An opening with the thickness of a standard yellow #2 pencil and 1-1.5 inches long is all a bat needs to get into your home.
A bat house isnt 100% effective in deterring bats from entering your home.
There are no guaranteed, long-term bat deterrents on the market that are safe for your family.
Bats can be a menace whether they live in the attic or the chimney and they can make your life miserable. Even given the fact that they are really useful creatures to have around and are actually protected by federal and state laws.
Interestingly, the Bracken Cave located in southern Comal County, Texas, outside the city of San Antonio, is stated to have the largest colony of bats in the world. These creatures are said to help the farmers control the insect pests that destroy their crops and there are actually guided tours arranged to allow people watch the swarm of bats as they come out of the cave.
While that may be nice to watch, most people would rather not have them flying around in their homes. Fair enough! On the other hand, killing bats would lead to a surge in insects like bugs and mosquitoes. The solution then lies in bat extermination.
The words’ Bat Extermination’ is perhaps somewhat of a misnomer as you should seek more to prevent the bats from re-entering rather than doing away with them. Not to mention they are protected in the State of Michigan so anyone boasting of bat extermination is probably not licensed by the State. Rather than handling this yourself, allow a specialist to do the job.
The first step (and this could be quite a problem) is identifying where bats roost. As they are known to be able to wiggle themselves through holes that are just 3/8 of an inch in size and can easily enter through loose tiles, vents, gaps in roof edges and even through chimneys, the task could be physically exhausting. One thing that can lead you to them is their droppings, which are all over the place. But remember, you need to identify all their points of entry –100 percent of them otherwise the whole exercise is a fiasco.
It is important to remember that bats may change their entry or exit holes in tune with the changing season. Evacuating bats during the right season is essential to the success of the plan, so if there’s a nursing colony, you better bide your time. The mother bats are disinclined to leave the place and can be pretty stubborn to mothballs, garlic and noise– all normally thought to be big disrupters of bat colonies.
After sunset, as most of the bats go out in search of water and insects, it’s the ideal time to get into action during summer months. Use one-way netting or special exclusion devices that don’t allow the bats that are outside to enter but trap the ones that will fly out later but not back in. The devices can be placed at the various entry points that have been identified.
Leave the netting and devices in place for a few more nights to ensure that all the bats have exited. Hey presto! That’s done then and the bats have left you and your home. A sigh of relief? Hey, not so quick, you’re not done yet.
Once you know that all the bats are removed from the building, you have to seal the place and block all access points properly, otherwise the whole story will repeat itself again.
Perhaps the worst part of the whole affair is having to clean up the mess that they have left behind. Not only can it smell awful, but it can pose health hazards.
The whole exercise is not a cake-walk and you do need experienced guys to tackle it for you, and no matter how much you like to handle things yourself, leave this one in the hands of experts.
If you are in Michigan, then you need a bat removal company that is licensed with the state of Michigan and Michigan DNR as a wildlife control company. Bat Removal and Prevention, Inc – Call us at 248.403.8167 or fill out our quote form here.
When a bat is flying around in your home you want to get rid of it quickly. Your not alone. One of our most asked questions is concerning the removal of bats flying around a house.
Here at Bat Removal and Prevention we created 4 easy steps to assist you in getting rid of bats in your house today and how to prevent them from coming back.
First confine the bat to one area.
Here you can utilize anything from a towel to a bed sheet. Simply corner the bat into one main area of the home. A lot of homeowners go wrong by simply waving their hands up or raising their voices. It is important, due to the bats use of echo location for flight patterns to use something more solid.
Open a door or window (without a screen).
Yes a screen with prohibit the bat from leaving your home. You want to open up at least one access point for the the bat to leave the premises. This may take several attempts while the bat is flying. But the bat will pick up both temp changes and a deeper echo response allowing the bat to leave the premises.
Keep visual until the bat leaves.
Once you have verified it’s gone securely shut the access point (door/window). Often they try re-entry at the point of departure. After 30 minutes the bat should have left the immediate area around the departure point.
Examine home for original access point.
Usually your access hole to the attic is the prime location for bat entry.
Getting the bat out of your home is not a permanent solution. A majority of the time it simply means you have a bat issue in your attic and will need to have it inspected so that all points of entry can be sealed and the bat’s can be removed.
In this event call a professional bat removal company to provide a permanent solution. We would love to serve you with our numerous price options and 5 year guarantee – 248-403-8167
Common Raccoon Traits
Raccoons are found in most areas of North America including Michigan. These animals are considered a terrific nuisance when they invade and take up residence in urban areas. Since raccoons can cause immense damage to gardens and buildings apart from spreading diseases, it is essential to understand their known traits. This will help in developing systems to control the presence of raccoons.
General Traits that have been Documented
Raccoons are in general nocturnal animals that are more visible in the warm months. Though these animals do not really hibernate they do tend to sleep for longer periods in the winter. The animals mature within year of birth and thus multiply rapidly. Though they appear to prefer to live in wild areas, raccoons easily adapt to urban and suburban places as long as there is plenty of food available.
Raccoons are omnivores and eat whatever food is available. They eat worms, fish, eggs, snakes, frogs, shellfish, nuts, and fruits. Damage to citrus fruits and plants in a garden is often an indication of the presence of raccoons. They can end up destroying gardens, raids trash cans, and pet bowls, apart from consuming baby mice and rats in attics.
Each adult female can give birth to between one and six baby kits in April or May. The babies stay with their mother until winter before they leave to stay in their own den. In the wild, a den is usually a hollow in a tree, but in urban and suburban areas attics, chimneys, crawl spaces, and the outside of building are used by the animals. They prefer their dens to be warm and dark.
Raccoons can spread numerous diseases through the virus present in their feces as well as rabies. This makes them dangerous when they take up residence near or in homes. They can be vicious animals and take down most dogs. Any dog that engages a raccoon will have a serious fight on its hands and if this is your dog, you will have mess to clean up, regardless of the outcome, afterwards.
Raccoons prefer to live near food sources. As such the best way to control the presence of raccoons and eliminate them is to reduce the availability of food. Keeping trash cans closed tight and inaccessible, ensuring that pet bowls are not kept outdoors, and planting a garden that does not provide raccoons with nourishment can help make them move away.
Since raccoons prefer to reside in warm and dark spaces one way of ensuring that the home is inaccessible for them is to seal off all the entry points to attics, underground bunkers, basements, and crawl spaces. You do not want snakes to be able to enter as well. This is all motivation enough; there is a place for them to live and this is not one of them. Wiki provides some great tips here.
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