Bats are highly beneficial in the wild. They consume large quantities of insects, including pesky mosquitoes. In fact, bats can consume half their own body weight in insects each night! In certain areas, such as the southwestern US, African savanna, and tropical regions of the world, bats are vital for the pollination of flowers and dispersal of seeds. Bat feces, called guano, are valued as an important fertilizer throughout much of the world.
Although bats do great things for the ecosystem, they can become a real nuisance if they decide to take up residence in your home. Below we review what to do if you have bats, and why carrying out each step is important.
Get Rid of Bats with a Wildlife Control Service
The first thing to do if you discover bats in your home is to call a wildlife removal company. A quick internet search or flip through the phonebook will yield several companies that specialize in these services.
Bats must be removed from the home and prevented from returning before cleanup can begin. Bats are protected by state and federal law, making it unlawful to kill them. Wildlife control companies have methods of removing bats from your home that will safely and humanely keep them from returning.
Once the bats are gone, you must ensure that they will not be able to gain access to your home in the future. Bats have a strong urge to return to the same roosting spot year after year, so exclusion is a necessity, especially when that spot is in your attic!
Clean Up the Mess with Bat Remediation
Don’t make the mistake of thinking the bats are gone, problem solved. Removing the bats is only the first half of the process. Now that the bats are gone, the cleanup can begin. Unlike many animals, bats urinate and defecate where they sleep, which could mean your attic or your walls. Bat guano can be very dangerous to your health. Exposure to a fungus associated with bat guano can lead to a lung disease called Histoplasmosis.
A typical bat infestation remediation involves the removal of guano, attic insulation and often ceiling and/or wall drywall that has come into contact with bat feces and urine. A bat remediation should follow a similar protocol to a mold remediation or an asbestos abatement. Steps should be taken during cleanup to prevent the spread of guano and contaminated building materials to unaffected areas of the home.
These steps include building containment around the affected area, maintaining negative pressure inside the containment, HEPA filtered air scrubbers vented outside, bagging affected building materials as they are removed, HEPA vacuuming all surfaces within the affected area, cleaning all remaining building materials with an appropriate detergent/disinfectant and deodorizing the area. As an added precaution, the remaining building materials can be encapsulated before reconstruction begins.
How Branch Environmental Can Help
We have performed numerous bat remediations over the years. We have the skills and experience to safely and thoroughly remediate a bat infestation. If you know or suspect that you have bats, call a wildlife removal company today.
Once the bats are gone, contact Branch Environmental to safely and effectively clean up the damage.