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Getting Rid of Bats - Tampa Florida

If a bat wanders into your home through an open door or window, the best way to usher it out is to seal it off from the rest of the house by closing the doors to adjacent rooms and opening all of the windows in the room in which it resides. Just give it a few hours and it will usually leave all by itself. If it decides to stick around or you simply donít have the patience to wait for it to leave, you can capture the bat and release it outside.


How to Get Rid of Tampa Bat Problems

If you find yourself in a situation where you must capture a bat to either bring it to your doctor or release it outside of your home, the most important thing to remember is not to handle it with your bare hands. If youíre not particularly squeamish around bats then you can dawn a pair of heavy work gloves and use them to grab it and transport it out doors. A more agreeable method to those who would rather not get so close would be to take a small container such as a coffee can or shoebox, place it over the bat, and then slide a rigid piece of cardboard underneath to trap it in the container. You can then open the container outside to free the bat, or tape it shut (donít forget air-holes) and bring it with you to your doctor if somebody may have been bitten.

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Mother bats usually have only one offspring per year, and they are viviparous. A baby bat is referred to as a pup. Pups are usually left in the roost when they are not nursing. However, a newborn bat can cling to the fur of the mother and be transported, although they soon grow too large for this. It would be difficult for an adult bat to carry more than one young, but normally only one young is born. Bats often form nursery roosts, with many females giving birth in the same area, be it a cave, a tree hole, or a cavity in a building. Mother bats are able to find their young in huge colonies of millions of other pups. Pups have even been seen to feed on other mothers' milk if their mother is dry. Only the mother cares for the young, and there is no continuous partnership with male bats.

The ability to fly is congenital, but at birth the wings are too small to fly. Young Tampa bats become independent at the age of 6 to 8 weeks, Orlando bats not until they are four months old. At the age of two years, bats are sexually mature.

A single bat can live over 20 years, but the bat population growth is limited by the slow birth rate.

Bats are natural reservoirs or vectors for a large number of zoonotic pathogensincluding rabies,severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Henipavirus (ie. Nipah virus and Hendra virus)] and possibly ebola virusTheir high mobility, broad distribution, social bat control(communal roosting, fission-fusion social structure) and close evolutionary relationship to humans make bats favorable hosts and disseminators of disease. Many species also appear to have a high tolerance for harboring pathogens and often do not develop disease while infected.

Only 0.5% of bats carry rabies. However, of the very few cases of rabies reported in the United States every year, most are caused by bat bites. Although most Tampa bats do not have rabies, those that do may be clumsy, disoriented, and unable to fly, which makes it more likely that they will come into contact with humans. Although one should not have an unreasonable fear of bats, one should avoid handling them or having them in one's living space, as with any wild animal. If a bat is found in living quarters near a child, mentally bat removal handicapped person, intoxicated person, sleeping person, or pet, the person or pet should receive immediate getting of bats medical attention for rabies. Tampa bats have very small teeth and can bite a sleeping person without necessarily being felt. There is evidence that it is possible for the bat rabies virus to infect victims purely through airborne transmission, without direct physical contact of the victim with the bat itself.

If a bat is found in a house and the possibility of exposure cannot be ruled out, the bat should be sequestered and an animal control officer called immediately, so that the bat can be analysed. This also applies if the bat is found dead. If it is certain that nobody has been exposed to the bat, it should be removed from the house. The best way to do this is to close all the doors and windows to the room except one to the outside. The bat should soon leave.

Due to the risk of Tampa rabies and also due to Tampa health problems related to their faecal droppings (guano), bats should be excluded from inhabited parts of houses. For full detailed information on all aspects of bat management, including how to capture a bat, what to do in case of exposure, and how to bat-proof a house humanely, see the Center for Disease Control's website on getting rid of bats and rabies. In certain countries, such as Tampa, it is illegal to handle bats without a license.

Where rabies is not endemic, as throughout most of Western Europe, small bats can be considered harmless. Larger getting rid of bats can give a nasty bite. They should be treated with the respect due to any wild animal.

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Your house is quiet; it's dark outside. A bat has lost its way from its colony and is caught inside your home. Now what? Assuming it is only one lost bat, you can open the windows and doors, stand back, and watch the bat make its way outside, with the both of you happier for the exit. However, if you see more than one bat over a season, it's likely you have an infestation.

This will require the assistance of bat control (humane, live, professional) expert. And if you are wondering why you should get rid of them, if the bats are only around once in a while, and you're not bothered by them that much - well, you should consider the following: exposure to disease, smell, damage to the structure caused by urine or guano, liability . . . and so on.

Bats can get into homes through very tiny openings found along roof edges, eaves, chimney, attic or roof vents, or a dozen other possible places. These holes will have to be sealed once the bats are excluded. The task of finding all these holes and sealing them is better left to a pest control bats expert--one who can identify possible entrances and has the knowledge and tools to seal them.

People have lived in homes for years unaware that there was an infestation. Fortunately though, it will take only days or weeks to rid one's home or building of a bat colony. And the peace of mind, safety, and damage prevention from the exclusion will be well worth any expense in money or time.

The bat control expert will first inspect the home or building to make sure there is an infestation. He will fit "exclusion" doors in the holes that will allow any bats in the building to exit, but not allow for re-entry. Sealing the holes before all the bats are out of the building is tantamount to failure. Netting or other temporary method of exclusion may also be placed over a chimney if a seal is inappropriate.


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The bat removal (exclusion, extermination) professional may recommend that you place a bat house of some sort near your building at some time during this process. This will give the exiled bats a place to go and will allow for the continuance of beneficial insect control provided by bats.

Though it may appear the bats have just moved into your home, it is quite possible they have been there for a long time. The size of the colony, the amount of property damage, and the amount of accumulated guano in the attic or walls often surprise homeowners and managers of commercial buildings. Depending on the size, age, and location of the infestation, once the bats are excluded, the control specialist may recommend you have an urine and bat guano clean up (histoplasmosis, danger, toxic, safe, disease, and any necessary repairs to walls or ceilings made.

Since bats can eat their body weight in insects every night, they produce a significant amount of droppings, or guano.  After successfully excluding bats from your home or building, you may be concerned about the mess they left behind.  Is it safe to leave it there?  Is it safe to sweep or vacuum up?

When guano should be removed

There are several situations that call for guano clean up, or Histoplasmosis remediation.  They include:

  • Guano is located somewhere that people may disturb it.

  • Remodel is planned in the area where guano is located.

  • An odor persists after the bats have been excluded.

  • People in the home or building are having respiratory problems.

  • Commercial properties where liability is a concern.

What is involved?

Our technicians are trained to remove guano while minimizing the chances of spreading Histoplasmosis spores into the building.  To protect the crew, we wear disposable clothing, eye protection and respirators with filters measuring one micron.  The guano is double bagged and taken to an appropriate disposal facility.  Finally fungicide is sprayed over the contaminated area to kill any lingering spores.

Guano removal is always best done after the bats are gone.  Usually, we cannot even assess the situation or provide an estimate until the bats have left.  Additionally, it is safer, and thus less expensive if the guano removal can be scheduled during the colder months of the year.

Our technicians focus on remediation.  Unless other specific arrangements are made, we will remove all guano that is deep enough to cause a concern.  Scattered droppings may still remain.

Finally, please note that guano clean up is an area commonly covered by home owner's insurance policies.  Please call your agent to see if you are covered.



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