Virginia Bat Removal Techniques

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides bat removal from structures in Virginia.

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.  

Your Wildlife Professional 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 man made structures.  We have also found and believe that most of the Little Brown Bats in Virginia will hibernate in man made 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. 

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Bats create offensive odors due to their urine and droppings, host bat bugs (Bat bugs are similar to bed bugs.), disrupt peoples sleep, and are 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 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 Your Bat Professional 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 reinspection. 

Your bat service agreement will contain a price to exclude and evict/vent the bats from your structure. The price reflects the Your Bat Professional’s 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 Your Bat Professional.

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 Your Bat Professional 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.  Your Bat Professional will never use chemicles to remove bats from structures.

Time of Year Concerns  
Your Bat Professional will consider 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.  Your Bat Professional 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, Your Bat Professional 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.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides bat removal, can get rid of bats in attic, and bat infestations in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Virginia Bat Guano Removal

Your bat eviction/venting inspection may reveal a contamination or accumulation of bat guano within your structure.  Other than structural damage, the accumulation of bat guano can create biohazard that may put individual’s health at risk within your structure.  Your Bat Professional will convey to you at the time of your inspection the potential for individuals health at risk based on the amount of bat droppings, their location, risk of disturbance, and airborne contamination through HVAC units in your structure.

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Your bat eviction/venting inspection may not reveal all the accumulations of  bat guano within your structure.  Bats will typically roost in areas that cannot be readily accessed or visually inspected, such as wall voids.  You should understand that disturbing these inaccessible areas where guano may have accumulated is not necessary, unless those areas are likely to be disturbed as a result of construction, remodeling, renovation, repair or other circumstance.

Once the bats have been removed and all the necessary repairs have been made to prevent their return, you should really consider our bat biohazard cleanup services.  Bat urine, bat feces, hidden dead bats in the insulation and disease causing parasites (bat bugs) will be left behind.  Exposure to these bat biohazards can pose a serious health threat to you, your family, employees, citizens, customers, or your clients. Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc are trained and well equipped to effectively remove these bat biohazards and dispose of them properly according to OSHA and federal health regulations.

Air scrubbers with HEPA filters are used to prevent contamination of the living or work space of structures that have large accumulations of droppings.  When removing bat droppings we will disturb the droppings and create a lot of dust.  The access hole has to be open to allow for the equipment to be in the attic.  Without this air scrubber you will take a chance of contaminating the living or working space below the attic with the air-born fungus Histoplasmosis.   

Commercial grade gas powered vacuum systems with HEPA bags attached are used to remove the contaminated insulation and droppings. 

Commercial grade electric powered vacuum systems with HEPA filters are used for smaller dropping accumulations.

Your Bat Professional is often asked several questions about bats or bat guano health risks and the dangers of bat guano or dangers of bat droppings. Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about bats and bat guano removal.

  1.     What are the health dangers of bat guano or health hazards of bat guano?
  2.     How to clean up bat guano?
  3.     Is bat poop dangerous or is bat poop toxic?
  4.     What are the bat guano dangers?
  5.     What are the diseases carried by bats?
  6.     What are the effects of bat guano on health?
  7.     What is bat feces disease?
  8.     What is the cost of bat guano cleanup?

So before you try removing bat guano from your house, you should learn about the effects of inhaling bat guano first. Bat poop is dangerous. One of the dangers of bats in attics is that they have the potential to produce a lot of bat excrement and bat urine. The color of bat guano is dark brown to black when it is fresh and light brown when it is dry.   Bat droppings, bat scat, bat poop, bat guano or whatever you want to call it can or will create a bat guano health risks. Bats produce more than three times their body weight in potentially toxic bat droppings every week during the summer months when they are active. Bats fly from late in the evening at dark to the early morning before daylight, so they need to ingest a lot of calories to fuel their several hours of flying. What goes in a bats mouth must come out and a lot of insect consumption equals lots of bat droppings. It does not take long for even a small number of bats to foul up your attic and interior wall voids if they are not dealt with quickly. Depending on the size of the bat colony, a nasty little fungus called Histoplasmosis that bats can excrete in their droppings and will grow in moist piles of bat droppings.  If you directly inhale Histo spores you could end up quite sick and depending on your age and respiratory health, you could end up blind, with permanent flue like symptoms or in extreme cases dead.

With all this in mind, the truth is that the majority of bat droppings found in attics and walls are harmless if undisturbed. The thought of bat guano in your attic may be disgusting, but no threat to your health. Only a small number of bats contract Histoplasmosis and excrete the fungus in their droppings. Still the fungus can’t grow unless the piles of droppings are very large. Small amounts of bat poop in your attic or walls is not a threat to your health unless the bat guano is disturbed. Undisturbed bat droppings are the safest bat droppings. You would have to directly inhale the Histo spores from the bat guano to even potentially get sick. In most cases of bat guano abatement is not necessary and a waste of money. Your Bat Professional can get rid of bats in attic and perform bat exclusion before the bats make too much of a bat guano biohazard, but your Virginia bat removal pro can only advocate the abatement of bat guano from attic and walls in some cases where the bats have left a lot of bat guano. Bat guano removal should only be recommended by your bat removal professional under the following circumstances.

