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Learn what it takes to get rid of bats on your property, how to accomplish it safely, and the risks and limitations of DIY bat removal.
About Bats – Nature’s Pest Control
Bats are the only flying mammal in the world. They are nocturnal, sleeping during the day in sheltered nests and flying out at night to feed. Most bats navigate by echolocation. The emit ultrasonic pulses and, by timing the echo, can visualize a detailed representation of their environment.
The size of a bat depends on the species. Smaller bats have a wingspan of a few inches and a body the size of a human thumb, such as the common little brown bat. The greater mastiff bat, the largest in North America, has a wingspan up to 2 feet.
A female bat will have one pup per year. In North America, they breed near the end of summer and early autumn and give birth in the early summer. They can live for years in the wild, with little brown bats frequently reaching over 30 years in age.
During the winter, bats will either migrate or hibernate when food becomes scarce. This occurs primarily with bats that live in cooler climates. Those in southern states, such as Georgia and Florida, can stay active year round because of the warm weather. For those that do migrate, they will typically return to the same roost when they come back to the area.
Bats have an unfortunate and undeserved reputation. They are associated with vampires, scary Halloween takes, dark caves, and deadly disease. More recently, bats have been demonized for their role in COVID-19, and have historically been blamed for rabies and other deadly diseases.
Bats, however, are good. We want more bats in the world. For the vast majority of people, bats are entirely harmless. Bats feed on insects, including mosquitoes. They rarely bite humans unless provoked, and while there are vampire bats in South America that feed on blood, most prefer bugs, fruits, and other foods. Even vampire bats prefer livestock over people.
Most bats in North America are insectivores, consuming insects as their primary food source. An average bat will eat more that 3,000 mosquitoes in a single night, for instance, making these animals key in controlling harmful insect populations. Other bat species eat fruit or nectar, and benefit the environment by pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds.
Unfortunately, their reputation has led to the mass extermination of bats, and their numbers have been dwindling. New construction and shifting populations have also cost bats their natural habitats and diminished their food sources. As a result, the number of bats across several species have decreased, making this animal vulnerable.
Federal law in the U.S. protects these endangered species, preventing them from being harmed or killed:
Florida Bonneted Bat
Ozark Big-Eared Bat
Northern Long-Eared Bat
Virginia Big-Eared Bat
Other species may be protected at the state level as well in an effort to restore bat populations. These local laws can determine how bats must be handled if they infest a home. Other common bats in the United States include the Hoary Bat, the Lesser Long Nosed Bat, Little Brown Bat, Mexican Free Tailed Bat, Pallid Bat, California Leaf Nosed Bat, Red Bat, Spotted Bat, Big Brown Bat, and many others.
There are well over 60 species of bat found throughout the US. While the behaviors between the species differ, almost any bat could theoretically cause problems on your property.
Bats as a Pest Species
Bats are immensely beneficial to the environment, and in nature are almost entirely harmless to humans. But in or near your home, bats can still be dangerous. The danger isn’t from a bite – although there is a risk of bite if you purposefully or accidentally get too close to one. Rather, bats – especially as infestations grow – create droppings, called “guano,” that are filled with bacteria and acidic to your property. Bat guano causes a terrible odor, grows mold, and can be immensely damaging.
Homes also offer a lot of safety for bats. Exterior shingle siding provides useful nighttime protection. Attics and barns offer excellent safety. Bats will find any space they can live without risk of predators and sleep comfortably during the day, and frequently those places are found around human dwellings.
Bat colonies that are left undisturbed, sometimes for years, can grow to contain hundreds of bats. Even smaller colonies carry risks. And while bites are rare, all wild animals will bite if they feel threatened. Bats are vectors of disease. Their bodies can host viruses that are harmless to the bat but dangerous to humans, so bites are considered serious medical issues. Bats are hosts for:
Rabies – Bats make up the majority of animal to human rabies transmissions with approximately 5% of the bats throughout the U.S. carrying the virus. They can spread it through a bite or scratch. While unusual behavior, such as daytime activity or an inability to fly could be a sign of rabies, the only confirmation is through lab testing so all animals should not be approached. Rabies is not fatal as long as it is treated immediately, but is almost always fatal if left ignored.
