Home of the Original Live Bat Exclusion in Michigan
If you need live bat exclusion and you live in South East MI, the greater Lansing Area, or central MI contact the Bat Specialists of Michigan for further information at 248-361-1528.
Getting rid of bats from your attic is a 3 step process and often times a 4 step process. We follow all of the guidelines implemented by Bat Conservation International.
Step 1: Home inspection of the roof, perimeter of the home, chimney, and attic to determine where the colony of bats are roosting or entering into the home or attic. During your bat inspection we can determine if you need any additional work other than getting rid of bats. Mice, birds, bat guano clean up, etc.
Step 2: Live bat removal through a live bat exclusions. For bats we use a one way door system. Bats can get out, but not back in. There are many ways for a one-way door system but they must be installed precisely or they wont work. We recommend staying away from netting because bats will sometimes catch there wings in this netting and tangle up and prevent the exclusion. We recommend using an open airway system versus using a flapper or a hinge door device. Once these animals are out, we want to make sure they can’t get back in. We seal all areas with a galvanized hardware cloth and a 35-year silicone caulk. We give a full five year warranty on all repairs, NO BATS!
Step 3: In approximately 30 days after the bat removal process we come back to your home to make sure all of your bats are gone and the bat proofing remains in good condition. At this time we removal all one-way door devices off of your home. Generally bats will leave your home with in less than a week, but it is important to make sure all of the bats are gone so we leave your one way doors up for an exaggerated period of so there are no bats left behind.
Step 4: Bat guano clean up from atticsStep 4: Bat guano removal and attic restoration. This is a step that doesn’t always need to be done, but to insure there is no air born bacteria or fungi left behind sometimes we need to clean up the bat droppings. This can be as simple as a spot cleaning, because the roosting piles may be very minute. In order to make sure all of the droppings through out the insulation are removed you may require a full service attic restoration and insulation removal.
***Bird control is done similar but it is important to make sure the young are developed and can leave the nest.***
Bat Control and Prevention
Our prevention services are done just like our exclusions. Although we are not excluding anything, the repairs are done the same way.
We follow all guidelines of Bat Conservation International
1. We will be licensed, as required, by our state.
2. We will provide property owners with a guarantee and list of references. All written materials will be accurate and scare tactics will be avoided.
3. We will use the preferred, one-way devices constructed from light weight polypropylene netting (<1/6″mesh), plastic sheeting, or tube-type excluders for evicting bats from buildings. Excluders will be placed at all active entry points and remain in place for at least 5 to 7 days. These devices will be removed after the bats have been excluded, and then exclusion points will be sealed with silicone caulking, caulk backing understand that in some case, sealing may require repair or replacement of old, deteriorated wood. (Note that BCI strongly building and avoid spot treatments. Moving bats from one corner of a building to another does not solve the problem and may require that further exclusion work is carried time in the future, further disturbing the bats
and the property owner).
4. We know simply waiting until the bats have flown out at night and then permanently sealing entrances shut without the use of exclusion devices is not approved by BCI. This method often traps some bats inside the building.
5. We understand that BCI also discourages the use of “permanent netting” in most situations.
6. We know that aerosol dog and cat repellents may discourage bat use of a particular roosting spot for periods of up to several months and have been used effectively to prevent bats from night-roosting above porches. If used, the spray will be applied by day when bats are not present. Aerosol repellents are not an adequate substitute for exclusion in the case of day roosts and will never be applied when bats are in a roost. To discourage bats at night roosts, we also may use Mylar balloons or strips of tin foil that are hung from roosting areas and allowed to move in the breeze.
7. We acknowledge that maternity season for bats in the US and Canada can range from mid-April through 31 August, although pups have been seen as early as late April in some instances. We agree that eviction of bats, or any activity that directly affects their roosting area, will occur only prior to or after the maternity season, when young will not be trapped inside, creating additional problems.
8. We understand that some bats hibernate in buildings during the winter months and that winter exclusions should be performed only if it can be determined that no bats are hibernating in the building. If bats are present during the winter months, exclusions should be postponed until spring temperatures are warm enough for deciduous plants to leaf out and insects to again be abundant.
9. We acknowledge that ultrasonic devices, chemical repellents, and smoke are not approved by BCI as effective methods to evict bats from buildings. In addition, canned spray foam is not an approved sealant for cracks and holes in most situations. It is not only unattractive, but can result in the death of bats that come into contact with it. This product should never be used when bats are still present.
10. We understand that traps and relocation are not BCI approved exclusion techniques. While removing large numbers of bats from a building may seem impressive to a customer, it is unlikely to be effective. Traps can be fatal to bats if left unattended or if overcrowding occurs. Bats have excellent homing instincts making relocation attempts unlikely to succeed. They will simply attempt to return to the original capture area upon release. Capturing bats at an exclusion site is not encouraged, although capturing a single bat to remove it from a living space is an exception to this rule.
11. We understand that installation of bat houses can offer a vital alternative roost for excluded bats, and that it is best if bat houses are installed in advance of exclusions.
12. We will provide BCI membership and bat house information to our customers to further encourage conservation of bats and their habitats.
13. We will maintain adequate insurance, and provide proof of insurance to BCI.
14. We understand that customers may post reviews about our company on the BCI Website.
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