Although bats are not protected on a Federal level, they are considered to be beneficial to our ecosystem and should be treated humanely. Each state has its own regulations and special permits are required for professionals carrying out bat control.
Bats are known to carry a few diseases that may affect humans, like rabies and Histoplasmosis. Although cases of rabies are rare, it is important to know how to get rid of bats safely.
Homeowners may find bats living on the external side of their home, under the eaves. In some cases, bats may gain access to the interior of your property via small openings in the soffit and inhabit a loft space.
Homes with a wood shake, terracotta or slate roof are often at greater risk as these types of roofs can offer numerous openings, which present the possibility of gaining entry.
Bats found inside or around your home could become very inconvenient to homeowners for a number of reasons:
Unlike birds, bats rarely do any physical damage to a property as they do not make nests or chew/gnaw materials.
We advise homeowners to get rid of bats humanely and efficiently with the help of a licensed professional.
Ehrlich’s programs are designed to relocate bats and not harm them. Our service primarily involves funnelling to get bats out of a property and / or exclusion to keep them out.
Although homeowners can try to close openings where bats are gaining access, this is often difficult to do, as it can be hard to identify and reach the exact point of access. Homeowners may also not be aware of the importance of timing for bat control.
Bat exclusion measures should not be started until late July/early August, by which time the young bats have begun to leave their roost with the adults to forage outside for insects.
If exclusion is begun too early in the season and traps bats inside a home, this can lead to more problems, including:
Exclusion and funnelling is recommended to eliminate the presence of bats inside your home and to prohibit further access in the future.
We only offer trapping if bats are visible and can be caught without harming them and be released again into the wild.
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