Bats

Bat removal - Stuart, FL, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties
How do I know if I have Bats?
Bats are often found in the attics of homes or under the terracotta shingles on roofs. A hole in your attic the size of a quarter is large enough for bats to gain entry and set up house. Hearing noises of occasional squeaking or the rustling of wings in your attic, chimney, or walls is a good indication you may have a bat problem. Bats live a very long time, have many offspring and will reside in a colony consisting of their parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on.  A colony of bats will roost in the same place basically forever (thousands of years, conditions permitting).  Bat colonies grows larger every year, as the female bats have 2-4 babies each summer, and those babies join the colony. After a period of years, you can have hundreds of bats. This can cause problems which range from minor to life threatening such as Histoplasmosis and Rabies. It is also disturbing to find a baby or adult bat in the living areas of your home. When a bat is sick or injured, they will often return to their roost and may die somewhere in your walls, attic space or elsewhere in your home, and you may begin smelling an unpleasant stench of a decaying bat.

What do I do if I have a problem Bat?
Bats are highly protected in the State of Florida, and improper removal resulting in the death of the bats can result in costly legal fines and jail time. They can only be removed at certain times of the year. The first thing that should be done once you find bats in your home is to figure out where they are getting in. The best way to accomplish this is to go into the attic when it is light outside and look for any holes where light is coming in. Any hole larger than a quarter will need to be sealed once the bats have been removed or they will likely return.

Getting the bats to leave is tricky and usually requires expensive equipment and a lot of training. Repellents are not effective and the only product that is legal for use as a Bat repellent is naphthalene “moth balls”. Unfortunately, this is rarely effective at repelling bats or any other animal. The other main issue with bats is the cleanup, Bats leave their droppings where they roost/sleep. This often gives off a strong smell of ammonia. All waste and materials produced from the cleanup must be treated as Hazardous Material. Bat cleanup requires specialized gear such as protective suits, mask, eye protection, and HEPA Vacuums, to keep the surrounding areas from being contaminated from bat feces.

Q. How can I tell if I have bats?
A. Bats will only come out at night and will not leave their roost before dusk - approximately 15 min before last light of
day. Watch any hole or crack you may suspect of having bats during this time of day to see if they are present.
Q. What is the squeaking noise that I hear in my attic?
A. Bats use Echo Location to see in the dark. This is how they are able to navigate in total darkness.
Q. Are Bats dangerous?
A. Bats are known carriers of rabies and histoplasmosis.
Q. How can I tell if I have bats?
A. Bats will only come out at night and will not leave their roost before dusk - approximately 15 min before last light of
day. Watch any hole or crack you may suspect of having bats during this time of day to see if they are present.