Chatham – Kent Bat Removal & Bat Control
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 Chatham Ontario Area.