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Sarasota Bat Removal | Animal Control

If you’ve got bats living on your property and you want them out, the first thing you need to do is determine where they are roosting. Grab a chair and sit outside a few evenings with an eye to the sky. Are they in the trees? Around your house? Your neighbors houses? Make a list of every place they may be roosting based on your observation.


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Bat Removal From Building Roof or Attic    
Bat removal is performed through exclusion. Bats are not exterminated or even trapped in this removal process. A one-way system is setup allowing Sarasota Florida bats to leave the building but not return. .


The next step is to go out during the day and examine closely all of the structures you’ve identified as possible roosting areas. Make a list of every opening larger than 1/2″ in diameter and keep an eye out for telltale signs of bat habitation. You may notice dark, pellet-like droppings on walls and around areas where they roost as well as dark smudges and stains in places which they come into direct contact.


II. Sarasota Bat Removal - Allow Them to Leave, But Not Get Back In

Once their potential hiding places have been determined, it’s time to start ushering them out. Unfortunately, if your bats prefer trees there’s not much you can do to get rid of them other than removing the trees themselves. As for the list of openings you made in the last step, DO NOT go immediately out and seal them all up as you will trap many bats inside of the roost and end up with dead, rotting bats in hard to reach spaces which will cause even more problems with odors and pests. Be wary of the time of year you do this too - Maternity season for bats in the Sarasota and Orlando ranges from late April to late August and the roost may still contain babies that are unable to leave on their own. Roosts are almost never empty so you need to attach devices to these areas that allow the bats to exit, but not re-enter. Devices that accomplish this are called “Excluders” and can be purchased or made yourself. Making them yourself is easily accomplished by purchasing a length of tight-meshed netting, screen, or cloth and placing it over the opening, attaching it at the top so it forms a ‘flap’ over the entrance. This will allow the bat to push its way out, but will not allow it to get back in. Instructions for building exclusion devices for every possible type of nook and cranny can be found a Bat Conservation International.


III. How to get rid of bats:

Once you have all of the entrances fitted with an exclusion device, wait 7-10 days for all of the bats to leave before permanently sealing the openings. Use steel wool, cement, caulk, hardware cloth or plating. Do not use expanding foam – it is toxic and may kill any bats that return and come into contact with it when trying to re-enter.


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Florida Bat Control Photos     This is our collection of Florida bat photos taken while performing colony exclusion. .


The use of poison is not recommended as you will soon have tons of dead bats littering your home and property which will not only stink, but invite all sorts of pests and make you miserable until the mess has been cleaned up. It will increase the likelihood of a local child or animal coming into contact with one, and as mentioned in the first paragraph if this section, might be illegal.


5. How to Keep Bats Out of Your Property

If you don’t yet have a problem with bats and you’re more interested in preemptive bat-proofing, the best first step is to contact your local animal control or wildlife conservation agency for assistance or instructions specific to your geographical area. The most important step will usually be the elimination of any potential entry points. Scour the exterior of you home and nearby structures for openings 1/2″ or larger, and then seal them all completely with steel wool, hardware cloth, screens, netting, plating, or silicone caulk.


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