Different methods for bat control depend on your specific situation. Each situation has its own special approach for removal. Three of the most common removal situations are outlined below:
- Bats who have flown in through an open window or door are called “accidental intruders.” They must be captured and removed from inside the living space of the house.
- Bats can also gain access to your interior living space from a roost site somewhere in your house. In this situation, you are dealing with an established colony and bat removal and exclusion is required.
- Lastly, bats may be roosting inside your home without yet having gained access to the interior living space. Removal and exclusion will be required to solve the infestation.
All three of these different types of invasions need attention. Bat removal and exclusion is not as simple as putting out bat traps, bat repellent, bat deterrents, or ultrasonic devices. These products claim to get rid of bats, but are ineffective and a waste or your time and money. Bat removal is the only true answer to solving a bat infestation.
“In Colorado, all 18 species of bats are classified by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) as non-game mammals and are thus protected by law. Only bats creating a nuisance in dwellings can be legally killed. Remember, exclusion is the soundest long-term solution” – CPW
Live Single Bat Removal Done Right
If you have spotted a bat inside or around your home, there is a delicate process to ensure that no inhabitants or the bat is hurt. Bat control professionals will need to determine whether or not the bat is diseased and if it has had any contact with humans. Here are a few things you can do before your bat control professionals take over:
- Keep all children and pets away.
- Close all the doors in the home, while opening up doors to the outside to allow the bat to fly out.
- Wear thick gloves, but not cotton gloves. Leather is preferable.
- Once you are able to get close to the bat, have a plastic tub ready to catch it.
- Make sure to have a piece of cardboard to slide under the tub once the bat has been captured. This ensures it won’t be able to fly out of the tub.
- If you are sure that the bat isn’t diseased or been in contact with humans, then take the tub outside, tilt it, hold it up, and let the bat go.
- Colorado State regulations state that if anyone has been sleeping in the same room as the bat, the bat must be submitted for rabies testing, regardless of the bat’s behavior or a person’s assurance that they had not been bitten.
Dangers of Do It Yourself Bat Removal
- There are no registered effective repellents on the market; use of any repellents is hazardous to your indoor air quality.
- Exclusion repairs often requires high ladder work.
- You may accidentally close some bats inside.
- You may not know if young are present.
- Winter hibernation inside the home needs to be ruled out before exclusion repairs are made.
- The potential of exposure to disease transmission, however rare, needs to be considered and precautions taken.
Prevent Further Damage to Your Home and Investment
Watch your home for all the signs of bat infestation and call us if any of those signs exist. We will be happy to explain the bat exclusion process and set up an appointment for an inspection.