Bat Exclusions, The responsible way to get rid of bats
Bats in the attic area of a home or building is one on the major problems many homeowners face in the spring and summer of the year, bats are one of the most beneficial animals in the United States and sometimes their exclusions from homes and buildings are necessary to prevent the bat from having unwanted contact with humans in habituated areas. Exclusions are most of the time preformed in residential areas that have many homes near each other.
Bats are colonis-tic animals meaning they live in very close proximity to other bats, in fact bats will often nurse other female bats young while the other adult bats are out foraging for the evening. This is a trait that not many animals exhibit but bats. Bats often live in very large colonies in the late spring and early summer, these colonies are known as nursery colonies. These colonies are made up of only female bats, Male bats will live with other male bats known as a bachelor colony, the number of bats in these bachelor colonies will be dramatically less than what is in the nursery colony. In many instances only 8 or 10 male bats will form a bachelor colony. It is the females that will often need to be excluded. If you need to have a bat exclusion performed, odds are you will need to have some Bat guano cleaned up also.
Why exclusions, what are they hurting?
As stated earlier, bats that have taken up residence in places that are I habituated by humans will need to be excluded. This is because of the bat human conflict that exists. Many health departments throughout the country have very strict regulations that deal with bat/human conflicts, often times if a bat is found in a house, it will need to be tested for rabies, if the bat can not be found after it is reported, then the county health department will strongly recommend that the people living in the home that had the bat all get rabies shots. This is how serious that the health departments deal with bats and the possibilities of contracting rabies from them. It is estimated that 1/4 of 1% of all bats carry rabies. This may seem like a low number to you, but consider that many bat colonies will number in the thousands. And in some areas bat colonies are known to have as many as a million specimens in the colony.
When is it safe?
Bat exclusions can be performed most any time of the year, however most government agencies such as state department of resources, or state departments that control hunting seasons will have a black out period in which bats can not be excluded without proper permissions and permits. These dates will usually fall in the birthing period of the bats, most often being from the end of march to Sept.1 st. These dates will vary from state to state depending on the annual birthing dates of the bats in that particular area of the country.
This does not mean that a bat exclusion can not be performed, it just means that the permitted exclusion expert will have to provide the state agency in charge of the bat regulations proof that there is a conflict that needs fixing before the regulated period ends. This is often done by providing photos of the dwelling that needs excluding and a statement that informs the agency that a bat/human conflict exists.
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