Bats are a welcome addition to your neighbourhood. A single bat can eat a surprising amount of bugs, sometimes up to 1200 in a single night, keeping the insect population in your yard surprisingly low. While bats make amiable neighbours, they aren’t so great as house guests. Find out below why having bats in your attic is a serious issue, and how our team at Skedaddle can offer humane bat removal services for your home. From a single bat to a large colony, we can help you find a new living space for these wild animals in your community.
Minor Noises, Major Problems
Most homeowners are alerted to the presence of bats with a few small signs. It rarely feels like an emergency, but you may hear an occasional scuffle, see a bat or two enter your attic from the outside of your home, or find a bat in your living space. Many homeowners think little of these issues.
Unfortunately, spotting a single bat typically means there are likely many more hiding in your attic. Bats are social animals, and hundreds of bats can live in a single colony. Your attic probably won’t support a colony that large, but it’s not unusual to find a dozen or more in a single home in North America.
It’s important to treat any sign of a bat issue as a serious one and work with a local team of professionals for thorough inspections and humane removal services. Waiting to take on this issue can result in severe home damage, diminished indoor air quality, health risks, and a large colony of bats that you need to find a new home for.
Damage Caused by Bats in Your Home
It takes a professional to evict bats effectively and quickly. Leaving these flying residents alone and hoping they leave on their own, unfortunately, isn’t an option. Even a single bat can damage your home and create health concerns for you and your family. In terms of your wellbeing, bat guano, or droppings, can carry a number of diseases.
Bat guano is extremely fragile and can become airborne if it is disturbed. Inhaling bat guano can spread Histoplasmosis, a major respiratory illness, and rabies to you and your family. Other than raccoons, bats are one of the most common sources of rabies exposure for humans. Bats can also spread diseases to pets in your household. Most homeowners think of bat bites as the primary danger, but it is rare for rabies to spread this way. Most often, viruses are spread through contact with bat guano, urine or blood.
These furry residents can also cause serious damage to your home. Guano piles can push down on insulation batting, reducing its efficiency in your attic. Over time, piles of guano can grow bacteria which is nearly impossible to trace or decontaminate on your own. This emits a strong smell, affects your indoor air quality and can compromise the structure of your framing, drywall and roof sheathing.
Humane Removal and Thorough Cleaning Strategies
Don’t attempt to remove bats on your own. DIY bat removal is harder than it looks and can cause you to come in close proximity with bats, guano and other disease risks. Removing bats with improper techniques can also harm or kill them, which for some species may be illegal. Don’t resort to inhumane techniques that reduce the local bat population but, instead, work with a professional to remove bats from your attic without sending them out of your community.
At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we start with a thorough assessment of your attic to determine how large of a colony may be residing there. Once we determine the scope of the issue, we identify all the possible entry points. Next, we install a one-way exit in your attic to allow bats to leave without being able to return, and thoroughly seal other points of entry.
The next step is professional cleaning and decontaminating. We use proper equipment and protective gear to eliminate the risk of a viral infection. Improper sanitizing techniques can put you at risk of rabies and other issues and may not properly disinfect your attic. If necessary, we’ll remove & replace damaged insulation and other building materials before restoring your home.
A follow-up inspection helps you remain confident that your attic is sealed. Our team can help you put up the, “No Vacancy” sign on your attic for bats in your neighbourhood to see.
Work With Skedaddle Today
Tell bats to split with the help of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Contact us to learn more about the dangers of bats in your attic and the benefits of professional bat removal. Restore your peace of mind and sense of home by safely removing wild animals from your residence without compromising your, or the bats’, health and safety.