If you have bats in the house, attic or chimney, you've come to the right place to hire an expert for bat control and bat removal services. There are many jack of all trades willing to give "getting rid of your bats" a shot. Bat removal isn't as simple as setting a trap, waiting for the bats to fly out, or closing up entry points. There is a lot that goes into the bat removal process. Be weary of bat exterminators, pest control companies, or animal trappers claiming to be bat exclusion experts. Bat experts know that getting rid of bats is a poison free method, and when considering bat control, think "live exclusions". Most people researching how to get rid of bats won't even know the bat exclusion exist. Below we will list some things to look for when hiring a bat specialist to get rid of the bats from your home.
1. Initial Call- When you call to get information on your bat problem are you getting clear cut responses? Do the answers to your questions make sense or are they misleading? Does the company use scare tactics like "you will get rabies if you don't get the bats out of your attic right away"? Or if you have minimal amount of bat droppings in the attic is the company telling you, you have to have all of the insulation cleaned out? A simple spot clean may solve your problem. Even though the cost of a bat exclusion can not be an exact price over the phone a ball park figure should be given so you know what kind of money you are getting into. Receptionist often do not know the job at hand so can not give you accurate feedback. Our technicians or office managers are always on the other side of the phone. You can be confident you are getting true statements. We understand most people do not understand the bat removal process so we are here to help you understand.
2. Qualifications- Contractors listing their licensing all over their website. They maybe trying to pressure you into their services because they are licensed in all fields even though they are unrelated to getting rid of your bats. You do not need a pesticide applicators license to get rid of bats. In fact companies that use poisons can actually be harmful to the bat colony in your attic. We are a poison free company.
3. Cost- Charging too much to get rid of the bats. Even though bat exclusions are time consuming and a specialty field does not mean the cost to get rid of them needs to astronomical. If it would be cheaper to tear your house down and rebuild it, or replace the roof then you are getting charged too much. Homes that only need an hour or less of work should not cost you thousands of dollars. Expect to pay a few hundred dollars, but not over a thousand unless you have a larger project or commercial building. Some Companies have too much overhead to charge a reasonable rate. They are simply ripping you off and can not justify charging that much. Many companies hire technicians which get paid a percentage base salary, therefore they increase the cost to get paid more. They do this by giving estimates to repair areas on your house which do not need it (canned vents, gable vents, caulking, etc.) With all of that said some companies may not charge very much just go get the job. It's important to shop around a bit, because most homeowners have no idea what it cost to get rid of bats. The cheapest company isn't always the best solution. Consider a professional company with a good written service contract. The estimate should be written and itemized so you know exactly where your dollars are going. Inspection fees should be a reasonable rate, not two hundred dollars and should be applied towards the cost of the exclusion. Get a free online estimate from us for a better idea of what we may charge depending on your type of home.
4. Experience- This is key when getting rid of bats. Knowing points of entry and potential entry points are essential when getting bats out. Get references or check reviews on bat removal projects. Ask about the experience of the bat control company you hire. Pest exterminators may be good at getting rid of ants or termites, but not skilled in the bat exclusion process. Critter trappers are experienced in getting raccoon's or squirrels in a trap, but are they familiar with getting a colony of a hundred plus bats out?
5. Warranty- Limited warranties of 1 year or less. Warranties are important when getting rid of bats from the attic or home. A good warranty can protect your investment. See our gurantee. Don't fall for contractors who say they can't guarantee bat removal. It's a good idea to have your home inspected once a year to maintain a bat free home.
6. Maternity Season- The old saying for bat exclusions is "June and July, let them fly". This is because of maternity season. Maternal mothers nurse their pups during this time and the juveniles can not fly. If exclusion devices are installed the baby bats will be stuck in there.
7. Poison Free- Absolutely no poisons or chemicals should be used to get rid of bats from the attic. Mouse baits, insect spray, or moth balls won't work and may do more harm then good.
8. BCI- Implement all of the steps given by Bat Conservation International when getting rid of bats from the attic. See live bat exclusions for more information.
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