Bats in the Attic

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The six basic steps to dealing with bats in the attic is as follows: 1.Figure out the species of bat 2.Find out if there are baby bats 3.Determine where they are entering and exiting 4.Safely remove all the bats 5.Seal up all openings 6.Clean all bat droppings

Obviously these steps involve some complex actions within each one and even wildlife removal professionals can find the bat removal process difficult. The key is that it needs to be done right the first time or the problem can be significantly compounded.

You should always have bats removed if you have them in your house. The bat colony will only grow bigger once the bats have young. Left alone, the bats can accumulate a huge amount of droppings, which will make your house stink. There's also the risk that the bats get inside the main area of your house and there's the potential that some carry disease.

The reason for ascertaining the species of bat in step one is mostly to find out when its birthing season is, but also to know the size and behavior. The second most important step is making sure that there aren't any baby bats. The main method of bat removal, and the only legal one, is to arrange for the bats to be able to fly out, but not fly back in. If there are baby bats, this will create a big problem, so it's important to find out this fact before proceeding.

Before funneling the bats out through their prime entry and exit point, the alternate points need to be sealed. A bat removal expert can easily tell which point is the main point and which ones are alternates. After funneling the bats out through the live exclusion method, the main entry point should be completely sealed off. Bats have long lifespans and long memories and they will often attempt to return to the building many times. However, they are not tenacious like mice or rats and will not try to chew or claw their way back in.

Once the bats are gone, it's important to have the attic fully cleaned. The bats have likely left quite a lot of droppings if they were inside for any significant amount of time. Urine should also be cleaned as it can corrode drywall and grow mold. Another aspect of a bat infestation is the odor and getting rid of that could involve enzyme cleaning, drywall or insulation replacement or fogging.

Bat removal is a very delicate process that must be done right the first time or it will make the problem much worse. Our pest control technicians are registered professionals who have considerable experience in removing all types of pests from dwellings.

Bats are important to the ecosystem, but you don't want them in your house either. If you have bats in the attic, get them removed right the first time by hiring pest control experts who specialize in bat removal.

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