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Bat Removal

Serving Greater Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Bat Removal
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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

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.

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 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

Northwest Indiana Wildlife Removal

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Affordable, Humane Wildlife Removal

We know that Northwest Indiana residents appreciate wildlife, and we all enjoy seeing animals in a natural setting. Nothing compares to the sight of a family of deer in a woodland environment. Squirrels frolicking with each other are entertaining, and a flock of birds in flight is certainly a sight worth seeing. However, when any form of wildlife finds its way into your home, you will likely need the help of an experienced professional. Wild animals can quickly damage the interior and exterior of a structure. A family of raccoons in your attic can quickly ruin your insulation, as well as chew wires or damage heating ducts. A squirrel that makes a nest in your attic could chew a hole in the ceiling of your living room. We are aware that once you have a wild creature in your home, you will need it removed as quickly as possible.  We want you to know that wildlife removal can be humane and affordable.

In addition to removing live animals safely, we are also available to remove dead animals from your property. If an animal has damaged your abode, we can help with the repairs. We are pleased to offer our cleaning services if a critter has left urine or feces in your home. Your satisfaction is our goal, and we hope to assist you with all of your wildlife removal needs.

Now Servicing Northwest Indiana Counties:

  • Jasper
  • Lake
  • La Porte
  • Newton
  • Porter

Squirrel Removal

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We are happy to offer squirrel removal in Northwest Indiana. Squirrels are adorable when they are playing outdoors, but a squirrel that is trapped indoors can soon wreak havoc in your home. Squirrels have sharp teeth that are designed to chew through tough surfaces. Because they build their nests in trees, they may find their way into the uppermost corners of your abode. Although you might be able to coax the creatures away from your home’s interior, we suggest that you leave this potentially dangerous task to us. We are experienced in the humane squirrel removal Northwest Indiana residents expect. We come with traps and ladders that aid us in taking undomesticated animals away from local residences.

Raccoon Removal

raccoon removalWe provide humane raccoon removal for Northwest Indiana residents. Raccoons are known for their intelligence and their capacity to create solutions to their problems. A typical raccoon is equipped with paws that can clasp and shred a broad range of objects. Raccoons are infamous for utilizing the small doors designed for your pets. Once a raccoon has entered your home, it may not want to leave. You could soon find yourself with a family of masked critters in your fireplace or attic.  We can help with the humane raccoon removal Northwest Indiana residents need. We can assist you in getting rid of that family of raccoons that has invaded your dwelling, and we will safely transport the animals to a more appropriate environment. Whether you have raccoons in your attic or digging in your garbage give us a call. We can help!

Bat Removal

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We also provide bat removal for Northwest Indiana residents. Bats are mammals that are capable of carrying rabies. They have tiny teeth, and you may not realize you have been bitten until you manifest the signs of this fatal disease. The safety of you and your family is our top concern, and we recommend that you do not try to remove bats from your residence. We will help you rid your home of one bat or several bats. Bats can enter your dwelling and give birth to their offspring. Before you find your home infested with a bat colony, contact us. Bat removal in Northwest Indiana should be done by people who are experienced at wildlife removal and equipped for the task. Once the bats have been removed we can also help you with the guano removal and cleanup!

Northwest Indiana Wildlife Removal Illiana Wildlife Services – Northwest Indiana (219) 464 – 7966

Carmel Wildlife Removal

Illiana Wildlife Services is your Carmel animal control and wildlife pest control experts. We cover all of the Greater Indianapolis metropolitan area. We specialize in the removal and control of animals in attics.  These are usually bats, raccoons, or squirrels, depending on the season. We are state licensed with the DNR for wildlife removal.

Once the critters are gone from your attic we can give you an estimate for any damage that they may have caused.  Animals can carry diseases like rabies or raccoon roundworm and that is always a concern, but usually the greater damage is due to the compaction that they do to your insulation, resulting in higher utility bills. They  can also put holes in roofs or tear holes in soffit and or fascia. We fix it all. In many cases the damage caused by animals is covered by insurance.

Carmel Wildlife Removal
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We think that the way  we price our jobs are a great deal for the customer. We quote a “flat rate” to remove the raccoons and squirrels from your attic and make sure they can’t return. Some companies charge per animal. You don’t know how many animals are up there. Contact us for pricing!