 

  1.     Large accumulations or piles of bat guano.
  2.     You have a respiratory illness.
  3.     You are pregnant or have small children in the house. 
  4.     The attic space is being used for storage or a kids play room.
  5.     There is ductwork in the attic that leads to the living areas of the structure.
  6.     The heating and air system is in the attic.
  7.     You are planning on renovating the space or are tearing out the walls/ceilings that may have bat droppings behind or on top of them.
  8.     You are changing the insulation. Insulation companies will offer to remove the insulation fairly cheaply for you but they should not be used for this purpose as they do not have the proper OSHA training or safety equipment needed to remove Bat guano safely. (The proper HEPA filtered respirators, air scrubbers, vacuums, and suites similarly used for asbestos and mold abatement). If an untrained insulation worker or wildlife control operator becomes sick you could be liable.
  9.     If you plan to sell the house or building, bat droppings typically become a red flag for home or commercial building inspectors.  Uneducated buyers are often told the worst case scenario and will want to back out of the contract regardless of the amount of bat guano.
  10.     If you just cannot stand the thought of the bat droppings in your house or building.  It is up to the customer to determine if they want to live with the bat guano or have your Virginia bat removal professional remove them.
  11.     Commercial buildings with workers or customers. 

If there is a small colony of bats in your house or building, you really have no need to worry about the bat droppings left behind. If you encounter a small amount of scattered droppings somewhere in your home or building, just pick them up with a wet paper towel and flush them down the toilet. Under no circumstances should you try to clean-out bat guano from the attic yourself. Big box store dust-masks and even full face respirators are not adequate equipment to safely work around bat droppings in confined spaces like an attic. Remember , undisturbed bat guano is the safest bat guano.

If you cannot afford to have it removed by Your Bat Professional, leave it alone.  Do not try to learn how to remove bat guano from attic.

Bat droppings do not smell. Bat urine has a very distinctive odor and often there are times that home owners do not even notice it.  If your bat removal professional can smell bat urine inside the living or working area of a structure, it means the bat problem could be out of control. During hot humid weather your bat removal professionals often get calls from customers whose houses or buildings smell because of a bat infestation that has not been dealt with. In most of these situations a major cleanup of bat droppings and contaminated insulation in necessary. Small infestations of bats usually do not produce enough bat urine odor that can be noticed inside and a localized clean-out can be performed. However bat populations grow quite large over time and it is best to have your bat removal professional get rid of bats before the bat colony causes damage to the structure.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. have been providing bat guano removal services in Virginia since 1998.  We provide bat guano removal,  can get rid of bat guano in attic, and bat guano infestations in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Bat Guano Removal Services

Air Scrubber

Bat Bio-Hazard Suite

Insulation contaminated with bat guano.

Before bat guano removal.

After bat guano removal services.

Before Bat Guano Clean Out

After Bat Guano Clean Out

That is a lot of bat guano.

Guano!

Virginia Bat Bug Removal

A Bat Bug (Cimex adjunctus) is an ectoparasite that is commonly found in the presence of bats or accumulations of bat guano. 

Your Bat Professional will inform you of the presence of bat bugs and the possibility that bat bugs may enter the living space of your structure in search of an alternate host post eviction/venting procedures.

The presence of a bat bug infestation will require a pesticide application for mitigation of the pest. Like bed bugs, bat bugs can survive up to a year without a host to feed on.  We typically find bat bugs in attics and other areas where large colonies of bats reside. Bat bugs will spend most of their time in the guano accumulations and a large pile of bat guano under a bat roost in an attic will usually be crawling with bat bugs.  If you search deeper into the pile of guano you will find several clusters of white bat bug eggs as well.

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Timing is important when dealing with a bat bug infestation. Bat colonies that have been established for more than 3 years will typically have a bat bug infestation. However, most bat problems are smaller colonies of bats that have resided in the structure less than 3 years and the presence of bat bugs and bat guano accumulations are minimal.    When dealing with a large colony of bats Your Bat Professional will suggest a course of events that need to happen within a specific period of time.  If bats are excluded from an attic and the bat bugs are left behind, they will often drop down into the living space of the house looking for a new host. In this situation the homeowner ends up with several to hundreds of bat bugs crawling throughout their home. In some cases it can be more difficult to get rid of the bat bugs than the bats. 

The pesticide label is the law in Virginia and applying pesticides to an area where bats are colonizing is illegal.  Your Bat Professionals are often told by their Clients that another company would get rid of the bats when they treat the roost area for bat bugs.  This is an illegal application and can be harmful to the bats residing in your structure, not to mention it will not solve your bat problem.  If your pest control company has found the presence of bat bugs in your structure Your Bat Professional will be glad to work with them to solve your bat bug problem. 

Depending on the time of year, the first bat bug treatment should happen within 5 to 10 days from the date that the bat venting devices are installed to ensure that all the bats have left the structure. At this time Your Bat Professional will remove all visible accumulations of bat guano.  In some cases bat guano accumulations are within the wall voids and not all of the guano can be removed.  Removal of the visible bat guano will eliminate most of the bat bugs and the bat bug eggs.  Treating the bat roost and guano accumulations, as well as the areas around the bat roost and the guano accumulations with a pesticide that has a residual will eliminate the rest of the bat bugs over time.  This could take one additional trip for a treatment to several trips for large infestations. This process will help eliminate most of the bat bugs from entering the living space of your house. Again, timing is critical and 100% control of the bat bugs in most cases is accomplished within a couple treatments for smaller bat colonies. Larger bat colonies with bat bug infestations will be eliminated over time with several treatments and methods.   

