Most customers have the same feelings about bats: they love them around their home, but don’t want them living in their home. Bats are pollinators, predators and prey, and as such are an essential part of our ecosystem. However, they can be dangerous when they take up residence in your home.
Why should you evict bats?
The biggest concern with bats living in your home is that they are carriers of the Rabies virus. Rabies is transmitted when an infected bat bites or scratches a person’s skin. Studies have shown that most bats don’t carry the rabies virus, but there is no way to tell by just looking at it. Bats can also carry another disease known as Histoplasmosis. This is a respiratory disease that is caused by a fungal spores found in bat droppings. Other concerns with bat colonies in the home include loud noises and squealing at night, persistent odors, and stains on your walls, attic, and ceiling.
There is a bat flying around in my home!
If you have seen a bat in your home, the best thing to do is trap it in an isolated room. Place a towel under the door to keep it from escaping, then call Advanced Wildlife Control to come and remove your bat!
I heard noises in the wall, what should I do?
Not all noises or loud squealing in your home are from bats. However, if you are hearing sounds in the attic, call us to schedule an appointment. We will determine what is making the sounds and where they are entering your home. Plus, we will explain how we can remove the animal and seal the entry point(s).
Most of our customers that have been bitten by bats were trying to get rid of the bat by themselves. Do not pick up a bat that is lying on the floor or on a wall, you could get bit! Anyone who is bitten or scratched by a bat must receive the Rabies vaccination, which requires 7 shots and can cost up to $4000! If there is anyone that has been exposed to a bat who is unable to communicate, such as a small child, they should be given the vaccination as well. Under no circumstance should you release a bat that has bitten or scratched you. If the bat is captured it can be tested for Rabies. We have captured a large amount of bats over the years, but very few of them have tested positive for rabies.
If you’re brave enough to attempt to remove a bat from your home by yourself, you can try by leaving a door open. This doesn’t always work, though, and unless you watch it fly out of your home there is no guarantee it is gone. Bats, like mice, can fit into very small spaces, and will hide in dark places like vents.
When larger colonies of bats have inhabited your home, it may be necessary to have Advanced Wildlife Control’s technicians perform an attic cleanout. During our initial inspection we will identify if your attic space needs to be cleaned out and properly sanitized to insure that no hazardous waste is left in your attic. We can remove the bat guano and contaminated material as well as sanitize the attic space. After the insulation is removed we will then install new insulation into your attic. Worried about the cost? This procedure is typically covered under your homeowner’s insurance.
Why choose us to bat proof your home?
Advanced Wildlife Control performs more bat removal services than any other company in southeastern Wisconsin. Our name and reputation for quality service can be read through Angie’s List, where we have received the Super Service Award for 10 straight years. We have an “A-rating” at the Better Business Bureau, and have received countless positive reviews from customers over the years. We pride ourselves in providing quality service to all of our customers.
What Clients Are Saying
Tom is a great “bat-tech”.. showed up when he said, and completed all agreed upon work quickly. I value that above all else.. on time, and for the mentioned price. He is also social and easy to deal with.
Brenton was very through and talked to me about any questions I had regarding bats. After 2 days of being afraid to set foot in my house I feel calmer and okay going back home. I appreciate how Brenton even helped me strip my kids’ beds to ensure the bat hadn’t landed among their stuffed animals – it was very apparent how much he cares about making the customer feel safe.
Tom and the office staff at Advanced Wildlife were fantastic! I wish that all companies I deal with for household services provided such step-by-step communication and high quality of work. I have utilized the company before in real estate transactions, and will continue to recommend them highly. Many thanks!
Brenton did a great job on identifying where our unwanted bat visitor came in and assessed what repair work needed to be done. He showed up in an hour from when we called in our trouble at 7:00am. We had guests staying at our house so to have the problem solved (he found the bat) immediately was a welcome relief.