Bats can enter a hole in your home as small as ¼ inch! Any home is susceptible to bat infestations, and it’s important to remove all contamination because their droppings cause disease, bugs, and fungus. First Choice Wildlife Service has the necessary HEPA and hazardous material equipment to completely clean and disinfect your home.
It’s dangerous to keep bats in your home for a long time, as they can cause the following problems.
- Spreading diseases: Bats are one of the biggest sources of histoplasmosis, a nasty fungus that severely damages your lungs. These animals also carry rabies, which can be very dangerous on its own.
- Damaging your home: Bat colonies are large, and all those bats living inside your attic can cause severe damage. This is because their guano is corrosive and can damage your attic’s floors. It’s also common to hear of entire floors collapsing because of guano buildup.
Bats, being nocturnal, will look for a dark, safe place to roost during the day – and in a populated area, this often means an attic or chimney. In late spring, when bats migrate back to Colorado’s Front Range, they will get into attics via gable vents, chimney flashing, soffit, fascia, or any other gap in your house. Once inside, the bats will spend their days sleeping in your attic and causing you problems.
Bats are communal animals and will form large colonies when they find a good place to roost that is near their food source. Having a bat colony take up residence can be the source of serious problems. A large number of bats in a colony will quickly accumulate droppings (sometimes called guano) that will smell terrible in your home.
Bat colonies will also attract bat bugs – a close relative of the bed bug that will also feed on nearby humans or pets.
If you are in Colorado and experiencing bat problems, contact us right away!
Professional Bat Removal and Control Services
Bats often have a reputation as creepy and unsettling, but in reality, bats are an important part of our ecosystem here in Colorado. There are many benefits to bats – they eat an incredible number of bugs and mosquitoes, including up to 1,200 in a single hour of feeding! Bat droppings are also rich in nitrogen and make an excellent natural fertilizer.
However, as great as bats are in the wild, they are a serious nuisance when a colony takes up residence in your Fort Collins home. And because bats are territorial, they will return to the same site each year – making it vital that any bat problems be dealt with as soon as possible.
First Choice Wildlife Services is highly experienced at dealing with bat removal in Colorado. From initial inspection through the final cleanup, we strive to offer the most professional pest control services in all of Colorado.
Because of how helpful bats are, there are many restrictions around removing bats. This is because the animals are sensitive and are slowly dying out, so governments are trying to prevent them from being harmed.
These regulations are why you can’t harm bats in any way, trap them, or remove them if they have children with them. All of which can severely limit how you can remove them.
Because of these limitations, the exclusion is the best way of removing bats. This technique focuses on sealing all the holes used by bats. You can do this with one-sided doors or nets.
These contraptions allow the animals to go out hunting during the night, but it stops them from coming back into your home, so the colony numbers start to dwindle.
Once all the bats are gone, you should carefully remove any bat waste to prevent the spread of disease. This can be a challenging task in itself, especially if you don’t have the right disinfectants already.
Our team is highly trained and ready to help you deal with any level of bat infestation across the Front Range of Colorado – including Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Boulder. Contact us today at 970-460-4044.
Health Concerns with Bats
Like most wild animals, bats can carry or transmit diseases to nearby humans, including:
- Histoplasmosis – an infection caused by a fungus that grows in bat droppings
- Rabies – Like most mammals, bats are capable of carrying and transmitting the rabies virus
- Other Viruses – Bats are naturally susceptible to viral infections that can be transmitted via a bite or aerosolized feces and urine. These include hantavirus, coronavirus, and filovirus – among others.
Because of bats’ susceptibility to viruses, it is important to always use caution when dealing with bats. You should hire a professional to remove any bat droppings and conduct a complete cleanup of their roosting area. And if you are ever bitten by a bat you should contact a doctor immediately (and bring the bat, if possible, for testing).
Preventing Bats from Getting into Your House
Preventing bats from getting inside your attic is almost impossible. A bat can squeeze through a crack as small as ¼” – making sealing your home a very difficult process. You can seal any openings you find, but locating every potential access point isn’t easy. One way to get started is by going into your attic during the day and looking for anywhere light is leaking through. This will provide a place to start but probably won’t reveal every bat access point.
Professional Advice on Bats
If you suspect you have a bat problem in your home, we strongly recommend you contact a professional wildlife service. Dealing with a bat infestation is one of the most difficult of all the nuisance and pest animals that live in Colorado.
