Bats are an essential part of our ecosystem, and bat removal is an essential service in Florida. Despite that, when they decide to make their home in your Florida home, it can be a cause for concern and you must have them removed quickly. Not only can they cause damage to your property, but their droppings, also known as guano, can pose a serious health risk to you and your family. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the potential damages caused by bat feces and the importance of humane bat removal and decontamination services after the fact.
You Should Be Afraid: Bat Guano is Very Dangerous
First, it’s essential to understand that bat guano is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. When bat droppings accumulate in your attic, soffit, walls, or other areas of your home, they can grow mold and mildew. Bat feces can also attract and contain pests like bat bugs, cockroaches, and beetles, further exacerbating the problem. Bat feces can cause severe respiratory problems, especially for those with asthma or other lung conditions. In addition, exposure to bat droppings can also cause Histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that can cause flu-like symptoms and, in some cases, be fatal. Bats are also known to carry rabies. Because bats have tiny teeth, oftentimes, people that a bat has bitten don’t even know that it’s happened, leading to a life-threatening situation if the bat had rabies. Often times when we are dealing with bats, we will dress in full PPE, including a full-face mask, gloves, and suit to protect us from the feces.
Bats Are Damaging to Your Home
In addition to the health risks, bat guano can also cause damage to your home. The acid in bat droppings can eat away at the paint and leave stains on concrete driveways and pavers. The bat feces can leave unsightly stains and dark black marks, which are very difficult to remove. Another often overlooked issue that bats cause is damage to a vehicle’s clear coat. As they enter and exit a home each night, they leave feces all around the house, which often lands on parked outside cars. Once their feces have damaged the clear coat, you’ll have to take your vehicle to a professional detailer for paint correction. Bat guano also has one of the most unique scents I have ever smelled. Let me assure you, it’s terrible. Once you know the smell, you’ll always know that’s what it is if you smell it again. The last thing you want is for your home to smell of bat feces.
It’s Moving Day: Time to Remove the Bats
The first step in removing bats is identifying where they enter and exit. Because Rodent Solutions has years of experience humanely removing bats, we can typically find the entry points with a simple inspection during the day. Although rare, we may occasionally need to perform a night bat watch. This is done by observing the bats at dusk when they are most active. Once we’ve identified where the bats are entering and exiting, the next step is to install a bat exclusion device that will allow them to leave but not get back in. This can be done using various methods, such as hanging bat netting, installing bat cones, or various other methods. It must be done with the intent to allow the bats to leave humanely.
Change The Locks: Prevent The Bats From Entering The Home
Once the bats are gone, it’s time to shut them out for good. We will remove the exclusion devices and seal the areas they used to gain entry. This is done through detailed exclusion methods using detailed construction methods. Spray foam should never be used in these areas. Not only is it unsightly, but it is also not bat-proof. Other industry professionals have shared several recent videos of bats chewing through the foam and back into a house. You must know there is no approved method to repel bats. There is no spray or sound repellent which is proven effective without harming the bats. Don’t fall for the trick of the month on the internet.
Restrictions with Bat Removal
It’s important to remember that bats are protected by law in Florida year-round. It is illegal to kill, harm, or exterminate bats at any time of the year. On top of this restriction, the Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Parrish areas of Florida enter a protected maternity season, while flightless young are present from April 15-August 14. During this time, they may not even be excluded without a special permit.
Choosing A Bat Removal Company Near You
It is vital that you select a qualified company to remove your bats. Rodent Solutions employees are all Bat Standard Certified by the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. We have years of experience and can help you safely and effectively remove bats from your home while adhering to all laws and regulations.
Clean Up and Decontaminate the Bat Guano
After the bats have been removed from your home, it’s essential to perform proper sanitation of the area where the bats were living or roosting. This includes the removal of any bat droppings, as well as the decontamination of the affected area. Rodent Solutions has the proper safety gear, HEPA vacuums, disinfectants, virucides, and sanitizers to perform the bat guano cleanup safely and thoroughly.
In conclusion, bats can cause severe damage to your home and pose a significant health risk to you and your family. If you need help with pest control or removing bats near you in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, or Parrish, Florida areas, Rodent Solutions Inc would be honored to be your company of choice.
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