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Bat Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have bats?
Homeowners will see them coming out of their homes from eves, soffits, vents, ect. Along with that, there is usually bat guano (feces) that can be in or by various entrance points that will give evidence of bats inhabiting a house or structure. During the wintertime, it is usually evident by different sounds that a person will hear as they are trying to hibernate in a structure. As it gets colder, they go deeper into a house under the insulation and cavities of a wall so they can survive. Homeowners can hear chirping, squeaking, and scratching as they move around. Also, bat droppings have a distinct odor if there is a larger amount that builds up over time or in the number of bats a person might have in their structure. Bat guano is also different that mouse droppings in size and density.
Can I Bat Proof my own house?

Anything can be done. But it takes meticulous work and being very thorough in examining a structure for opening. It only takes a 3/8 inch opening for a bat to enter. Also, excluders are to be installed correctly. The position and location of the excluder are to be placed effectively. If a person just starts plugging holes without putting an excluder on, bats will more than likely enter the living quarters in its attempt to get out.

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Are bats beneficial?

Yes. They are even protected by the Government.

Worldwide, bats are a major predator of night-flying insects, including pests that cost farmers billions of dollars annually. Many bats thrive on an insect diet. A single bat can eat many small sized insects in a few hours. That can certainly make a back yard more comfortable.

Throughout the world, seed dispersal and pollination activities by bats are vital to agriculture. It isn’t just birds and bees that pollinate. Bats do also.

In addition, studies of bats have contributed to medical advances including the development of navigational aids for the blind.

Bats get a bad rap more than they should. It is true a person does not want them in their home, but they play an important part of this earth. And their very lives are in danger. The newest threat is the white nose disease. It messes up the biological make-up in their body. Its caused millions of bats to die.

Is it bad if bats are in my house?

Yes. Bats can cause many problems in homes.

  • Smell - Bat guano and urine have a strong odor and gets worse as the colony of bats grows.

  • Disease - Bats are known carriers of bat bugs and rabies. Although chances are slim one might be infected, why take the chance. Also bat guano can carry respiratory diseases that if inhaled can cause bodily damage.

  • Damage - Damage that guano and urine can have on structure can be devastating. Guano and urine can damage the products that it lands on. It stains and coats soffit and fascia that is difficult if not impossible to clean. With the cost of home ownership and repairs getting more expensive, it is important to remove bats from a structure as soon as possible.
How did the bat get in my living space?

Once a bat is lost or disoriented in a structure, they will look for a way out by following air drafts. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Attic hatches or doorways leading to an attic are just an example. It is not uncommon for us to lift an attic hatch for an attic inspection and see guano on top of it because of air movement. There are also utility lines and plumbing pipes going through walls and ceiling that lead to the attic and wall cavities. These holes cut into sheetrock and studs are sometimes large enough to allow a bat into these openings or even into basements. Old chimneys are utilized for venting. All these types of infrastructures can create opening that might be big enough to allow them to enter living quarters.

This is most likely to happen in late summer when young become independent and unusually warm days in the winter within a structure that bats are hibernating in.

How many bats do I have in my house?

It is hard to guess an exact number. Bats do live as a colony though. It is rare to have a lone bat by itself. If a person has seen one in their house, there is likely more. An inspection of a house or structure can give a determination of how large a colony might be, although it would be difficult to figure out an exact number.

How much does it cost?

There are many factors that dictate how a structure is priced. The style of house. (rambler, 1 ½ story, 2 story, ect ) business or commercial, pitch of roof, how many gables or dormers, type of roofing (cedar, metal, asphalt), ability to get around structure, or walk on the roof.

It is best to fill out the form describing your home or structure that is on this web site and then have us contact you. Or some people have been willing to take multiple pictures of their house from different vantage points and send them to us via a text message to the phone number on this web site. Or download pics with the form that you can fill out here. A simple look at the structure can give an idea of what is needed to get it bat proofed.