An experienced bat specialist will determine how the bats are accessing your attic and then build an exclusion system that allows the bats to leave but not return. Once the bats have been excluded, any remaining access points will be sealed and the cleanup process will begin. It is important that the bat droppings are dealt with in a professional manner because of the possibilities of infection or disease. The good news is that many insurance providers will cover clean-up costs after bat removal.
Bats have gotten a bad representation in media, and people rarely realize all the good they can do for us. These flying mammals help get rid of nasty insects by eating them, with a single bat catching thousands of mosquitos a night. Their droppings also make excellent fertilizers, and bats are great at spreading pollen and helping plants grow.
Unfortunately, bats are also a common problem in many homes. Their wings and small sizes let them get into houses through the smallest of holes, which can make it difficult to keep them out or remove them.
How to Humanely Remove Bats from Your Attic
If you have bats around your home, you are likely very concerned about diseases and damage. As soon as you have a bat problem localized and you have pinpointed where the problem is, you can begin to take important steps towards removing the critters. If you have bats in your attic, there are some great ways to humanely remove them from your attic. Continue reading to learn about bats and how to get them out of your attic.
What Problems Do Bats Cause?
Bats are one of the worst nuisance animals to get into your home because of their ability to spread many different diseases that can potentially kill humans. In many tests, there have been well over 120 diseases, both viral and bacterial, that bats regularly carry. This is a terrifying statistic, as each of these diseases can seriously harm you and your family members should you contract any of them. Coronaviruses, Ebola, Marburg, rabies, and many other diseases are commonly spread by bats in various parts of the world. These diseases can be transmitted by humans or pets coming into contact with the bats’ feces, as well as by being bitten or scratched by the bat. As can be seen, allowing bats to live around your home and in your attic is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly.
Why Are Bats In My Attic?
One of the first things you may question is why you have bats in your attic in the first place. The answer generally comes down to good shelter. When bats live in the wild, they often try to find the perfect place where they can live, raise their young, and live a long life of relative safety and comfort. One of the main reasons bats may have chosen your home to live in is because it provided easy access with a large population of insects around. If you have bats in your attic, you might be very concerned, but luckily there are ways to humanely remove them.
Humane Treatment of Bats
When you want to remove bats, be sure to keep in mind that bats are very beneficial to ecosystems. While they carry many diseases, they kill thousands of insects like mosquitoes, moths, and beetles. This is an excellent service that bats perform, and it actually helps reduce the diseases spread by mosquitoes. Any removal of bats that is not perfectly humane and peaceful can cause them serious amounts of stress. This stress often leaves even relocated bats dead after a few days.
How Can I Remove Bats?
Removing bats from anywhere is very dangerous, as the disease potential is very high and bats are frightening creatures to many humans. If you are sure that bats are in your attic, one of your best options can be to locate the holes or crack that allowed them into your attic and repair it. Once this is done, simply installing a one-way door is the best way to allow the bats to leave on their own with no stress and with the maximum humane treatment. These one-way doors allow the bat to leave but not enter your home again, providing the perfect way to remove bats without being exposed to their diseases or potential for being bitten. If this does not seem to work, be sure to read the next paragraph for further steps.
While it might seem simple enough to remove bats on your own, it is generally recommended to hire a wildlife removal service, as they have been performing these tasks for decades, and they have the knowledge and experience to keep the removal process safe for the bat, for you, and for your family. In addition to removing the bats humanely, most pest removal companies will offer exclusion services to prevent any future infestations.
Why Hire First Choice Wildlife Services?
Since bats are so hazardous to the health of you and your family, be sure to call First Choice Wildlife Services as soon as you know you have a bat problem. We are proud to serve Colorado with some of the finest wildlife removal services offered, and we are proud to remove all kinds of nuisance wildlife. Our respect for our clients’ safety and wishes is a big part of what makes us successful in treating animals we remove with ethical treatment. If you have a bat problem that you want to take care of, call us at First Choice Wildlife Services, as we would love to help you out.
Call First Choice Wildlife Services
First Choice Wildlife Services has experience dealing with many bat cases. We offer a full range of services that deal with all aspects of bat removal, including exclusion, sanitization, and cleanup.
We service many parts of Colorado such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, and Loveland. Call us at 970-460-4044 to schedule our services!