Bat Guano & Urine Damages

Aside from an extremely unpleasant odor, bat guano and urine cause damage to structures aesthetically, chemically, and structurally.

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Chemical Effect

Guano and urine have a chemical effect on building materials. Both substances contain high levels of uric and other acids. These acids can attack the calcium carbonate and other ‘binders’ in natural stone, artificial stone, and even concrete. They can corrode metal building materials such as copper or bronze and attack their protective patina. This can result in problems, both aesthetically and structurally!

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Salts

Although brick and other clay-based materials may be relatively resistant to acids, they are vulnerable to damage from salts. Guano contains high levels of phosphates, ammonium, potassium, chlorides, and other materials. These and the salts resulting from acid corrosion can result in severe problems of efflorescence* and breaking. Similarly, the effect of the acids and salts on the porosity of masonry and other materials can result in accelerated moisture and frost damage. The acid can also serve as a catalyst in the process of oxidation on nails, screws, and metal flashing’s around the structure.

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Bat urine


Bat urine readily crystallizes at room temperature. In warm conditions under roofs exposed to sun and on chimney walls, the urine evaporates so quickly that it crystallizes in great accumulations. Boards and beams saturated with urine acquire a whitish powder-like coating. With large numbers of bats, thick and hard stalactites and stalagmites of crystallized bat urine are occasionally formed.

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Fabrics & Insulation


Materials such as fabrics and insulation are extremely porous and susceptible to deterioration, thus leaving removal and replacement as the only viable solution for eliminating the guano and urine.

As already mentioned, bat guano and urine have a high concentration of uric and other acids, meaning that the guano and urine are extremely corrosive. This is especially true when there is repeated contact with surfaces such as metals and wood. Over a long period of time urine may cause wood deterioration. As the urine saturates the surfaces of dry wood beams and crystallizes, the wood fibers expand and separate. This can be quite severe, ultimately resulting in the need to replace such materials.

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Attacks

Long-term exposure to bat urine can be problematic, particularly for softer stones like marble and travertine. These materials have a higher percentage of calcium carbonate that makes them more vulnerable to acidic compounds (like guano and urine). These acids attack the calcium carbonate and other ‘binders’ in natural stone, artificial stone, and even concrete. Granite and other hard surfaces can also be damaged, depending on the porosity and permeability of the material (granite’s that are lighter in color tend to be more absorbent). While the outside surface of granite is typically sealed after installation, the back and undersides of the material are left untreated and are vulnerable to damage (please note: even when sealed, granite may still be absorbent).

*efflorescence. A whitish, powdery deposit on the surface of rocks or soil in dry regions. It is formed as mineral-rich water rises to the surface through capillary action and then evaporates. Efflorescence usually consists of gypsum, salt, or calcite.

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We get t-shirts made from Uberprints.com and they have bats_headerchanged the way t-shirts are done. They make it “uber” easy to get our custom shirts prints.

Not only did they get us our beautiful shirts but they were so kind to write a blog post about us!  Our Project planner and CFO Rebekah Wright and our Website Director Chelsea was able to provide Uberprints with Additional information on what we do as a company.

Here is a preview –  Click below for the full blog, bat facts and some myths.

the-bat-crew“For most, a bat encounter would be what Halloween nightmares are made of.  For Western Bat Specialist in Northern California, saving these misrepresented (misunderstood?) animals is all in a day’s work.”

Click here to read the full Article and to learn more about what we do:

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Wind Power and Bat Fatalities

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“Nature stretches out her arms to embrace man, only let his thoughts be of equal greatness”.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson in “Nature

For every good thing that we come up with, there can be an opposing downside for nature or wildlife. As we search for ways to produce “greener” energy, researchers are combating some serious – although greatly fixable – problems.

One problemthat is being researched in the last many years is the devastating effects of Wind Farms on migratory birds and bats. Many more bats than birds are actually killed at Wind Farms, although the turbines have caused many deaths to eagles, cranes and others. Regulations limiting the amount of birds that can be killed have been passed, but with bats, it is very hard to put a number on the death rate. Bat carcasses are small and they blend in with the fields and landscape. Some estimates have put the figure around 600,000-800,000+ a year, but no one really knows for sure. And no one knows what % of overall bat populations that that figure equates to.

What is known is that most of these deaths, 80%, occur during migratory months; mid-July to mid-October. This is the time when many species migrate long distances in a group. The hoary bat, which is normally a solitary fellow, travels in huge groups at this time. Bats are attracted to turbines for unknown reasons. Could it be their height -like tall trees – or the noise the turbines make, bugs trapped in the wind currents, or is it something else?

Bats are not killed just by the spinning – which can turn at speeds of 160 miles an hour – acting much like a huge blender in the sky. Although these blades take out large numbers of bats, more than 50% of the deaths occur from “barotrauma”, the air pressure changes due to the sweep of the blades. The bats are unable to detect the invisible low pressure. This causes their internal air passages to rapidly expand, causing internal bleeding, or their lungs to explode. Many bats lying dead on the ground may look unharmed – they have had no blade contact. Also a hazard to the bats is the electrical infrastructure that surrounds some turbines, power lines being an additional hazard.

