commercial pest controlIn New When Bats find their way into our homes they are seeking a safe place to roost during the daytime. Alliance Pest Services can safely remove bats from your home taking all of the necessary and appropriate precautions during the bat removal process.

In New Jersey, the Bat species most commonly found is the Little Brown Bat or the Big Brown Bat. Although bats are beneficial to the environment because of the large numbers of insects that they consume, bats pose potential health risks due to rabies.

Bat Species

Little Brown Bats

Little Brown Bats

Big Brown Bats

Big Brown Bats

Northern Long Eared Bats

Northern Long Eared Bats

Indiana Bat

Indiana Bat

Eastern Pipistrelle Bat

Eastern Pipistrelle Bat

Eastern Small Footed Bat

Eastern Small Footed Bat

Bat Appearance

Bats range in size depending upon the type of species. They tend to average about 2 ¼” to 7 ½” in length. Bats have pointed ears. Their wings have a leathery skin appearance due to the fact that there is no fur on the wings. Bats also have teeth. When bats are roosting they typically hold on to their roost structure with their hind legs. That is they hang upside down.

Habitat & Nesting

Typically, bats will emerge spring and leave overwintering roosting sites for summer sites. In most cases, females are the first to establish nesting areas to get ready to give birth. The baby bats are typically born during June and July. The bats will remain in the main roost until the fall when it’s time to overwinter.

Do I have a problem with Bats?

During the day, bats are asleep “nocturnal” in the roost and as the sun sets and becomes dusk, the bats will start to emerge for feeding on insects. What most people are unaware of is that bats can gain access into home through very small openings, for example as small as 3/8” in size. The most common entry points into homes and buildings are in wall vents, roof vents that are not properly screened, gaps and openings in siding and construction, roofing overhangs, buildings eaves, windows that have been left open without screens and uncapped chimney vents. What home owners and building mangers need to know is that when a problem with bats develops, it is critical to take care of the problem without delay. When bat problems are left to develop, you can have a buildup of bat droppings “guano” and bat urine, which can lead to a host of additional problems. One indicator of a potential bat problem is the sound of scratching or a clawing sound from behind the walls or from within the attic.

If you are not sure if you have a problem with bats, you can look for the following signs that may indicate you have bats:

Visual observation

Piles of mouse like droppings on ground below or in attic

Bat Droppings

Bat droppings (guano) carry a fungus known to cause Histoplasmosis. This is a fungal type of infection of the lungs that can result from the fungus that grows on nitrogen-rich bat droppings. Bat droppings can corrode wood/metal. In cases of a heavy infestation of bats, the droppings can amount to significant amount of weight and could collapse the ceiling below the attic. Bat droppings have a foul odor.

Rabies

A majority of the cases of rabies in the United States comes from bat bites. Bats prefer to avoid interaction with humans so the chance of rabies transmittal is relatively low. However, take caution not to come into contact with bats in the event that they have entered your home.

Bat Removal Services

There are several steps that need to be followed when removing bats from a home.

Bat Removal in New Jersey

In NJ, pursuant to N.J.S.A 23:2A-1-13, it is illegal to poison, harass, hunt, capture or kill bats that have infested your home. Thus, it is critical that a properly trained professional perform your bat removal service.

Alliance Bat Removal Process

Step 1: Our service specialist in NJ will conduct a full inspection of the home (interior and exterior). The inspection is to determine exactly how the bats are moving in and out of the home.

Step 2: Our service specialist will next conduct inspection of the attic and identify the species of bat.

Step 3: Develop a plan to exclude the bats from impacted area. Note that pursuant to N.J.S.A 23:2A-1-13, NO exclusions from roosts should be conducted from May 1st – July 31st as this is the period when nursery colonies are active.

Step 4: The final step is to clean the attic/walls where there is urine and/or bat droppings (guano).