A bat infestation at a hospital is a serious problem that should not be taken lightly. Even in small numbers, bats can create tremendous liabilities for medical facilities.
Bat roosts often contain an accumulation of droppings and urine, called guano, which can cause significant odor problems as well as health issues. In addition to the bacteria that often accumulates in bat roosts, there are fungi that can propagate and infect humans. Also, bat droppings act as a food source for cockroaches and other insects inside walls.
But the most serious disease concern with regard to bats is rabies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common way for people to get rabies in the United States is through contact with a bat.1 It is not uncommon for bats to find their way into the interior spaces of the structures where they roost, which creates a significant danger of exposure through a bite or scratch.
Bats can exploit what seem to be insignificant gaps, cracks or imperfections in the exterior of a hospital building to enter the structure and roost. Often, the only clue that bats are present is when a bat is found inside the building. Because bats are colonial, they often congregate in large groups. With patients, staff and visitors in the same structure, a colony of bats is a big problem.
All bat species are protected by state and federal regulations, and they must be mitigated in accordance with the law. In some states, a special permit or license is required, so using a professional to handle a bat problem is a must.
Your first step should be to call Trutech® to assess the situation.
Bat removal is a delicate procedure and should only be done by trained professionals. If removal procedures are not done carefully, bats can enter the building in great numbers, causing a serious emergency and safety risk to patients and staff.
Our full-service bat removal program is designed to humanely evict bats, implement bat-proofing repairs, clean up accumulated droppings and provide sanitization of the space.
To start, our professional technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your facility, assessing where bats are causing problems, as well as any areas where they may be able to enter the structures.
We remove the bats from the hospital by first eliminating any potential entry points by sealing or screening them off. We then install a one-way “bat valve” so they are unable to return to the roost once they leave to feed.
There are specific times of year when bats can’t be removed. These “blackout dates” are in place to prevent juvenile bats – flightless and dependent on their mothers for food – from being trapped inside the structure, where they will die.
Trutech® biologists are experts in bat removal and exclusion, and we offer a renewable warranty on our bat removal service. We also perform any necessary clean-up, sanitization and insect treatments needed to mitigate the waste bats leave behind.
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