Is it best to remove bats myself or hire a professional?
One of the most common types of pests that will show up on your property (usually in attics, basements, and other areas of the home that are less inhibited, as well as nearby sheds) are bats. These winged creatures, thought to reside solely inside caves, are a remarkably common occurrence in the life of many homeowners, forced to ask themselves, whenever they come across one what to do – should they remove the bat themselves or call in a professional?
That’s what we’ll be discussing in this article, your options when it comes to bat removal.
To hire a wildlife removal expert or not?
Well, first of all, let’s consider the different factors that influence the decision. Why do some people request professional help?
Perhaps the biggest reason why homeowners call in wildlife removal experts instead of dealing with the issue themselves is that they are scared. For many, this is a natural response, and they’d much rather leave it to someone else to do it. Of course, repulsion also comes into play quite heavily, and if you are one of those people who are naturally afraid of bats, then the answer is obvious for you – you should call a professional.
But what if you’re not scared?
Well, maybe you should be. While it’s unlikely that the bat will come swooping down to attack you, there are quite a few reasons why you should be wary of bats, most importantly, because they are notorious disease-carriers. Bats can carry rabies, of course, as well as Ebola and several virus types related to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). They’ve also been linked to the COVID-19 virus, so best to keep your distance.
While the bat is unlikely to outright attack you, as mentioned, it may well try to scratch you if you try to capture it and it feels threatened. This is why you should call a bat removal professional, rather than try to remove it yourself.
These people have experience in the field, know how to handle bats, and not get themselves infected by these viruses. They wear protection and have the best gear for the job, and for these reasons alone, you should ask for the help of a professional rather than attempt to capture the bat yourself.
When looking for a bat removal company, make sure you search for one that uses humane removal methods, such as live traps that will not harm or endanger the bat in any way. It’s normal to want them out of our house, but that’s not a reason to kill them. After the bat has been safely trapped, the professional will carry it away, and it won’t trouble you again.
If you do decide to try removing it yourself…
If you somehow do decide to give this a try or are unable to call a professional, make sure you:
- Wear protective gear. Since you don’t know how a bat will attack, it’s best to have as much of your body covered by thick material that will stop a scratch or a bite, if the bat attempts it.
- Use humane methods, also. The same rules as above should apply.
- Once you have trapped the bat/bats and removed them from your property, make sure you thoroughly clean the area they inhabited. Also wear protective gear during this process, since bat droppings are corrosive, not to mention riddled with disease.
- Look for any cracks that the bat might’ve squeezed through initially and cover them as best you can, otherwise it’s just a matter of time before the bats return.