As we have previously mentioned, the method used for bat removal has nothing in common with the methods used for removing other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, mice, and others. A correct bat removal does not include trapping or killing the bats that infest your home. Small Brown bats are included in the endangered species and are protected by federal law so no chemicals or poisons can be used. We do not use any type of traps, as bats can die from stress while in traps and relocation efforts are not successful.
Trapping and relocating bats is ineffective as bats tend to return to the same area where they were captured. Trapping and “moving” bats only creates a false sense of security for homeowners who see the bats “caught and hauled away”. The only correct way to get rid of the bats once and for all is to remove them and bat proof your home at the same time. If the bat proofing has been done correctly the bats will not be able to enter your building again after they have been removed.
The bat exclusion process requires several steps.
1. The first step is inspecting the structure and identify all the entrance/exit holes.
2. The second step involves bat proofing the house by sealing all gaps, cracks, and holes, leaving all the entrance/exit holes open. This will prevent the bats from finding an alternate access point into the structure after they have been removed from the building. Anyone who tells you that only a couple holes need to be fixed has no idea how bat proofing is done and is more likely to take your money and leave.
3. Step 3 is to install one-way exclusion devices that allow the bats to leave but not enter the building.
4. After the bats have been removed from the building the one-way exits are removed and the holes are sealed. This is the final step in the bat removal process.
Do your research before you hire anyone. It will save you thousands.
Bat removal and bat proofing are one of the most difficult things done correctly when it comes to wildlife. There are two factors that are usually involved in your decision who to hire and unfortunately these are the ones that cost you the most amount of money.
People when they discover that they have a bat infestation are rushed into hiring anyone that can come the same or the next day and make the problem go away. Unfortunately rushing without researching who to hire often is going to make your problem take longer to be resolved and cost more money. There are hundreds if not thousands of people every year who hire incompetent ”bat experts” which in the majority of the cases are local wildlife companies who have little to no experience.
Yes cost is an important factor and by calling around you will discover that the quotes you will get will be from a few hundred dollars to a few thousands. Cost shouldn’t be the only determining factor as hiring someone and they don’t do their job properly you end up having lost your money and you are still stuck with a bat problems. You have to be sure that you will not waste your money and hire someone that will be able to do the bat removal properly.
There are 2 things you need to know before you hire a contractor.
Reviews are an amazing tool at your disposal that you can use to weed out contractors that do their job and those you will just take your money. When you look through reviews and especially local wildlife companies. Try to look for reviews associated with bats and not raccoons or squirrels. The amount of reviews and their quality will be a good indicator if they have enough experience dealing with bats and if they are good at it.
2. How long these companies have been around.
There are wildlife companies who offer 5 year warranty when they are in business for only 2-3 years. Also there are examples of other well established wildlife companies that they give long warranties but they re-brand themselves every few years making the warranties they give invalid.
You should ask exactly what their warranty covers. Most companies warranty the work that they do and not whether you will still have bats or not. This is a huge difference as if you end up still having bats and you will have to pay more money for more work to be done.
Some insurance companies may cover bat removal, since they are not rodents. Most homeowners policies will not cover any rodent damage or removal, but since bats are not rodents and contacting your agent prior to an exclusion is suggested. In most cases, we have found many insurance companies will not cover the bat removal cost, but will cover the bat dropping removal and clean-up program.
Here are some bat removal reviews from customers from Ottawa Ontario.
All I can say is Wow!! If anyone has a bat problem in their house, this is the guy to call. Kenny from Bats Canada is amazing!! The service is outstanding and the friendliness is over the top! I called him with a bat problem and within 5 minutes I had an estimate and the next day he was here to do the job, completed the job in one day. He has called back several times to make sure everything was okay. The workmanship is nothing but the best!! We are so happy to be bat free, thanks Kenny, you rock!!
Pauline and Terry
May 26, 2017, Braeside Ont
Bat Proofing Services
We have had the occasional bat in the house since we moved in 2014, but we ended up with several bats entering the house towards the end of this summer. We love having the bats on our semi-rural property, just not in our house. Kenny and his partner were thorough, knowledgeable and did exactly what they promised at the price they they quoted. They spent a full morning bat proofing our home just days after receiving our call. Definitely worth the investment. Now we can enjoy bat watching on summer evening AND feel confident that we will not have any more winged visitors flying down the hall. Very satisfied and recommend Bats Canada highly.
Kim in Kanata
We took possession of our 25yr old property on May 1st this year. On May 2nd, we sat on our stone patio behind the garage and watched 7 bats fly out of a small area behind the garage soffit. 2 night later we watched 34 bats do the same thing. A bit of research later and we had Kenny’s name. My motto has always been do it right the first time, because I don’t have time to do it again. That’s obviously the motto of Bats Canada too. Kenny’s team showed up on June 9th to seal the house and install the one-way vents. We thought we had problems in the back…apparently we had more in the front of our house over our bedroom bay window. Kenny made custom flashing and sealed every hole. The bats were all gone by that weekend and have found somewhere else to live. I see the bats at night doing their job…but now they just visit. Awesome job guys. Our family says thanks.
Jun 23, 2014, Cumberland, Kirk from Ottawa
Bat Proofing / Exclusion. We bought our century home 4 years ago, and have been plagued with a half dozen or more ‘bat encounters’ every summer since. We called a pest control professional, and learnt the hard way that their exorbitant consultation fee provided us with little more than a considerable estimate with no guarantee of bat exclusion! After contacting Bats Canada and speaking with Kenny, we recognized our error in not having contacted him first. Kenny personifies the type of professional and knowledgeable contractor who is increasingly difficult to find. He provided us with the answers to all of our questions (no matter how dumb they may have been), educated us both on the issues that arise with bat infestation and the structural concerns that needed to be addressed in and around our home, and demonstrated a respectful and dedicated work ethic throughout. From the first time we contacted Kenny, to the time he arrived to do the work, he always communicated in a timely and friendly manner and kept us abreast of the timelines as to when the work would be completed. In early May, Kenny spent a very long day and a half repairing, sealing and securing the roof et all from future bat and squirrel entry! He diligently and thoroughly addressed and repaired a number of issues, both big and small, which he found as he meticulously inspected the roof in its entirety… no small feat considering the size and pitch of the roof. We were extremely impressed by the work performed. We are looking forward to our first ‘bat free’ summer. We highly recommend Bats Canada! Thank you Kenny!
May 20, 2015, Arnprior, Shane from Arnprior
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