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides bat bug removal, can get rid of bat bugs in attic, and bat bug infestations in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Virginia Bat Health Concerns

There are two major health concerns associated with bats; rabies and histoplasmosis.  Rabies is a virus that is fatal if untreated.  This virus is found in the infected animals’ saliva and is typically transmitted by a bite or through an open wound.  Most bat bites are undetected.  If you find a bat in a room that someone has slept in, you should have that bat tested for rabies through the Local Health Department.  If the bat cannot be collected for testing, do not take a chance, you should have the rabies exposure shots administered by a doctor.  For more information go to: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.  Histoplasmosis is a fungus that grows on bird and bat droppings that can be fatal to humans.  When the droppings are disturbed this fungus becomes air-borne and can be introduced into the body through your lungs and tear ducts.  Droppings that are in dead spaces, like wall voids and soffits, typically will not cause any problems other than odor.  Accumulations of droppings found in areas accessible to humans, like attics and crawl spaces, pose a threat to human health and should be removed.  For more information go to: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hi97146.html .  Do not attempt to remove bat droppings yourself.  Without the proper masks with filters, suites, air scrubbers and vacuums you could infect yourself and others.  See our Guano Removal section for more details.

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Public Health Concern - Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is a disease associated with bats. Its symptoms vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Occasionally, other organs are affected. When this happens it can be fatal if untreated.

In addition, Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus that grows in soil and material contaminated with droppings from animals, including bats. Droppings, also known as bat guano, can contaminate the soil and cause infectious spores to be released when the soil is disturbed.

Even though it can be found throughout the world, it is widespread in certain areas of the U.S. and can be found in places that harbor large populations of bats, including man-made structures and caves.

While most infected persons have no apparent ill effects, antifungal medications are used to treat many forms of the disease.

Your bat eviction/venting inspection may reveal a contamination or accumulation of bat guano within your structure.  Other than structural damage, the accumulation of bat guano can create biohazard that may put individual’s health at risk within your structure.  Your Bat Professional shall convey to you at the time of the inspection the potential for individuals health at risk based on the amount of droppings, their location, risk of disturbance, and airborne contamination through HVAC units in your structure.  

Your bat eviction/venting inspection may not reveal all the accumulations of  bat guano within your structure. Bats will typically roost in areas that cannot be readily accessed or visually inspected, such as wall voids.  You should understand that disturbing these inaccessible areas where guano may have accumulated is not necessary, unless those areas are likely to be disturbed as a result of construction, remodeling, renovation, repair or other circumstance.

Your Bat Professionals that encounter, remove, clean, or otherwise disturb accumulations of bat guano shall follow guidelines established by US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and  National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) regarding prevention and transmission of Histoplasmosis.

The Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHS) and NIOSH have issued Publication No. 2005-109 Histoplasmosis – Protecting Workers at Risk.  This document shall be used as the guide for Your Bat Professional that may encounter, remove, clean, or otherwise disturb accumulations of bat guano in your structure.

DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005–109    Histoplasmosis – Protecting Workers at Risk   

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What is Histoplasmosis?

Histoplasmosis is generally a respiratory disease, but has also been known to attack other organs such as the eyes.  Histoplasmosis is caused by the inhalation of spores from the organism H. capsulatum that can grow on bat guano or carrier by the bat and released in their guano.  The severity of the infection is directly related to the amount of spores inhaled and the individual’s immune system.  While infection is possible, individuals that frequent chicken or pigeon coops are more at risk of becoming infected with histoplasmosis than through exposure to bat guano because of the constant disturbance of the material with H. capsulatum being aerosolized and subsequently inhaled.

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Public Health Concern – Bat Rabies Exposure

A preliminary bat eviction/venting inspection may reveal the risk of human exposure to the bats and the possibility of transmission of Rabies through contact with a bat.  Bats often enter the living space of homes due to their roost being in close proximity to open windows, doors, and attic access panels and doors.  Bat bites and other physical contact may go undetected by individuals who are asleep.  For this reason, clients should be informed of the risk of a bat or bats entering the living space of the structure during the eviction/venting process and should take every precaution to avoid direct contact with a bat or bats.  

Several highly fatal diseases have been linked to bats.

Rabies is perhaps the most well known disease associated with bats. Along with animals such as dogs, foxes, raccoons, and skunks, bats are one of the primary animals that transmit rabies.

An exposure to bat rabies most commonly occurs when a person is bitten by a rabid bat. It can also be transmitted when the saliva from a rabid bat comes in contact with a person's mouth, eyes, nose, or a fresh wound.

When a person is exposed to rabies, timely administration of a vaccine known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can prevent infection. Once a person becomes infected and symptoms begin to occur, rabies is almost always fatal. Each year in the United States, up to 30,000 persons receive PEP due to potential exposure to a rabid animal, including bats.

Information Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Your Bat Professional will follow the CDC Rabies Exposure Protocol and/or any Local or State Rabies Exposure Protocol that may be applicable when providing bat capture and removal services for bats within a structure.

http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/

Once positive rabies exposure criteria has been met, Your Bat Professional will employ capture techniques for bats that will ensure a viable sample for testing and offer the utmost protection for himself, you, and the Public at Large. 

Once positive rabies exposure criteria has been met, Your Bat Professional shall not release bats to the outside or commit any acts that would otherwise compromise the chain of custody of a bat needed for rabies testing. 

The CDC recommends pre-exposure rabies vaccination for persons in high-risk groups, such as veterinarians, animal handlers, and certain laboratory workers. Your Bat Professional may or may not have the pre-exposure rabies vaccination. 