Histoplasmosis – This is a lung disease caused by inhaling a fungus in bat droppings. It is primarily found in the eastern and mid Atlantic states, and the symptoms increase in correlation with the exposure to harmful spores. The symptoms include fever, skin lesions, chest and joint pain, and can lead to long term respiratory issues, especially in those with weakened immune systems.
Leptospirosis – This is a bacterial disease found in bat urine. Coming into contact with the bacteria, especially if it touches an open wound, can cause fever, vomiting, liver and kidney damage, and can be fatal.
Bats are also hosts for many zoonotic viruses that have historically spread to humans, though the risk of bat to human transmission is extremely low. Bats can also scratch if they feel threatened, and while their scratches may not carry viruses, they may have bacteria like salmonella and they can be painful and risk infection.
Bats are typically not aggressive. But they can be aggressive during removal. The vast majority of bites and scratches occur when someone tries to handle a bat, either because it was found injured on the ground or they tried to get rid of bats without experience. Extreme care and special equipment must be used when cleaning after an infestation. For these reasons, it is critical to get rid of bats as soon as possible, and often a good idea to contact a professional bat removal company.
Know When to Get Rid of Bats With These Signs
Some bat infestations are clearly obvious, as you may see bats on your property. But others can be difficult to notice. Since these animals are most active at night and live in hidden nooks, knowing the signs of an infestation can help you identify one early on. Some of the signs of bats include:
Bats coming and going around dusk.
A buildup of guano (droppings) on walls, window sills, and ledges.
Rustling or chirping noises.
Black stains around holes where bats enter.
Odor from guano.
A single bat flying around your home is not always a sign of an infestation. Many bats will simply be eating insects they find in your yard before returning to their roosts nearby. Frequent bat sightings or other signs of bats, however, do require more investigation.
Are Bats Hard to Get Rid Of?
Bats are not an easy animal to remove. They cannot be quickly captured and carried outside, nor are there any fast acting treatments that force them out. Extermination, or killing bats, is rarely an acceptable option. In many cases, it is even illegal. The first challenge in handling bats is knowing they are present. Subtle signs are frequently missed, allowing the bat colony to continue growing and making it more difficult to remove when it is finally spotted.
During the removal process, some of the more common challenges include:
Bats will return to the same nesting place year after year as long as they have a way to get inside.
Bats will often live in small spaces, such as inside walls or attics, that are difficult to access.
Small species can squeeze through holes only an inch wide, making it hard to find how the bat got in.
Every bat, including the babies, need to be removed before holes are sealed.
As an endangered species, legislation determines when and how bats can be removed in many states.
Getting rid of bats requires patience, careful inspection, and a dedicated effort. Experience and knowledge of bat behavior can also help. Bat exclusion will require work that can range from installing mesh to more complex home repairs, and some parts of the process could require handyman skills.
There are many guides and tips online that tell you how to get rid of bats yourself, but it is important to complete the job thoroughly and carefully. Failing to exclude an area of your home risks bats soon returning, while ineffective methods could cause harm to you or the bats.
How Long Does It Take to Get Rid Of Bats?
The process for removing bats can take several days or potentially even months. This is because bats are not captured. Instead, they are allowed to leave on their own and prevented from coming back to their nest.
Adult bats leave nightly, or close to nightly, to fly out and look for food. During seasons that bats are active and babies are not present, effective bat exclusion can be successful in a few days. This gives each bat time to leave the house before you or a wildlife control specialist finishes exclusion by repairing the holes the bats came through. In cooler months, hibernating bats will rarely leave their roost. This makes them less likely to be spotted due to the decreased activity, and it also makes them nearly impossible to remove if they are found.
The other factor that impacts when bats can be removed is legislation. In certain states, exclusion is not permitted during months where bats are breeding or pups are present as it endangers the population. Exclusion during breeding season can interrupt mating, reducing the chances of successful births. Likewise, exclusion cannot be performed when babies are present since they will not leave the nest, and preventing their mothers from returning will cause them to die.
