Bat Removal TX Gulf Coast
Bats are beneficial creatures that help control the insect population in your area, but when they create nests and roosts in your home or business, it can be a huge problem. Bat guano or bat feces can be harmful to humans as they may contain fungal spores that cause Histoplasmosis, a respiratory disease that can be fatal if left untreated.
There’s also the constant noise and smell that bats can cause. If you have a colony of bats in your attic or other areas, it is very important to get rid of them as soon as possible. It is best to hire an experienced bat removal service provider from TX Gulf Coast (like us!) to take care of your bat problem.
Our experts at AAAC Wildlife Removal have the tools and experience to remove bats from attics safely and humanely as well as take care of all your needs – from removing the bats to repairing any damage they may have caused and securing your home from future infestation. Give us a call today at (832) 662-7677 if you need bat removal services in TX Gulf Coast!
Bat Removal Service Area
We handle bat removal in these areas:
Texas City, South Houston, Seabrook, Santa Fe, San Leon, Pearland, Pasadena, Manvel, League City, La Porte, La Marque, Jacinto City, Hitchcock, Highlands, Galveston, Galena Park, Friendswood, Dickinson, Deer Park, Cloverleaf, Channelview, Baytown, Bacliff, Alvin, Beaumont, Webster, and Clear Lake.
We provide humane and effective bat removal services to keep homes free of diseases and damage from these creatures. For many homeowners, the best solution is to perform an exclusion (or “bat-proofing”) which involves sealing all the access points shut with heavy-duty materials such as steel or wire mesh screens designed specifically for excluding bats.
Once that is done we’ll also repair the damage done to your home’s interior and exterior to make your house look as if the bats were never there.
Bat Removal from Attics
Bats often find their way into attics via small openings in rooflines, or through vents that are not properly screened. The environment inside attics is perfect for these animals, as they like cool, dark, and secluded areas where they can roost in peace.
Once inside the attic, they will invite the whole colony to join them. This can cause major problems as the bats will urinate and defecate everywhere, creating an extremely strong odor that is sure to permeate throughout your home.
Bat Extermination vs Bat Removal
Knowing that you have an entire colony of bats within your home can be quite the shock and your instinct might tell you to call the nearest pest control company and have them exterminated immediately. However, bats are protected under Texas state law, so unless they are posing an immediate danger to humans, the best course of action would be bat removal.
AAAC Wildlife Removal family of bat removal experts will never use chemicals or poisons to get rid of bats, we believe in using humane and safe methods of bat removal to get rid of any wildlife infestation.
Bat guano and urine rot wood and compromises the structural integrity of the ceiling, walls, and insulation of your home. There’s also the stains and unpleasant smell that will permeate throughout the area. The guano can also pile up to the point where your ceiling starts to buckle under the weight. This can cause collapse and cause serious injury if anyone were to walk underneath the area.
Bats don’t just cause damage to your home, they can also carry a number of different diseases that you and your family members could easily contract. Some of these include Histoplasmosis (caused by fungal spores Histoplasma capsulatum), rabies, listeriosis, bartonellosis, and more! It is important for health and safety reasons that bats are removed immediately upon discovery.
Exclusion is by far the best method of bat control – it is the process of sealing the access points by which bats gain entry to a building. Bats can squeeze through very small openings (even holes as tiny as half-inch), so it is important not to underestimate their ability to get in and out of your home or business.
Bat exclusion is a thorough process that requires the inspection of the entire exterior of the building to make sure there are no other possible entries for the bats. Access points may include vents, chimneys, louvers, loose boards or siding, and any other gaps that bats can exploit. Once these are identified, we’ll work on sealing them all.
Removing Bats in the Attic
Removal of bats from homes requires expertise and experience as bats are protected by law. Any company performing bat removal should have experience in dealing with these animals, while still using the least intrusive methods possible to get rid of them.
