Bat Removal Valley Village CA
Bats are often referred to as flying mice, and if you’re scared of mice, just wait until one comes flying out at you. Contrary to popular belief, bats aren’t nearly as menacing as they first appear. Still, they put you and your loved ones in danger through their presence, so you’ll want to remove them from your property as swiftly as possible.
At Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, we focus on humane bat removal from the home, and this is how we do it.
Bat Appearance, Behavior, & Diet
Bats are divided into several subspecies, each with a slightly different appearance. As a general rule, bats are small, winged mammals, measuring roughly 8 cm in body length (Common Vampire Bat), and characterized by their leaf-like noses.
Although commonly associated with vampires, not all bats feed on the blood of livestock and other creatures. In fact, many bats feed on insects, which are readily available to them mid-flight. Bats are also known to consume fruit, vertebrates, and several other edibles.
Traditionally, bats are nocturnal and boast a keen sense of hearing. Contrary to popular belief, bats aren’t blind, but their eyes are developed to see in the dark, rather than the daytime. This is also why they mostly use their hearing to sense vibrations and orient themselves in space.
Bats will most often nest inside the attic, walls, chimneys, or other parts of the house that are sparsely populated. This is because there’s less risk of discovery in these key areas, and so they’re infinitely preferable, from the bat’s point of view.
Inside homes, the bat may be hiding alone, or with a nest of young bats. At first, we’ll run a basic assessment to determine the location of the bat and the general situation. This will allow us to best determine the next steps towards a successful bat removal.
At Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, we’ll attempt to lure the bat out with sounds and movement, in an attempt to trap it safely. Alternatively, we may attempt exclusion, but only if we’re certain that the bat was alone, and not nesting with young. If we exclude the mother bat, this may leave the baby bats to die and rot inside the home, and this opens up a whole new can of worms for you, the homeowner.
Once we’ve established a safe and efficient bat removal method, we’ll then bat-proof your home, installing nets, screens, and other contraptions to keep bats out in the future. We’ll also advise you on the best preventive measures, to keep your home bat-free from now on. Lastly, we’ll focus on repairing and cleaning any damage caused by your resident bats.
Easily the biggest concern when you have bats is their feces (guano), which has a corrosive nature. This means that, in time, it can destroy furniture and wooden structures. What’s more, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria which, if ingested or inhaled, can endanger the life of you, your child, or your pet.
How to Remove Bats From The Attic
It’s not at all uncommon for homeowners across the United States to run into wildlife on their property, and when they do, it’s paramount that they contact a professional wildlife removal company like Animoval, a Humane Wildlife Solution.
Nevermore so than when they discover a colony of bats living inside their attic (or really, anywhere on their property).
Why are bats dangerous?
Bats tend to get a bit of a bad reputation in our modern world. Why? Well, because they’re often considered to be nothing more than rats with wings. They’re small, dark furry creatures flying towards your head at high speed. It’s easy to see why that can seem sort of unpleasant.
But going a little beyond that, bats aren’t as scary as people seem to think. In general, bats tend to be rather laid-back and reclusive creatures who’ll only lash out at you if you make them feel threatened.
In truth, the biggest problem with bats is that they are notorious carriers of diseases. Their presence, their fur, and most of all, their droppings, give off bacteria and can infect you with rabies, histoplasmosis, external parasites, just to name a few. Bats have also been connected to last year’s Covid-19 outbreak, so it’s fair to say you don’t want them around.
But what can you do about it?
See, if this were any other kind of animal, things would be pretty clear cut and dry. You’d either attempt to trap it yourself, rely on various exclusion practices, or call a wildlife removal professional. Bats, however, are trickier, since they are protected by law in most parts of the United States. You see, bats are considered beneficial for the environment, as they rid it of various undesirable insects. For this reason, it’s illegal to kill bats, even if they are intruding on your property. And so, by attempting to get rid of the bats in your attic, you could land yourself in quite some legal trouble.
This is why we recommend calling a wildlife removal professional, as they’ll be up on the local regulations and advise you what you can do next. Keep in mind, however, that not even a professional removal company may be able to clear up your property immediately. In some cases, you may be required to let the bats live there until their babies become mature and independent.
Focus on prevention, in the future.
So if you’re struggling with bats, you need to contact a wildlife removal authority to figure out what you can and can’t do. Other than that, the next best thing is focusing on future prevention techniques.
For instance, inspect your attic walls and your roofing for holes and cracks through which the bats might’ve come. You might not be able to seal them up immediately, as you risk trapping the mother bat outside, and leaving the babies helpless and stranded within.
You’ll also want to clean up the attic, to remove hiding areas. And you’ll also want to move and protect any furniture or objects you’re storing up there while the bats are on your property. Remember that if your things come into contact with bat droppings (guano), they can become infection risks, or at the very least, become damaged, since guano has a highly corrosive nature.
Lastly, you’ll want to keep your children and pets away from the colony of bats. Because of their curious nature, both your children and your pets might appear dangerous to the bats and thus prompt an altercation which can result in them getting injured or infected, so keep them out of the attic!