Little brown bats are the most commonly found species of bats in Pennsylvania. As they are an animal with migrating habits, more often than not, many misdiagnose an infestation with a “resting place.” Colonies of bats range in numbers but can reach the hundreds. More often than not, these migrating creatures look for spaces with multiple access points like chimneys, cracks, holes, and vents. Continue reading for more on bat removal and exclusion in Western Pennsylvania.
Bats Aren’t Bad!
While they get a bad reputation, bats are a crucial element to our environment. They keep our bug population down as most consume roughly 3,000 insects per night! With more of their habitat being destroyed, they are finding new places to seek refuge during the day. Did you know that some species of bats – including the little brown bat – are actually on the endangered species list? This makes eliminating them from a home or building somewhat complicated. In order to remove them from a structure, you must make it possible for them to exit the structure while at the same time making it impossible for them to re-enter through these areas.
Methods of Exclusion
There are a few methods by which bat exclusion can be done. The use of netting, tubes, or one-way doors are the most common methods of removing bats from a premise. First a professional must locate their existing exit and entry points. They can then use one of these methods to facilitate the process of bats exiting the structure. Utilizing netting is one of the most common ways of evicting bats. That’s because the bats can drop out and fly away, but are unable to crawl back in through the netting. A week is a fair amount of time to make sure all of the bats are gone. The next step is to remove the tubes or netting and seal these areas completely. After this has been done you should carefully remove all fecal matter (aka guano).
Protecting Yourself from Guano
Bats have an extraordinary sense of smell. Any remnants of guano will alert bats that the structure is a great place to stop during their migration (and you face the potential of this happening all over again). Bat guano contains a fungus called Histoplasma Capsulatum – bacteria that can cause severe respiratory problems. Always wear protective clothing and use a respirator during any bat cleanup.
The Best Time for Bat Exclusion
Bat exclusions should be performed in early spring or late fall. The reason being that the female bats give birth to their pups in mid-May. And these pups are not capable of flying for several weeks. Excluding the adults during this time would cause the pups to be orphaned and unable to survive. On the flip side, bats migrate in the fall. Meaning that this is a great time to seal the entry points and clean out the guano to make sure your structure is “bat proofed” for the future!
Bat Removal and Exclusion with Boos Bug Stoppers
When dealing with bats, you’ll want a professional with the proper equipment on your side. Bat exclusion and removal require an inspection in order to provide an accurate price quote. Call or contact us today to set up your free inspection or learn more about how we can help remove bats from your business.