As a Michigan wildlife control company, one of the things we try to balance is the need to warn our customers on the importance of bat removal without sounding like our only concern is to get the job. Over the years we have walked out of homes in which the living conditions were simply so bad due to bat guano and bat infestations that either immediate action was required or the home would be condemned.
But the reality is, that’s not often the case. Typical homes we visit have between 5 to 25 bats living in the attic or walls. The problem is that often homeowners do not understand the importance of removing the bats from their home at this point. Yes they are good for the environment. Yes they are a protected animal in Michigan, which is why our only form of removal is humane methods, but that is not the whole story.
The number one animal that infects humans with rabies in the state of Michigan is bats. Look below at the Michgian.gov stats on reported cases of rabie infested bats compared to others back in 2008.
These stats have only climbed since 2008. Although the stats fluctuate from year to year we have seen continued increase in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects and bat removal attempts in the homes we service. We strongly discourage this not because its a loss of money for us, but because a majority of DIY attempts end up needing professional bat removal services anyway due to the nature of the animals you are removing.
Bat bites go undetected often by grown adults because they are so small by nature. They are easily confused with scratches, or nail pokes. If you think you have a bat issue in your attic or anywhere around your house, call a professional bat removal company today. If you cannot afford to have someone come out, at least give us a call for tips and suggestions to help solve the problem. In addition to that, we personally work with many homeowner insurance companies to help cover the cost of attic cleanup and restorations.
We wanted to share the story of Zach Ross Jones. A young man who became infected with rabies and passed away in 2006. A Zach Ross Jones foundation started shortly after his death in order to promote rabies awareness. From the foundations page it says,
On April 29, 1990, in Humble, Texas, Zachary Ross Jones was born to Larry and Connie Jones. From the time he was a toddler and for the rest of his life, it was clear to all who knew him that Zach Jones was an extraordinary person, unusual in his strength of spirit, sensitivity, and perception. On Thursday, May 4, 2006, at age sixteen, Zach was struck and for eight days did battle with a terrible disease — rabies. Zach lost that courageous earthly battle on Friday, May 12, 2006. However, Zach Jones is defined not by the way he died, but by the way he lived.
Michigan wildlife control and bat removal is more than a job. It is a job that provides homeowners with safety and security for years to come. We take this job very seriously. Reading stories like this, touch our hearts. The entire staff at Bat Removal and Prevention has grown up here in Michigan and have special bonds to the people who live here as well. We hope to be a part of the solution, preventing Michigan families from ever coming across rabies, such as Zach’s case, or other diseases caused by Michigan bats such as histoplasmosis.
Take a moment and watch this informative video put on in memory of Zach, educating the greater public on the issue of Bats and Rabies.