Can county or city animal services help with my bat problem?

So you find yourself facing an unwanted bat (or maybe even a family of bats) right on your property and don’t know what to do about it. The good news is, you’re not alone – bats are a common problem for homeowners across the United States, and all these people manage to rid their home of the unwanted intruder successfully, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve already considered your options and decided to request the help of a professional wildlife removal company, rather than attempt to capture the bat yourself. Good choice. Bats are notorious carriers of disease and may endanger your health if they feel threatened (which is usually the case when a non-professional attempts to deal with them).

But who to call?

It’s quite likely that in the area where you live, there is a designated animal services office, regardless if you live in the country or in the city, and you might be thinking about giving them a call. The bad news is, however, that animal control will not help you get rid of bats. It’s not that they don’t want to, it’s just that this falls outside of their jurisdiction, as it were. The truth is, animal control exists to deal with dogs, cats, and so on, and while some animal control services are said to work with dangerous or wild animals, they will not remove bats from your property. That is not what they do, you see, so you’d be much better off calling a wildlife removal company instead. 

bat colony flying

Obviously, you should do a bit of online research and find someone who focuses on bats, because they will be best prepared to deal with your problem. They carry all the necessary protection and trapping equipment, so they’re the people you want in a bat- problem scenario.

Speaking of animals…

You’ll want to take care of your bat problem as swiftly as possible regardless, but you should take some extra care if you are a pet owner, since the presence of bats puts your beloved pets in danger. One of the biggest risks to pets, and particularly to dogs, is the presence of bat droppings, which a dog will often inspect, sniff, lick, and possibly ingest. This is a hugely dangerous business, as bat droppings carry rabies, Ebola, and other viruses that may endanger the very life of your dog.

three bats in attic

Bats are also dangerous for pets because many pets will pursue them, which might trigger a defensive reaction from the bat. This might result in the pet getting scratched or bitten, and you not even knowing about it (often the case with small bites). So if you’ve discovered you have a bat problem, do your best to isolate the bat in one room of the house until help arrives, and make sure you keep your pets well away from the intruder.