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What is Bat Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system usually resulting in death.  Although care needs to be taken around bats, rabies infection is very rare in the United States due in part to the sensitive nature of the virus and the method of transfer.  Rabies can only be spread by:

  1. direct contact with an infected animal through a bite or scratch, 
  2. saliva touching a mucus membrane allowing the virus to pass in to the body, or 
  3. consumption of the spinal fluid of an infected animal.  The belief that rabies can be transmitted through fecal matter (Bat guano) or urine is not true.

Bat Rabies safety tips.

  • Bats (as well as other wild and domestic animals) can carry rabies. Do not allow bats or any other wild animal in your home.
  • Children and adults should never handle or pet unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. Do not handle any bat, even if it appears healthy without the proper personal protective equipment. 
  • If bitten by a bat, wash bite wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY, even in the absence of an obvious bat bite.
  • Do not dispose of bats before having them tested for rabies. Testing the bat can decrease the number of unnecessary rabies vaccinations and ensure exposed individuals are treated.
  • If you find a bat in your home, have Your Bat Professional perform a thorough bat inspection to the interior and exterior of your home to make sure you do not have a colony of bats living in your home.

Information Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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What do I do if I find a bat in my house?

Important:  Please understand that a bat bite to a human or an infant may not be detected, especially if the bat was found in a bedroom where you or someone else was sleeping.

If a bat is present in your home, contact Your bat Professional for assistance. It is important to capture the bat for rabies testing, especially if a potential bite or exposure has occurred. Sometimes, Your Bat Professional may not be immediately available.  We do not recommend that you leave the bat unsupervised.  We do not recommend that you try this, but if you have to leave the bat unsupervised while waiting on Your Bat Professional you should use precautions to capture the bat safely, as described below.

To begin, you will need:

  • leather work gloves (put them on)
  • small shoe box or coffee can
  • piece of cardboard
  • Tape

The steps you should take to capture the bat are:

  1. When the bat lands give it a couple minutes to rest and lower its heart rate, approach it slowly, while wearing the gloves, and place the box or coffee can over it.
  2. Slide the cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside.
  3. Tape the cardboard to the container securely, and punch small holes in the cardboard, allowing the bat to breathe.
  4. The CDC states that when no potential exposure to a bat has occurred, the bat can be safely released outside. We do not recommend that any bat that has found its way into your living space goes untested for rabies. Bats can survive for more than two (2) weeks without water or food.  Just because that bat was not in your bedroom when you found it does not mean that it was not a couple days ago. If a bite or exposure to saliva (e.g., into a person's mouth, eyes, or a fresh wound) has occurred, upon arrival to your home Your Bat Professional can contact your local health department or animal control authority to make arrangements for bat rabies testing.
  5. Have Your Bat Professional perform a thorough bat inspection to the interior and exterior of your home to make sure you do not have a colony of bats living in your home.

Information Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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What do I do if I find a dead bat in my house?

If you come across a dead bat, call Your Bat Professional to have them safely remove the bat. In some instances, services might not be immediately available. Under these circumstances, follow the steps below to safely discard the dead bat.

  1. Get a cardboard box or Tupperware container
  2. Place it over the bat
  3. Slide a cardboard or plastic lid under the box/container so that the bat is confined within.
  4. Remove it from the area until Your Bat Professional or animal control services can arrive to safely dispose of the bat.
  5. Have Your Bat Professional perform a thorough bat inspection to the interior and exterior of your home to make sure you do not have a colony of bats living in your home.

Information Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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How do I know if there are anymore bats in my house?

Contact Your Bat Professional for a interior and exterior bat inspection of your home.  Having a bat in your home sometimes is a sign that you may have a colony of bats in your home.  Your Bat Professional will be able to provide you with peace of mind that you and your family are safe or will be able to exclude and evict the bats from your home.

What do I do if I get bitten by a bat or do not know if the bat bit me?

While bites are a common way for diseases to be spread from bats to humans, exposure to saliva and other secretions can also lead to infection.

If you are bitten or saliva from a bat gets into your eyes, nose, mouth, or wounds, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water, get medical attention immediately and do your best to capture the bat for rabies testing.  

Bats have small teeth that may leave marks not easily seen. Although many people know if they have been bitten by a bat, there are certain circumstances when a person might not be aware or able to tell if a bite has occurred. For example:

  • If you or someone else awakes to find a bat in the room,
  • If you find a bat in a room with an unattended child, or
  • If you see a bat near a person with a disability.
  • If the above occurs, get immediate medical attention. In all circumstances, contact local or state health departments for assistance with medical advice and testing bats for rabies. When it cannot be ruled out that the bat is free from rabies and an exposure has occurred, (PEP) may need to be considered.

When bat droppings, saliva, or other secretions are believed to be nearby, closely monitor your health, especially any fever, chills, headache, or muscle pain.

If these symptoms appear after being in an area when bats might have been nearby, seek medical attention and be sure to note your presence in these areas. Be sure to also note any travel that has recently taken place, especially to African countries. This is especially important if it has been less than a month since a potential exposure to bats.

Information Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. has been dealing with bat health concerns, such as bat rabies and bat histoplasmosis, in Virginia since 1998. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a bat or may have bat histoplasmosis in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia. 

