As scary as they might look or popular media paints them out to be, bats are benign and even timid creatures. Despite the spookiness they invoke, we need them! Many bats species feed on insects, like mosquitoes, helping to limit their population. Just one little brown bat can catch up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in an hour, while a nursing mother eats about 4,500 insects per night. Other bat species like the Mexican long-tongued bat feed on nectar and help in the pollination of flowers. Over 500 plant species rely on bats to pollinate their flowers. Some of them include mango, durian, and guava.
Although bats are impressive, they can quickly become a problem when they conflict with humans. Bats love to reside in warm, dark, and high places. That’s why they reside on treetops, caves, under bridges, and abandoned houses. However, they sometimes find their way into people’s homes, residing mostly commonly in the attic, crawlspaces, or chimney. Here are some of the problems caused by them once they pick up residence:
At Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we can help you effectively remove bats from your attic, chimney, or any other place they’re residing in your property.
While there are about 47 bat species in the United States, only 26 species are found in Oklahoma. Since bats are a protected species, a license is required before they can be removed. Moreover, the bat removal process is not as straightforward as you would think. It depends on a variety of factors like the type of species, the architecture of the house, the size of the colony, the number of entry points, and the season, among many others. That’s why you should seriously consider hiring a professional wildlife company like Wildlife X Team Tulsa to attain optimal results.
A full inspection of the building needs to be carried out to determine exactly how bats are getting in and out. Since bats do not have the strength of squirrels and rats, they do not break into vulnerable spots. Instead, they make use of established holes. A bat can get access to a hole as small as 3/8 inch. Therefore, the inspection has to be thorough to locate all the holes.
Determine the Bat Species, Colony Size, and Season
The bat species determines what actions need to be taken. For species like the hairy-tailed bat, they migrate Southeast when winter approaches. Therefore, they’ll eventually leave on their own. But for some other species that hibernate, removing them before hibernation sets in is key. If not, you’ll have to wait until after the winter to remove them.
Removal of lone bats is easy when compared to removing a colony of 100 to 1,000. That’s why dealing with the problem on time is recommended since the colony size will still be manageable.
If bats are residing in your attic during their birthing season, you’ll have to wait for the pups to be able to fly before you exclude them. Any exclusion carried out at this stage will separate the mothers from their pups and you’ll have a bigger problem to deal with.
Exclusion is the most effective way of removing bats. After all the entry holes have been determined from the first stage, they should all be sealed up, except one. In the last hole, an exclusion device is installed. Once the bats fly out in search of food and water, they are unable to get back in. After all the bats have been excluded, the last hole is then sealed.
It is worth reiterating that exclusion is the ONLY effective means of bat removal. Repellents like mothballs are not effective.
Although bats do not actively damage structures, their guano is highly corrosive and will deteriorate metal and will contaminate the insulation material. Moreover, their droppings will attract insects like cockroaches that will spread diseases. That’s why it is important to decontaminate the infected spaces.
However, care must be taken because bat guano contains a fungus referred to as histoplasmosis. If guano particles are inhaled, this fungus gets into the lungs and can cause respiratory problems. A coverall and gloves must be worn to prevent the risk of this disease. After the droppings and other remnants are removed, the entire space should be decontaminated with an enzyme-based cleaner.
Due to the technicalities involved in the bat removal process, involving a wildlife removal expert is the best bet. Wildlife X Team Tulsa can help you deal with your bat infestation problem.