1. Timing is Everything: What season are you in Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall? How quickly the bats vacate your home or building will depend on the season you are in. Click on the links of the seasons to help you better understand bat removal and control during these seasons. Also it is a must to consider timing when dealing with maternity colonies. Typically during late May until Early August, bats in Idaho will have their pups. These pups can not fly, so executing a live bat exclusion at this time is inhumane and maybe considered illegal. Only experts can determine if you have a female colony of bats.
2. Locate Bat Entry Points: Looking for droppings, rubbing marks, or oil stains outside an opening should indicate a bat entry point. Some homes it may be harder to find if you
have a small colony of bats. Other homes with large bat problems the indication may be much easier to find. If the colony is small or has not been there very long you must watch at night (typically
15 minutes before sunset) or in the morning (typically 15 minutes before sunrise) to see if you can locate where the bats are flying from. Below are some common entry points where bats get into your
home or attic.
Broken vent screens
Loose or missing shingles or tiles
Pipe or wire penetrations into buildings
Loose or missing caulk around the home
Roof line intersections missing flashing
Where dormers meet the roof
Cracks and crevices along siding
3. Evacuating the Bats: Once you locate the bat entry point or points it is important to allow them to leave on their own. This is done by installing an exclusion tube or bat netting over the entry point, also known as a one way door. Warning: Do not wait until night to let them fly out and then try and seal them out. Not all bats in the colony will leave in the same night. After the exclusion devices are installed it is important to seal all other potential points on the home or the bats will just find another opening. This leads us into our next step of the bat removal process.
4. Prevent Re-entry of Bats: Now that you have found the main entry points and installed the bat exclusion devices, now you must seal of the rest of the house. This is an important step or everything you have done up to this point is wasted. Sealing the remaining entry points is done during the same time you install the one way doors. Bats can enter any area .5" H x 1.5" W. Our general rule of thumb is to seal off any area 1/4" or larger just to make sure there is no re-entry.We use materials such as 1/8" hardware cloth, windows and siding caulk, roof sealant, black wildlife repellent foam, and others to seal off entries.
5. Bats are Gone, Now What?: The good news is all of the bats have been evicted from the home or building. The bad news is there is still some work to do. We typically wait at least a week and most times 30 days to make sure all of the bats are gone and there is no new activity. Then once we are 100% certain all of the bats are excluded we remove all of the one-way exit doors and seal up the openings. It's also important to make sure all of your prior repairs have held up and there are no new openings to be fixed. Once you are certain all of the bats are gone and there are no new openings it's time to clean up what the bats have left behind.
6. Cleaning up the Bat Guano (their feces): The bats are gone, the doors are pulled, and the home has been reinspected. Now it's time to clean up the mess the bats left behind.
This can be as simple as a spot clean in the attic or as complex as removing the insulation and restoring the attic. Every home is different and all homes require less or more work. We have seen
homes where roofs have had to come off because there wasn't access to the areas the bats were roosting. Most of the time it is important to have your home inspected to determine the severity of the
bat infestation and the damages.
In Conclusion to Getting Rid of Bats
All professional wildlife companies and bat exclusion specialists know the correct way to get rid of the bats is through a live bat exclusion. Do not poison or trap bats, it will not work. Bats are excluded from your home or attic through a live bat exclusion Process. This is done by bat proofing your home with screen, caulking, caps, etc. Also a one-way trap door is installed at the entry point so the bats can get out but not get back in.
Affordable Home Services Of Idaho LLC, provides humane bat removal exclusions and bat control as well as cleanup and repairs. We are a bat control company located in west central Idaho. We do not kill bats, use bat repellents, or trap bats because they don't work, all are very inhumane and even illegal. We are not a bat pest control company or an exterminator, but we know how to get rid of bats through a more educated and humane process. Affordable Home Services Of Idaho LLC. is fully licensed and insured. If you need bat removal anywhere in the state ofIdaho call (208) 495-4321.
Affordable Home Services Of Idaho
Donnelly, ID 83615
Phone: 208 495-4321 208 495-4321
Proudly serving Valley County,Idaho and the surrounding areas to include:
*Cascade *Donnelly *Lake Fork
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