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You’re not alone…..L.A. Bat Removal

Posted by animalcontrol on December 22, 2008


This lone bat got disoriented and separated from the rest of the colony living in the attic.

This lone bat somehow got disoriented and separated from the rest of the colony, which was living in the attic.

Bats in a city like Los Angeles, California?  Yes, these amazing animals can live almost anywhere, from hot like Florida, to cold like Wisconsin.  When Bob from Los Angeles contacted me, he thought he had only one bat in his house. He saw it flying inside and found droppings and urine stains.  He waved butterfly nets. He looked around the house, even behind pictures on the walls, to find the roost.  He opened all doors and windows, hoping it would leave on its own. When it started nightly flights inside the house between the bedroom and the living room, up and down the hall, he called us, the wildlife removal specialists. 


We referred a L.A. technician, Lance, to Bob and his bats.  When Lance arrived on site, the first thing he did was inspect the home.  It was a typical single-story home with a siding exterior.  He found a number of probable access points–small gaps in the soffit.  When Lance showed them to Bob he said, “No way.  A bat can’t get through that!  Look at how big their wings are!”  Bob was wrong. These animals can fit through a hole only 1-inch across and less than an inch high.  Similar to mice, if their head can fit, their body can fit.


Bat removal is more than getting the animal out; it is making sure it can’t get back in. It is also making sure you get the whole problem out! The inspection revealed that Bob’s problem was indeed more than one animal.  A small colony of about 30 individuals was in his attic and one disoriented animal had come into the interior of the home, probably through the master bath exhaust fan.


Over the next few days, Lance safely and humanely got all members of the colony out, performed necessary maintenance, installed preventative measures and cleaned up the guano, urine and other bio-hazards.  The moral of the story is that bat removal is best done by a wildlife removal specialist.  A professional can make sure the whole job is done right—you don’t want to get rid of one problem and find out that it had 30 friends that are still there.  If you have unwanted wildlife in your home, wherever you are, call me for help with your wildlife problem at 1-888-488-1415.   


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