Because of these periods when bat populations are vulnerable, and therefore protected, it is not uncommon to have to wait several months after discovering an infestation to remove it. The times when exclusion is not allowed vary between states and climate, but are generally in early summer, late summer, fall, and winter.
How to Get Rid of Bats Fast
When you discover that bats are living on your property or inside your home, you want to get them out as quickly as possible. This is for your safety as well as limiting any extensive damage they might cause through nesting.
Humanely removing bats requires waiting for the bats to leave. The process simply cannot be sped up. Ensuring the process is done properly, however, is an important part of determining how long it will take. Both DIY bat exclusion and professional bat exclusion are, by necessity, not fast when done thoroughly.
There are some techniques that can help encourage bats to leave during the process. Not all have proven success or are used by professionals, but you can incorporate them into your DIY bat control plan if bats are resistant to leaving. These methods consist of making your yard less habitable to bats or tempting them away from your home.
Removing bats is a balance between the need to have the nest removed quickly and the need to keep bats safe. It can be a challenging process to handle, and the most expedient way is to involve a professional. They eliminate the need for trial and error that is often required the first time someone removes bats.
You might need to take some time to find a bat removal company that is dependable and humane. Yet once you do, they can inspect your home and get started with the right steps to have bats out fast.
Can I Get Rid of Bats On My Own?
Whether or not you can remove bats on your own depends on several factors. There is risk involved, so your comfort with those risks and ability to address them safely is essential. You will also need to be able to install the barriers or complete the repairs that keep bats out.
Like many DIY projects, bat removal has the potential to be more affordable than professional services. There are still costs to consider as you might need materials, tools, and time, but it is an approach that some people prefer when addressing wildlife concerns. The majority of bat infestations will be colonies containing anywhere from a couple of bats to hundreds, with larger ones needing far more effort to remove. In the case of a bat colony in your home, these are the steps to remove bats by yourself:
Inspect – You first need to find where bats are hiding. Start by examining where bats are entering by examining their flight during the evening and looking for signs of bats. There may be multiple places. This should give you a general idea of what part of your house they are roosting in, although you should search the suspected location, and nearby locations, with a flashlight to discover if they have worked their way to another area. This inspection can also help you identify which species of bat is living there in case any species-specific legislation applies.
Check Local Laws and Guidelines – County or state wildlife offices can typically assist you in confirming that it is both safe and possible to remove bats at the current time. Attempting to do so during mating, hibernation, or breeding seasons will hinder your efforts to remove bats. You want to be sure that all bats present are regularly active adults based on local bat life cycle calendars.
Seal Entry Points – If you can remove bats at this time of year and know how they are getting in, you now need to prevent them from coming back in. This is an intensive part of the process and can involve the use of one-way doors and construction materials that seal the breaches bats squeeze through. Care should be taken before any permanent sealing to avoid trapping bats inside.
Clean – Removing bats is not enough to eliminate the dangers associated with them. You will need to survey the location where the colony lived for any left over droppings that could spread bacteria. This step requires safety precautions to avoid the spread of contaminants. Give it a thorough clean, as it takes minimal remaining droppings to continue to spread bacteria.
Each step to get rid of bats needs to be handled thoroughly. By missing a step or not completing a step, you chance enabling bats to come back inside or leaving your family susceptible to future health concerns. An unsuccessful bat exclusion will often necessitate calling a professional in the end, and costing you additional money in removal and repairs. Note: Although rare, individual bats have been known to accidentally fly inside homes and get stuck. In these situations, open doors and windows and – from a distance – try to scare bats away. If you cannot find the bat, call a professional. Scared, trapped bats are more dangerous and should not be approached without experience.
How to Get Rid of Bats Safely and Naturally
Removing bats is a chemical-free process, so there is no risk that children or pets might consume a toxic substance as part of removal. The only exception would be if you are using repellents, either commercial or home remedies, that can be dangerous. Most of the time repellents are ill advised.
