Bats are one of nature’s most feared creatures. Their thin, leathery wings and tight little faces frighten people; the way they swoop, dive, and screech when flying around a home at night can be very unnerving. Bats are popularly believed to be carriers of rabies and other diseases; for many centuries they have been closely identified with vampires in folklore. Just looking at photos or watching film of thousands of bats roosting in a cave can send a shiver up the spine.

It can be especially upsetting when bats decide to make your house into their home. Living side by side with bats is not something most people are willing to tolerate; people will often panic if they see of even suspect there could be bats in the home, living in the walls, ceiling or attic.

Fortunately, there is no need for alarm! Creature Control’s expert bat technicians are ready to assist you. Click our commercial and residential tabs above to learn more about bats and your bat problem, or contact us directly at 1-844-774-3284 for bat removal in Fort Collins, Cheyenne, Laramie, Boulder, etc.

Creature Control is a Wyoming-Colorado based company, locally owned and operated. We service the Fort Collins area and all of Larimer County, as well as portions of Boulder an Weld counties. We also service southeastern Wyoming around the Cheyenne and Laramie metropolitan areas, as well as Laramie and Albany counties.

Removing Bats from Your Home

If you have bats in your home, its good to educate yourself about their biology and characteristics. This will help settle your nerves about dealing with them, but also assist you in understanding how bat eviction works.

Bat characteristics

Bats account for nearly 18% of all mammals in the world and are the only species of mammal that can truly fly (flying squirrels merely glide; they do not fly). There are over 1,080 species of bats globally, but only 16 are common in Wyoming and northern Colorado. The little brown bat, the big brown bat, and the long-eared bat are the three most common species in the region. These bats establish colonies in buildings and homes where they hope to reproduce. Colony sites are selected for their dryness, darkness, security, and warmth. Residential attic spaces generally serve as ideal colony sites for bats. This is good for the bats, but bad for the homeowner.

Most bats found in Wyoming are insectivores that feed off flying insects. Bats are the world’s largest predator of nocturnal insects. Despite the fear most people have of bats, they are extremely beneficial to the ecosystem. By eating an amazing number of moths (whose larva are crop-eating worms), bats preserve farmers from an incredible amount of crop damage and reduce need for excessive pesticide applications. In some regions it is estimated that bats may saved farmers over $1.5 million a year in pesticide applications; this of course means the bats reduce the amount of pesticide that is released into the environment.

Bats also serve as natural check on the mosquito population, something everybody can appreciate. Bats are present throughout Wyoming and Colorado, though not all bats get into residential structures. Migratory bats are protected by federal law and cannot be molested by wildlife control companies; but bats that winter over in residential homes are not migratory. These bats can certainly be evicted.

Bats are common in urbanized areas such as Fort Collins, Boulder, Cheyenne and Laramie. They are also present in rural areas. Consequently, bat removal in Colorado and bat evictions in Wyoming are common requests.

For more information on the life cycles and habits of bats, check out the wonderfully informative site hosted by Bat Conservation International, available here.

How do I know if I have a bat problem?

Despite the benefits bats give to the ecosystem as a whole, they become a problem when they take up roosting in an attic, soffit vent or barn. How can you tell if you have a bat problem in your home?

The most common sign that you have a bat infestation is a constant scratching sound coming from your attic. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at night or during the day, though usually at night. Note that this is distinct from gnawing, which may be a squirrel or other rodent.

Sometimes a pungent, ammonia-smell may be a sign of a bat infestation (the odor from large amounts of bat droppings), but as the odor only accumulates gradually, it may not be noticed by many homeowners and is not necessarily present in all infestations.

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How not to handle your bat problem

An unfortunate misconception many people hold about bats is that they are migratory and will eventually leave an attic or barn where they have begun roosting. This is untrue; bats are not a migratory species and they will not go away if left alone. 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, not a vacation property! Bats may take up temporary roosts outdoors between feedings, but they will always return to your home once they have established it as their roosting site. The colony will only get larger until it is removed.

