Bat Removal

Bat Removal

There are approximately thirteen (13) species of bats in Florida. They are mouse-sized with wings and are usually in shades of brown. They are most common near water and many species roost in dark areas in buildings, attics, behind shutters, caves and other hiding places during the day and they eat insects. They have one (1) litter per year in the Spring and can have between one (1) to four (4) off spring per litter, depending on species.

Flying Bat

They are active at night and are frequently seen flying over water or around streetlights as they try to catch flying insects. Bats are often feared as being carriers of rabies although they can be infected with the rabies virus like any other animals like dogs, cats, raccoons, and skunks; bats infected with rabies are not known to become generally enraged and attack people and other animals. They tend to become paralyzed and die slowly when infected.

During the day, bats find rest in dark secluded roosts such as hollow trees, caves, under bridges, crevices, attics or crawl spaces. During the winter, there are fewer insects and some bats migrate while others hibernate in caves, trees, or buildings. Most bats in Florida enter Torpor which is a form of deep sleep during the day and on winter nights when it is too cold for their insect food to fly. Bats in Florida can live for about ten (10) to twelve (12) years. They are creatures of habit and will frequent the same roost year after year even though they may use it seasonally.

Confirming the presence of bats in your home or office

Confirming the presence of bats in your home or office is often confirmed by seeing bats emerge from various openings at dusk. One might be able to hear squeaking and rustling noises coming from ceilings and walls and may indicate that a bat colony is present. Many species can get into an opening as small as a quarter of an inch wide.

It is through theses openings that you may be able to detect their presence as they leave behind dirty stains from the exit hole. The stains come from their urine, feces and body oil that are deposited around the opening as they enter and leave the roost. The droppings can also be spotted on sidewalks, ledges, patios or underneath rafters in an attic. Their droppings are brown or black and are the size of an instant grain of rice which are entirely made up of insect parts.

Bat Colony Prevention

The only way to permanently resolve a bat colony issue is by bat proofing your home or building. Identifying their points of entry can be determined depending on the time of day. For example, bats leave their roost after Sunset. They can be spotted leaving their roost thirty (30) minutes before and after Sunset and return to their roost thirty (30) minutes before and after daybreak.  

Bat on wall ledge

In Florida, bat removal is prohibited from April 15 through August 15. The reason for this is because they give birth in the summer and baby bats may be present and are unable to fly with their mother until they are almost full grown. Baby bats trapped in an exclusion will die of thirst and starvation and create a serious odor and bring about additional problems like flies as well as attract other bats in the area increasing their activity even more.

Once the bats have been removed, it is possible that a bat colony may have left behind external parasites such as ticks, mites, bat bugs, urine, guano etc. consideration should be taken in addressing any issue with contaminated and soiled insulation after the bat removal has been performed.  We offer services in attic cleanup for an additional cost.

Diseases from Bats

There are several diseases linked to bats. The two most well-known is Rabies and Histoplasmosis. They should never be handled by an untrained individual. It is very difficult to tell if a bat is infected with rabies. If the bat happens to look sick and weak that may be the reason why. It is not worth the risk to handle a bat and being bitten by one as the chance of it being infected may be a possibility.

Contacting an experienced wildlife professional is the best way to ensure that the handling of the bat is being dealt with in a safe manner. According to the Center for Disease Control, transmission of the rabies virus usually begins when infected saliva of a host is passed to an uninfected animal. The most common way that the virus is transmitted is through the bite.

Histoplasmosis is a fungus that grows in soil and material contaminated with droppings from other animals including bats. Their droppings are called guano and it can contaminate the soil and cause spores to be released when the soil is disturbed. This disease affects the lungs but may also affect other organs in the body as well.

Trapline will come out and perform an inspection to determine the points of entry, and develop a safe and effective plan in removing the bats and sealing up the entry points.

Florida law requires that all bat exclusion devices must be left in place for a minimum of four (4) consecutive nights with temperatures above 50⁰ F before each entry point can be permanently sealed to prevent bat re-entry.

We offer bat removal services throughout Orlando, Baldwin Park, College Park, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Ocoee, Clermont, Lake Mary, Windermere and the surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at (407) 970-5645 to schedule your free estimate for bat removal services!

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