Can I use Bat Repellant?

Is There A Bat Repellant?

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Western Bat Specialists offers the safe removal of bats without chemicals and sprays

It is not uncommon for bats to be found hanging under covered decks and porches.

They may be resting temporarily, or they might like it there and stay much longer.  Some folks aren’t too concerned, but for others, particularly if the bat is near the front door, their droppings (guano) can become a nuisance.  Homeowners, tire of sweeping guano away (see “Will Bat Guano Make Me Sick)”, and don’t like the idea that their nocturnal friend could accidentally fly in the house with the opening and closing of the door.

Is there is some sort of bat repellant that would encourage their bats to quit hanging there?

There are many so-called solutions floating around, most with limited success.  We have heard of home owners using balloons, streamers, Sonar, mothballs,  fake owls (bat’s natural predator) devices that emit noise, the list goes on without proven success.

Although we don’t know of any sure-fire 100% successful bat repellant, there is something that can be tried that seems to have much better success than any other.

At a hardware or pet store, or on the Internet, look for “powdered cat and/or dog repellant”, usually in a small canister.   (The Internet may prove to be a much easier way to find the repellant).  Do not get repellant in an aerosol form; it is not as successful.

After getting the powdered repellent, add water and make a strong “tea” out of it.  Put this repellent into a spray bottle.  When the bat or bats ARE NOT hanging in their spot (usually when they have left to hunt in the evening), spray this mixture around the area they hang.  They do not like the smell of this and that can be enough to encourage them to move on.  In addition, you will need to place a very bright spot light aimed up at he area the bats are hanging at.  Your porch light is not enough. Do this for about 3 to 4 nights in a row. Monitor for droppings (see “How Can I Tell If It Is a Mouse Dropping or Bat Guano?“), if they continue repeat the above steps.

We hope this method proves to be successful for you!

 As always, we want to humanely and safely work with our bat friends.  If you are unsure whether your bats are just hanging out, or whether they are actually living in the structure of your home, call us at 1-888-550-2287 (BATS) and we can make that determination.

If you have a lot of bats, you probably will need an expert in bat exclusion – and that is us! Give Western Bat Specialists a call – we are always happy to discuss bats with you!

Netting:  We can install Stealth netting. This has proven successful in many areas and this is installed in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Contact us today and we can sending you pictures and give you information on our netting and if this is the right option for you!

 

# Netting Information: It’s aesthetically appealing: Stealth-Net is black and the netting is composed of very thin, ultra-strong strands of polyethylene twine. It’s a long-lasting, 100% solution. Stealth-Net is manufactured using the most advanced technology in the world, and has been developed to withstand a wide range of environmental conditions. Polyethylene is the most ultraviolet (UV)-resistant netting material available, and Stealth-Net has extra UV stabilizers added in its raw materials. It’s humane: Stealth-Net provides a harmless and impenetrable barrier against bats. Stealth-Net can completely exclude bats from structures by sealing off openings like archways and other unenclosed areas, using stand-off brackets and weighted cable.

 

Bat Removal

“Aaaah…there’s a bat in my home; can you come and perform a bat removal?”  This is a phone call that we receive quite often at Western Bat Specialists.  And the good news is: you can easily do a bat removal yourself!  It can be quite simple.

Bats often get into homes – sometimes through doors left open in the evening, perhaps while bringing in groceries.  Also, if open windows are without screens, or have ill-fitting screens, they can enter.  And unfortunately, at times, people attempting to bat proof homes seal them into attics and walls (see how to detect bats in attic).  When they are sealed into structures inadvertently, they become desperate to find an exit and sometimes discover a way into the home.

If you are certain the bat has had no contact with anyone, just allow him back outdoors. If you can isolate him to one room by closing doors to the rest of the house, do so.  Then open doors and windows to the outside. (We recommend doing this during the day; if done at night there is the risk that another bat could fly in.)  Once you have opened doors and windows, the bat can feel the air current and fly out.  However, if it does not, it can be captured and released.  When it is resting on the wall or floor, cover it with a box and slide a flat piece of cardboard under the box to nudge the bat inside.  Keeping the flat piece over the box, take your captured bat outside and gently shake it onto a bush, wall or tree.  (We always suggest that you wear leather gloves when doing this.) The bat can take flight once it has its bearings.  DON’T put the bat on the ground.  Many bats cannot take flight from the ground, and they are vulnerable to predators there.

