Getting Rid of Bats From Your Attic
Live bat exclusion is the process of eliminating bats from structures and preventing the from getting back in. If you read our how to get rid of bats article you will understand the four step process in eliminating a bat problem. Michigan Bat Control use a live exclusion process that is aligned with all recommendations of Bat Conservation International. This allows us to remove the bats from your property without risking damage to the bat colony itself. Below you will find the guidelines implemented by BCI.
- We will be licensed, as required, by our state.
- We will provide property owners with a guarantee and list of references. All written materials will be accurate and not coerced.
- We will use the preferred one devices that are made from light weight polypropylene netting, plastic sheeting, or tube type excluders for evicting bats. They will be placed at all entry points that are found to be active and remain in place for 7 days minimum. Once the bats have been excluded we will remove these devices. The entry points will then be sealed with silicone caulking. We will also understand that in some cases the wood will need to be replaced in order to effectively seal the space. Spot treatments of buildings are not recommended and can result in bats relocating from one section of a building to another. This will cause more exclusion work to have to occur which is stressful to both the bats and building owner.
- We acknowledge that waiting until the bats have flown out of the roost at night and sealing the entry points is not approved by BCI. This will result in some bats being trapped inside the building.
- We know that BCI discourages the use of permanent netting in most scenarios.
- Aerosol dog and cat repellents have been known to discourage bats from using a particular roosting spot, like a porch, for up to several months. This is only to be applied and used when the bats are not present and should never be used if any bats are in the roost. You can also you Mylar balloons or strips of tin foil hanging from the roof of the porch to discourage bats from roosting there. Nothing is a replacement for the preferred method which is live bat exclusion.
- We understand that from mid-April through the end of August the bats in a roost will likely have pups and performing anything that impacts the roost during this period is should not occur. This should be done outside of this season to ensure that the young are not trapped inside your home.
- If bats are hibernating in your home we know that BCI recommends that know exclusion activity occur until the weather can support the bats leaving through the one way doors. This will be when the temperature is high enough, the trees have leaves, and the insects are abundant.
- Ultrasonic devices, chemical repellents, and smoke are not approved by BCI as effective ways to remove bats from your home. Canned spray foam is also not an approved sealant to fill entry points as bats that come in contact with it may die and it is prone to cracking which could allow reentry.
- We acknowledge that trapping and relocation are not approved BCI exclusion techniques. Traps can be deadly to bats if they are left too long or overfill. Bats are very good at locating their roost so relocation will ultimately fail. While capturing bats at an exclusion site is not recommended the exception to this rule is a single bat who was made its way into a buildings living area.
- We understand that bat houses should be installed prior to the bat exclusion process and can offer a attractive space for the bats to relocate to on their own if made available.
- We will provide BCI membership and bat house information to our customers to further encourage conservation efforts.
- We will maintain adequate insurance and provide proof of that insurance to BCI.
- We know that customers can post reviews about our company to the BCI website.