Exclusion is the most recommended and reliably effective method of getting rid of bats. Exclusion is the process of helping bats get out, but then blocking all entrance points so they cannot get in. The type of removal approach depends on the location and entrance points. In addition to one-way exit doors, At any time, you may use:
Exclusion is also not the only approach that some people take to remove bats. Other strategies that some people attempt include:
Build a Bat House – A bat house is essentially a wooden box that provides a sheltered place for bats to nest during the day. They are mounted on a pole, building, or tree. You can build your own bat house with online plans or purchase one. It is important to note that while bat houses offer an environmentally friendly option for bats and can attract them, they will not successfully draw bats away if they are already in your home. What they will do, however, is keep bats near your property safely, so you still help bats survive but give them a new, safer place to live away from the accessible parts of your home.
Ultrasonic Repellents – These commercially available devices emit a regular noise that supposedly deters many types of wildlife, including bats. They are placed around your property where animals are typically active or inside your home where bats are nesting.
Natural Repellents – Several repellents, such as scent pads, sprays, and others, are available online and at hardware stores. These can be applied with the manufacturer’s instructions and may prove effective in keeping bats away or encouraging resident bats to leave. Although many are made with natural ingredients, they may still be toxic to people and pets so use them with caution.
Install Lights – A flashing light in your fireplace or attic can be used in some cases to make bats abandon their nest there. Lights are best used with other bat control methods to prevent the colony from returning when lights are turned off.
Raise the Temperature – Many bat species prefer a temperature around 70 to 90 degrees. By placing heaters in the area where bats nest, you may be able to raise the temperature to 100 degrees or more, making the space uninhabitable. The temperature needs to be kept at this heat for several days to be effective. Make sure that you will not damage any belongings with heat and keep heaters away from any flammable materials.
Because bats stick to the same nesting area as much as they can, these are often more useful as preventative measures. They can also be used in addition to exclusion to encourage bats to leave.
Another method for both preventing and removing bats is glue traps. These are placed in attics and other areas bats are common and use a strong adhesive to hold the bat when it flies too close. These are discouraged. Not only are they inhumane by causing a slow death to bats as they starve – they put any animal at risk, including your pets, if they brush against it, and dead animals can also spread smells and disease.
Deterrents and Repellents to Get Rid of Bats
Some resources on bat control also provide inexpensive home remedies to repel bats using materials you already have around your house. These include:
Essential Oil Spray – Mint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, cloves, and peppermint essential oils are all touted as ways to repel bats with their strong smell. Others say to mix 2 cups of warm water with a few drops of essential oil and a half cup of sugar. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray over areas where bats are active. You should apply enough to dampen the area, but not saturate it. This will fade after a few days and will need to be reapplied.
Mothballs – Mothballs contain the chemical naphthalene, which is unpleasant for bats as it causes nausea, dizziness, and vomiting, but is not deadly unless it is in high quantities. Place mothballs in spaces bats may hide. Although naphthalene is registered for indoor use, it is toxic to pets and for children, if ingested, so keep it well out of reach.
Hang a Mirror or Foil – A mirror or a piece of foil catches the light and blows in the wind to alarm bats. You can also use a mirror in an attic or nesting place to shine a light on the bats during the daytime, making it unpleasant to nest there. These are some of the weaker techniques of natural bat control and should be used alongside other methods.
The scientific evidence for these methods is limited, and much of the support for them is anecdotal. Like other natural techniques that do not rely on exclusion, they are best used in combination with additional removal and preventative measures. They fail to address the larger underlying issues with bats, making them an ineffectual long-term solution.
How to Get Rid of Bats at Home
The process of bat removal involves getting rid of bats and cleaning up after them. Alternatively, bat proofing can be performed ahead of time by sealing areas where bats might get in.
Whether you are preventing bats or getting rid of ones already present, there are different strategies depending on the location bats target. You will want to avoid direct interaction with any bats throughout this process since that puts both you and the animals in danger.
