed by a licensed wildlife control technician who is a bat removal specialist.
If there are bats roosting in your attic or walls, call (847) 870-7175 to speak with a trained and licensed bat removal specialist. We are always happy to answer questions, and we are fully equipped to provide you with the very best in humane bat removal and exclusion as well as remediation. Our technicians have years of experience handling bat colonies and repairing areas that have been damaged by their presence. If you’d like to learn more about our exclusion and remediation process, you can watch Branden in action here:
Vito Brancato is a wildlife specialist and educator with over 15 years of animal and pest management experience. He is a certified Wildlife Control Operator through the National Wildlife Control Operators Association and belongs to the National Pest Management Association and the Illinois Pest Control Association. He is an avid beekeeper and nature enthusiast.