Just because we specialize from removing animals from the attic doesn’t mean we don’t take care of the rest. If you have ground hogs, skunks living under your deck or moles digging up your yard, just  give us a call for best pest solutions we offer.  We would love to take care of that for you as well.

Bats are more common than one may think. If you have bats in your attic you need a bat exclusion. Bats are not trapped, instead they are allowed to release themselves through the use of a one way door called a bat cone after every opening around the house that a bat can get in is sealed up. Since there are so many styles and conditions of homes we can’t quote this one over the phone but the good thing is we offer an inspection for a reasonable fee! So what are you waiting for?

Call us for all your Carmel wildlife removal or control needs today.

Carmel Wildlife Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Bats in the attic; How to deal with bats in the winter time

I just had the privilege to talk to someone on the phone about her bat problem and I have had similar conversations in the recent past so I figured it was worth a post. How do you get rid of bats? I have bats in my attic, do you remove them? I get the questions all the time. Bats are more common than you think and since the smaller bats can fit through 3/8 of an inch, most homes are susceptible to a bat infestation. I guess the answer is it depends. Keep reading to see what it depends on.

Bats are a very beneficial species. They feed off of bugs and flying insects, a large portion of them are mosquitoes. For a small animal they have a very low reproductive rate. Female bats raise one baby called a pup a year. There are some local species of bats that are endangered and bats across the country are dealing with a disease from Europe called White Nose Syndrome that is seeing massive die offs. However, just because they are beneficial does not mean that they should cohabit with people. Some bats carry rabies, parasites and their feces is a breeding ground for histoplasmosis, which is a fungal disease which when contracted has symptoms similar to pneumonia.

The most effective (and also happens to be the most humane) method of dealing with bats is to exclude them. Through the use of bat cones or valves, which are basically one way doors installed where the bats are entering and exiting a building, bats are “excluded.” No human needs to touch a bat, making this safe. It is also humane as no bats are injured or killed in the process. They simply leave and when they return are unable to get back in so they go find some place else to live.

Bats in the attic
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Now back to dealing with bats in the wintertime. Bats hibernate during the winter. For exclusion to be effective it requires the bats to leave and for them to not be able to come back, but they are not leaving they are sleeping. Potentially, there could be a warm up where the bats do become active and may become excluded but in the middle of winter, with no insect supply and no protection from the elements they would starve or freeze to death. Between the ineffectiveness of exclusion during the winter and the lethality of the exclusion process during the winter time if it does work, it is just a better practice to wait until spring time. While it is not illegal to exclude bats during the winter it is unethical. As a side note, most states do have a blackout period during the summer time when mothers are raising pups that it is illegal to exclude bats.

Most people are unaware that they may have lived with bats in their attic for months. A few more weeks until springtime won’t hurt as long as they are not entering living space where humans are. If you do find a bat in your living space call us for a bat control wildlife professional who can remove it and set it free or get it tested for rabies depending on the situation. While a bat set free will probably die, when the safety of people are concerned it is an acceptable loss.

Get rid of bats immediately. If you do hear scratching and think you may have bats in the attic you can call us. We will come out, do an inspection and verify that it is bats and not a squirrel or raccoon. If it is bats we can answer any questions you might have, make a game plan and schedule you for this spring. Our number is 219-464-7966 in Indiana and 708-320-0004 in Illinois.

Bats in the attic; How to deal with bats in the winter time
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Wildlife Removal is Busy This Time of Year

Wildlife Removal Indiana
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Wildlife removal has been busy this week. Just in the last week I have removed a skunk that sprayed a dog from a yard in Highland, raccoons from an attic in Gary and tomorrow I am going to an appointment to remove raccoons that have been damaging insulation in an attic in Crown Point. I also have an appointment set for Saturday to trap moles in a yard in Valparaiso.  We also have squirrel traps in a doctors office in Valparaiso. Animals are busy this time of year getting ready for winter. Don’t let them get established or cause too much damage in an attic before calling. They can trample insulation lowering r-value, defecate and cause thousands of dollars of damage in remediation work.

Just because we specialize in removing animals from attics doesn’t mean we don’t take care of the rest. Give us a call for any skunk trapping and animal control jobs like ground hogs, skunks living under your deck or moles digging up your yard.  We would love to take care of that for you as well.

Call us for all your  wildlife removal or pest control needs today!

Wildlife Removal is Busy This Time of Year
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083