Some online companies are selling ultrasonic pest-control devices that purport to deter bats and other pests by emitting a pulse of sound at a very high frequency that the bats do not like. These devices, which can be very costly, are now generally known to be ineffective and the claims about their efficacy fraudulent. The Federal Trade Commission has even issued a statement warning retailers and consumers that many of the claims made about these ultrasonic devices are “false and deceptive advertising” and not supported by any scientific evidence. Do not waste your money and time on them.

Many homeowners attempt to mitigate their bat problems by erecting what are known as “bat houses,” wooden structures meant to divert bats from the home by providing them with an alternative roosting location.  However, since your home is most likely going to be warmer and dryer in the winter than the bat house, nearby bats will still prefer your attic. Bat houses are not a means of eviction; once bats decide to roost in your home, they will not abandon their roost;for a bat house. Bat houses are good to have once the bats are evicted, but are no substitute for eviction.

In most cases, effective bat removal is beyond the scope of what a homeowner can accomplish on his own and requires the service of professionals; attempts at bat removal can actually be dangerous for the untrained. Though fears about bats and rabies are often blown out of proportion, (for example, only two to four rabid bats are found in Kent County each year) it is true that bats can carry the disease and that it can be transmitted to humans; as recently as 2009 a Michigan man died of rabies contracted by an untreated bat bite (source). Furthermore, guano (bat feces) is very unsanitary and should not be approached or cleaned save by trained technicians wearing the appropriate protective gear. Besides its pungent odor, bat guano can contain the fungus spore Histoplasma capsulatum that can cause a disease known as histoplasmosis if the spores are inhaled. Bats may also carry mites, ticks, fleas and other unwanted pests. Bat removal also involves climbing into attics and up on rooftops, which can be dangerous to amateurs. If you suspect you have a bat infestation in your home, it is safest and most efficient to call the professionals at Creature Control to handle it.

Things to be wary of when choosing a bat control professional

Bat removal and exclusion is a very delicate, time-sensitive process. For exclusion efforts to be successful, it is essential that the process is carried out with care and a maximum amount of professionalism. You should be wary of any wildlife control company that:

  • Advertise flat rate services.
  • Try to sell regular or yearly “maintenance plans” (wasn’t the bat exclusion done right the first time?)
  • Lack a professional appearance.
  • Provide estimates without physically entering onto the roof and/or inspecting the roof and soffit areas at eye level and in hand’s reach.
  • Offer generic estimates and service plans that lack line-by-line specification and a detailed account of individual tasks performed during the process.
  •  National wildlife firms that only refer customers or sub-contract services and don’t provide the service themselves.

What do I do if the bat is flying around my home?

  1. Attempt to close the bat into a confined space that has few objects in it for the bat to hide in or behind (bathroom, laundry room, or empty spare bedroom).
  2. Firmly stuff a towel along the base of the door to the room you have closed it into.
  3. Call Creature Control (1-800-441-1519) and get a Tech sent to the home to extract the bat.
  4. If you lose sight of the bat, shut every door in the home and be sure to close doors behind you while moving through the house. If and when the bat takes flight again, follow the instructions above.

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Or call us at 1-800-441-1519

Creature Control is a Wyoming-Colorado based company, locally owned and operated. We service the Fort Collins area and all of Larimer County, as well as portions of Boulder an Weld counties. We also service southeastern Wyoming around the Cheyenne and Laramie metropolitan areas, as well as Laramie and Albany counties.

Commercial Bat Eviction

From a business perspective, it can be a total disaster when employees and customers come into your place of business and are greeted by a bat flying around. Bats in your place business are no small matter; besides making customers and employees uncomfortable, accumulation of bat guano can damage your property and spores found in guano can pose a threat to people if the guano is disturbed and the spores circulated into the air.

Creature Control has performed bat evictions from churches, offices, factories, restaurants, and much more. Whether the problem is residential or commercial, we can evict the bats from your structure. But there is much more to picking a wildlife controller than simply evicting the bats; bat removal always requires the identification and sealing of entry points, and it often requires remediation of insulation or other areas damaged by bat guano and other professional repairs.

Sometimes, losses caused by bat damage can be the occasion of an insurance policy claim.

Creature Control is your one-stop-shop for all aspects of bat removal, from the inspection to the bat eviction, from the repairs and remediation to guiding your business through complicated insurance questions.

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