Bats are natural hosts for rabies and other diseases. Because bats are small mammals they can be aggressive when threatened or trapped, so removing them from your home is something that needs to be done with utmost care.
Here’s how we handle our bat exclusion jobs:
- We spend a great deal of time identifying all possible entry points and seal them shut.
- Set up one way doors so that bats can leave, but cannot re-enter.
- Double check that all bats are excluded.
- Seal all entry points with mesh and caulk to prevent re-entry.
- Perform thorough clean up of guano, debris, and stains.
- Replace soiled insulation.
- Repair any interior or exterior damage caused by the bats.
The first step is critical as bats can fit through very tiny holes or gaps. A bat entrance hole can be as tiny as half an inch, so it is crucial to find every possible entry point. We will spend a good deal of time to identify all these and seal them shut.
Once we’ve successfully sealed these entry points, we’ll set up one-way doors. These are nifty devices that allow bats to leave your home, but not re-enter. We then double-check that all bats have been successfully removed and then seal their entrances with mesh and caulk to prevent future infestations.
As soon as that’s done, we do a thorough clean-up of guano, debris, and stains using professional-grade cleaning products and sanitizers. This will remove all traces of feces and urine. We always go to great lengths to make sure that your home or business is left in pristine condition, free of any odors or damage caused by the bats.
Fogging using enzyme cleaner is also used to ensure all nooks and crannies are thoroughly disinfected. Once cleaning is done, we’ll take a look at the damage caused by the bats to your insulation, and roofing as well as any interior or exterior damage.
We’ll replace the soiled insulation to ensure that it’s free of feces and urine and proceed to fix all exterior and/or interior structural damage caused by the bats. These may include holes in walls, ceilings, and roofs, as well as damage caused by urine and guano.
Dangers of DIY Bat Removal
Bats are known to be reservoirs of viruses that are associated with several deadly diseases like rabies, Ebola, SARS, hantavirus, and others. The most common of these is rabies, which can be transmitted through a bat’s urine or saliva after a bite.
If left untreated, rabies infection will develop into a full-blown clinical disease which ultimately leads to death if not treated prior to the appearance of symptoms. Fatalities resulting from bat bites are rare, but they do happen so caution is key.
Histoplasmosis is another disease that can be transmitted to humans by a bat’s droppings. This disease causes flu-like symptoms and may lead to death if not treated in time.
Bat Removal Cost in Gulf Coast of Texas
Bat removal tends to be more expensive compared to other wildlife removal work as the complex nature of such a job entails specialized skills and equipment. Not to mention the extensive damage bats often do to properties.
The price range can vary depending on factors like your location, colony size, and damage done. There is usually an examination fee of $200 that is attributed towards the removal price. Generally, the larger the colony, the more expensive it is to get rid of them.
Here’s an average price range for a bat removal job:
- A small bat removal job alone typically runs around $400+ but usually in the range of about $250-$650.
- A moderate sized bat colony can cost around $300-$8000 for removal and exclusion.
- Clean up of guano in the attic as well as re-insulation can add an extra $600-$8000 to the cost depending on the size of the home and extent of damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should bats be protected in Texas?
Absolutely! Bats are essential to the ecosystem as they are pollinators and seed dispensers. They are responsible for the reproduction of thousands of species of plants and trees. In addition, they can also eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in just an hour making them one of the best natural pest control agents.
Bats also consist up 20% of the world’s mammal population. They are the second most common mammal right after rodents.
What is bat guano?
Guano is another term for bat droppings. These look like rat droppings, however, when they’re crumpled and shined upon by flashlight, you will see them glimmer like tiny crystals. This is because of the insect exoskeleton material called chitin that is digested by the bats and passed out in the guano.
Is guano dangerous?
Be very careful with bat guano. Once completely dried and broken, bat guano can release airborne fungal spores that can be breathed in and cause histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and chest pains. It’s a disease that can be fatal if not treated in time. We will remove harmful bat guano safely and dispose of it in proper facilities.