Bat removal services in the Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston Areas
When they’re infiltrating your home, bats don’t need much in the way of an entry point. If they can find a hole just three inches long and half an inch wide, they can let themselves in with absolutely no problem. Spotting such a tiny passageway can be difficult, especially if you’re a first-time bat “host.” So please, if you want to banish a bat from your house, let a professional do it!
DIY Bat Removal Mistakes
Homeowners who find a bat entrance in the structure of their house often reacts by just plugging up the hole. Unfortunately, this course of action does nothing to solve the problem of the bats already inside the building. Bats are colony animals, which means that they tend to live in large groups. Where there’s one bat, there’s several, and they’re not going to stop multiplying just because you essentially locked them in “their” room.
Experts at Work
Trained professionals—like the ones employed here at Chimney and Wildlife Specialists—usually have a much easier time finding bats and their entry points than the average homeowner. One tell-tale sign is the distinct odor and appearance of guano; while bat droppings may resemble mouse feces, there are some distinct differences that an expert can spot. Another clue is the presence of insect fragments (primarily butterfly or moth wings) littering the roosting area; most bats are insectivores, and they can be very sloppy eaters!
The actual process of removing the bat(s) is usually fairly simple, although the strategy might change depending on the time of year and physical attributes of your home. Most removals are done without traps; this is because many bat species that live in Texas are federally protected. Regardless of the process, though, the first step is always to seal up the entire structure. This will ensure that we’re not just moving the bats from one area of the house to another instead of actually fixing the problem.
Cleanup After Those Critters
Once the bats have been captured and released into the wild (far away from your home), CWS will perform an inspection to determine how much damage has actually been done. In some cases, it’s simply a matter of sanitizing and deodorizing the area of your attic in which the bats were living. However, in extreme cases, it may be necessary to remove and replace sheetrock and insulation to fully remove all traces of the animals.
Still, have questions or concerns about our methods? Still wondering how your home could have gotten infested in the first place? A specialist will be happy to answer these questions—in detail—before we even get started working. Not only does CWS want to help you with your current predicament, but we want to make sure you don’t find yourself in the same situation a few months down the road.
If bats are keeping you up at night, don’t delay—contact Chimney and Wildlife Specialists today!