With their tendency to take up residence inside of attics, bats can easily transform into bothersome household pests. Although they play an important role in insect control, bats do cause significant structural damage once they find their way inside. Bats are also carriers of serious diseases—some potentially dangerous to human health. Contact Carolina Pest Management to discuss safe and humane options for bat removal.
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Identify: Bat infestations are fairly easily to spot. You may smell or hear the bats before locating their nesting areas.
Inspect: Our team checks all areas inside and outside of your home for signs of a bat infestation. As part of our inspection, we’ll meticulously check for the bats’ entrance and exit points on the structure.
Treatment: We put together a multi-step plan for the safe and humane removal of bats from your property. Carolina Pest Management abides by all local, state and federal regulations.
Maintenance: Our treatment plan is designed for long-term exclusion. We will help keep bats gone from your property for good.
How to Identify a Bat Problem
The three most common types of North American bats to invade the inside of a home are the little brown bat, the big brown bat, and the Mexican free tailed bat. They can travel solo or live in large groups—meaning you could have a colony of 25 or more bats in your attic.
Bats vary in appearance, but will usually be either black or tan colored. They have hairy bodies with two pointed wings and oversized ears. Adult bats can grow up to seven inches long and have wingspans as wide as 15 inches.
Bats commonly make their homes inside attics, but they can also roost in chimneys and under eaves. Although you can look for signs of a bat infestation, never attempt to come into direct contact with bats. Experts must be employed since bats can turn aggressive. Furthermore, even their droppings should be avoided due to the risk of respiratory distress
- Detect the offensive stench of bat urine and feces (also called guano). The urine and fecal matter cause decay to building materials and carries harmful microorganisms. The scent has an ammonia-like odor.
- Listen for chirping sounds. Bats are not soundless creatures—small chirping noises are used to communicate with one another. You may also notice scurrying sounds as the bats move about your attic.
- Check areas frequented by bats: attics, belfries, chimneys, drainage pipes, and behind loose boards.
- Look for bats flying around your home. Since bats are nocturnal, you’re only likely to see them at sunrise or sunset.
- Check for staining since bats leave behind a grease-like substance when nesting. You may also notice scratch marks in areas where you suspect bats are making their home.
Our Charlotte Bat Inspection Process
A suspected bat problem needs to be dealt with immediately. Prolonged exposure to bat droppings can cause a respiratory disease called histoplasmosis. Bats are also carriers of rabies and can spread the disease through saliva exposure. Carolina Pest Management will safely inspect all dwellings on your property to find out the location of the bats and determine the extent of the infestation. We carry all safety equipment required to prevent disease transmission. Our highly trained technicians will also be well versed in how to come into contact with bats and not sustain serious injuries.
As part of the process, we not only check for signs of bats, but also determine how much damage they have left behind in their wake. Bat excrement and urine can leave structures brittle and requiring replacement. The most essential part of our bat inspection process is checking for entry points into your home. Bats can gain access even through the smallest of openings and our meticulous inspection helps locate these spots.
Charlotte Green Bat Treatment
Carolina Pest Management firmly believes that funneling is the preferred method of removing bats from your property. Funneling gets the bats out of your home or business and offers a chance to keep them out permanently. To remove bats, professional grade netting is hung at entry and exit points. The netting is specially designed to allow the bats to escape back out into the wild, but not permit them to return inside. The netting may need to remain in place for a predetermined time period to guarantee all bats have been excluded from the premises. Timing is crucial since we won’t want to funnel out bats when flightless young are still within the home. The young bats would starve (which we don't want to happen) and would also create additional odor and cleanup problems.
After bats are removed, the deep cleaning process commences. Due to the high toxicity of guano, the substance is considered a biohazard. Not only will the surface need cleaning, but insulation may need replacement as well. An antifungal treatment is required before new insulation is installed.
Our goal is to exclude bats from your home on a permanent basis. To keep bats out of your home, any size structural openings (even penny-sized holes) need sealing. Since you don’t want to keep bats in the home, a one-way exit point can be installed. In lieu of netting, a more permanent screen could be used to keep bats out of the house. Also, tiles can be filled with concrete or mylar strips to prevent bats from returning.
There are repellents to prevent bats from infesting your home in the future. For instance, additional lighting in the attic could be used to stop bats from nesting there. Cooling fans installed in an attic also undermine roosting conditions.
Give Carolina Pest Management a call today at 704-283-1527 to discuss your suspected bat problem. Our family-owned business has an excellent customer service track record dating back 75 years. Our service area extends throughout the Carolinas.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bat Removal Service
Should I use poison to get rid of bats?
There is no certified poison on the market to get rid of bats. Bats are mammals and many poisons available may not work and could cause the sickened bats to crawl down into the home. Many laws are in place to prevent chemical use due to the environmental dangers associated with such pesticides.
Should I install a bat house to prevent bats from roosting inside?
Bat houses are not proven to stop bats from invading attics and roofs. If you do choose to install a bat house, pick an area far away from curious children and animals.
Can bats be trapped?
In rare cases, bats can be trapped if there is a low risk of harm coming to the bat or the technician. Bats trapped should be released back into the wild, not killed.
Is there a best time for bat exclusion?
If you’re trying to keep bats out of your home, consider blocking the bats’ entry points during the fall months. During this time period, bats leave to hibernate.
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Charlotte Bat Removal Technicians
Without prompt treatment, indoor bat infestations can get out of control quickly. In the past, a professional bat exterminator was the only way to remove bats, but there are safer and more humane methods. Carolina Pest Management’s professional bat removal technicians will handle wildlife removal without harming the bats. Our bat treatment service includes a thorough inspection to locate nesting areas and determine how the bats are getting in and out of the house. Your technician will develop a plan to funnel the bats out of the home without using any harsh chemical treatments. The modern bat exterminator will not really “exterminate” the animals, but instead allow them to go back into the wild where they belong.