Bats are considered by many to be among nature’s most beneficial creatures. But bats can also be carriers of many diseases that are responsible for respiratory ailments and fungal infections. They can also cause extensive physical damage to property by defacing buildings and structures with odorous droppings and urine, or guano, which can eat through metal, paint, fabric and other substantial materials. In addition, bat guano acts as a food source for cockroaches and other insects inside walls.
Bats often find shelter in townhomes, condos and apartments due to easy access to gable, exhaust and roof vents as well as façade transfer areas like brick to trim. Any crack or crevice ½” wide can be exploited.
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 Guano can also harbor histoplasmosis, a serious respiratory disease. 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.
Bat bugs, frequently mistaken for bed bugs, often make humans their new hosts. Insect exterminators will treat a building for bed bugs, only to be called back for retreatment since the presence of bats attracts new bat bugs.
If left unchecked, a bat roost will continue to grow, leading to an increased odor and buildup of feces and urine, which may eventually leach through into human-occupied spaces, ruining sheetrock and eventually causing the interior structure to collapse.
If a bat is seen inside a building, it is a sign that a bat colony may be living in the walls.
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 highly recommended. Your first step should be to call Trutech® to assess the situation.
Bat removal is a delicate procedure and should only be done by a trained professional. If removal procedures are not done carefully, bats can enter a building in great numbers, causing a serious emergency and safety risk to tenants and homeowners.
Trutech® offers a full-service bat removal program designed to humanely evict bats. To start, our professional technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your properties, assessing where bats are causing problems, as well as any areas where they may be able to enter structures.
We remove the bats from your properties by first eliminating any potential entry points by sealing or screening them off. We then remove the bats by installing a one-way “bat valve” so they are unable to return to the roost once they leave to feed.
Note that 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 a structure, where they will die.
Trutech technicians are experts in bat removal and exclusion, and we offer a renewable warranty on our bat removal service. We also perform any necessary bat-proofing repairs, clean-up, sanitization and insect treatments needed to mitigate the waste bats leave behind.
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