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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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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

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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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Do it Yourself Skunk Control gone wrong near Denver, Colorado

Posted by animalcontrol on June 4, 2009

We remove dead animals from all kinds of locations.

We remove dead animals from all kinds of locations.

Years ago a female skunk made her home under what is now my parents’ home on a ranch in central Colorado.  The home is an old one and the result of numerous additions over nearly 100 years.  There is not much foundation under the house, so in order to access the pipes under the bathroom a tunnel had been dug to provide access through a very small crawl space.  

This mama skunk determined that the tunnel was a great place for a family and eventually had a litter of babies.  Having now six of these creatures living under the house created a smell that would have to be experienced to be believed.  But, what to do about it? 

My grandfather consulted a neighbor, Roy, who had a surefire, guaranteed solution.  He had the foolish idea to run a hose from the exhaust of the pickup into the tunnel under the bathroom.  He thought it would drive them out where they could be shot.  

(NOTE:  This is a BAD idea, very dangerous and could have killed the people in the house. Please never attempt this foolish technique at your home or your neighbor’s home.) 

The old ranch truck was backed up to the house and the hose positioned.  A shooter was ready and waiting.  The animals never appeared. They died under the house.  Live ones are bad but dead skunks are worse.  The smell of dead skunk made the home truly unlivable.  

My grandfather had to crawl to the very back of the crawl space and haul out all the dead skunks.  Every trip out from under the house he would drop a rotten carcass, vomit and crawl back under. The smell was so severe he became sick and remained weak and ill for a long time afterwards.  

After the whole experience was over and people had time to think about it everyone agreed that we were very lucky to have only dead skunks, and not people.  Too bad my grandfather didn’t know about wildlife control contractors.  Actually, they didn’t even exist then.  This was over 40 years ago and people had to fend for themselves.  We are lucky to have professional help available for nuisance animal problems today.

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