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!

Call for a free Quote! Check out our references and testimonials!

Corporate info: Our Construction Department: Western Valley Construction

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.

Bats in Warehouse

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!

“HOLY BUG INFESTATION, BATMAN!”

Did you know bats carry blood sucking bat bugs?

Bot on Roof
Every year we receive calls from homeowners who allow bats to co-exist in their houses many years because they like bats and feel the bats really are not causing a problem as far as they  can see.

Western Bat Specialists likes bats as well – and we are always happy to see people becoming more and more informed about how absolutely beneficial these little creatures are.  However, it is not beneficial to have bats colonizing in the attic and walls of your home.  Besides the matter of odor, and the growing deposits of guano and urine, bats carry an “ectoparasite” (a parasite that lives on the outside of the body, such as skin and hair) – the blood sucking bat bug.

Upon seeing the bat bug,  (approximately 2/8″ – 3/8″ in size) many people think it is a bed bug.  In fact, it is a close relative, and is indistinguishable to the naked eye.  Bat bugs feed on bats, and travel to new locations by clinging to their “bat mobile” as it flies about.  If the opportunity exists, it will also feed on humans.  It can survive more than a year without a meal!  When it feeds, it punctures the skin and will feed on the host for up to 15 minutes.  Hmm… this is not a bug that you really want setting up a nursery in your home!

We have received calls from folks plagued with bat bugs and they can be hard to eliminate.  They can move into mattresses, bedding, and bed frames – just like bed bugs.  They live in cracks and crevices, even drapery folds!  As with everything, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Let us exclude and bat-proof your home professionally and humanely – sooner rather than later.

Call us today!

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Affordable Bat Removal

Bat removal is generally very affordable. At Western Bat Specialists we know that bat removal is something that most people have not figured into their budget!  Because of that, we would like to make your bat problems as easy to remedy as possible.

We have been known for years to be one of the most reasonably priced bat professionals around, and many times are told we were the best price quote that someone received for bat removal. We try to keep your costs down by coming to your home prepared to do the work on our first visit.  That way we can save the expense of an inspection fee.  We do need to charge an *inspection fee if you just want or need us to look at your home to determine the situation with your bats and what needs to be done to fix it.  However, if you allow us to do the work on that initial visit, we will waive the inspection fee and only charge for our work.  And you can be assured that we will not charge an exorbitant fee for the exclusion; in fact, ours are some of the most fairly priced fees in the business.  Your exclusion may be much less than you expected! Let us remove bats from your home or business. You will be happy that you used Western Bat Specialists!

Our customers also have the satisfaction of knowing they can call us in the future with a question or a need because we have been in the bat business for many years.

We also accept major credit cards.  If you like, even if your bat removal was very affordable, you can make payment arrangements with our office – without interest!

Bat problems rarely go away on their own.  So even if you are reluctant to schedule the work now, be aware that as time goes on the problem usually becomes a more costly one.  The bat colony will continue to grow, and can lead to odor issues with your home.

*If you would like a free estimate, before we come to your home, that can also be done!  We need for you to take very good pictures of your home and up-close pictures of the suspected problem areas and e-mail them to us.  We will get back to you promptly with an estimate to remedy your particular bat issue.  Please take 2 – 3 pictures standing on the street or away from your house in order to capture the whole house, it’s elevations and the terrain around it.  Then take some pictures of the problem bat areas as well as you can.  You do not need to get on a ladder.  Stand on the ground and use your zoom or simply get as close as you can.  Once you have the photos – you can upload them to us on our “Contact” form.