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Archive for the ‘Bat Control’ Category

2-year old boy sucks on dead bat

Posted by animalcontrol on September 15, 2010

This is not the Sugarhouse bat in the news article; it is a bat that was removed during a bat control job by United Wildlife.

A news story came out yesterday about a boy in Sugarhouse, UT (near Salt Lake City) where a young boy was found sucking on a dead bat.  A brain sample will be taken from the bat and tested for rabies. 

This is bat season in Utah and in many other states!  It is very important not to touch a bat, even a dead bat; the health risks are just too great. 

If you have bats in your attic, give us a call and ask for United Wildlife Bat Removal Services: 1-888-488-1415.  We also remove dead bats and provide clean-up of guano (bat poop).

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2-year old boy sucks on dead bat.

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Sky High Bats in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on October 22, 2009

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High and inaccessible areas can often be reached with a JLG. This is a wonderful tool for bat removal because it allows us to safely remove and exclude hard-to-reach bats.

Recently we completed a bat removal job in a Salt Lake City, Utah high rise building. Mexican free-tail bats had occupied the building for several years and the colony had grown to approximately 250 individuals.  The smell was tremendous, particularly in the upper stories and the elevator shafts. 

The primary entrance and exit area was on the west side of the building at the sixth floor.  Naturally, it would be so very high and so very inaccessible, except by using our trusty JLG Man Lift.  This is a sort of crane-like device with a basket that will hold a person.  They are very safe, but while we had a person up working on the exclusion step in the bat removal, it became necessary to move the lift.  We were parked in the alley, which isn’t particularly well maintained, and hit a bump.  It was probably only about an inch high, but that creates a lot of sway and shake six stories up.  What a scary thing! 

Anyway, we were able to finish sealing the area so the bats couldn’t return.  The guano removal and decontamination steps were almost as interesting as the sealing step.  How do you clean the sides of an elevator shaft?  How do you check all the tiny gaps in such a big building?  How do you decontaminate through all the various shafts and conduits?  That is why people hire professional bat removal companies like us.  Click here to request information about professional bat control.

Not all bat removal jobs are as complicated, or as interesting, as this job was, but the basic steps are the same.  We inspect the site and create a custom bat removal plan.  We implement the plan by getting the bats out, performing necessary maintenance and repairs and then decontaminating the entire structure.  Even if the bats are sky high, like this colony was, we can help.

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Bat Season in New York

Posted by animalcontrol on September 16, 2009

Do-it-yourself bat control frequently ends in disaster.  Hire a wildlife control operator with experience handling bats.

Sometimes people balk at paying a professional for something that is "so easy", such as bat control. However, do-it-yourself bat control frequently ends in disaster.

It is bat season in New York!  No, I am not talking a hunting season or even a sport season (after all, baseball is winding down), but the best time of the year to perform bat control and prevent future problems.  It is common for bats in New York to establish residence in homes and businesses.  Some of these animals migrate, but some seek winter hibernation sites that could include your place. 

Early on in infestations it can be difficult to know if there is a colony in your building.  If you see the animals flying around outside your building regularly, say, more than 2-3 times in a year, you may be hosting a colony.  If you begin to notice an unusual odor in your building, similar to gerbils, you may want to check further.  If you find guano along the walls of your building or staining from urine on exterior walls, it could indicate an access point for the animals.  

You may want to perform a careful watch for a few evenings near dusk and determine if they are living in your home.  If you see the animals enter or exit or even suddenly disappear in the vicinity of your home, it is time to seek professional bat control. 

When you read about bat control on the internet, and there are plenty of sites that will offer advice, it sounds pretty simple:  get them out, block up the holes.  But, it is much harder to put into practice.  Bat control requires special equipment and knowledge that comes from years of experience. Beware of the various sonic or mechanical repellents that claim to get rid of bats.  They generally do not work. 

I know of a homeowner that discovered a bat problem.  She consulted with a bat control professional but was reluctant to pay a fee for something that is “so easy.”  She decided to do it herself and ended up killing nursing mother bats and having starving babies crying and squeaking and dying all over her attic.  What a mess!  What a fine!  It is illegal to kill these species in New York and she now had two big problems on her hands: a legal problem to be sure, but the physical mess of the dead and dying animals was also formidable.  It would have been so much easier to get the right kind of help.  Bat control can happen quickly when it is done right, but it is not exactly easy—bat control professionals just make it look that way so you can breathe easier yourself.

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Bat Extermination in Denver, Colorado

Posted by animalcontrol on August 3, 2009

exclusion

How do you get rid of bats without exterminating them? Through venting and exclusion.

People in the Denver, Colorado area request bat extermination or attempt do-it-yourself bat extermination usually because of an irrational fear—too many horror movies will get people to worrying about bats and what they might do.  

