Bat Pest Control and Removal Services

While bats play a beneficial role in the ecosystem, their presence indoors can pose health and property risks. Addressing a bat infestation promptly is crucial, but it’s important to remember that exterminating bats or using pesticides against them is illegal in the United States. Absolute Pest Management provides expert bat pest control and removal services that are both humane and abide by the legal protections that are established by federal and Texas state laws. Our process starts with a thorough interior and exterior inspection of your property to identify the severity of your bat infestation. Based on our findings we curate a customized plan to safely remove any bats and seal off your home to prevent future intrusions. 

If a bat is present in your living space during the inspection, our immediate focus is on removing the bat safely. Absolute Pest Management is equipped to handle bat infestations with the best professional practices and adherence to legal standards. Call today to schedule an inspection!

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Bat Removal Process

The bat removal process typically involves a combination of a bat valve and a full home exclusion to ensure humane and effective results. 

Bat Inspection

A thorough exterior inspection of the home is essential to identify any entry or exit points commonly used by bats. This inspection identifies holes or gaps measuring ¼-½ inch or larger which is large enough for bats to gain access. Evening inspections can be particularly effective for observing bat exit points because this is when they typically leave to forage.

Bat Valve Installation

After the inspection identifies all the access points, a bat valve is installed. This acts like a one-way door that allows bats to leave the home while preventing re-entry. Our wildlife specialists determine the best placement for bat valves so bats can find their way out of places like attics. 

Bat Exclusion

After installation, all potential entry points except for the valve are sealed which prevents bats from reentering the infested structure. This process generally takes 3-7 days and concludes with a final attic inspection and removal of the bat valve. The final step involves sealing the last entry point which ensures that the home stays bat-free.

Bat Exclusion

Bat exclusion is a measure aimed at deterring bats from entering homes. Bats are known for returning to the same place to roost every year, so it is important to block existing access points that they use to enter a home. This includes closing any cracks, gaps, or holes that are big enough for bats to infiltrate. In addition to structural modifications, reducing attractants around the property can also be beneficial. Turning off outside lights at night minimizes insect populations that are attracted to light sources which helps reduce a major food source for bats. Likewise, minimizing accessible water sources can also deter bats and other wildlife.

Exclusion is effective if there isn’t an existing bat infestation. However, it is important to inspect the property before implementing exclusion tactics to avoid trapping bats inside if they have already gained access. Due to the complexities involved in bat exclusion, consulting with professional bat experts at Absolute Pest Management is recommended to ensure humane and effective solutions.

Signs of a Bat Infestation

Identifying bats in your home is crucial for timely and effective removal. Bats often seek shelter indoors as indoor conditions are perfect. Places like attics, barns, and cellars provide a comfortable habitat that provides adequate shelter from predators. If bats have taken residence, these following signs usually indicate their presence:

  • Sound of Departure or Arrival: Bats are noisy creatures, especially at dusk or dawn. Listen for the rustling sounds of their wings in the attic or basement.
  • Scratching: Bats have claws that can create scraping sounds in the attic.
  • Chirping Sounds: Bats produce chirping or clicking sounds which can be heard at night. This noise can be echolocation which they use to hunt and navigate or the chirping they use to communicate. 
  • Bat Droppings: The presence of droppings, or guano, around windowsills or access points leading into undisturbed places like attics and cellars is a strong indicator of bat activity. 
  • Unpleasant Odor: Guano also has a strong ammonia-like odor. This smell gets stronger as the amount of guano builds up over time.
  • Oily Residue: Bats leave greasy stains near their entry points due to their oily coating.
  • Physical Presence: Spotting bats flying to and from your home, especially around sunrise or sunset, is a strong sign of bat activity. 

If you notice one or more of these signs, it’s advisable to contact a professional for safe and efficient removal. 

Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

This species is the most common bat in the U.S. While big brown bats can adapt to urban, suburban, and rural environments, they are primarily found in areas with dense forest cover. Their widespread presence across various landscapes highlights their adaptability to different ecosystems.

Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)

The little brown bat is predominantly found in swampy areas and has a diet mainly consisting of moths and other insects. An interesting behavior observed in this species is their occasional feeding on insects found on the fur of other animals, which can sometimes give them a vampiric appearance.

How Do Bats Get Into the Home?

Bats will seek out secluded areas like attics for shelter. Despite their size, bats can access homes through incredibly small openings. Gaps as tiny as a quarter of an inch (6mm) in diameter are enough for most bats to enter. Common entry points include cracks around windows and doors, gaps around pipes and electrical wiring, and vents. Their nocturnal nature often allows them to go unnoticed, as they infiltrate these access points when humans are usually asleep. 

