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How to Get Rid of Bats

Bat Removal, Control, Trapping, and Prevention

Wildlife Abatement has been answering the question of how to get rid of bats from homes and businesses in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi for over 5 years. Bats can often be found nesting in ceilings, chimneys, overhangs, soffits, or other voids in your home. Our professional bat removal specialist, Rob McKay, will not only humanely remove the bats but can provide attic restoration services after the bats are removed.

Bat removal is sometimes difficult. Bats are the only mammals that truly fly. They are also probably one of the most misunderstood animals out there. The fact that bats only come out at night and their ability to hide in tight, secret places probably only add to humans’ bat fear and superstition. Thats why our most asked question is easily ‘How to get rid of bats?’

I want to make it clear that the only legal, the only humane, and by far the most effective, way to remove bats from an attic is with a live exclusion. None of the bats are killed in the process.


How to Get Rid of Bats in 5 Steps

The first step is a thourough Bat Inspection: We have to find out how the bats are getting in and out of the building or house, where they are living, what species they are, and what damage they have caused. They usually roost in tight, hot areas in the structure. This means that they often roost in attics. They can leave millions of droppings, or guano all over your attic.

The second step is Pre-Sealing: Bats can enter your home in a crack or opening as small as 3/8 of an inch, so it is understandably easy to miss their entry points. We will need to be patient and thorough with our search. The key to a proper bat removal project is to find all of these areas. We never seal a primary entry or exit spot before an exclusion.

Okay now for the third step we have to set the proper Bat Exclusion device on the bat exit gaps and holes. Here is the general principle: the device has to be set on the exit hole or gap in such a way that the bats are able to naturally exit the building as they always do. They have to crawl out and fly out or flutter down through the device. They won’t exit the building if there’s an obstruction in the way. In addition, the device must be configured so that the bats are not able to fly back in when they attempt to return. It’s tricky to describe, and this is one of the reasons experience really helps in a successful exclusion.

The fourth step is the actual Seal Up After we are 100% certain that all the bats are out, we remove the exclusion devices and seal the entry holes shut. Bats live a long time and remember for a long time, and will attempt to re-enter the building or house for a long time. Perhaps for the next few seasons. But they are fragile animals, and they can’t claw or chew their way back in, so if we do our job right, you’ll never have bats inside again.

The fifth and final step is the Bat Clean Up or Attic Restoration If you have had bats in the attic of your home or building, then you have large piles of guano, or waste, as well. Besides making your house have a dead smell, guano can cause a lung infection called histoplasmosis that is caused by inhaling the spores of a fungus that is carried in bat guano. Pests, such as cockroaches, are also attracted to guano, causing even more infestation.

How to get rid of bats

What are the benefits of Bats?

So why should we care about bats? Bats benefit humans by providing important ecosystem services. Some bat species provide biological pest control with their voracious appetites for nocturnal insects, including crop and forest pests. For example, by one estimate a single colony of 150 big brown bats can eat nearly 1.3 million pest insects each year. A recent study published in Science states that bats provide more than $3.7 billion in pest control services every year. Since many bats help keep insect pests in check, expensive and toxic pesticides become less necessary. Thus bats help reduce the amount of chemicals in the environment.

How To Get Rid of Bats

We provide Bat Removal Services

What is a Bat House?

Bat houses are becoming much more popular, as the trend towards natural pest control is growing. Bats consume tremendous numbers of night-flying insects, and will work long hours for free if you simply provide them a home, so instead of asking how to get rid of bats people are asking how do i get bats!! The concerns relating to the West Nile Virus are prompting homeowners to install bat houses to help control mosquitoes. The combination of mosquito reduction along with less use of chemicals is a win-win situation. For those who have attracted bats by installing bat houses, watching the bats exit the houses at sunset to feed is a very enjoyable experience. Viewing their nightly feeding frenzy in the sky becomes a favorite evening activity for many homeowners. This is especially true if you live on one of our area lakes, such as Lake Bruin in St. Joseph, Lake Concordia near Vidalia, Toledo Bend or Cross Lake in the Shreveport area or the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson MS.

How to get rid of bats

What Kind Of Damage Can Bats Cause

Bats aren’t like rodents. They don’t really nest which means they will not tear at insulation, shred wires or chew through wood and pipe. While this may come as a relief it’s important not to underestimate the damage they can do. The biggest problem that comes with bats is the guano. Once it dries it can release toxic fungal spores into the air. The piles of urine and feces can contaminate insulation, rot wood and ruin ceilings. When it comes to bats this is where the damage comes from.

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So when you can’t figure out how to get rid of bats call Wildlife Abatement  your Humane Bat Removal Specialist statewide in Louisiana including Shreveport LA, Bossier City LA, Benton, Minden, Haughton, Greenwood, Big Cane, Coushatta LA, Monroe LA, Natchitoches LA, Alexandria LA, Tallulah LA, Zwolle LA, Many LA, Logansport LA, Leesville LA, Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, Lake Charles LA, Vidalia LA, St Joseph LA, Delta LA, Lake Pontchartrain Louisiana, Toledo Bend, Cross Lake, Caddo Lake, Lake Bistineau, Lake Providence, Lake Bruin, Lake Concordia, Lake St John, Lake Saint John. Areas we service in Texas include Texarkana TX, Wright Patman Lake, Mt Pleasant, Lufkin TX, Lake Sam Rayburn, Nacogdoches TX, Marshall TX, Tyler TX, Flint TX, Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler, Longview TX, Lake Cherokee, Martin Lake, Carthage TX, Dixie Lake, Lake Murvaul, Lake O’ the Pines, Lake Monticello, Lake Bob Sandin, Lake Cypress Springs. In Mississippi we service Ridgeland (my home town!), Madison, Jackson, Fondren, Brandon, Woodville, Centreville, Vicksburg, Beechwood, Bovina, Edwards, Bolton, Raymond, Clinton, Brandon, Richland, Flowood, Pearl, Byram, Florance, Whitfield, Neighborhoods around the Ross Barnett Reservoir, Sand Hill, The Mound at Lost Rabbit, Point Clear, Pelahatchie Bay, North Shore, Fannin Landing, Tunica and Natchez MS

Wildlife Abatement offers wildlife removal to industrial, commercial and residential customers. Wildlife Abatement can assist you in resolving your wildlife problems. We also specialize in attic and crawlspace restoration and decontamination. We pride ourselves in being the leaders in wildlife control with exceptional service. We handle every situation in the most humane way possible. We specialize in a wide range of humane wildlife control services including: bat removal, Skunk removal, raccoon removal, squirrel control, bird control, snake removal, bee removal, opossum removal and more. This also includes dead animal removal, damage repairs, waste cleanup, decontamination,deodorization and sanitation.

The professionals at Wildlife Abatement are trained to humanely handle wildlife control situations in the North Louisiana area. If wildlife finds a way into your Shreveport or Bossier City home, Rob will be able to remove the animals from your home as well. He will then identify where the critters entered your home to avoid future infestations. All methods and techniques used by Wildlife Abatement are humane and avoid stress and harm to the animal being removed. Never try to remove the animals on your own. This could cause harm to both you and the animal.

To get started with Wildlife Abatement for Bat removal and control services for the Shreveport or Bossier City area, call us today at (318)553-3006