How to Get Rid of a Bats Indoors
To remove bats at your home successfully, you will need to follow the same procedure that professional wildlife control uses. Exclusion physically limits the bats’ ability to come inside but must take into account the bats already present. You should prepare for this to take several days and some amount of work, which will vary based on how large your property and the infestation is.
After you have verified that it is legal to exclude bats at the current time, these are the steps to follow:
Find the Bats – Bats don’t make their own entrances or dig out burrows. Instead, they take advantage of those already in existence. These entrances can measure less than half an inch wide as smaller bats can fit through tiny gaps. If an entry point is not apparent, check screens, behind shutters, around soffits, around piping and wiring, vents, and chimneys. Locate where they are hiding inside as well, either by finding the bats during the daytime or collections of droppings.
Install One Way Exits – Exclusion devices for one-way movement are available in stores and are designed specifically for bats. These fit over any hole that bats are using to enter and exit and are equipped with a tube that bats can fly through to exit, but not back in again. You should install one on the outside of your home to encompass the gap.
Wait for Bats to Leave – Bats will leave each night, so this can take one night to a few days. You should inspect your home once more, especially those places where you earlier located bats hiding during the daytime. Only once you are sure no bats remain in the house are you ready for the next step. Missing a bat is likely to lead to a dead bat in your home that will cause odors and attract pests as it decays.
Close All Entry Points – When bats are gone, permanently close up the places they entered. The exact method will depend on the hole and can involve caulking, plastering, mesh, new screens or windows, new siding, new shingles, and other construction materials. This will keep bats from coming in later on. If you are unable to perform the maintenance steps, it is possible to rely on a contractor to fix the openings you’ve noticed.
Sealing up your home will force the bats to go elsewhere to find shelter during the daytime. It also keeps other wildlife from entering through those same gaps as the bats, preventing future infestations of squirrels, rodents, raccoons, and birds.
How to Get Rid of Bats Outdoors
Bats in your yard can be considered helpful as they reduce populations of mosquitoes and other insects. There is no reason to panic if bats are merely flying through around dusk or overnight unless you see them in a high-risk area of your property.
It is possible that bats can begin nested in sheltered areas outdoors where their droppings can collect and their presence might be startling. These areas include porches, soffits, and trees too close to your home. They can also be found in siding.
Since outdoor spaces are difficult to create a perimeter around, outdoor bat control relies more on deterrents. You can:
Cover Fruit Trees – If fruit bats are present in your area, placing netting over any fruit trees on your property will limit their access to food. This makes them more likely to go elsewhere to seek out sustenance.
Keep Lights On – Bats dislike bright lights. Lights during the night on a porch or surrounding your home can be a deterrent to bats. If you have spaces that stay dim during the daytime, placing a light there and leaving it on continuously makes it unpleasant for the bat to rest there.
Install Noise or Visual Deterrents – Stillness and quiet are ideal for bats. Placing noisemakers or moving visual elements in your yard, whether store bought or DIY, can make parts of your yard less tempting to bats.
Close the Inside of Siding – If bats are living under shingles, place a foam or filler underneath the shingle while the bat is out to prevent it from coming back.
If you still want bats around your property to help with pests, placing a bat house gives them a place to rest that is a safe distance from your house.
How to Get Rid of Bat Guano
There is still work that needs to be done after bats are gone as the health risks remain. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces where guano has built up and can lead to respiratory problems, but the cleaning will be more dangerous in an enclosed space. In general, this is better left to a professional who will have biohazard equipment, although a small amount of guano can be cleaned with DIY methods. You will need to use caution to avoid releasing particles into the air. Do not use a broom or household vacuum to sweep up bat droppings.
To clean up a small area:
Use Gloves – Wear rubber gloves throughout the sanitization process. Latex gloves will not work for this purpose.
Dampen the Droppings – Using low-pressure water, damped the droppings. A spray bottle works well for this. The moisture helps weigh down the dust to keep it out of the air.
Clean with Soap – Apply soapy water with a cloth or mop to remove all droppings. If the amount is large, collect the droppings in sealable plastic bags to be discarded.
