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The exclusion technique meets every expectation of the conscientious homeowner. The invasion of a home is permanently stopped without dangerous poisons. Poisons have the capacity to affect pets and children. Bats that suffer and die because of poisons can be eaten by other animals, creating a chain of death and misery. It can also have a poor effect in getting rid of the unwanted home invader. In the case of bats, it is illegal to kill the animals.

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Removing bats from your attic can be done humanely with permanent results. It is an easy do-it-yourself project. Call us, we have a Humane Certification can be called. If it is not possible to get a professional, a simple guide can help you find the best, most humane, safest plan to rid your home of these uninvited guests permanently; all with a no-kill approach.

First, let’s talk about these amazing little animals. The bat eats an incredible amount of insects every night. There are forty-five species of bats in the United States. The three most common species are the Brazilian, also known as the Mexican Free Tail, the Large Brown Bat, and the Small Brown bat.

Bats hibernate in colder weather. In warmer zones, they may remain active all winter. They hunt insects with a form of sonar. They can be seen climbing upward and diving back down when an insect is located. They eat an astounding amount of night insects, like mosquitoes. This is the major reason bats are considered beneficial to humans.

Many of us look upon the bat as a flying rodent; however, this is not true. It is more closely akin to the shrew. Rodents chew to keep their ever-growing front teeth worn down. Bats teeth do not grow continuously. Thus, they have no need to chew your wood and wiring in your home. They do present a danger, but we will get to that a little later.

One fun fact about bats is they live mostly segregated lives. The guys, male bats, live in the forest while the females like caves and yes, your attic. The sexes do not colonize together. Caves and attics or even barns give the females a safe place to raise their pups from the prying eyes of predators. The females are busy raising their single pup from late April to the end of August. The pup was conceived the previous fall. The fertilized egg is held in dormancy until late winter or early spring. April through August is referred to as the Maternity Phase. Never attempt to rid your home of these animals during the maternity phase. A lot of juvenile bats would perish and cause even more trouble for the homeowner. Colonies can reach into the hundreds. That many dead could cause serious health problems for the human occupants and cause a lot of damage to the colony of bats as well. You can only imagine the horrible smell you will unleash in your home.

Are bats dangerous?

We have all seen the vampire movies where the vampire turns into a screeching bat. Although there is a species of bat known as the vampire bat, it is not a North American species. It is also true bats can carry the rabies virus. However, they are not known as a top carrier of the disease. Of course, anyone bitten or scratched by a wild animal should seek professional medical advice. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Bats are not an aggressive animal. Their main defense is to stay hidden or fly away. They do present a danger in the home. The danger is not the bats, but their waste. Because bats eat such a large amount of insects, they produce a lot of waste. A single bat can drop twenty pellets of guano, feces, per day. This waste product can get very odorous but the jeopardy comes from a fungus that grows on the guano. Histoplasmosis Capsulation is the greatest danger from a bat colony to human health.
 The fungus that grows on the guano sends out spores that can become airborne resulting in a flu-like disease that starts in the lungs and can spread to other organs. The damage is permanent. It is especially dangerous for the elderly and the young. People with an immune disease are also at risk.

Guano is also a hazard to your home itself. The urine and feces from bats are corrosive to wood. This can make for some costly repair work. A colony of bats can quickly cover an area in mounds of guano.

On the flip side, bat guano is highly prized as a fertilizer. It is very high in phosphate and potassium. If a large clean up is needed, saving the guano to sell can offset the cost of removal a little. Nowadays a homeowner needs all the help they can get. If you are a person with a green thumb and have a vegetable garden you can use the guano yourself to reduce fertilizer cost. Using organic fertilizer is much more desirable than using petroleum based fertilizers. Growing some eye-popping veggies that your family will love and reducing the grocery bill will also offset the cost of humanely removing bats from your home.

How to remove bats from the home, humanely and with a zero kill rate.

First, let’s talk about the window of opportunity. If you have a colony of bats in your home the most important thing to keep in mind is these are female bats with young. April through August is the maternity phase of bats. This is not the time to attempt removal. September is the perfect time frame for removal. Any earlier and you risk killing juveniles. Waiting later than mid-October, depending on your climate zone, and you risk freezing already pregnant bats. They need time to find a suitable place to hibernate.

The second thing to know is, bats are extremely beneficial to humans. So a no-kill approach is not only ethical and humane, it is the law in nearly every State in the Union.

The third thing we need to realize, poisons and repellents are not effective. Bats eat live insects. Poisonous pellets are not on the bats menu. Repellents are largely useless as well. Bats do not care if their warm cozy home is smelly or noisy.

This leaves the homeowner with one viable alternative. Exclusion. Exclusion is like trapping in reverse. It allows the animal to leave but not return. It traps the wildlife outside.

The place to start with removal is to find all the points of entry. This can be done by watching the home at dusk to see where the bats are leaving. You can also look for droppings concentrated in areas around the exterior of your home.

After locating all the entrance and exit holes or cracks, seal all but one with a polyurethane caulk. A crack or hole only needs to be as big as a nickel for a bat to pass through. If it is a large area, a 1/16 inch mesh can be applied. After all but one entry point has been sealed, a trap with a one-way door can be used to cover the last entry point. There are metal traps, as well as a plastic cone that is easily stapled, nailed or taped over the opening. The bats come out, but can not get back in. There is no need to flush or shew the animals out. They leave on their own every night. Keep in mind, they leave and return in shifts. The first nightly exodus is just the first wave. You can leave the trap in place for several nights to make sure any sick or wounded bats have had a chance to recuperate and are ready to get back to cleaning up the mosquitoes around your home. When you are sure they are all gone, simply seal the last entry and your home is nearly back to being your sanctuary.

A bat house can be bought or built and placed in your backyard. This will give the colony a place to go and keep the little gals close to work on your insect problems around your outside spaces.