Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC has been providing bat removal, bat control, and getting rid of bats in Blacksburg, VA since 1998.
Virginia is the home of 16 different species of bats. Three are federally endangered; three are species of federal concern, and ten non-game protected species. Four of these non-game protected species are of most concern to home owners; the Big Brown Bat, Brazilian Free-tailed Bat, Evening Bat, and the Little Brown Bat. These four bats are the species that are more likely to inhibit people's homes in Virginia. Bats are closely related to primates and are all in the group Chiroptera, Latin for "hand wing", which means that their wings are essentially flaps of skin connecting their long fragile fingers together.
Residential and commercial properties are equally desirable for bats to live in. A bat needs a space no more than an inch wide and a 1/3 of an inch tall to gain access in to a dwelling. Most bats will colonize in the gable vents, behind shutters, under siding, behind the trim boards, and sometimes in an old chimney. Bats are social creatures and live in colonies that can range from hundreds to thousands. Shortly before sunset most of the bats will emerge from the dwelling to seek out food and water throughout the night time hours. (Never assume that all the bats are out at once.) Even though they have poor eyesight, they navigate and find their food using echolocation. Their diet consists of insects, which plays an important role in the ecosystem keeping most insect pests to desirable levels for humans.
There are many different ways to get rid of bats, but if you are looking for a professional, permanent, non-chemical solution to your bat problem, with a written guarantee and warranted, you have found one of the only companies in Virginia that can provide you with this and back it up. We follow the NWCOA Bat Standards set by the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. All of our employees have taken and passed the NWCOA Bat Standards Compliant Course.
Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC will inspect every square foot of your structure looking for potential bat entry points. When we find these potential entry points we will seal them with 35 – 50 year sealant that is backed with a permanent rodent proof material, install rigid screens, or chimney caps and covers. Any gaps, holes, or vents that we find that show evidence of bats entering and exiting, we will install a one way venting device or tube that allows the bats to leave unharmed but not re-enter. If the structure is housing a maternity colony with baby bats, we will wait till the baby bats are able to fly before installing the venting devices. If you just vent the bats from their entry points without sealing the potential penetration points, the bats will just move to those potential points. Waiting till after dark or when you think the bats have left for the evening to seal the entry point is not safe and will just move the bats to another point in the structure as well. Biologically, the Evening Bat and Little Brown Bat should migrate to warmer climates for hibernation. Waiting till late fall to seal the structure when you think the bats have left to hibernate in warmer climates is not the solution either. The Big Brown Bat and the Mexican free-tailed bat, biologically, will hibernate in manmade structures. We have also found and believe that most of the Little Brown Bats in Virginia will hibernate in manmade structures due to our moderate winters. By waiting till fall, thinking the bats have left for the winter, and sealing the structure can risk the great potential of sealing bats in the structure and forcing them into the living space of your structure looking for a way out in the spring.
Bats create offensive odors due to their urine and droppings, host bat bugs (Bat bugs are similar to bed bugs.), disrupt peoples sleep, and is one of Virginia’s rabies vectors. Bat removal is our specialty. We have helped restore peace of mind to over a thousand of residential and commercial customers over the last 18 years. Bat removal is a technical process that requires professional experience. Do not risk people’s health or yours to anybody. You can trust our nationally trained professional staff to solve any bat problem you may have, guaranteed and warranted!
Your Bat Service Agreement will describe and identify, in written and/or graphed format, all of the inspected areas of the structure, current and potential bat entry points, exterior roosts, identify any structural defects, contaminations, Ectoparasites, a description of the warranty, its limitations, and its time period, and a price to exclude and evict/vent the bats from the structure.
In addition to the service agreement we may also take photos to document the inspected areas of your structure with current and/or potential bat entry points, exterior roosts, structural defects, and contaminations as evidence/proof to you of the issues associated with the bats and to protect Your Bat Professional from any potential liabilities.
Your bat service agreement will also contain a description of the warranty, its limitations, and its time period. The warranty will not start until the final eviction/venting devices are installed on your structure or 100% eviction is confirmed by Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC and you. It is limited to a colony of bats entering the interior of your structure. The warranty time period will not be less than one year and will not exceed the manufacturer’s minimum service life of any exclusion material we use on your structure. Prior to your warranty expiring, we will send you a renewal notice letting you know your bat warranty is getting ready to expire. Upon the renewal payment, as stated on your bat service agreement, we will return to you structure for re-inspection.
Your bat service agreement will contain a price to exclude and evict/vent the bats from your structure. The price reflects the Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC ability and experience to perform bat removal services based upon the NWCOA® Bat Standards, material costs, labor, and profit.
What happens before the bats are removed from your structure?
Bat Exclusion is a technique where all potential bat entry points stated in your bat service agreement, are made uninhabitable or impervious to a bat by the use/application/installation of exclusion materials by Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC.
Bat Exclusion materials are building materials or components that may be used/applied/installed/dispensed, but are not limited to, are caulk, adhesives, or sealants, backer rod, chinking, foam, wire mesh, metal flashing or coil stock, chimney caps, or any other building construction materials that will prevent the colony of bats from relocating in or on your structure once the bat eviction/venting devices have been installed on/over the current entry points on your structure.
Bat Exclusion materials will be applied to all potential bat entry points that lead into the interior of your structure from the exterior of your structure. Bat entry points are any area eighteen (18) inches above grade that may emit air draft from your structure that are greater than or equal to 5/8 inch round or 3/8-inch wide and 3/4 -inch long regardless of its orientation. Current bat entry points will not be closed until all volant (Bats that can fly.) bats have been evicted/vented from your structure.
How Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC removes bats from your structure.
Bat Eviction/Venting is a process of removing bats from a residential or commercial property by the use of a one –way exit device that allows bats to leave the structure but not re-enter. Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC will never use chemicals to remove bats from structures.
Time of Year Concerns
Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC considers both the time of year and the life cycle of bats within their respective geographic region of Virginia prior to eviction venting the bats from your home or business. Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC will exercise caution between the months of April through August to ensure that non-volant, juvenile bats are not present in the structure. Between the months of October through March, Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC will exercise caution that a winter hibernaculum of bats may exist in your structure and install eviction/venting devices during any exclusions performed at this time. In addition, eviction/venting devices will remain in place until such time that average night-time temperatures regularly exceed 50°F in your area or region.
If you need Bat Removal or need to get rid of bats in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Dublin, Floyd, Giles, Narrows, Pearisburg, Pembroke, Pulaski, Radford, and Radford City in Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, and Pulaski County, Virginia, Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC is available to solve your bat problem.
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PO Box 21208 Roanoke, VA 24018
Toll-Free: 1-855-WILDPRO (945-3776)