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Virginia Department of Health:  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/index.htm

Local Health Departments 

Alleghany County Health Department: 540-473-8240
Amherst County Health Department: 434-946-9408
Appomattox County Health Department: 434-352-2313
Bedford County Health Department: 540-586-7952
Bland County Health Department: 276-688-4651
Botetourt County Health Department: 540-473-8240
Campbell county Health Department: 434-592-9550
Carroll County Health Department: 276-728-2166
Clifton Forge Health Department: 540-862-4131
Craig County Health Department: 540-864-5136
Floyd County Health Department: 540-745-2141
Franklin County Health Department: 540-484-0292
Galax Health Department: 276-236-6127
Giles County Health Department: 540-921-2891
Grayson County Health Department: 276-773-2961
Henry County Health Department: 276-638-2311
Lynchburg Health Department: 434-947-6785
Martinsville Health Department 276-638-2311
Montgomery County Health Department:  540-381-7100
Patrick County Health Department: 276-694-3188
Pulaski County Health Department:   540-994-5030
Radford City Health Department: 540-831-5774
Roanoke County/City Health Department: 540-857-7600
Salem Health Department: 540-387-5530
Smyth County Health Department:   276-781-7460
Vinton Health Department: 540-857-7800
Wythe County Health Department:    276-228-5507

 

 

 





















Virginia Bat Damage & Damage Areas

Bats create more mental damage to people than physical damage to their property.  There are a lot of theories and misconceptions about bats that can really scare people.  We stick to the facts about bats and will educate you to the best of our knowledge to help with that fear of bats.  Bats are very beneficial to the environment, but not beneficial to your home.  Each bat that lives in your home will expel (Poop and Urinate) as much as its body weight per day.  Over time the buildup of guano (Bat Poop) and urine can create a lot of damage to your home or building.  The combination of bat guano and urine can create a strong offensive odor and deteriorate just about any building material that comes into contact with it.  The longer the bats are in the structure, the more damage their guano and urine can create.  There are other issues associated with the buildup of bat guano in a structure that will be discussed in the Health Concerns section.

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How do I prevent bat damage?

A proactive approach is always the best solution to prevent bat damage.  Bat damage is caused by years of accumulation of bat droppings and bat urine in a attic.  If you notice bats in a house, do not wait until it is too late to prevent bat damage, call a bat removal professional.

Will the bat urine odor go away?

In established roosts of bats in an attic it can be difficult to remove bat urine odor.  If you are lucky, once the bat guano has been removed by a professional bat control company, the odor will eventually evaporate and go away.  If the odor has been absorbed into the wood trusses and support beams in the attic, then the area where the bat guano accumulated will have to be sealed with commercial grade primer several times to eventually seal the odor into the wood.  

How much guano will the roof trusses support?

We are not sure how much bat guano the roof trusses will support.  Overtime the mix of the bat guano and bat urine will eventually rot the wood trusses.  Wood decay from bat droppings and bat urine is just as bad as white wood decay fungi or wood rot.  Both of which can make a structure no longer structurally sound.

How can you tell if you have bat damage in a attic?

The only way to determine if you have bat damage in an attic is to have a professional bat removal company perform a bat damage assessment.  A bat damage assessment involves inspecting the areas that the bats are roosting.  If the bats have been in the house for a long time and the bat guano and urine accumulation is built up, then there is a possibility of bat damage.  Bat damage is usually determined once the bat guano has been removed from the house.  Wood materials surrounded by bat guano and urine typically will show some degree of damage once exposed after the bat guano removal.  Most of the bat damage we see is the bat guano that has dropped on the insulation in the attic.  At this point a partial clean-out or a full attic restoration will be necessary.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. has been preventing bat damage in homes and businesses in Virginia since 1998.  If we can help prevent bat damage by providing bat removal and bat guano removal in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Bat guano accumulation.

Bat damage from bat urine and bat guano.

Bat damage on furniture in an attic.

Insulation damaged by bat guano.

Virginia Bat Identification

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides bat identification in Virginia.

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Evening Bat (Nycticeius humeralis)

Body Size:  Females are larger than males.

  • Average Length (Adult):  3 5/8” – 3 3/4” tall.
  • Average Wingspread:  10 ¼” – 11” wide.
  • Ear Height:  ½”
  • Average Adult Weight:  1/10 – 1/3 oz.
  • Young at Birth:  1/20 oz., pink with transparent wings and eyes closed. 
  • 1 Day:  Eyes open. (Very rapid growth.)
  • 5 Days:  Hair present on back.  Sooty black.  Darker than adults.
  • 3 Weeks:  Start to fly.
  • 6 – 9 Weeks:  Weaned from mother.

Fur Color:  Short sparse dull brown fur.

Voice & Sounds: 

Ultrasonic sounds or echolocation, that humans are unable to hear, are emitted to detect food and objects.  The cries, which we can hear, are emitted 8 – 15 per second and sudden movements may increase the cries to 150 – 200 per second. 

Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)

The little brown bat used to be the most widespread and common bats in buildings during the summer months prior to white-nose syndrome killing 99% of their population in Virginia.  White nose syndrome is a fungus that kills bats while they are hibernating in caves.

Body Size:  Females are larger than males.

  • Average Length (Adult):  3 – 3 3/4” tall.
  • Average Wingspread:  8 3/4” –  10 1/2” wide.  
  • Ear Height:  1/2 - 5/8”    
  • Average Adult Weight:  1/4 – 1/3 oz.    
  • Young at Birth:  1/20 oz., pink with transparent wings and eyes closed.    
  • 1 Day:  Eyes open. (Very rapid growth.)    
  • 5 Days:  Hair present on back.  Sooty black.  Darker than adults.    
  • 3 Weeks:  Start to fly.
  • 6 – 9 Weeks:  Weaned from mother.

