Live Bat Removal Lapeer County
Live bat removal is a 4 step process in Lapeer County. We follow all guidelines recommended by BCI to ensure we are using techniques that result in the safety of the bats being removed. They are a critical part of our ecosystem in Lapeer county, Michigan and play a vital role in controlling the insect population. Please ensure that any bat removal company you work with only uses techniques that do not harm the bats in the process.
Site inspection is the first step in live bat removal. This step is critical as there are different paces we can attack the bat problem based on the type of bat colony you have. A bachelor colony can be removed right away through one way doors. A maternal colony will have pups in it from May to August so care needs to be taken with them being removed. If we installed the one way doors without determining what type of colony you have we could end up separating the mothers from their young. This would be detrimental to the bat population in Lapeer County and would also result in the pups decaying in your home.
Step 2 in the process is to start the live bat removal. We determine where the bats are getting into your home during the site inspection. All active entry points will be easy to spot for us. Bats will generally defecate outside the opening and it will stick to your home. This combined with their fur being oily ensures that the entry point being used having brown streaking going into it. That allows us to know where we should focus on setting the one way doors. We will also ensure that all other possible entry ways are sealed at this time. When the bats leave through the one way door they will end up trying to get back in. The one way door will prevent that but if there is another way in they will find it. We will make sure there is no chance of that happening.
Our third step in live bat removal is to wait. In most situations we will leave the one way doors on your home for up to 4 weeks. The bats are normally active enough that they will leave within 4-7 days but it is better to be safe and give them extra time. During the Winter months we will not be able to get any bats to leave through the one way doors because they hibernate. As long as the weather allows it and the roof is clear of ice and snow we are still able to block all entry points and install the one way doors. These will stay up until spring and when the bats become active they will be excluded immediately upon leaving your home for the first time in Spring.
Our last step in the process is our bat guano cleanup or attic restoration service. This step is critical to maintaining a healthy environment in your home or business. Bat guano can attract bugs into your attic. It can also release bacteria into the air that can be harmful to people and pets alike. It will cause fungi and mold to grow in your attic which can also cause health problems. We offer full service attic restoration. We will remove any contaminated materials, disinfect, and deodorize the problem areas. We will then install new insulation to return your attic to a healthy insulating part of you home. Not all jobs require a full attic restoration and for those we offer a spot cleaning service as well.
Attic Pest Control services are offered in the following cities in Lapeer County, Michigan: Attica, Almont, Brown City, Columbiaville, Dryden, Hadley,Imlay City, Lapeer, Metamora, North Branch, Otter Lake, and all other surrounding areas.
We Follow all guidelines of Bat Conservation International:
We agree that:
1. We will be licensed, as required, by our state.
2. We will provide property owners with a guarantee and list of references. All written materials will be accurate and scare tactics will be avoided.
3. We will use the preferred, one-way devices constructed from light weight polypropylene netting (<1/6″mesh), plastic sheeting, or tube-type excluders for evicting bats from buildings. Excluders will be placed at all active entry points and remain in place for at least 5 to 7 days. These devices will be removed after the bats have been excluded, and then exclusion points will be sealed with silicone caulking, caulk backing understand that in some case, sealing may require repair or replacement of old, deteriorated wood. (Note that BCI strongly building and avoid spot treatments. Moving bats from one corner of a building to another does not solve the problem and may require that further exclusion work is carried time in the future, further disturbing the bats
and the property owner).
4. We know simply waiting until the bats have flown out at night and then permanently sealing entrances shut without the use of exclusion devices is not approved by BCI. This method often traps some bats inside the building.
5. We understand that BCI also discourages the use of “permanent netting” in most situations.
6. We know that aerosol dog and cat repellents may discourage bat use of a particular roosting spot for periods of up to several months and have been used effectively to prevent bats from night-roosting above porches. If used, the spray will be applied by day when bats are not present. Aerosol repellents are not an adequate substitute for exclusion in the case of day roosts and will never be applied when bats are in a roost. To discourage bats at night roosts, we also may use Mylar balloons or strips of tin foil that are hung from roosting areas and allowed to move in the breeze.
7. We acknowledge that maternity season for bats in the US and Canada can range from mid-April through 31 August, although pups have been seen as early as late April in some instances. We agree that eviction of bats, or any activity that directly affects their roosting area, will occur only prior to or after the maternity season, when young will not be trapped inside, creating additional problems.
8. We understand that some bats hibernate in buildings during the winter months and that winter exclusions should be performed only if it can be determined that no bats are hibernating in the building. If bats are present during the winter months, exclusions should be postponed until spring temperatures are warm enough for deciduous plants to leaf out and insects to again be abundant.
9. We acknowledge that ultrasonic devices, chemical repellents, and smoke are not approved by BCI as effective methods to evict bats from buildings. In addition, canned spray foam is not an approved sealant for cracks and holes in most situations. It is not only unattractive, but can result in the death of bats that come into contact with it. This product should never be used when bats are still present.
10. We understand that traps and relocation are not BCI approved exclusion techniques. While removing large numbers of bats from a building may seem impressive to a customer, it is unlikely to be effective. Traps can be fatal to bats if left unattended or if overcrowding occurs. Bats have excellent homing instincts making relocation attempts unlikely to succeed. They will simply attempt to return to the original capture area upon release. Capturing bats at an exclusion site is not encouraged, although capturing a single bat to remove it from a living space is an exception to this rule.
11. We understand that installation of bat houses can offer a vital alternative roost for excluded bats, and that it is best if bat houses are installed in advance of exclusions.
12. We will provide BCI membership and bat house information to our customers to further encourage conservation of bats and their habitats.
13. We will maintain adequate insurance, and provide proof of insurance to BCI.
14. We understand that customers may post reviews about our company on the BCI Website.