Bat inspection if you suspect bats in the attic
The most obvious reason to get a bat inspection is if you suspect there might be bats in your home, especially the attic space. Sometimes however, it can be difficult to know that you have them in your home or that they are even causing problems and other times it is more obvious. Here are some signs that might alert you of a bat infestation in your home.
Signs of bats in the attic:
- Hearings noises such as squeaking or scratching
- Smelling a foul odor which will be their urine or feces (guano)
- Seeing bat guano, oily streaks or staining (especially on the ceiling below the attic)
- You see bats flying in and out of your home
- You see bats in your home or attic space
If there are bats in your home, it is important to remember they are wild animals and to not attempt to remove them or scare them away. Bats are protected in the state of Virginia as well as federally and there are several things that are illegal to do to them. You should always call a trusted wildlife removal company like ourselves to help with the situation, not only do we have the necessary equipment and permits, we can better ensure your safety.
Bat inspection before installing new insulation
Because bats can cause problems in homes, especially attic spaces, by urinating and defecating and nesting in insulation, it is important to get a thorough inspection prior to getting new insulation installed. No one wants to get brand new insulation only for it to have to be replaced again. Bat guano can carry a lot of bacteria and even cause infectious diseases such as histoplasmosis which is a disease that harms the lungs and can be potentially life-threatening. It is important to have attic insulation inspected even if you don’t think you currently have bats dwelling in your attic, because there may be old guano that can still cause harm to you and your family.
Bat inspection before moving 丨Summit Wildlife Removal
If you are moving to a new property, no matter the age of the property, it is suggested to call a wildlife specialist to come out and assess the property in its entirety. They are highly trained professionals that know exactly what to look for whether you may have an issue with ants to squirrels, they will be able to pick up on the signs because of their trained eye. In more wooded areas especially, you have a higher risk of falling victim to such infestations. Summit Wildlife Removal offers bat control, removal, exclusion and abatement services to safety, humanely and legally remove the bats from your property allowing you to have a healthier and happier, bat-free home. Old homes that are in need of roof or attic repair might be more prone to currently having an infestation, having had one in the past of developing one in the future.
Sometimes people confuse bats for birds, but it is important to remove the birds too because Their feces can potentially transmit Histoplasmosis to humans. Some people might have reservations about removing an animal from their home or property because they think it isn’t the right thing to do, but when an animal is interfering with your health or safety or both, then it is strongly advised to have an animal removal service come and alleviate the situation.
Who should conduct the bat inspection?
If you need a bat inspection in Fairfax, Alexandria or Arlington, you should remember it is important to hire a professional. Bat removal is a fairly dangerous and extensive job and not something that is ever suggested you take on on your own. If you think that you may have an issue with bats, or have noticed a few around the property, call us immediately. However, either way, we are fully prepared to tackle any task at hand and can’t wait to hear from you soon.
How much does it cost for a bat inspection?
The price associated with a bat inspection is $125. This inspection fee takes into account the risk and potentially severity associated with the situation. Because bats are protected, the technician will require a permit and special equipment to keep them safe. Additionally, bats might be difficult to find during the inspection because they are nocturnal and will be sleeping when the technician is looking for them. Most often, they will hide in the ceiling portion of the attic and it can be tricky to see them. For the actual bat removal process, it can take a great amount of time and effort. Usually it isn’t just simply removing the bats and that’s that. The process is complicated and may require substantial clean up, restoration, replacement and exclusion or bat proofing.
How are the bats actually removed and how to ensure they don’t return?
As mentioned above, the bat removal process can be a lot of work and take a lot of time. In addition to bats spreading histoplasmosis, bats are known to potentially carry rabies. Bats will bite you if they feel threatened, and this is one of the reasons it is impossible to remove them by hand. Additionally, there are laws that cite what is considered proper forms of removal and what isn’t.
Bats are removed using a device called a bat one-way. It is essentially a tube that is placed in the attic wall and leads outside to your roof, the bats will fly into it and end up outside, think of a little funnel or a bat slide. They cannot come back into the home after they are in the one-way. After the bats are all removed, the technician will seal out where the one-way was installed and seal any other areas where bats or other animals may be entering. Clean-up occurs followed by a disinfecting process. If the insulation is soiled, then it can be replaced.
Bat and wildlife removal in Northern Virginia
Some people don’t find out they have animals in their attic or bats in there until they have an inspection for insulation or a new roof and a technician will find there are animals. Here at Summit, we can help with a variety of different things such as animal removal, pest control, home improvement, repairs, waterproofing, insulation and many other services. Do you need bat removal in Alexandria, Arlington, or Fairfax, VA? Contact us at 703-884-2124 today.