Fur Color:  Yellowish brown to olive brown.

Voice & Sounds: 

Ultrasonic sounds or echolocation, that humans are unable to hear, are emitted to detect food and objects.  The cries, which we can hear, are emitted 8 – 15 per second and sudden movements may increase the cries to 150 – 200 per second.

Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

As the name suggests, this is a large brown bat. They use hollow trees, but are equally common in structures, including houses and churches. Although hibernacula in caves are common, this species also sometimes hibernates in buildings.

Body Size:  Females are larger than males.

  • Average Length (Adult):  3 3/4” – 5” tall.
  • Average Wingspread:  12 ½” –  13 3/4” wide.
  •  Ear Height:  5/8” – ¾”
  • Average Adult Weight:  1/2 – 3/4 oz.
  • Young at Birth:  1/10 oz., pink with transparent wings and eyes closed.   
  • 2 Day:  Eyes open. (Very rapid growth.)    
  • 5 Days:  Hair present on back.  Sooty black.  Darker than adults.    
  • 3 Weeks:  Start to fly.
  • 4 - 5 Weeks:  Weaned from mother.  

Fur Color:  Long dark brown fur.

Voice & Sounds: 

Long drawn out raspy squeaks, that humans are able to hear, are emitted to detect food, objects, and for communication.  The cries or chattering, which we can hear, are emitted 8 – 15 per second and sudden movements may increase the cries to 150 – 200 per second.

Brazilain "Mexican" Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida fbrasiliensis)

Body Size:  Females are larger than males.

  • Average Length (Adult):  3 5/8” – 3 3/4” tall.
  • Average Wingspread:  11” wide.
  • Ear Height:  1/4" - 1/2”
  • Average Adult Weight:  3/8 - 1/2 oz.
  • Young at Birth:  1/10 oz., pink with transparent wings and eyes closed.    
  • 3 - 6 Weeks:  Start to fly.
  • 4 - 7 Weeks:  Weaned from mother.  

If you need bat identification in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to solve your bat problem.

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Big Brown Bat

Little Brown Bat

Brazilian Free-tailed Bats

Bat Colonies can average from 20 - 100 in man made structures.

Bats have a lot of teeth.

Bats are the only flying mammal.

Virginia Bat Reproduction

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. helps their clients understand bat reproduction in Virginia.  Understanding bat reproductions helps clients understand time of year concerns when removing bats from structures and health concerns that can be associated with bats if removed prior to the baby bats being able to fly.

Male bats only produce sperm in the summer months and will retain this mature sperm for fall, winter, and spring breeding.  Any sperm received by a female in the fall or winter will remain dormant in her while she is hibernating.  While she is hibernating an egg will develop in one ovary.  This egg will remain unfertilized until she comes out of hibernation in the spring.  This is called “Delayed Fertilization”.  Once the egg is fertilized she will group with other females.  This group is called a “Nursery Colony”.  This nursery colony consists of only females and new born bats.  These bats will remain together in the same location or roost until late summer or fall.  The males or “Bachelor Colony” will have several roosts that they will frequent regularly.  Females will become sexually mature their first fall and males will start to produce sperm by their second summer.  Statistically, most female bats will return to where they were born to raise their young.  

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. considers both the time of year and the reproductive life cycle of bats within their respective geographic region of Virginia prior to removing the bats from your home or business.  We will exercise caution between the months of April through August to ensure that non-volant (flightless), juvenile bats are not present in the structure before we install the venting devices.  Between the months of October through March, we will also exercise caution that a winter hibernaculum may exist in your structure and install the 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 Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia. 

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Bat Reproductive Life-Cycles

Evening Bat (Nycticeius humeralis)

Time of Year:  Once a year in the fall before hibernation and again in the spring shortly after hibernation.  September – October or March - April           

Gestation:  50 – 60 days.

Young Born:  May – mid June.                        

Average Reproductive Age:  Females in their first year and males in their second year.   

Number of Young: 1                                

Weaning:  6 – 9  Weeks

Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)

Migrates up to 625 miles between summer breeding areas and winter hibernacula.

Time of Year:  Once a year in the fall before hibernation and again in the spring shortly after hibernation.  September – October or March - April           

Gestation:  50 – 60 days.

Young Born:  May – July.                       

Average Reproductive Age:  Females in their first year and males in their second year.   

Number of Young: 1                                

Weaning:  6 – 9  Weeks

Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

Males are solitary in spring and summer, but females gather in small maternity colonies of 20-75 individuals and their young.

Time of Year:  Once a year in the fall before hibernation, occasionally in winter, and again in the spring shortly after hibernation.  September – October or March – April

Gestation:  50 – 60 days.

Young Born:  May – mid June.                        

Average Reproductive Age:  Females in their first year and males in their second year.   

Number of Young: 1 - 2                                    

Weaning:  4 - 5  Weeks

Brazilian "Mexican" free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis​)

Time of Year:  Once a year in the spring.  February - March

Gestation:  11 - 12 Weeks

Young Born:  June                       

Average Reproductive Age:  Females in their first year and males in their second year.   

Number of Young: 1                                   

Weaning:  4 - 7  Weeks

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Non-Volant (Flightless) Bat

A wall with bats that have babies.

