The most humane way to get rid of bats is to let them evict themselves. A bat valve allows bats to fly out of your attic but prevents them from returning. But there are restrictions in North Carolina on when you can install a bat valve.
Did you know we are at the beginning of bat pup rearing season? The season lasts until July 31st and during that time you cannot get rid of a bat from your attic.
Bats’ natural roosting locations are caves and mines, but bridges and attics share similar aspects for an ideal maternity roosting location. Unlike rodents, bats cannot create their own entrance. They take advantage of gaps and cracks in your Raleigh home.
When Can You Get Rid of Bats in Your Attic in North Carolina?
The best time to protect your home from bats is from August 1 to April 30. The NCWRC has a moratorium on bat evictions from May 1 through July 31. Bats are only mammal that can fly. During the first few weeks of their life, bat pups cannot fly and are completely dependent on their mothers.
We can start the exclusion process at any time. Bats need a hole about the size of a quarter, and we want to make sure we find all potential entrances. Once the pups can fly on their own, we install a one-way door (bat valve). The bats can leave on their own but cannot return. Once we ensure all bats are gone, we remove the bat valve and seal the entrance.
Because bats can squeeze through tiny holes, homeowners can miss all potential entrances. The experts at Trutech Wildlife Service have the training and experience to identify all potential bat entrances.
Bats in North Carolina
Of the 17 species of bats in North Carolina, 3 are listed as federally endangered, 1 is listed as federally threatened, and 10 are listed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Because of the massive loss in these populations, there are many restrictions on how to handle bat removal. You cannot trap a bat. Bat extermination is also illegal.
Why are Bats Protected?
Bats provide significant benefits both environmentally and economically. All bats in North Carolina are insectivores. A single female brown bat can eat between 600 and 1,000 flying insects in one hour. It is estimated bats have saved the U.S. somewhere between $3.7 and $54 billion in pest control services each year.
Bat populations are threatened. White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease killing bats in North America.
Trust the Wildlife Experts
We do not recommend attempting to remove bats on your own. Guano (bat poop) accumulates under their roosts. In some cases, the piles grow to be large. Bat guano must be removed because it is unsanitary and damaging to your home.
Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in the spores of a fungus often found in bat droppings. Attempting to clean up and remove bat guano disrupts the spores. Wearing proper PPE is essential to avoid infection.
Some bat species can live up to 20 or 30 years old and return to the same roosting spot. If you don’t properly seal your home, you could have a bat problem that lasts as long as your mortgage. Call Trutech for humane bat removal.