Bats can cause a great deal of physical and environmental damage to your home, in addition to the variety of associated health and wellness risks to you and your family. As we note in this post, it’s no secret why bat removal is the top priority when you have an infestation.
Branch Environmental is a leading provider of bat remediation services, but we rely on wildlife removal experts to handle the actual removal of bats. One reason for this is that bats have special protection by the state of Georgia given their important role in the ecosystem.
At Branch, we always want customers to be able to make informed decisions. That’s why we reached out to the bat removal specialists behind Southern Wildlife Management in Athens, GA to help you better understand bats and what’s involved in the bat removal process. Here’s what they have to say about removing bats humanely:
What should homeowners keep in mind when it comes to bat removal?
Bats are protected in the state of Georgia. Bats are also vector species, which means that they are capable of carrying rabies. Bats should never be handled by an inexperienced person.
You can have bats in your attic or your gable vents and never physically see them. They can even hide in a crack the width of a pencil.
How does the bat removal process work?
We first have to establish that there is a colony—known as either a bachelor pad or a maternity ward—living in the dwelling. If we can see them and if it’s not the maternity season, we simply remove them or install a custom one-way valve so when they leave at dusk they cannot return. Then we make a return trip to remove the valve and seal up the final exit.
How long does bat removal take?
It depends. There are a lot of factors that go into the timeline: Is it maternity season? Has there been a breach? We do the job as quickly as we can, but we are always sure to do it properly.
What’s the biggest bat removal case you’ve worked on?
Three jobs come to mind:
- Doing work for the University Housing building in Athens. This was not our most expensive job, but it was the most challenging because we had to use a lift and shut down a street in order to access where the bats were getting in.
- A multi-million dollar indoor horse riding facility in Madison, which ended up being our most expensive job yet.
- Our most labor intensive job was a log cabin in South Georgia. Log cabins can be quite trying, since every crack between the logs has to be sealed.
Are bat infestations seasonal or year-round?
Bats can live in our attics year-round in the state of Georgia. But the maternity season, between May 1st and August 15th, has us scurrying every year.
What makes your team the best choice for a homeowner to call?
We are the only company that we know of in the state that also has a Licensed Wildlife Rehabber. What this means to the homeowner is that we have a more intimate understanding of animals and their behavior—not just bats—so our abilities are above and beyond those of the average trapper.
To me the most important issues, and the issues I emphasize every day, are:
- You cannot harm bats. They are a vital part of our ecosystem, and we need them.
- We can humanely get bats out.
- Whatever you use to clean up guano better be disposable. Never use a broom and then bring it back into the house. Never use a vacuum that you use in the house, etc. Leave the guano to experts who use HEPA filtration, respirators, and hazmat suits to remove it.
- It is not the end of the world if you have bats. They are not trying to get inside your house. They are not trying to “get you.” Simply hire someone to safely remove them and your life will continue on.
Once the bats have been removed, Branch can proceed with remediation of the damage using our own specialized equipment and careful attention to detail. Before that, however, we advise customers to call a bat removal specialist like Southern Wildlife Management. When you’re ready for the next step, we welcome you to contact us.