Backyard Wildlife Solutions are your licensed wildlife control operators for bat removal. In this blog, we will discuss the proper procedure for bat removal, address bat-proofing, one-way doors, timing, and remediation. We successfully sealed many homes for bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas.
A necessary inspection of the home helps us determine a plan for effective exclusion and remediation. We perform a complete external review from the roof to ground level.
While bats typically enter from elevated areas, we have seen active entrances four to five feet off the ground. Additionally, we inspect any accessible areas inside that bats may have access to including the attic and/or upper level crawlspaces.
Types of Bats and Diseases they Carry
A typical bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas involves Big Brown Bats and Little Brown Bats. Both are common in Pennsylvania, although population numbers have dwindled over the past few years due to White Nose Syndrome.
White Nose Syndrome is a fungus that attacks bats mainly during hibernation periods. As the disease is fatal for bats, it does not affect humans. However, bats are carriers for rabies and Histoplasmosis. While the ratio of bats carrying rabies is relatively low, local bats have tested positive.
Moreover, Histoplasmosis is a fungus contained in the guano, or bat droppings. Humans contract it when the spores become airborne during cleanup. If left untreated, Histoplasmosis can be fatal to humans.
The Removal Process
During inspection, we identify primary entry points for bats so they can be isolated for bat-venting. Bat-venting is the process of installing one-way doors or escape tubes for bats to exit the home after the exclusion has taken place. It is the only legal way to remove bats permanently, regulated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Secondary entrances and areas for preventative sealing are also identified during the initial inspection. An experienced technician performs a thorough inspection of all components of the structure. This includes, and is not limited to: chimneys, rooflines, all types of ventilation, fascia, soffit, siding, brick, stone, etc. As an experienced bat exclusion company, we understand all building components and are able to repair and replace all necessary items during the process.
The timing of bat exclusions can be restricted to a certain degree. Bat colonies should not be vented from late May through the end of July. Some exclusion can be performed, such as the preventative work, but primary entrances should be left open until the young bats can fly. Bat exclusion performed late in the fall should remain vented until the end of May to prevent bats from becoming trapped if they hibernate over the winter.
Once bats are permanently excluded, clean up of guano is performed. In homes with established bat colonies, it is sometimes necessary to replace damaged or stained components by years of bat activity. Proper and safe clean up of the areas should be performed with HEPA filtration vacuums and appropriate respiratory and other protective equipment for anyone performing these duties.
Schedule your inspection for bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas with Backyard Wildlife Solutions at 717-419-0781 or use our contact form. Backyard Wildlife Solutions offers bat removal, bat exclusions, and bat control in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and surrounding areas in Pa.