So what is being done? Wind and migration patterns are being study to determine wind farm placement. Wind Farm operations could be scaled back during migration months. Also, the tilt of the turbine axis can be of help in reducing death. Researchers are working on high frequency noise generators, ultraviolet light, and very importantly, when turbines are “turned on”, and when they are put to idling – known as “feathering” the turbines. When wind speeds are low, bats are most active. Therefore if turbines are put into a feathering flying-batsmode at this time, less bats will be killed. Likewise, bats do not like high wind. So if turbines are adjusted to kick in only once the wind reaches a higher speed, less bats will be out and about to suffer the consequences of flying through a wind farm.

Renewable energy sources are a wonderful thing and with a few adjustments can be even more so. But in our eyes, not many things are quite as wonderful as our pest controlling “King of the night skies”.

Help! I Need Bat Removal AND Home Repairs!

 

Bat Removal & Home Repairs:bats in house

You may only need bat exclusion work to remove bats and bat-proof your home. However, homes do need repair work from time to time, and while your home may look nothing like the one in this photo, if it need repairs, doing them may be necessary to remove bats permanently.

The great news is, we are a full service company!

We are highly qualified, experienced, fully licensed with the CSLB (License #991099).  Our company is insured and bonded.  We specialize in repairing bat damages! We first perform bat exclusion work (removing bats) and then if needed we can do any necessary remediation (clean-up) and repairs – from very small, to quite large!

This is very good news: Why? Many times the homeowner/s, hire contractors to do repairs / construction work and they have no knowledge of bats, or bat-proofing home. Many times bats are then trapped, and die in walls and ceiling areas. Or, the work is finished, but the home is not truly bat proof, and the owner continues to experience bat problems down the road. We are the full solution to any bat problem and for those in need of bat removal and bat-proofing.

The great thing is we guarantee our bat proofing and have the Construction experience needed to successfully repair your home!

Questions to consider, do you have:

  • Siding that is warped and allowing bat entry?
  • Fascia boards that are warped or missing allowing bats to live in and under?
  • Vent screening that is torn or missing allowing bats to have attic access?
  • Warped frames around windows that allow areas for bats?
  • End tiles, field tiles, or ridge caps that may need mortaring and bat exclusion?
  • Dry rot, woodpecker holes, etc., that give opportunistic bats an idea?
  • Doors not fitting snugly that give just enough room for bats to get in and out?
  • Roofing that needs replacement to end bat problems, or remediate previous ones?
  • Caulking that is missing or non-existent?
  • Bats that live between and /or under siding that was put over previous siding?

These are just a few of the common problems that we see and we can fix them!

Don’t suffer any longer:

Water damage, dry rot, bird holes, warping, bats in the attic, bats in the house, and bats living in your home freely.

We have the answer:

Call us today 888-550-2287 (BATS) or our Construction Team at 885-550-2534 (BLDG).

We leave your home looking aesthetically pleasing, with quality bat exclusions and quality construction work!Western-Valley-Construction-Logo

Our Bat Experts and Construction Division –  Western Valley Construction are committed to leaving your home bat tight and leaving you happy and Bat Free!

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and Bat Experts: Western Bat Specialists are under our corporate name:

C. Wright & Wright Enterprises, Inc

Warehouse Bat Removal

Bats love warehouses, and here is why:

Bat Proofing Warehouse
The way a warehouse is designed can create a great environment for bats.  Warehouses are often structured like giant concrete caves, and bats are naturally drawn to the high ceilings, open design, and cave-like temperatures. With conditions that seem just right for making a home and forming a bat colony, warehouses can be a bat paradise.

The concrete tilt-up design with expansion joints along the walls make ideal places for bats to snuggle into. In addition, bats can use these to crawl up and access the roof and ceiling area. Many times bats like to sleep and hang out under the gutter systems that wrap around the outside of the warehouse.

Are bats accessing your commercial roll-up doors?

Most warehouses also have one or more roll-up doors for deliveries and loading. Such large doors make great entry points for bats. These doors are often opened by employees in the early morning hours when bats are coming back from their nightly expeditions, and these same doors are often open into the evening dusk hours which allows the bats to exit again. Add to that the problem of loose-fitting doors and you end up with a great access point for bats.

We can help you resolve these problems and we can install professional grade brush guards in a bat proofing manner.

Do you have Bat Guano (feces) in your warehouse?

Many warehouses store food items, and the presence of bat guano in the warehouse is simply unacceptable. Significant labor overhead is added by having to constantly sweep guano off of equipment and floors. Bat urine can cause etching on items that are stored in the warehouse.

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Bat exclusion and bat proofing

Let us help you with humane bat removal that does not harm bats. We use proven and successful solutions that result in sanitary and safe working conditions.

 We have safely excluded and bat proofed warehouses all over Northern California including:  Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, Redding,  Chico, Napa, Sonoma,  Stockton, Fairfield, Concord, Windsor, Fremont,  Mountain View and the surrounding areas – Contact our office to see if we service your location,  888-550-2287 (BATS).

You can trust us when it comes to warehouse bat removal

We guarantee that we can solve your bat problem in a cost effective and timely manner. Contact us today!