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Since time immemorial, bats have gotten a reputation as cringe-worthy blood-sucking monsters. But regardless of what may spook us about bats, they are one of the most important species on the planet because of the role they play in the ecosystem.
Some bat species help to control the insect population, while others help with the pollination of several plants and fruits that we love. Little wonder bats are a protected species in the United States.
But when you have a bat colony in your attic, chimney, or any other part of your building, it’s hard to think about their environmental benefits when all you can see is the destruction they cause. Most notably, bats leave lots of droppings also called guano.
Bat guano is acidic, and as it accumulates, it can degrade the structure of your home by causing corrosion, stains, and wood decay. What’s more, it contains a fungal spore that can result in histoplasmosis ( a severe lung infection) when inhaled.
Hence, getting rid of them as soon as possible is a must. But bat removal is a complex job that requires an adequate understanding of bat behavior. That’s why you can never go wrong by working with professionals like A Team Services. We specialize in bat removal in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California.
Bat Removal Process
As noted earlier, bat removal is a complex job that requires professional knowledge and even patience. But in general, here’s how the process works:
Before you begin the removal process, you must first confirm the presence of bats on your property. Some of the common signs of infestation to look out for include:
- The presence of small elongated droppings around the perimeter of your home.
- You hear noises from your wall, attic, or ceiling.
- You notice the discoloration of your soffit, drywall, or fascia boards.
- Physical sightings.
But that’s not all. You also need to answer other important questions: Where are the bats residing in my property/building? What type of bat species am I dealing with? What is their birthing season?
Knowing the birthing season of the bat species you’re dealing with is very important. Why? Because the last thing you want is to exclude the mothers while their pups remain stuck in your house. If that happens, the pups will die, and you’ll have a bigger problem at hand.
Unlike rodents, bats do not chew their way into buildings. So, if you have bats inside your building, then it must have gotten in through some entry holes. This could be a space in the vent or ridge cap—holes caused by missing boards or bricks or roof tiles.
Inspection is important because it allows you to figure out exactly how bats are coming in and out. That way, you know what to seal off.
Exclusion is the best method for handling a bat infestation problem because it is humane. And since bats are a protected species, exclusion helps you avoid legal troubles.
Now that you’ve figured out the entry holes, it’s time to seal them up, leaving only the main entrance open. You can use winding screening or hardware cloth to seal large holes. Expanding foam or caulk can be used to seal small holes.
In the main entrance, install an exclusion device, whether netting, funnels, or cones. In general, exclusion devices allow bats to fly out of your home, but it prevents them from flying back in. The best time to install an exclusion device is at night when the bats are out to feed.
Within three to seven days, all the bats should have left your building. Once you confirm that is the case, you can remove the exclusion device and seal up the main entrance.
Without expert knowledge, it’s difficult to perform exclusion correctly. But not to worry, A-Team Services can take that burden off your shoulders.
- Clean Up and Repairs
Depending on the size of the bat colony, bat guano can quickly accumulate and contaminate the infected space. That’s why you need a thorough clean-up, sanitation, and decontamination. Ensure that you put on protective clothing, hand gloves, and a respirator before entering the infected area.
Scrape off the droppings. And more importantly, disinfect the entire area with an enzyme-based cleaner to kill fungal spores and other pathogens.
Since bat guano also leads to the deterioration of home structures, you also need to fix all the damages done by the bat colony. This may include replacing the insulation or wood, among many other possibilities.
A Team Services is Here for You
Bat removal should never be done as a DIY project. This is because of the complexity of the job, as well as the health risk posed by bats and their droppings. But thankfully, A-Team Services can provide effective and affordable bat removal for your Los Angeles or Orange County property. Promptly contact us today.