Of all the species of wildlife we remove, bats are our personal favorites. Bats provide a huge service to us and are a severely misunderstood mammal. They are also difficult to humanely remove from your home and should always be left to a professional. When we are presented with a problem, many of us turn to google for the solution and unfortunately this can lead to false information or bad advice from a “how to” website. We came across such a case last week.
The customer had googled “how to get rid of bats” and proceeded to use the suggestions and techniques suggested by a “do it yourself” websites. The customer waited for the bats to leave at night believing they only use one entrance or exit on the home and all the bats leave every night, both of which are untrue. Once they thought the last one had left they quickly pitched a ladder and sealed the hole. Believing the bats were gone, the next day the customers removed the contaminated insulation and bat droppings which is also very unsafe. You can read more about histoplasmosis and the dangers of bird and bat droppings here and here. With the contaminated insulation gone, brand new insulation was blown in. Two weeks later the customer went into the attic to see how much the insulation had settled and discovered fresh piles of bat droppings. Bats were still coming in and out of the home all the hard work that had been was for nothing and customer had put his health at risk. That’s when they decided to call the professionals.
All wildlife removal, not just bat removal, should be handled by a professional the first time. Professional wildlife removal companies know how to get rid bats and other animals safely, properly and permanently. If you would like more information on our bat removal techniques you can click here or give us call!