Maryland Bat Removal & Trapping in MD, DC & Northern VA
Description: Bats are small, nocturnal, winged mammals. They are the only mammals capable of true long-term flight. They are unfamiliar to most people due to their nocturnal habits. Bats are federally protected animals. It is ILLEGAL to harm or kill a bat. They are environmentally essential because of their pollination techniques and seed spreading tactics. Quite a few species of tropical plants rely solely on bats for their seed distribution; without bats these seeds would go nowhere and these tropical fruits would no longer exist. Bats also consume a number of insects, regulating our ecosystem and ridding the environment of insect pests that would otherwise be in over abundance. Bats can be found in every corner of the earth aside from the Artic climates. Bats use Echolocation because of their poor eye sight. Bats send an echoing sound in to their surrounding environment and are able to judge and determine what surrounds them based on the noises that reverberate off of their surroundings. This allows bats to hunt prey and navigate flight in complete darkness.
Food Sources: Although some species of bats rely on a majority of fruits to survive, typically, bats survive by feasting on a number of insects including but not limited to: moths, mosquitos, beetles, crickets, ladybugs, spiders, and daddy long-legs. Bats will consume water, but due to their small size, much is not required.
Life-span & Reproduction: Breeding for bats occurs between the months of April - May. A female bat, after a period of just 60 days, will give birth to a maximum of 2 bats per litter. Bat mothers still need to fly during pregnancy; this may explain why their litters are so small. Young bats cannot hunt for food on their own until their wingspan has fully developed. Because of this, female mother bats nurse their young until they are of adult size & can successfully hunt prey, but most young bats are capable of flight after just 3 - 4 weeks of birth. Bats can live up to 20 years or more, but their population growth is staggered due to low birth rates.
Typical Areas of Entry: Bat infestations typically occur in the attic of attic crawlspace of the home because bats prefer to be in lofty areas away from ground level. Bats are able to quickly & easily gain entry because of their size and flying capabilities. They only need a hole the size of a quarter to gain entry. Bats are partial to entering, but are not limited to entry through: open chimney flues, open rooflines, unscreened gable, crawlspace, or roof vents, bath, kitchen & dryer exhaust vents, rotten fascia or soffits, rotten wood within the roofline, and a number of other potentially open areas within the exterior of a structure. Pertaining to chimneys: Starting a fire won't help - you will simply allow the damper to become open, allowing the bats easy access inside and in to the living space. Bats will be urinating & defecating in the areas they habituate (attic/crawlspace). Insulation, existing in the attic or crawlspace, will become soiled and an odor is likely to be profound due to the excrement & debris left behind. The "R" value, which dictates thermal resistance, will become declined over time with debris constantly damaging the insulation. Bat guano is also EXTRMELY HAZARDOUS MATERIAL. NEVER, EVER, handle bat guano without gloves & proper safety attire. Trappro offers attic insulation/debris removal & re-insulation.
Typical Treatment: Live cage trapping is NOT effective with bats, due to the fact that their bone compilation is mainly cartilage; they can easily escape from cage traps due to their size & flexibility. Bats are also federally protected and should NEVER be touched or handled for this reason. Because of this, Trappro advises using an "exclusion" tactic to rid your home or structure of these nuisances. First, a thorough inspection by a Trappro technician will be completed, area(s) of entry will be identified, and repair/sealing recommendations will be created. The technician will explain which areas need to be sealed & how, and these repairs/sealing with have to be made in direct conjunction with the installation of an "exclusion trap". Exclusion traps are one-way doors which allow smaller wildlife (unable to be caught in a live trap) to escape an enclosed area with NO re-entry. In order to assure NO re-entry, ALL existing openings will need to be permanently sealed IMMEDIATELY BEFORE the one way door is installed. By closing off all existing entry points, and installing a fabricated exit, the bats will have one way out, with no way back inside of the structure. Trappro recommends leaving the exclusion trap on the home or structure for 2 - 4+ weeks, in order to assure ALL bats have made a successful escape. Trappro ALWAYS includes the removal & permanent sealing of the exclusion trap site one all flyers have exited the building.
Dangers: Bats have a high distribution throughout
the world, as well as communal roosting abilities, and colony creation
makes bats extremely susceptible to spreading & contracting disease/viruses.
Bats are large contractors of rabies, severe acute respiratory syndrome
(a viral disease with flu like symptoms - NO CURE or TREATMENT), and
also Henipavirus (a virus that if transmitted, causes death in both
humans & domestic animals). Trappro Technicians are vaccinated
for above reasons.
Our professional trappers will also be able to seal up holes in attic or walls including fireplaces and vents where bats have entered the home. Trapping and exclusion of bats is available for homeowners and business owners throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
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