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Winter Bat Control Service

Bat exclusion in Winter

Can you get rid of bats in the Winter season? is Winter a good time of the year for bat removal or exclusion repairs?

Winter months are not the most ideal time to remove bats from your home or business with the exclusion doors and related repairs on the exterior of your building due to the cold temperatures, ice , and snow that settles on roofs.  The nights are cold, but in Michigan our weather is pretty unpredictable and can still stay warm enough for bats to leave their roost for food late into the normal active bat season.   On average bats can be active in your homes attic until early December, depending on the temperature outside.  However, once the temperature drops below 40 degrees, the food sources die off and the bats will begin to hibernate and stay dormant until the weather breaks and Spring begins.  The bats will usually leave their roost in the rafters and find a new dwelling underneath the insulation and dropping down into the wall cavities especially locating themselves near heating duct work or even fireplaces to stay warm. Bats prefer to hibernate in attics because of the protective temperature from the outdoor elements.  Ignoring noises or other tell tale signs of nuisance animals can lead to severe attic damage if left for an entire hibernation period. Bat exclusion and control methods during the winter months can be more difficult but the necessary steps can be taken to get the bats out as soon as possible if they have began to hibernate. The following process for bat removal during the winter will shed some light on how a trained wildlife profession will handle the task.

 

INITIAL INSPECTION

An inspection for bats starts with evaluating your home, office, or business for open access points that could allow bats into the attic or wall from the exterior. looking along the perimeter of your roof line can give you key evidence of bat colony infestation or bat roosting areas. Finding bat guano on your roof or around soffit connection points are common signs of bat entry traffic also staining on shingles or siding can also determine areas in need of repair for bat removal. Looking around the perimeter of your home at dusk can help to discover where bats are coming in and out at your roof line however you do not want to just seal these areas and trap the bats inside since this could potentially kill the bats. Having a trained wildlife control technician who is certified in proper bat colony relocation and repair is the best way to rid your attic of bats and keep these protected animals safe from harm.

BAT EXCLUSION

The core of the bat removal process is to repair the open access points where bats are entering attics of homes and set up a live bat exclusion system consisting of one-way doors installed in the high bat traffic areas to filter out the bat colony. Experienced bat control experts understand the habits of bats can easily design and install a bat exclusion system for any residential or commercial property. Being meticulous with sealing and repairing of all possible bat entry points consisting of gaps 1/4″ or bigger is mandatory  with special attention given to roof vents and eaves. The image below shows some of the common areas that need repair to remove bats and keep them out of your attic.

bat control inspection

RE-INSPECTION

To guarantee the bat removal process was successful a re-inspection should be done 30 days after the initial bat exclusion to ensure satisfaction with the removal of bats from attic space and to remove exclusion door system and complete sealing of home.

ATTIC RESTORATION

This last step is for more severe bat infestations when the home owner has extensive damage to their homes attic space and insulation. Bat feces (guano) causes structural dangers and also health risks with the growth of mold and fungus which can be hazardous to residents causing respiratory and allergic reactions that can lead to contracting histoplasmosis. Complete attic restoration and spot cleaning are available to remove, disinfect, and mold treat contaminated areas from bat guano mold growth.