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Few creatures generate as much fear in people as bats. Whether you're a home or business owner, Creature Control can guide you through the process of bat removal, from the first bat inspection through bat exclusion and any repairs needed to keep them out. Our team of licensed builders can restore any wildlife damage done to your house or building. As property loss caused by animals may merit an insurance claim, we, too, can also help you understand and navigate the claims process. Creature Control is a full-service company for all your nuisance wildlife removal and repair needs. Let our professional bat eviction technicians help restore your peace of mind!

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Bat Problems?

Despite the benefits bats give to the ecosystem as a whole, they become a problem when they take up roosting in an attic, soffit vent, or barn. The most common sign that you have a bat infestation is a constant scratching sound coming from your attic. The scratching may be continuous or intermittent and may occur at night or during the day, though usually at night (note: this sound is distinct from gnawing, which may be a squirrel or other rodent). Sometimes, a pungent ammonia-smell may be a sign of a bat infestation, the odor from large amounts of bat droppings, or “guano.” However, as the odor only accumulates gradually, it may not be noticed by many homeowners and is not necessarily present in all infestations.

In most cases, effective bat extraction is beyond the scope of what a homeowner can accomplish on their own and requires the service of professionals; attempts at bat removal can be dangerous for the untrained. Any bat you encounter should be presumed to be a potential carrier of rabies, even though the percentage is low. Guano is especially unsanitary and should not be approached or cleaned save by trained technicians wearing the appropriate protective gear. Besides its pungent odor, inhaling bat guano can be very hazardous as it may contain a fungus carrying a disease known as histoplasmosis. Bats may also carry mites, ticks, fleas, and other unwanted pests.

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Bat Eviction & Prevention

The exclusion process is a detailed and delicate service that requires experience. Creature Control has performed successful bat exclusion work for residents, businesses, municipalities, and churches all across southeast Michigan. Creature Control technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home to identify all points of entry, starting with the peak of the roof and combing over every seam and junction to ground level. Once the points of entries are identified, bat exclusion valves will be attached to the entry points allowing bats to exit the home but prevent them from returning. While installing these valves our technicians make any necessary repairs to the entry points ensuring a complete and permanent expulsion of bats. Once the colony has been completely evicted, the check valves will be removed, and the entry points will be sealed off. All repair work will be done with respect to the cosmetic appearance of your home.

Bat Guano Cleanup & Remediation

Bat problems don't end just because the bats have been removed and their entry points have been closed off; there are still cleanup efforts that must be performed to ensure the homeowner's safety. Bat colonies produce a substantial amount of guano and urine. Not only are the bi-products unsanitary and hazardous to one's health, but it is also damaging to the insulation's energy value. Creature Control's restoration team will remove the contaminated materials in your attic space, clean out the guano, disinfect the area, and install new insulation.

How NOT to Handle Your Bat Problem

An unfortunate misconception many people hold about bats is that they are migratory and will eventually leave an attic or barn where they have begun roosting. This is untrue; bats are not a migratory species and they will not go away if left alone. When bats take up residence in your home, they are looking primarily for somewhere stable and safe to raise their young and roost; in other words, they are looking to find a permanent home, not a vacation property! Bats may take up temporary roosts outdoors between feedings, but they will always return to your home once they have established it as their roosting site. The colony will only get larger until it is removed.

Some online companies are selling ultrasonic pest-control devices that purport to deter bats and other pests by emitting a pulse of sound at a very high frequency that the bats do not like. These devices, which can be very costly, are now generally known to be ineffective and the claims about their efficacy fraudulent and not supported by any scientific evidence.

Many homeowners attempt to mitigate their bat problems by erecting bat houses, wooden structures meant to divert bats from the home by providing them with an alternative roosting location. However, since your home is most likely going to be warmer and dryer in the winter than the bat house, nearby bats will still prefer your attic. Bat houses are not a means of eviction; once bats decide to roost in your home, they will not abandon their roost for a bat house. Bat houses are good to have once the bats are evicted, but are no substitute for eviction.

Bat extermination is not considered an ethical practice and Creature Control does everything within their power to safely exclude bats from homes. Our techs understand the important contributions bats make to our complex ecology and strive to conserve these mammals safely for both humans and bats alike. To learn more about the conservation of bats http://www.batassociation.org/.

Click here to learn about Creature Control’s partnership with the Bat Association of Michigan State University.

What to Do if a Bat is Flying Around in My Home?

  • Attempt to close the bat into a confined space that has few objects in it for the bat to hide in or behind (bathroom, laundry room, or empty spare bedroom).

  • Firmly stuff a towel along the base of the door to the room you have closed it into.

  • Call Creature Control 1-800-441-1519 and get a Tech sent to the home to extract the bat.

  • If you lose sight of the bat, shut every door in the home and be sure to close doors behind you while moving through the house. If and when the bat retakes flight, follow the instructions above.
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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.