Absolute’s Pest Free Process

Pest Inspection

Our process begins with a thorough inspection of your property. Our experienced technicians identify the types of pests present, their breeding grounds, and potential entry points, allowing us to understand the extent of the infestation.

Pest Treatment

Based on the inspection findings, we develop a customized treatment plan. This could involve the use of environmentally friendly pesticides, traps, or other methods, all designed to effectively eliminate the pests from your property.

Pest Prevention

After the treatment, we focus on pest prevention, which involves educating clients on how to minimize future pest problems and making your property less attractive to pests. This step is crucial in preventing future infestations.

Follow Up

We stand by our service guarantee and follow up on our treatments to ensure the effectiveness of our work. This allows us to make any necessary adjustments and verify that your rat problem has been thoroughly resolved.

Pest Maintenance

The final step is regular maintenance. We provide ongoing services to ensure that your property remains pest-free. This includes periodic inspections and treatments as necessary, giving you peace of mind knowing that your home is protected from pests.

What Damage Do Bats Do?

Bats, while ecologically beneficial, can cause several issues when they inhabit human structures. The damages and risks associated with bats include:

  • Rabies: While rabies in bats is rare, they are still potential carriers. This can be extremely problematic given the deadly nature of the disease.
  • Structural Damage: Bat guano can stain, and the accumulation of guano can damage ceilings, walls, and floors. 
  • Fungal Growth: The fungus causing histoplasmosis thrives in the warm, humid environment created by bat droppings. 
  • Ectoparasites: Bats can host fleas, ticks, and mites which pose their own individual health risks to humans and pets.
  • Noise and Odor: Bats create noise through squeaking, scratching, and moving in confined spaces like attics and walls. Bat urine and guano can also produce a pervasive and unpleasant smell.

Given these risks, it’s important to address bat infestations in homes immediately. Professional wildlife control and removal is often recommended, especially considering the health hazards. 

When is the Best Time to Remove Bats

The optimal timing for bat removal is influenced by their breeding cycle and migration patterns. Bats establish maternity roosts, where large groups of pregnant females gather to raise their young. This usually starts in early April. Laws prevent bat removal during their breeding season as exclusion strategies can prevent mothers from reaching their young which can cause the babies to die. Exclusion strategies are best implemented before this period to ensure that bats roosting is prevented. Otherwise, the best time to remove bats is after August when the maternity period is over, and the baby bats are old enough to leave the roosting site. This approach helps ensure humane and effective removal while respecting the natural lifecycle of the bats.

Why Bats Should Be Removed and Not Exterminated

 

It’s important to be aware of state-specific regulations, particularly concerning bat removal restrictions during maternity seasons. Removing bats, rather than exterminating them, is crucial due to their vital role in ecosystems and legal protections:

  • Ecological Importance: Bats are essential for pollination, seed dispersal, and controlling insect populations.
  • Legal Protections: Many bat species are protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956. Additionally, state laws often provide further protection to various bat species.
  • Ethical and Safe Removal: Professional pest control services focus on bat exclusion and prevention (bat abatement) due to these legal and ecological considerations. This approach is humane and respects the natural behavior of bats.

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How does an exterminator get rid of bats?

An exterminator typically uses humane exclusion methods to remove bats, rather than extermination. This involves identifying and sealing off entry points to the home, except for one, which is fitted with a one-way exit valve. This valve allows bats to leave but not re-enter which ensures they vacate the premises safely and without harm. Once all bats have left, the final entry point is sealed to prevent future infestations.

How do I permanently get rid of bats?

To permanently get rid of bats, it’s essential to use humane exclusion techniques. This involves identifying and sealing all potential entry points into your home, except for one, which is equipped with a one-way exit device to allow bats to leave but not return. After ensuring all bats have exited, this final entry point should also be securely sealed to prevent future infestations. Regular maintenance and monitoring of these areas are crucial to ensure long-term effectiveness.

Can bats be used for pest control?

Bats can be effectively used for natural pest control as they are excellent insect predators. A single bat can consume hundreds of insects, including mosquitoes and agricultural pests, every night. Encouraging bat populations in your area through the installation of bat houses can help control insect populations in a natural and eco-friendly way.

Is there a device to get rid of bats?

There are devices designed to help in the humane removal of bats like ultrasonic repellents and one-way exclusion valves. Ultrasonic repellents emit high-frequency sounds that are uncomfortable for bats which discourage them from inhabiting certain areas. One-way exclusion valves or doors allow bats to exit a space but prevent them from re-entering. These devices are often used in combination with sealing off entry points for effective bat control.

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