Although bats are not protected on a Federal level, they are considered to be beneficial to our ecosystem and should be treated humanely. Each state has its own regulations and special permits are required for professionals carrying out bat control.
Bats are known to carry a few diseases that may affect humans, like rabies and Histoplasmosis. Although cases of rabies are rare, it is important to know how to get rid of bats safely.
Spire Pest Control offers expert bat removal services for all homes & businesses, carried out by licensed professionals.
Spire Pest Control’s programs are designed to relocate bats and not harm them. Our service primarily involves funneling to get bats out of a property or business and / or exclusion to keep them out.
Although homeowners can try to close openings where bats are gaining access, this is often difficult to do, as it can be hard to identify and reach the exact point of access. Homeowners may also not be aware of the importance of timing for bat control.
Any business could potentially be at risk from bats, however it is usually older commercial buildings, in need of some repair, which are at greater risk.
If your business is located near wooded areas or around ponds or water it may also be at risk as it is the insects found in these locations that provide a valuable food source for bats.
Bat exclusion measures should not be started until late July/early August, by which time the young bats have begun to leave their roost with the adults to forage outside for insects.
If exclusion is begun too early in the season and traps bats inside a home, this can lead to more problems, including:
Bats dying and creating an odor problem.
Female bats, which have flightless young trapped inside, will fly around the outside to find another way to gain access to their young.
Exclusion and funneling is recommended to eliminate the presence of bats inside your home and to prohibit further access in the future.
Funneling includes the installation of a mesh webbed netting hung over primary openings, which will allow bats to exit a property but not to re-enter.
This netting is usually left in place for up to 14 days to ensure all the bats have left your home.
After this time a permanent screening method will be used to block off the opening.
Caulk and copper gauze are just some of the approved building materials used to provide permanent exclusion.