– Things to look for –
The Guano is Important!
As per the CDC – “Histoplasmosis is caused by Histoplasma, a fungus that lives in the soil, particularly where there’s a large amount of bird or bat poop. The infection ranges from mild to life-threatening. It can be misdiagnosed because its symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses. “
Guano removal is an important part of the Bat Removal process because of Histoplasma and the fact that it smells awful.
We have included a link to the CDC website on this.
– Bats are a PROTECTED species –
We have listed the required steps below
Bat Removal Steps (Non-Maternity season)
That all companies MUST follow!
An inspection must be performed to establish where the bats are, what needs to be excluded (sealed-up) to keep them out, and how much guano there is plus the cost of the clean-up.
One-step Exclusion –
If the bats are visible and every last one can be chased out then they can go ahead and seal up the home with galvanized metal products & using galvanized screws. Do not allow them to “staple” the material. Squirrels can & will push through allowing bats in once again! FREE 10-year warranty with optional LIFETIME renewal!
Two-step Exclusion –
If the bats are NOT completely visible and unable to get them ALL chased out, the technician will have to install an exclusion device which allows the bats to go out but stops them from coming back in. After a couple weeks they have to make a return trip to take down the device and close off that final section. Ask if the proposal includes the costs of the return trip and the exclusion device.
Bat Removal Steps (Maternity season)
That all companies MUST follow!
Breeding Inspection –
A different inspection MUST be performed, in addition to the normal inspection listed above, to establish whether or not it is a bachelor colony or maternity ward. (Warning: If the technician tells you that he cannot get access to the bats to see if there are flightless babies – He MUST treat it like a Maternity Ward to prevent killing any babies!)
Maternity Ward Exclusion –
If it is a Maternity Ward then it requires an extra step. First they would seal up the parts of the house that the bats are not using for exit or entry – leaving the active entry completely open. Once that is done they have to wait until babies have grown and are flighted.
Maternity Ward Revisit –
Once there are not anymore flightless babies then they can resume with the steps depending on if they can chase them out and seal it up or have to install an exclusion device that allows the bats to leave but unable to return which calls for yet another return visit to remove and seal up.
QUESTIONS TO ASK THE WCO
1) Does the WCO have a valid “Georgia Nuisance Wildlife Control Permit”? Ask to see a copy of it and confirm that the Technician providing the service is the name on the permit. We are providing an example of one of ours for you to see what it looks like below:
This is one of our Wildlife Technicians actual permit. To protect his info we blurred out his specific information.
2) Do they have General Liability Insurance? Is it valid? Ask for a copy of their “Certificate of Insurance”. Since they are going into your attic there are risks involved. Make sure they are insured just in case there are any unexpected issues; minor or catastrophic. They need to be covered for your protection.
3) How much do they charge for an inspection? Do not assume it is FREE. We lay our cards on the table upfront so no one is surprised or embarrassed. In order for the WCO to give you a price for the exclusion work and guano (bat feces) clean up they will have to perform a thorough inspection.
Some companies may say they provide the inspection for FREE but just know their time has a value and they will work it into their proposal. No matter what you are going to pay for the time.
4) Is there a warranty on the exclusion work? How many years is it guaranteed that a bt will not get past their work? Is there a cost for this warranty? Is there a renewal fee for the warranty?
5) Check out their reviews online with whatever website you feel is credible. Let’s say you are working with, thus far a company named ABC Wildlife. I always run a search for the keywords “ABC Wildlife Reviews” or just “ABC Wildlife (your city name)”. This will give you all kinds of information that will help you to make an informed decision.
6) Never be afraid to ask questions. If the WCO acts annoyed by having to answer the questions… They are not the right company for you. Simply move on to another company. It is a part of our job to explain the process. They should welcome all questions.
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We hope you found this website to be helpful.
Verron, Rick & Lilith
Southern Wildlife Management, LLC.
Johns Creek & Dawsonville, GA