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Bat Removal, Prevention, and Attic Restoration

Bats are one of those creatures that easily strike panic and fear in individuals. It’s especially more upsetting when bats have made their way into your home or business. Living side-by -side with them is not tolerable to most people; let the technicians from Creature Control help settle your nerves about bats. We’ll guide you through the bat removal process, from the first bat inspection to exclusion and any repairs needed to keep the pests out. Creature Control is a full-service company for all wildlife removal and restoration needs.

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Have a Bat Problem?

There are over 1,000 species of bats globally, but only 16 are native to Colorado. The little brown bat, the big brown bat, and the long-eared bat are the region's three most common species. These bats establish colonies in buildings and homes where they hope to reproduce. Settlements are chosen based on dryness, darkness, security, and warmth. Residential attic spaces generally function as ideal colony sites for bats, which is good for them but bad for the homeowner.

Despite the benefits bats give to the ecosystem as a whole, they become an issue when they roost in your home. The most common sign that you have a bat invasion is a constant scratching sound coming from the attic. The sound may be continuous or intermittent and usually occurs at night (this sound is different from gnawing, which may be a squirrel or another rodent.) Sometimes, a strong ammonia smell may be a sign of a bat infestation, the odor from large amounts of bat droppings, or “guano.” This stench accumulates gradually and homeowners might not notice it. It’s also not necessarily present in all infestations.

In most cases, effective bat removal is beyond the scope of what a homeowner can accomplish independently and requires the help of professionals. Any bat exclusion attempts can be dangerous for an untrained individual. You should presume that all bats are potential carriers of rabies, even though this is not the case. Bat droppings are highly unsanitary and should not be approached or cleaned except by trained technicians wearing the appropriate protective gear. Besides its pungent odor, inhaling bat guano is very hazardous and it may contain a fungus spore causing histoplasmosis. Bats may also be carriers of mites, ticks, fleas, and other unwanted insects.

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Bat Eviction and Prevention

Bats are common in rural and urban areas throughout Colorado, though not all bats get into residential structures. Migratory bats are protected by federal law and cannot be disturbed by wildlife control companies, but bats that winter over in residential homes are not migratory. These bats can certainly be evicted. The exclusion of bats is a detailed and delicate service that requires experience.

Creature Control performs successful bat eviction and prevention work for residents, businesses, municipalities, and churches. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection of your home or building to identify all points of entry starting with the peak of the roof and examining every seam and junction down to ground level. Once the entry points are identified, we attach bat exclusion valves at those points which allow bats to exit the home but prevent them from returning. As scheduled, our technicians will return to your property to ensure the success of the vacated colony. They will disconnect the check valves and further seal off all entry points, preventing bats’ return.

Bat Guano Cleanup and Remediation

Getting the bats out of your home or place of business is just the first step in bat abatement. The cleanup process of a recently removed bat colony is fairly extensive and certain measures should be in place to maintain the safety of the cleanup crew and the occupants of the building. Bats produce a substantial amount of guano and urine, and their droppings produce a dangerous fungus called histoplasmosis. Not only are their bi-products unsanitary and hazardous to one's health, but if left unattended, it will quickly destroy insulation, drywall, and other materials.

Creature Control will professionally clean your attic using a negative air system (also referred to as negative air containment). This procedure ensures five to six air exchanges per hour in the work area with fresh, filtered air. It also keeps the attic air contained so that the remainder of the home is not contaminated. This is essential during the remediation process; to confine the fungal spores and other unwanted material from becoming airborne throughout the entire house, which can be detrimental to one’s health. Our all-inclusive pest control company includes licensed builders who are insured to restore your home to pre-bat conditions. Our restoration team removes the contaminated materials in your attic, cleans the guano and other byproducts, disinfects the area, replaces any needed flooring or drywall, and installs new insulation.

How NOT to Handle Your Bat Problem

When bats take up residence in your home, they are looking primarily for somewhere stable and safe to raise their young and roost; in other words, they are looking to find a permanent home. Bats may temporarily settle outdoors between feedings, but they will always return to their home once it’s been established as their roosting site, and the colony will only get larger until it is removed.

Some online companies sell ultrasonic pest-control devices that supposedly deter bats and other pests by emitting a sound pulse at a very high frequency that the bats do not like. These costly devices are generally known to be ineffective and are not supported by any scientific evidence. Erecting bat houses, wooden structures meant to divert bats from the home by providing them with an alternative roosting location, will not work either. Since your home is warmer and drier in the winter than a bat house, they will still prefer your attic. Bats will not abandon their roost for a bat house. Bat houses are good to have once they are evicted, but they are not an eviction alternative.

Bat extermination is not an ethical practice and Creature Control does everything within its power to safely remove bats from homes. Our technicians understand the important contributions bats make to our complex ecosystem and we strive to conserve these mammals safely for both humans and bats alike. To learn more about the conservation of bats, visit http://www.batassociation.org.

What to Do if a Bat is Flying Around in My Home?

  • Attempt to close the bat into a confined space that has few objects in it such as a bathroom or a laundry room.
  • Secure a towel along the base of the door to the room you have closed the bat into.
  • Call Creature Control 1-844-774-3284 and have a technician sent to your home or business to extract the bat(s).
  • If you lose sight of the bat, close every door in your house and be sure to close them behind you while moving throughout. When the bat retakes flight, follow the instructions above.
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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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