Disinfect Area – Use a solution of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water to disinfect the area. Wipe the solution over the surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before removing it with a clean rag.
Dispose of Cleaning Materials – If possible, throw out rags and mops used in cleaning. If they must be kept, wash with hot water and soap and disinfect with the bleach solution. They can then be dried and reused.
Large accumulations of bat guano require special protective equipment (PPE). There is also a chance of dispersing harmful particulate matter throughout your home if it is done incorrectly. Cleaning after a significant or long-lasting infestation should be performed by an experienced professional.
How to Prevent Bats
With bats living throughout the world, any home or building could face a bat infestation at some point. There are several ways to make it less likely that bats choose your home to nest at such as:
Closing Off Holes – A bat can enter your home through a hole ⅜” big. If bats are heavily present in your area, removing holes around your home makes it impossible for a bat to come in. Some of these can develop over time, like cracks in walls or tears in screens. Others, like chimneys, dryer vents, gaps in soffits, and imprecisely fitted pipes, may already exist. A thorough inspection of your home can reveal a variety of holes where wildlife can enter.
Managing Pests – Most North American bats consume insects, especially mosquitoes, so keeping pest populations down in your yard will provide less food for bats. Seasonal pest control and mosquito control manages bats’ food sources. A professional pest control company can assist, or you can attempt DIY pest control as well. Effective pest control will also offer you protection from unpleasant insects.
Keeping the Light On – As mentioned earlier, bats do prefer areas with less light, so the brighter your home is, the less likely they are to live there.
Managing pests and regularly monitoring your home for any means by which a bat can enter are ongoing tasks, usually needing attention annually at a minimum. The reduced chance of a bat colony taking up residence, and the subsequent cost savings by limiting the need for removal and repair, are typically worth this effort.
How to Get Rid of Bats Permanently
Bat exclusion, and the restoration that is necessary afterward, is an intensive process. It is not uncommon for people to attempt it themselves, spending significant time, money, and effort, only to discover bats have not been removed. Other times they leave for the season only to return again in the spring.
If you’ve attempted bat exclusion or you simply prefer a professional solution from the beginning for safety, bat removal by trained and experienced wildlife control experts is an optimal solution. Depending on the company you work with, a wildlife specialist can remove bats, sanitize the area they inhabited, and keep them from coming back.
When choosing a wildlife control specialist for your bat problem, it helps to choose a humane company that has worked extensively with bats and wildlife, with all the tools needed to complete the job and all the services necessary to effectively seal a property. Effective bat control requires careful attention to detail and extensive work, and some pest control companies – including those that offer bat removal – may not perform all the services you need.
How Wildlife Specialists Get Rid of Bats
The response to most pests – insects, spiders, and rodents, for instance – is to call an exterminator who will kill the animals in order to get them out of your house. This isn’t the case for bats. Licensed professional pest control will only offer bat exclusion and removal, not bat extermination.
Professional bat control utilizes an inspection as the first step. This generally occurs at twilight when bats are waking up and leaving the home. The visual survey identifies any places the bats are entering and exiting.
As long as there are no regulations regarding the removal of the infesting species during the present time, the specialist will begin the exclusion process. This can take several days while each bat on the property is permitted to leave. When bats are gone, the final steps of exclusion keep them from coming back.
How Professionals Get Rid of Bats
Also called bat abatement, most professionals use the one-way door tactic around entrances. Bats leave to seek food, but cannot reenter upon their return. This is harmless to the bats who will simply move to another location to rest.
The wildlife specialist installs the one-way doors, usually in the form of exclusion netting after the inspection confirms bats are present. Each bat is then given time to leave the property. The wildlife control professional will return to monitor the bats, ensuring all are gone. At this point, the holes can be closed off permanently. This can be done using materials like:
New Roof Shingles
Exclusion works with bats in attics, walls, basements, and chimneys, as well as outdoor structures like barns or sheds. It is the method used with any size infestation from a single bat to a large colony, although the larger colony will require more time and cost. Many large colonies have several entry points, and addressing each one makes exclusion more advanced.
