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Removal of bats in your attic is a complex problem we encounter in wildlife control. Definitely not a DIY issue if you want to do it right, safely and legally! Bat colonies are protected species and you must not kill them. The solution usually requires installation of one-way doors made specifically for bats, called bat cone excluders, and/or a special netting that lets bats fly out, but not fly back in. But you MUST first determine if there are baby bats present, or you will create a huge problem. Baby bats sometimes will not exit on their own. Left stranded they will crawl down your walls, into your house, and die creating a monumental mess, stink and attract more pests.
Yes on both counts! The bat poop, guano, should be removed and contaminated insulation replaced and we do both. Then the attic area sanitized. Guano is dangerous, releasing spores that cause Histoplasmosis a disease of the lungs. Cleanup requires special protective equipment and respirators.
After all bats are removed from your attic and home, the entry points must be identified and sealed up. Bats can squeeze through small gaps of just 3/8 of an inch. If your seal up is incomplete, you will have you bats again. We inspect for and perform exclusionary repairs to all access points including attic vents, chimney caps, gables, cracks, and ridge caps.
The price for professional trapping and removal of bats in an attic is $600-$2,000. It will vary greatly depending on the service and if there is a warranty provided. There is a wide price-range based on treatment options such as trapping techniques. Attic insulation removal-repair and exclusionary seal-up may be extra. You always want our free in-person inspection for bat removal jobs. CLICK HERE to see a complete list of average bat control prices in the Mid-Atlantic.