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I am not sharing my home with these animals either, but not because I am afraid they will suck my blood or turn into vampires. I don’t want to share my home with bats because I don’t want to live with the smell (old, sweaty gerbils) or guano or bat bugs or histoplasmosis or anything else that comes along with them. 

So, how do you get rid of bats without exterminating them?  There is a great option available:  venting and exclusion.  The animals are trained out of the attic or wherever they are living and then not allowed to return.  The colony will find a new roost, often within 24-hours, and then the clean-up can begin.  Depending on how long the animals have lived in your home or business, it can take a few hours or several days.  Generally, it is best to act as soon as possible when you learn you are sharing your home with any wild animal.

It sounds pretty easy here, but getting rid of bats isn’t easy.  It takes special equipment and knowledge, as well as a healthy respect for the animals and a tolerance for high places.  It might sound easier and cheaper to go for do-it-yourself bat extermination and just spray a bunch of poison into your attic and hope for the best, but that is when the real life horror movie will begin.  Sick and dying animals will invade your home trying to flee.  They become disoriented and confused.  

If you try a different method and the usual exits are blocked while they are inside they will scatter throughout the building trying to find an exit.  If they are blocked out while their young are inside they will show great determination trying to get back to them. 

Either way, if you are successful in your attempt at bat extermination, you will have an attic full of rotting bat corpses. Is that really an improvement over what you had in the first place?  

Avoid all this and don’t try bat extermination.  Hire a wildlife removal professional who will leave the animals alive and free to keeping doing what they do best and you will be left in peace to go watch a movie—maybe you should make it a romantic comedy this time?!

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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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Waugh Drive Bridge bats of Houston, TX

Posted by animalcontrol on January 20, 2009

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Houston, Texas is proud of its bats.  A colony of over 250,000 Mexican Free-tails live under the Waugh Drive Bridge and form an important part of the ecology of Houston.  It is great to have bats under a bridge, but in your home, business or school, they are not nearly so welcome. Even in Houston, you should not feel guilty about not wanting wildlife in your home. 

Ed and Margaret recently contacted me because they were sure a small colony had established itself in their home.  They weren’t too far from the bridge area and small groups often break off larger colonies and search for new homes.  They sent me digital pictures of the exterior of their home and I was certain they were correct.  They had an attic louver vent that wasn’t screened or that had lost its screen at some time in the past, and there were stains on the siding below the vent.

During our FREE over-the-phone consultation, I discussed options with Ed and Margaret.  They were very concerned for the safety of the animals and didn’t want them exterminated or harmed in any way.  I assured them that we could refer them to a professional technician who would be able to remove the animals and allow them to return to their natural environment. 

Over the next few days the technician was able to vent the bats from their home, make repairs to the vent and a few other places Ed and Margaret hadn’t yet noticed, and clean up the mess.  Fortunately, the bats hadn’t been living in the home for very long.  Quick action by the homeowners made this job relatively simple.  Ed and Margaret enjoy going to the bridge to watch the spectacular colony emerge at night.  But, they are glad that they are no longer seeing a small-scale version at their house!

For more information on how professional animal removal services can clear your home while ensuring the safety of your special animals, visit this site: http://unitedwildlife.com/AnimalsBats.html

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Bat Removal: Portland, Oregon

Posted by animalcontrol on January 13, 2009

Part of the mess made by bats in Carl's attic.

Part of the mess made by bats in Carl's attic.

I got a call the other day from Carl H. in Portland, Oregon, who knew he had a bat problem. He even knew what he wanted to have happen: removal, odor control, and disinfection of the contaminated areas, “and I don’t want them to come back!”  It was important to him to hire a professional because he knew he wanted the job done right the first time.
 
Bats had basically taken over his house.  They were in the attic and inside the walls.  They could be heard in the late evenings and early mornings scratching and chittering, and the house had started to smell like sweat and gerbils.  Carl wanted to know how wildlife removal services would work for him.  I let him know his options and assured him that I have done hundreds of bat removals.  I can get them out; I can keep them out; I will clean up the mess.  I referred him to a professional in his area who scheduled an on-site inspection and sent a technician out to the home.
 
Those resourceful little animals had accessed the home in a number of places.  The home was close to water and in an area blessed with insects and had a number of little “doors” that were wide open:  loose siding had developed gaps and a vent in the attic had a torn screen.  That was all the invitation they needed.
 
A small group was established in the attic and others were living inside the walls.  They had colony sites and temporary roosting sites in a number of locations.  The total group numbered about 30 animals, which doesn’t sound like very many, but imagine 30 mice running around your house and you will understand why Carl was disturbed.
 