If the bat appears sick or injured, we can refer you to a Wildlife Rehabilitator.  Or you can call Animal Control or the Public Health Department.

Whatever you do, don’t panic.  Rest assured, the bat wants out of your home as much as you want him out!  He will perform his own “bat removal” if he is possibly able!

Bats Inside? How To Detect Bats

Are bats inside your home or building?  How do you detect bats?

You’ve called us.  You think you have bats inside, but either have only occasionally seen some, or not yet seen them at all.  Maybe you’ve seen some droppings, (please look in our “Common Questions” tab for info about how to determine the difference between a mouse dropping from bat guano, and how to detect if it is fresh or old) or maybe you’ve heard some little chirpy noises in the ceiling or wall. Could it be bats inside?

With over two decades in the bat business, we will know how to tell whether you have bats inside or not, and also where they are entering or exiting.  But, if there is any doubt, or if you are curious, you can do a little detective work yourself.  Go around the exterior of your home or building.  Look for guano on the ground, or on decks and porches, perhaps stuck on windows.  Or there may be some white urine staining on the siding or windows.  Then you can serve some “Watchman Duty”.  Stand at different ends of your house outside around sunset.  It helps if more than one person does this, but if it is just you, then circle around.  The difficultly is, it depends on what species of bats you may be hosting as to what time he is going to make his nightly exit.

Western Pipistrelle bats and the slow flying Silver-haired bats make their exit before sunset.  Mexican Free-tailed bats exit right at sunset, and usually in a nice column or group.  Our very popular Little Brown bats exits at late dusk.  The Big Brown bats makes their debut about 20 minutes after sunset.  The little California Myotis bat, the Townsend’s Big-eared bat and the cute and creamy Pallid bat leave about an hour after sunset.  The Pallid bat will continue to go in and out through the night.  Fringe-tailed bats leave 1 – 2 hours after sunset; the huge Western Mastiff bat waits for complete darkness.  And the mostly solitary guy, the Hoary bat leaves very late, 2 – 5 hours after sunset. He can make audible chattering and hissing sounds, and may like to hunt around your outdoor light.

If you prefer, you can also get out right around dawn in the morning and catch some erratic flying guests coming in for a landing and back to bed.  Now you know if there are bats inside and how to detect bats.

 

Bat Exclusions

What is a Bat Exclusion?

Exclusion is conducted by positioning one-way devices at key locations to allow bats to exit the structure. The one-way devices allow the bats to exit, but prevents them from re-entering.  We can also use stealth-netting, (netting must be applied by professionals) so as to allow bats to exit and not reenter. We seal and bat proof in an aesthetically pleasing way.  We have thousands of satisfied customers. (Check out our testimonials)

We perform Bat Exclusions in a safe and humane manner. Bats are not rodents and they are a natural pesticide.  Many bats are protected and we never want to hurt or kill bats! However, we do not want bats in our homes, warehouses, buildings or structures causing damage.


We have successfully performed thousands of bat exclusions and we give a guarantee with our work!


Please note: Physically capturing bats and relocating them is almost never shutterstock_124615261successful because bats are often hiding in areas of the building that are not accessible.  If bats become scared they can travel back into the structure and become trapped.  Even if bats are in an area that is open, attempts to capture them will likely cause them to flee into inaccessible areas of the structure.  Trapping bats as they exit a building does not work either because bats are frequently injured or die in the process of being captured and transported to a new location.  Although this may appear to solve the problem temporarily, bats will almost always instinctively return to their old roosting location,  even if it requires flying hundreds of miles.

Bat Removal – Information on Frequently Asked Questions:  

Maternity Season: Most bat species only have one baby a year. We cannot perform bat Two Bats - Mother and Babyexclusions during Maternity season, June through mid- August.  If you are experiencing bat problems during bat maternity season, please don’t hesitate to call Western Bat Specialists.  Other companies may agree to do bat exclusions during this time; this is wrong and illegal in most states and extremely harmful to bats which can make a bad situation worse.  Bats that can’t get back in, would be forced to leave their pups (babies). The pup without his or her mother would die (they are unable to fly and they would become trapped) leading to dead bats in your building.  We would love to help you by performing a bat exclusion during the proper time of year! If you contact us we can get you on the calendar as soon as maternity season has lifted.

