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Bat Removal from an Historic Home in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on February 27, 2009

these little guys were everywhere

Bats often occupy historic homes that have fallen into disrepair; even very small gaps and cracks provide easy access. All holes mus be sealed off to prevent bats.

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Historic homes are charming and full of character with unique architecture and many eye-catching nooks and crannies.  The old part of Salt Lake has many such homes, beautiful structures of stone and brick, many exhibiting clear Victorian influence with soaring turrets and dramatic gables.  Sometimes when a person is in one of these homes, it is very easy to believe the home has many secrets and would tell a lot if it could.  Unfortunately, one of the secrets often is:  I am a bat house!  Yes, bat removal is a common need in historic homes, whether used as a residence or as a business.  

Historic homes present unique challenges for wildlife control professionals hired to perform bat removal. Usually the animals have been in residence for twenty or thirty years, or even longer.  Colonies have grown from an initial few individuals to thousands, and the clean up is extensive. There are frequently many small maintenance issues that invite access, yet the architecture of the home must be preserved. 

A local wildlife control company, United Wildlife, performed an exemplary bat removal on an historic home in Salt Lake that was being used as a real estate office.  The animals had inhabited the attic for at least 25 years and the colony numbered over 1,000 members. 

It was nesting season and the animals could not be removed immediately without trauma and the loss of many young.  United Wildlife developed a plan unique to this building which gradually limited access with minimal disruption to the colony.  Over a period of nearly eight weeks the bats were gradually trained to use a single entrance.  During this time the young matured and learned to fly and to hunt.  Once they were certain the young were ready to migrate, United Wildlife finished the job by allowing all animals to leave and sealing off the building. 

Cleanup was a challenge, but once they were done, there was no staining.  There was no smell.  There was nothing to remind anyone that this beautiful building used to be a bat house. 

Special buildings require special care.  Wildlife removal in historic homes should be done by professionals who appreciate great buildings and love the animals enough to patiently do the job right.  If you need bat removal from a unique building, call United Wildlife at 1-888-488-1415.  They will solve your wildlife problem or refer you to a professional in your local area who can.

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