Baby Bat trying to get out of a house.

Baby Bat lost in the living space of a house.

Baby Bat roosting in an attic.

Nursery Colony of Bats in a gable vent of a church.

Other Information About Bats in Virginia

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. removes bats from structures in Virginia.  It is not always important to know everything about bats, but often clients need to know other information about bats.  Below is some additional information about bats that you may want to know.

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Evening Bat (Nycticeius humeralis)

Home:

(Spring / Summer) 

Biologically they are a true tree species and are found under the bark of dead trees. They will also frequent attics and other inaccessible places in buildings.

(Fall / Winter)

Unknown.

Habits

Nocturnal.  Start to leave roost ½ hour before dark and return ½ hour before daylight.

Food

Very efficient insectivores.  They will consume up to a half of their body weight in an hour.  Mayflies are their favorite, but mosquitos are a majority before mayflies are present.  Beetles, flies, caddis flies, and moths are also on the menu. 

Flight Speed

10 mph.

Average Life Span:

Males and females 2 years on average.  5 year life spans are common.

Predators:

Minks, raccoons, cats, hawks, owls, and snakes.

Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)

Home:

(Spring / Summer) 

Usually near a river or large body of water in rock crevices, hollow trees, the loose bark on trees, attics and other inaccessible parts of buildings, shutters, bell towers, and out buildings.  Roosts are typically in areas less than 100 degrees F.

(Fall / Winter)

Biologically they are known to live or hibernate in caves during the late fall and winter.  We have received calls in January and February for bats flying inside a house and identified the bats to be little brown bats.

Habits: 

Nocturnal. Start to leave roost ½ hour before dark and return ½ hour before daylight.

Food: 

Very efficient insectivores.  They will consume up to a half of their body weight in an hour.  Mayflies are their favorite, but mosquitos are a majority before mayflies are present.  Beetles, flies, caddis flies, and moths are also on the menu. 

Flight Speed: 

10 mph.

Average Life Span:

Males 1 ½ years and females 1 – 2 years on average.  31 years is the record and 10 year life spans are common.

Predators:

Minks, raccoons, cats, mice, voles, leopard frogs, rats, hawks, owls, and snakes.

Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

Home:

(Spring / Summer) 

They will typically use the same home regardless of the season, but typically colonies  will be found in hollow trees, attics, behind shutters, old chimneys or stacks, and caves.  Big brown bats are not tolerable to high heat and will often move to a different location or further down in the structure closer to the basement or ground level. 

(Fall / Winter)

Biologically they are known to live or hibernate in homes or buildings, caves, hollow trees, or in crevices in rocky cliffs during the late fall and winter.

Habits: 

Nocturnal. Start to leave roost ½ hour before dark and return ½ hour before daylight.

Food: 

Very efficient insectivores.  They will consume up to a 1/3 of their body weight in an hour.  Beetles are their favorite, but flies, moths, and flying ants are also on the menu. 

Flight Speed: 

21 mph.

Average Life Span:

Males and females 2 - 3 years on average.  19 years is the record life span.

Predators:

Weasels, bull frogs, cats, hawks, owls, and snakes.

If you live in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia and would like to know more about bats, please give us a call.

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Baby Bat

Bat in a light fixture.

Bat Guano

Bats biologically live in trees.

Bat roosting on the outside of a house.

Lots of bats.