It took a few days, but the bats were successfully vented out of the home.  Being a carpenter, Carl decided to complete the necessary repairs and maintenance himself, using some special materials we shipped to him.  We also coached him through the repair process.
 
He left the clean up to the same professional who vented the bats. They used bio-hazard equipment, as is typical for most animal waste clean-ups.  The guano was removed and the area sanitized, removing not only the danger of disease or illness, but also the smell that would cause the animals to want to return.  Carl is happy to be bat free.
 
To learn more about my professional animal removal services, or for a referral, call 1-888-488-1415.  Or visit http://unitedwildlife.com/AnimalsBats.html

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Sacramento, California Bat Removal

Posted by animalcontrol on January 8, 2009

 

Bat droppings at Mike's house in Sacramento.

Bat droppings at Mike's house in Sacramento. If you look closely, you can see that the droppings extend down the other side of the ridgeline, too. This is only a fraction on the mess that my technician found at Mike's house.

From Mike T. in Sacramento, California:

 

“I live in a 2 story brick home in Sacramento, and I have discovered that we have bats. I do not think they are in the attic, but seem to be living on a shelf just under the eaves on the brick.  There are droppings all over the place and the house is starting to smell bad.  I contacted a local exterminator and he said you can’t really get rid of bats. The neighbors are starting to complain.  I can’t live like this.  Can you help?“

 

Yes, Mike, we can help.  You have come to the right place.  Using the digital pictures you sent I can see that you do have a fairly serious bat problem.  Your brick is stained and piles of guano (droppings) are accumulating against the foundation in several places.  Here is what we will do.  I will refer you to a professional wildlife removal operator in your area who will completely inspect the interior and exterior of the home to make sure the animals are isolated to the outside of the home. I hope none are in your attic, but they can fit through very small gaps and you may find that some have made their way inside.  The most likely places are where the vents meet brick.  If the seals have failed or the screening is damaged, you probably have some inside your house, too.

 

Since you report a strong smell inside as well as outside, I expect we will find at least a small colony in your attic. If that is the case, the technician will use special equipment (one way vents, screening, etc.) to get them out.  Then he will seal everything off and clean up the mess. 

 

The exterior bats are a different matter.  Bats are attracted to places that smell of bats.  It will be necessary to clean up using special enzyme cleaners to break down the existing biological material and neutralize it.  Do not attempt to clean up guano, urine or other remains yourself without special respirators, gloves and suits.  Breathing the dust that comes off of guano is very hazardous. Professional cleanup not only removes the smell that attracts the animals, it removes the smell that repels you and your neighbors.

 

Exterior maintenance and modification will make the current roosting sites unattractive to bats.  Again, we have special materials and techniques that help.  We also have a three-part repellent that we have developed to deter them from returning to roosts.  We have not found a repellent on the general market that really works; that is why we developed our own.  It is non-toxic to humans and pets and will not endanger your family. 

 

We do not exterminate these animals.  It is illegal, as well as environmentally unsound, but we can refer you to a local technician who can get rid of them and give you back your home.

 

I am glad you contacted me, Mike, and are serious about taking steps towards bat removal.  If you like, you can learn more about my professional animal removal services by visiting this site: http://unitedwildlife.com/AnimalsBats.html

 

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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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Bat Removal-Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on December 19, 2008

Wonderful creatures, but you don't want them as roommates.

Wonderful creatures, but you don't want them as roommates.

 

Even in Salt Lake City, in Utah’s desert, people have bats.  Bad advice on what to do about them is numerous and easy to come by.  I was recently called to an older brick home in a beautiful historic neighborhood.  The Johnsons knew they had a problem because they had found droppings and noticed the distinctive smell (similar to a gerbil crossed with a sweaty locker room).  They called the local exterminator and were told “you really can’t get rid of bats.”  They became frantic, knowing that living with these animals was dangerous to their physical (and mental) health and was damaging their home.  

 

The truth is, you CAN get rid of them, but bat removal is a multi-step process that requires expertise and training.  Each case is different.  In this house, the animals had not yet penetrated the interior of the home, but were in and under the eaves and brick ledges.  We were able to get rid of the animals and then clean up the guano, urine and odor within a few days.  By blocking the numerous access holes that were available in the eaves where the brick face met the frame roof, we denied them entrance to their roosts and they moved on to a new home.

 

The owners contacted their insurance company, who was able to help out with the cost of removing the animals and the clean up and repair associated with it.  The Johnsons are sleeping much better at night knowing that their bat removal was done completely and professionally.  They still use the exterminator for spiders, but now know that calling a nuisance animal specialist is the way to handle wildlife removal.  

 

Call me for help with your wildlife problem at 1-888-488-1415. 

 

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