Understanding the vital role bats play in our lives is key to their protection. Bats that find their way into home attics are simply looking for a place to safely birth their pups, or escape the cold weather. They are shy creatures that want to avoid interactions with humans as much as possible. In fact, many bats are designated as endangered species, due to environmental and human pressures on their colonies.
Bat removal can be done in a safe manner that protects both bats and humans. Timing is everything when removing colonies humanely. Due to their endangered status, bats are protected under the law. This is why it’s important to seek professional help when they decide to share your living space.
How Did Bats Get a Bad Reputation?
Bats being elusive night mammals with distinctive features has contributed to their mystery and many misunderstandings about them. Over the years, movies and media seized on a few bat details, which contributed to the problems of sensationalism and misinformation. These have proved to be serious issues to overcome.
Bats are neither bloodthirsty nor in the business of hunting humans. Sometimes they accidentally fly into homes. They also enter small spaces in attics and other structures they see as good places to establish their colonies.
Another misconception is that all bats carry rabies when, in truth, only 0.1% of the entire population is infected. Of the many mammals that carry rabies, bats are feared most for this reason.
Typically, the first reaction people have when encountering a bat is to try to get rid of it. This often leads people to attempt to kill bats that mean them no harm. It’s important to spread positive information about bats and their activities, to establish the critical role they play in our ecosystem and their individual worth as mammals.
When Can Bats Be Safely Removed?
We understand that having a bat colony in your home can make you uncomfortable, and pose health risks to you and your family. The important thing to remember is most bats come and go without any direct interactions with homeowners.
Most people first realize their presence by smelling their waste or sometimes, if the colony is large enough, by hearing squeaking noises. Since bats may pose a health risk and can be aggressive if threatened, it is always a good idea to relocate them when the time is right.
It is inhumane and improper to perform a bat exclusion when bats do not regularly leave their roost, such as during these times:
- Hibernation or torpor
- Maternity season
- Winter season
- Inclement weather
The best time for bat removal is determined by professionals. Humane wildlife control specialists follow protected species laws and make certain to keep bats safe during the entire removal process. They will then proceed to clean your home of any contamination and to seal up areas where bats could try to re-enter your home to guard against future intrusions.
Why Are Bats a Protected Species?
Bat colonies are increasingly under the threat of extinction. White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease, is a serious survival issue for many species. The spread of this disease has the ability to decimate whole populations.
By far, though, the single greatest reason for bat decline is human activity. Habitat decline, destructive myths and climate change all present overwhelming hazards. A vast number of bat species are currently listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable.
Bats serve an indispensable role in our ecosystem. They help with plant pollination by spreading pollen dust, much like bees and butterflies do. Their daily consumption of insects helps tremendously with pest control, while seed dispersal is another essential function. This is why their protected species status is essential for our global well-being.
Why Choose Professional Bat Removal?
Bat removal requires expert knowledge and training. Individuals should never try to handle bats for any reason. Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in Milwaukee so we can safely manage all wildlife while protecting you and your property.
We will conduct a thorough inspection of your home to determine if there is an active bat colony. Here are the steps we take for humane removal:
- Assess and remove
- Clear and clean
- Prevent and protect
To ensure bat conservation, we remove the entire colony while observing the law and employing our professional expertise in bat activity and biology. We want you to have good bat experiences, without needing them to live under your roof as unwelcome guests.