Bats in the Belfry!

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When a bat is noticed inside a building the FIRST step is to determine if there has been any exposure to pets or individuals. If there is any uncertainty if exposure occurred, the bat should be captured then submitted to the local health department for rabies testing. This can be done by hiring a bat management professional like GREEN FROG PEST SOLUTIONS in Baxley Ga.

In 2007, over 25% of all bats tested in the United States showed positive samples for the rabies virus. Different studies have shown that the potential infection of rabies in wild bats is between 0.5% and 4% based on species and the situation. Rabies is fatal unless treated! Any concern with bat exposure and rabies needs to be addressed with your medical provider as soon as possible.

If there has not been any exposure to pets or individuals in the building, GREEN FROG PEST SOLUTIONS in Baxley Ga . will use several different techniques to remove the bat. The simplest technique is to open any windows or doors in the room the bat is currently in to allow the bat to fly back outside. As a bat management professional I have not seen this method prove to be very effective; however, it does occasionally work. In my experience it does not matter if the lights are left on or turned off for the bat to fly. If the bat will not leave, use the previously described method to capture it, but once captured take the bat outside of the building then remove the cardboard to release it. If the bat does not fly away we will go to step two.

We may write down the time the bat was noticed inside the building as well as the current weather conditions. Then we can check your home for open windows, doors with gaps, storm windows not sealed, and make sure the fireplace damper is closed. To see how small an opening is required for a bat to enter, take a regular BIC pen and cover the pen starting at the "A" in USA down to the tip. The remaining portion of the pen is roughly the size of a crack or opening an adult bat needs to enter a building. When looking for access areas do not limit your search to only the room where the bat was first seen. Bats climb more than people realize and will crawl underneath doors to move from one room to another before taking flight again. It is also very common for individual bats to enter buildings from gaps in windows created by installing a window air conditioner. We can be hired to perform an inspection and risk assessment of your home.

Once the inspection has been completed, the bat management professional should discuss their findings and offer suggestions. It is common to discuss whether or not additional bats were located, odors noted, guano (bat droppings) found and if so the amount, parasites, staining on walls, potential access points, and type of roost or colony. Without this information it is impossible to properly evaluate the situation and propose a solution. Inspections cannot be done over the phone or via the Internet! In the medical field it would be considered malpractice to diagnose a problem and prescribe a treatment without first seeing the patient. The same principle applies to bat conflicts.

Lastly, when dealing with bats there are some key points its helpful for the owner to understand so they are not taken advantage of.

Bats can be active year round throughout the entire United States, especially individual male bats.

Anytime outside temperatures climb above 40° F it is possible to see bat activity outside.

Male bats in particular can move from hibernation site to hibernation site throughout the winter months.

Although bats can carry rabies there are no visual signs to determine whether the animal is infected.

An individual bat in a building does not mean that there is more than one bat.

Bats may not leave the buildings every night or leave at the same time night after night.

Bats can get sick and injured just like people and can suffer broken bones, torn membranes, exhaustion, dehydration, starvation, internal and external parasites, respiratory disorders, insect stings and bites, heat stroke, and secondary pesticide poisoning.

Bat houses work better in specific situations and areas of the country than other areas.

Bat work is very detailed oriented and requires a lot of time on site to perform.

Multiple Bats

When dealing with more than a single bat in a home or business the first step is to hire a professional. There are no toxicants registered for use on bats and no proven long term repellants. Ammonia, bleach, sulfur candles, moth balls, electronic devices, lights, and loud noises are not effective for removing bats, can cause health issues to those using the building, and specific to moth balls is a violation of Federal law (the label on a box of moth balls specifically states it is not to be used to repel bats or other mammals). We can identify the specific types of bat roosts, Federal, State, and local laws for dealing with bats, as well as possessing the necessary equipment and knowledge of the proper techniques required to remove the bats without harming them. Properly identifying the species when possible and roost type as either a maternity/nursery, migratory, bachelor, or feeding roost is key to solving the conflict.

When dealing with multiple bats using a building it is imperative to understand that the bats are not the problem even if they appear to be. In reality, the building is the problem and the bats are a symptom of potentially serious structural problems. This fact is one of the reasons why bat work requires so many hours to perform. Based on the roost type and the owners piece of mind, the bat management professional from GREEN FROG PEST SOLUTIONS will locate all active and potential access points the building has and addresses them with the proper techniques and materials.