Bat Removal & Exclusion
Only Licensed and qualified professionals are permitted to perform Bat Removal & Exclusion services in Massachusetts.
Although bats are very beneficial in nature, they pose serious health risks when they enter buildings or come in contact with people, domestic animals and pets. Our Advanced Wildlife Control Operators are highly qualified to handle the most challenging Bat Removal and Exclusion Services.
Bats Entering Homes and Buildings in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, female bats migrate to warm attics to raise their young in the warmer months of the year. While some species like the Big Brown Bat do over-winter in structures, hands-down the majority of bat removal calls come in late July through mid August as juvenile bats are taking flight. These inexperienced bats occasionally end up in the occupied living-space of a home or building.
It is important to understand the life habits of bats in Massachusetts before planning any type of bat removal or exclusion project. Performing bat exclusions at the incorrect time of year can trap bats inside the structure. Trapped bats may die in the walls. There is also an increase the risk of human-bat conflict if trapped bats are forced to escape into areas occupied by people or pets.
How Do Bats Get Inside Building Structures?
Unlike rodents, bats do not gnaw or chew their way into structures. Bats seek out roosting sites by following air movement and temperature changes while flying around potential roosting areas. In the wild, bats typically roost in caves, tree hollows, rock crevices and other naturally formed structures.
In urban and suburban areas, bats often find suitable roosting sites in homes, attics and other structures occupied by people. Bats enter these buildings through existing gaps and openings ⅝ of an inch or larger.
Here in Massachusetts, winter weather conditions can cause structural damage to buildings over time. Snow and ice can expand, forcing building materials apart and creating the ideal entry points for bats to enter. It is important to have annual bat inspections to identify any existing or new potential entry points.
Common Entry Points Bats Use to Enter Structures in Massachusetts
New England weather can wreak havoc on older homes and building in Massachusetts. It is not uncommon for seams and joints to expand over time allowing bats to enter a structure. Construction gaps left unsealed following construction can provide entry points for bats. Upper and lower rake boards, soffits, trim, dormer returns, roof and attic vents, chimneys, siding gaps and ridge vents are just a few of the areas we find bats entering building structures. “Bat Exclusion Materials” specifically designed for the safe removal and exclusion of bats are used to evict and seal bats out of the structure.
Best Time To Perform Bat Removal and Exclusion Services In Massachusetts
Massachusetts Law protects all species of bats. Our licensed bat professionals will remove bats at the appropriate time of year without harming bats.
During the months of May, August and September, ‘Bats can be safely evicted and sealed out of a structure by a Licensed Bat Removal & Exclusion Professional. This is when young bats have either not yet been born or when bats are mature enough to take flight. This process is known as ‘Bat Removal & Exclusion’.
Professional Bat Exclusion Materials
Our bat exclusion experts keep bats out of buildings with Bat Cones, Eviction Devices, All-Weather Sealants, Sheet Metal, steel mesh fabric, customized screening, chimney and vent covers and other specialty products.
If bats have already entered a structure we will extract or remove the bats safely, without harm, before performing the long-term exclusion work. Our bat exclusions preserve bats while protecting people and domestic animals.
Bat Guano harbors dangerous organisms. A certified bat professional will clean-up the guano safely. In addition to the guano,, Bat Bugs may infest areas occupied by bats.
Ultra Safe Pest utilizes Industry-Specific HEPA vacuums to remove guano (bat-droppings) from contaminated areas. After removing guano and other debris, our licensed applicators apply EPA registered sanitizers and disinfectants to contaminated areas.
Rabies & Bats in Massachusetts
What is rabies?
Rabies is a virus that can affect the brain and spinal cord. This virus is found in the saliva of an animal with rabies and can be spread to humans through a bite or scratch. Rabies cannot be cured, but it can be prevented.
What do I need to know about bats and rabies?
In the U.S, most rabies in humans has been due to bat bites that were not recognized or reported. Bats make tiny teeth marks that are difficult to see so the bite may not be noticed. A healthy bat usually avoids people, but a rabid bat may be on the ground so people touch it. If there is any chance that someone has touched a bat, it should be captured and tested for rabies. Besides touching the bat, finding a bat in the room of an unattended child or anyone who is unable to give a clear history of whether they had direct contact with the bat (such as someone who was sleeping) is also considered a possible exposure. Bats flying overhead and bats that have not had contact with humans or animals do not pose a risk.
Ultra Safe Pest offers services for specimen capture and drop off for rabies testing. Our preferred facility is the State Laboratory at South St in Jamaica Plain Ma.
Call our Bat-Removal & Exclusion Specialists if you suspect bats have entered or to prevent bats from entering a structure.