Bat Hibernation:  We do not provide Bat Exclusions in the winter months while bats are hibernatingWell intentioned people bring harm to the bat species by causing too much disturbance.  This is especially true in the wintertime, when bats have barely enough fatSleeping-Bat-Sm reserve to survive through the cold weather.  One extra disturbance (waking up in winter) can cause a loss of 60 days’ worth of fat reserves for the hibernating bat!  For this reason, we will not do exclusions when they are hibernating.  (They are not going to queue up and fly out during this time anyway.)

This can run from November 1st until February depending on your location and the weather.  Although no bat-proofing may be performed during this time, don’t delay! Call now to make an appointment, and we will make sure you are on the schedule to have your home bat-proofed as soon as the Hibernation season is over and it starts warming up. We will start booking appointments in February and we book up fast.

Don’t Plug Holes: Daily we gets calls in our office saying they have plugged up holes that they believe the bats are using to get in and out of the building. They waited for the bats to exit and then sealed up the area. This is never recommended as you can trap bats inside the home or building causing them to die and leading to additional problems as they take turns cycling throughout the evening hours.  If you have done this please contact us right away 888-550-2287  Please note: not all bats in a roost exit each night and you can trap bats inside leading them to die!

Guano & Urine / Damage from Bats: After the bat exclusion is done and if the bats have made a mess of your building, home or structure we can perform a Remediation Service.  Remediation is when we clean up all guano (feces) and affected areas. We can disinfect and clean your building using HEPA-filters. (Check out Remediation Services for more information)

Do Not Poison or Exterminate Bats:  Many bats are protected and are essential to the environment. Bats, although they can make a big mess in your home or business, are extremely valuable.  We will all be in serious trouble if the numbers of the bat population become drastically reduced.  And the sad fact is, over half of all bat species across the nation are in trouble.  This is because of many things; the closing of mines and caves, (loss of habitat) the use of pesticides, white nose syndrome, destruction of maternity colonies and poor attempts on some people’s part to do bat exclusions or even kill bats. Additionally, there is no pesticide created for use on bats. Therefore, anyone hired to use such chemicals / or products for anything except the labeled targeted pests is a violation of law. 

bat control Remember bats are a vital part of our eco-system, eating many insects (including mosquitoes) as part of their nightly diet.  A favorite culinary delight of the Mexican Free-tailed bat is the corn earworm moth.  The Pallid Bat loves scarab beetles.  He also is know to eat grasshoppers, moths and termites, among other things.

 

Call our office to find out more about Bat Exclusions and for more information about our services!

A specialist is waiting to take your call!

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888-550-2287 (BATS)

Bat Guano – Will It Make You Sick?

Bat Guano
Not likely!  You can relax.  A bigger issue is why you have reoccurring bat guano (see picture of bat guano) on your porch.  It might be time to call Batman to see if bats are gaining access into your home.

Histoplasmosis (caused by spores in infected soil, bird or bat guano has also been called “Cavers Disease” and “Spelunker’s Lung” because it would sometimes occur after long exposure to bat guano that had been stirred up by cave explorers.  It can be a very serious disease, although most people infected with these spores will never display symptoms.  It is a disease that usually affects the lungs, and often used to be misdiagnosed as tuberculosis.  It is not limited to just the lungs however, and is very serious (or fatal) when it travels to other organs.  Symptoms can include coughing, fever and general flu like symptoms.

The people who are at the highest risk of infection are those who inhale a large number of spores by working with heavily infected soil, cleaning  poultry pens, working in bat infested buildings, frequenting caves and farmers.  People with compromised immune systems are also at high risk for contracting Histoplasmosis.

In our office, we have heard of families contracting Histoplasmosis from having large deposits of guano in the ceiling of their home.  We have not heard of it being contracted from small amounts of guano being swept away.  However, if you were to develop symptoms of the disease, you should always contact your doctor.

If you have bats living in your structure, you may need a bat “clean out”, or bat remediation.  We are bat specialists in removing guano from buildings and homes, and you will see us using our protective gear and face masks as necessary.