Serving Greater Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
Affordable, Humane Bat Removal and Control Services
Discovering you have a bat in your home or attic can be a frightening experience but a little education can go a long way towards calming the nerves! First, bats don’t fly in people’s hair and only a very small percentage of bats have rabies. Most bats that end up in the living space want to be there as much as you want them there. Most importantly, do not get bit or scratched. Call a professional bat removal company. Not only can we remove the bat from your home, we can also get rid of any bats that may be in your attic (where the bat in your home probably originated from) and we prevent bats in your home from ever happening again.
The process of getting rid of bats in your attic is called a bat exclusion. Bats can get into tiny spots. A 3/8 of an inch crack is all they need. And they don’t build a new home bat proof! We need to go around and seal up those spots. As we go around and seal those spots we hang one way doors or bat cones to allow any bats that are in the attic to exit humanely. We then come back and remove the one way doors after the bats have exited for an aesthetic repair.
Bats are a very beneficial species that love to feed on mosquitoes! Some estimate as much as 1200 an hour. Many species of bats are endangered and protected. The two most commonly found bats in Indiana and Illinois are the Big Brown Bat and Little Brown Bat. They are very similar and the two species of bats most found in attics in this area. Both species also share similarities in appearance. They both have soft, brown fur that ranges from dark brown to a lighter cinnamon-brown color. Little Brown Bats are the most common species of bats in the US and Canada and has a wingspan that ranges between 9.02 inches to 10.59 inches. Little Brown Bats also have smooth, shiny fur and have a deep brown color. The Big Brown Bat has a wingspan that ranges between 12.80 inches to 13.78 inches and they have no distinguishable markings on its fur. They have copper-colored fur and also have noticeably large noses relative to the size of their face. Untrained individuals may be unable to differentiate the two species at first glance which is why they are often mistaken for one another. While they are not endangered they are under pressure as a species. White Nose Syndrome and a low reproductive rate mean that bats should be removed from your home as humanely as possible. There are a lot of factors that threaten numerous bat species around the world, this include pesticides, deforestation, wind energy turbines, white nose syndrome and climate change. Bats are being intentionally harmed and killed by people because of false myths and misunderstandings. There are rumors saying bats are blind or that they intentionally fly and get tangled into your hair. There is also this false belief that bats are more prone to rabies when in fact, they are just as prone to rabies as any other mammal like dogs and cats. When bats accidentally fly into your home, they are more terrified than you are. Panicking and swatting the bat will only make the situation worse. The best thing to do in this situation is to leave the room and call a licensed professional.
July is the month when female bats are nursing their young pups so make sure that you don’t attempt to exclude them yourself during this month. If you exclude the adult female bat, you may be left with the young pups that will soon die from starvation. These dead pups can eventually stink up your home or establishment.
Before attempting to capture a bat, keep in mind that these animals are precious to the environment and several organizations are exerting their efforts for the conservation of all bat species. If bats become completely endangered, the population of insects will inevitably rise due to the lack of their natural predators.
Guidelines For Dealing With Bats
If you get a single bat in your house the best thing to do is make sure you know what room it is in, remove all people and pets, close the door and call us to remove it. Never attempt to capture and hold the bats with your bare hands. They have sharp claws and teeth that can easily cut through your skin. There have been cases where the person who has been bit by the animal didn’t even feel any pain. Bats can carry rabies, which is an incurable disease if not treated immediately. It is recommended that any time a bat is found in a room with small children, incapacitated (inebriated maybe) or sleeping people that the bat be tested for rabies. A bat’s teeth are very small and you may not know that you have been bitten. Small bites may need to be observed closely by medical professionals just to make sure that they are indeed bat bites. Common Vampire bats feed on the blood of mammals, this includes humans. They are armed with extremely sharp teeth and their saliva contains anesthetic properties, making it easier for them to gain access to their victim’s blood. Their saliva is also anti-coagulant, this prevents the formation of blood clots so the bat can freely lap on the bite wound. Be on the safe side and get the bat tested quickly. Once rabies symptoms appear, it can no longer be cured so do not wait.
If you have a colony of bats living in your attic or somewhere else in your home you should call us as well. There are many time sensitive issues in dealing with bats that we are aware of and comply with. For example from approximately June 1st to August 15th bats are raising babies called pups. Mothers leave their babies in the attic and go out and feed and come back. If we initiate an exclusion (how we get rid of bats through the use of one way doors; they leave and can’t come back, problem solved) but then the pups would be trapped inside and would die of starvation. Your attic might start to stink. The other period of time not to do an exclusion is in the middle of winter. It isn’t effective as the bats are not leaving nightly to feed on bugs (because there are none). Bats hibernate during the winter; they rarely eat anything and spend their time sleeping inside their roosts. Just better to wait until spring!
August is peak season for bat removal inquiries but you may notice you have a problem any time of the year.
For more information about bat biology check out his link to the University of Illinois.
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