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Bat Removal

Now serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

Bat Removal
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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Affordable, Humane Bat Removal and Control Services

The only time a bat should be killed is when it needs to be tested for rabies if a person has been exposed. The rest of the time there are enough effective and safe means of removing bats from your home so that killing or hurting a bat is unnecessary. Killing, harming, or poisoning bats is illegal and is punishable by law. Most bat species are state protected in nearly all areas in the United States. You may be committing a criminal offence if you intentionally harm a bat, destroy their roost, or disturb their natural habitat. Some species, like the Livingston’s Flying Fox, are considered as endangered and are federally protected by the US government. Other endangered bat species in North America are the Mexican Long-nosed Bat, the Little Mariana fruit bat, Virginia big-eared bat, Ozark big-eared bat, Hawaiian hoary bat, and the Gray bat. Nevertheless, no matter what species of bat you find inside your home or property, it is always best to leave it alone to avoid harming the animal. We remove bats using widely accepted bat exclusion techniques.

Bats are a very beneficial species that loves to feed on mosquitos! Some estimates 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 has this 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. They 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, and climate change.  Bats are being intentionally harmed and killed by people because of false myths and misunderstandings. There are rumors saying that 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, or 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 anaesthetic properties, making it easier for them to gain access to their victim’s blood. Their saliva are 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) then the pups would be trapped inside and would die of starvation. Then 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 can 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.

Areas Served

Now Servicing Chicago and the following Counties:

  • Cook – Alsip, Argo, Bedford Park, Blue Island, Burbank, Burnham, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Chicago Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Cicero, Clearing, Country Club Hills, Countryside, Crestwood, Dixmoor, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Elsdon, Englewood, Evergreen Park, Flossmoor, Ford Heights, Forest View, Fort Dearborn, Glenwood, Graceland, Grand Crossing, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Hegewisch, Hickory Hills, Hometown, Homewood, Indian Head Park, Jackson Park, La Grange, Highlands, Lansing, Lincoln Park, Lynwood, Markham, Matteson, McCook, Merrionette Park, Midlothian, Morgan Park, Mount Greenwood, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Ogden Park, Olympia Fields, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Park Forest, Phoenix, Pilsen, Posen, Richton Park, Riverdale, Robbins, Roseland, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, Steger, Stock Yards, Thorntown, Tinley Park, University Park, Wicker Park, Willow Springs, Worth
  • Will – Beecher, Crete, Eagle Lake, Frankfort, Goodenow, Lemont, Manhattan, Mokena, Monee, Park Forest, Peotone, Sollitt, University Park

We service all of Greater Indianapolis and surrounding counties

Marion County: Camby Crows Nest Indianapolis Lawrence Meridian Hills Southport Speedway Spring Hill Warren Park West Newton Williams Creek Wynnedale

Morgan County: Bethany Brooklyn Martinsville Monrovia Mooresville Morgantown Paragon

Johnson County: Bargersville Edinburgh Franklin Greenwood New Whiteland Princes Lakes Trafalgar Whiteland

Hendricks County: Avon Brownsburg Clayton Coatesville Danville Lizton North Salem Pittsboro Plainfield Stilesville

Hamilton County: Arcadia Atlanta Carmel Cicero Fishers Noblesville Sheridan Westfield

Owen County: Gosport Spencer

Brown County: Nashville

We Service The Following Indiana Counties

Lake County IN, Porter County IN, Laporte County IN, Jasper County IN, Newton County IN

Cities We Service  
Beverly Shores Boone Grove Cedar Lake Chesterton Crown Point Dyer East Chicago Gary Griffith Hammond Hebron Highland Hobart Kouts Lake Station Leroy Lowell Merrillville Munster Portage Saint John Schererville Schneider Shelby Valparaiso Wheeler Whiting
Service Locations By Zip Codes
46303 46304 46307 46311 46312 46319 46320 46321 46322 46323 46324 46327 46341 46342 46347 46348 46356 46360 46368 46373 46375 46382 46383 46385 46390 46391 46394 46402 46403 46404 46405 46406 46407 46408 46409 46410


Dealing with Bats in the Winter

Just got a call where a customer in Porter County Indiana was hearing something in their attic at night. Typically, that ends up being raccoons or mice, but they suspected bats because they had bat guano on their porch during the summer.

Bats have very unique time sensitive regulations guiding when they can be removed from attics in Indiana, which are laid out by the DNR. The first one is that between May 15 and August 15, we can’t exclude the bats from your homes due to the fact that a possible maternal colony may have non flight babies that may be trapped in the attic when the adults are excluded, leaving a environmentally beneficial animal with a low reproductive rate at risk. (It can also save you from having dead bats in your attic or walls, potentially saving you from an odor problem.)

They have some ecological pressures due to the White Nose Syndrome. The second time of the year when we can’t do bat exclusions is when the nighttime temps are below 50 degrees. Bats hibernate when it is cold and they are unlikely to use the one way doors used to facilitate the bat exclusion. The other reason is that when a bat that does fly out through a one way door, it is at risk of not making it through the winter. The stress of finding a new place to hibernate and finding food sources would be fatal.

Dealing with Bats in Wintertime

So how did we handle our customer’s situation? Well, first of all, she wasn’t happy to hear that she has to live with bats for another six months or so, but she understood. What we ended up doing, was to give her an estimate for the bat exclusion, take 50% down, and then spent half a day going around and making as much of her home as bat proof as we could. All we left was the two entry points that the bats were currently using. We will then monitor the weather and when conditions are right, we will return in the Spring and hang the one way doors.

 The reason for this is because bat jobs can take many hours. With the small window of time in the Spring to remove bats (roughly around the beginning of April to May 15), we wouldn’t have the time to get to our back log of customers and all the springtime mother raccoons with baby calls that we get that time of the year. Therefore, we have to give ourselves a head start.

The system works well, and we are good at what we do. If you hear scratching in your attic this winter, especially after a drastic temperature change, either up or down, you may have bats and may want to give us a call and get an inspection. We would love to help.