How Professionals Get Rid of Bat Guano
Professional bat cleanup uses special equipment to protect both those performing the sanitization and those in the home from breathing in harmful dust. This is done through:
Personal Protection – Respirator masks designed to keep out particulate matter and disposable clothing and coverings keep technicians from coming into direct contact with droppings. While this equipment is available commercially, professional sanitization uses equipment and training the technicians are already familiar with for a more efficient cleaning.
Containment – Disturbing the droppings by moving in the adjacent area and collecting them for disposal will inevitably release some particles into the air. To keep these from spreading throughout the house, professionals will take steps to close off the affected area to limit the air transfer.
Dust Control – Additional methods decrease the amount of dust that enters the air. Misters, special filter vacuums, and other tools moisten bat droppings and collect them without releasing them.
Once control measures are in place that will prevent organic material from spreading, professional sanitization then addresses any contaminated insulation. Many infestations in attics or walls result in insulation that is not reclaimable unless the colony was small. In these instances, the insulation is pulled out, securely discarded, and replaced. Droppings on hard surfaces are removed and the underlying area sanitized with a solution that kills remaining organisms. All waste from a cleanup job is disposed of as dictated by environmental standards.
Removing bats and sanitizing after an infestation is a process that takes several days and can seem slow as you wait to have your home free of pests once more. Yet professional bat control remains one of the surest ways to eliminate bats and the dangers they present.
Contacting a Professional to Get Rid of Bats
Because a professional wildlife control company or bat removal business is familiar with bat behaviors, the tools needed to keep them out, and their environmental impact, they can identify an issue quickly and take the needed steps to resolve it.
With the prevalence of bats throughout the world, in both rural and urban areas, there are likely to be several professional options for bat removal in your area. A company can confirm that bats are the animal you are dealing with inside your home, assess the size of the infestation, and recommend the right techniques to remove it.
Nextgen Pest Solutions offers professional wildlife control to customers in both Florida and Georgia, using humane methods and the most advanced techniques to mitigate challenges with bats. We can remove bats and keep them from coming back, or assist you through the process if you have handled a portion of it yourself.
Give us a call at 866-827-7231 when you need to remove bats from your FL or GA property. We can get started with an inspection, discuss your bat control questions, and provide more information on the best ways to control bat populations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of Bats
The cost of removing bats depends on the number of bats and where they are located. Removal from an outdoor space or soffit is generally around $50 to $200. Indoor removal can be significantly more, often priced around $400 to $600 for a medium sized colony. A large colony of bats can cost in the thousands to remove, although this is rare.
The various services involved in bat control, including the inspection, removal, permanent exclusion, and cleanup are often considered separate jobs that carry individual prices. Sealing up holes often runs between $20 and $50 per entryway. Cleaning can vary between $500 to $8400 depending on how extensive the work needs to be.
How Long Does It Take to Get Rid of Bats?
If bats are discovered during a time of year when they can be safely removed - there are no babies present and bats are not hibernating instead of flying nightly - they can be removed in a few days. Bats must be given the time to fly out of your home on their own, which they will do approximately every night when they go in search of food. They are not captured or manually handled.
In seasons in which bats are breeding or hibernating, bat exclusion will be unsuccessful because not all bats are regularly leaving the home. Some months must pass before bat abatement can begin. Your wildlife control professional or local wildlife agency can help you determine timelines.
What Should I Do for a Bat Bite?
Approximately 5% of bats carry rabies. Any bite or scratch by a bat should necessitate a rapid doctor or emergency room visit for rabies testing and a treatment if required. When treated quickly, rabies is 100% curable. Waiting until symptoms become apparent could result in serious health complications or death. Yet despite the risks, fewer than 10 people die annually in the U.S. from rabies, and most bats are harmless.
Do These Methods Work for Bats in a Business or Industrial Property?
Bat exclusion is the recommended process for all bat removal, so it is sufficient for all types of properties. Most business and industrial property owners select professional bat control for safety reasons and because the properties tend to be larger, meaning solutions must be scaled up.