In our last post, we talked about our bat control and bat removal methods. In sum, our bat removal involves a three-step process that takes about a week to humanely and effectively remove all bats from the structure in question. We’ll be thorough with respect to how we inspect your home, carefully looking for any places that the bats have used in the past or might use in the future, to return home. After we use a combination of netting and bat cones to get all members of the colony to leave without being able to return, we seal up the last entry point for good. Finally, we will complete an attic cleanup, which involves deodorizing, disinfecting, restoring, and more. Our bat removal services come with a one-year warranty, which many of our customers love to hear.
To put a bow on these Orange County bat removal services provided to you by Wildlife Removal Service, we offer the following services:
- Complete bat exclusion and prevention services
- Humane bat eviction and bat control services
- Complete attic cleanup, disinfecting, deodorizing
- Complete attic restoration and insulation services
Why We Like Bats
Now that we’ve gotten that important reminder out of the way, we’d like to take the opportunity to spend the rest of today’s blog discussing bats from a more scientific perspective. After all, bats are much more than simple nuisances, and it’s tough to blame them for trying to make Orange County homes and commercial buildings their new place of residence when humans have commandeered their environment over the past few centuries.
Bats are remarkable creatures, though we understand that you might not be so fond about learning their idiosyncrasies when they have decided to make your attic their new home. But in the case that you are in the mood to learn about bat biology, keep reading!
Did you know that the state of California alone is home to 27 species of bats? There’s good reason we use a humane, non-lethal approach to bat control (aside from the fact that the lethal approach is, you know, illegal), because over a third of said species of bats are a conservation concern.
Bats are remarkable creatures, especially when they aren’t living in your home. But don’t hold it against them — they typically will use just about any kind of available habitat as a home. On the plus side, bats eat a number of different kinds of insects, including dangerous mosquitos, they pollinate plants, and even distribute seeds of some of those same plants. Plus, they make for a pretty cool evening show if you are into that kind of entertainment. Watching them swoop down and around has been the source of passive pleasure for many, in California and beyond.
If you were surprised to learn that there are close to thirty species of bats in California, we’ve got some news for you that will probably surprise you more so — bats comprise around 20 percent of all mammal species across the world. Due to the fact that these creatures are mostly nocturnal, they really aren’t on most people’s radar (sorry about the pun). But it’s the case that they live among us more than you might think. Only about half of the state’s species of bats live in caves, with the other half being out and about in a wide range of habitats. Among these are attics, bat boxes for roosting sites, or barns.
Bats are mammals, as we’ve stated, and as such they have fur, give birth to live young, and their young drink their mother’s milk. In the springtime, female bats create colonies in order to give birth and raise their young. These roosting sites can be buildings, bridges, caves, or tree cavities — depending on which species you are talking about. Adults will leave their colonies at night time to hunt for insects, with the young joining them about a month or two after birth. Interestingly enough, males and females are generally segregated with regard to roosting sites.
But around this time of year (late summer or early autumn), some males might be inclined to join the females at their colony. Likewise, other bats might choose to migrate to warmer areas where they can be more comfortable or even hibernate. This is certainly something to keep in mind as a home or business owner in Orange County, as bats might have your structure in their crosshairs.
Bats live fairly long lives considering their size, though it varies from species to species. Some live just five years, while others can live up to 30! This is something of a necessity, however, from a Darwinian perspective, as bats are slow reproducers. Most bats only give birth to one pup each year.
The Coolest Thing About Bats – Echolocation
Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind. In fact, they are able to see about as well as the average human being. They use echolocation, a sort of sonar-like ability, to hunt for insects at night time and live in lightless conditions like caves.
This high-frequency system called echolocation involves bats making calls as they fly in order to listen to the frequency rebound off potential prey. Like Daredevil, they are able to map their surroundings by using this impressive ability. The bat is able to determine this by innately calculating how long it takes the signal to bounce back to them.
These frequencies are much too high-pitched for humans to hear them. Bats can hear sounds upwards of 100 kHz in frequency, whereas humans can’t hear above 20 kHz, unless there is a superhero involved, naturally. Bats are able to tell the difference between prey or objects. Remarkably, different species of bats have variant frequency ranges, each suiting its own habitat and kind of prey. Human researchers are therefore able to determine a bat’s species by simply analyzing the frequency of sound their calls emit. That’s pretty cool!
It’s not all good news though. Humans shouldn’t trifle with bats because they are carriers of disease to humans and other animals. Rabies and histoplasmosis are two of the most common diseases that bats can transmit to other mammals. You shouldn’t ever handle a bat, breathe in dust from their guano, and should always vaccinate your pets to keep them from contracting rabies. Make sure you educate your kiddos on the matter as well. Don’t touch a bat, dead or alive. And don’t hang out in attics or barns where there are bats roosting.
One thing you don’t have to worry about is getting a parasite from a bat. Bat parasites are hosts to flies, chiggers, ticks, mites, true bugs, and fleas. There is no evidence that any bat parasites are able to live with human hosts. Any parasites that remain in the roosting area of a bat colony after the bats have been evicted will die in a short period of time. That being said, we recommend keeping pets and children out of the area until a full cleaning and repair has been administered by yours truly at Wildlife Removal Services.
What Can You Do About Bats?
If you already have a bat problem, you need to call in the OC bat control experts. But there are preventative measures you can employ before that happens. Bats are able to squeeze through openings in a building that are as miniscule as ¼ inch! Look for areas of concern around electrical wiring, vents, pipes, doors, and windows. Be on the lookout for droppings beneath potential entry points as well. If you think there already is an issue but are having a difficult time confirming your suspicions, it’s time to do a little surveillance. Keep a lookout late in the evening, around twilight, to figure out if bats are coming into your home or place of business. This will give us a head start, should our bat removal services be needed.
Call in the bat control experts of San Diego and Orange County and get your free emergency quote today!