Bat urine stain in a ceiling tile of a church.
Do you charge for bat services?
  • Yes.  We are not funded by your local, state or federal government.  We are a private business and must charge for our services.
  • See our Services page or Contact Us for pricing.
Do you guarantee your bat service?
  • We guarantee that you will receive the most courteous, honest, and professional wildlife management service in Virginia or its FREE!
  • See Warranty page for more details.
What does the bat service fee cover?
  • The service fee covers us coming out, inspecting the structure, and a written bat service agreement with a warranty. 
  • If you hire us to do the job, we will not charge you this service fee with a signed service agreement.
How much does it cost to get the bats out of my house?
  • Sealing up the structure can be expensive due to the necessity to seal up every potential entry point to prevent future problems.
  • Gable vents, soffits, ridge vents, and fascia areas are all potential entry points and must be sealed or screened.
  • Not all bat problems are difficult to solve, but can be very time consuming.  The price to solve your bat problem is based on the size of the house, materials, and any rental equipment needed to reach hard to get to places that are not safe with a ladder.
How do I know if I have bats?
  • The easiest way to find out is to watch the exterior of your house just before dark to see bats exiting and entering.
  • Scratching and high pitched noises just before dark and daylight.
  • You are constantly finding bats in your house or business.
  • The high ammonia smell from their droppings.
Do I have to sign a contract agreement?
  • Yes.  In order to protect you and our company a contract must be signed.
  • Our contracts spell out the services to be provided, as well as our guarantee and warranties.
  • You should not do work with a company that is not willing to back up their work in writing.
  • See our Contract page for more details.
Will you inspect my attic and crawl space?
  • Yes, we will need to inspect the attic or crawl space to check for any biohazards.
  • See our Guano Removal page for more details.
Will you repair the damaged areas to prevent future problems with bats?
  • Yes.  We will inspect the entire structure to find the current problem area(s), as well as any potential problems areas that should be repaired.  We will give you an itemized estimate of these repairs and prices in your contract.  We will only recommend repairs that we feel are important to prevent future problems.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
How can I be confident that the bats will stay out?
  • If the work is done properly, and it will be by our company, then you should have all the confidence in the world that they will stay out.
  • We offer a one-year minimum warranty on all of our bat work with the opportunity for the customer to extend this warranty indefinitely with yearly re-inspections and any upgrades to keep up with mother natures wear on your home or business.
  • Professionals always back up their work and will put it in writing.
  • Beware of great deals and big promises for a low price!
Do you warranty your bat repairs?
  • All of our warranties have a one-year minimum, with an option to renew that warranty at the end of that year.
  • This warranty does not cover “A Bat” from entering the building.  It covers a colony of bats from entering the building.  In the event that “A Bat” ets into the building an addition service fee may be required.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
What do I get with the annual warranty renewal fee?
  • Once we receive your payment for the renewal we will return to your home and inspect the repaired areas for penetration from the bats.
  • If bats penetrate and colonize in the structure while it is under warranty, we will remove the bats and repair the original damaged area for free.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
What happens if a bat penetrates an area that did not require repair in the initial service?
  • We will remove the bats for free as long as mother nature did not create the opening in the structure. 
What if a different type of animal penetrates your repairs?
  • If this were to happen, we probably would treat it as if it were the same animal.
Does this annual service warranty renewal fee inflate as the house gets older?
  • No it does not.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
What does exclusion mean?
  • It is a technique where damaged areas or possible penetration points are made uninhabitable or penetrable to the bats and other wildlife.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
Is it really necessary to seal up every hole even if a bat cannot fit through it?
  • It is important that your home looks as good or better after we are done with our job.  Sealing unnecessary holes eliminates air drafts in your home and most importantly keeps everything looking uniform on your house.
How much are the repairs?
  • We will inspect the entire structure to find the current problem area(s), as well as any potential problems areas that should be repaired.  We will give you an itemized estimate of these repairs and prices in your contract.  You have the option to do what repairs you feel comfortable with.  We will only recommend repairs that we feel are important to prevent future problems.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
Why is it so expensive?
  • Our bat services are backed with over 20 years of experience. By no means have we done it all and seen it all, but we have seen a lot and solved thousands of customer’s problems. Your bat problem has some similarity to others and certainly can be solved by this company. We charge accordingly for our level of experience and professionalism. We guarantee and warranty that your home and health will be in a much better place than when we started.
We got a cheaper price from a company that has been in business longer than you!
  • We have been in the business of “wildlife removal” in Virginia for over 18 years.  We specialize in “Wildlife” and nothing else.
  • Does the other company have over 18 years of full time wildlife removal experience?
  • Are you going to trust your customers, friends, or your family’s health to someone that does not specialize in wildlife work?
  • Not all low priced companies are bad and looking to rip you off, they just lack in wildlife experience.
  • About 25% of our customers every year have tried the cheaper route and had to hire us the following year because the job was not complete or successful.
Your company said that they could seal up our house, but could not evict or vent the bats till a later time. Another company never mentioned this problem, why?
  • This should tell you a lot about the other company.  Bats have a baby season, like all animals.  When bats have babies, the babies cannot fly for a period of time after being born.  We cannot and will not vent bats during baby season.
When would be a good time for you to get in my attic to get the bats out?
  • We do not need to get in your attic in order to remove the bats.   All the work that needs to be done in order to get rid of the bats is done from the outside, for the exception of the Guano Removal.
How do you all know when to seal up the final hole?
  • It usually takes 5 – 10 days for all the bats to leave the structure.
Where will the bats go once you evict them from my house?
  • Once the bats figure out that they cannot get back into your home or business, they will most likely follow another bat to the next suitable place that bats already live.
  • There is the possibility that if your neighbors have areas conducive to bat entry that they already have them or will be the next home for them.
  • The bats protective status prevents us from letting this happen.
There is a bat trapped in my wall, can you get it out?
  • There is a good chance that the bat is not trapped in the wall, it is most likely roosting in that location.
  • Once a bat gets in a house it can go anywhere.
  • If a bat is actually trapped in the wall void, then we can remove it by cutting a hole in the wall to remove it.
  • Please Contact Us so that we can set up an appointment.
I have a bat in my fireplace or chimney?
  • Not a problem, Contact Us to set up an appointment.
  • We will give you an estimate for a chimney cap(s) when we arrive.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
I have a bat in my house or basement.
  • Not a problem, Contact Us to set up an appointment.
  • Usually we can remove the bat shortly after we arrive.
  • We will tell you how the bat got in and what we can do to prevent it from happening again.
How did the bat get in my room or basement?
  • The bat could have entered through the chimney or an open window or door.
  • There are several ways for a bat to enter a house from the outside.  Once a bat enters a house or building they will typically move with the airflow patterns in the structure.  The air flow patterns may lead them back out of the structure or into the living space.
Do bats have rabies?
  • Bats can carry the rabies virus and are one of Virginia’s most reported species with rabies.
  • Please see our Health Concerns section for more details on rabies.
Can you remove the contaminated insulation from my attic?
  • Yes, we offer insulation cleanout and installation services.
  • See our Bat Guano Removal page for more details.  

Virginia Bat Removal & Control Services - Big Brown Bat, Brazilain Free-tailed Bat, Evening Bat, & Little Brown

​Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides bat removal, bat control, and getting rid of bats in Virginia. 

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, Brazilain 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.

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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.

If you need bat removal or need to get rid of bats in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to solve your bat problem.

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Bat guano in a church attic.

Bats in a gable vent.

Southern & Southwest Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologists on Staff
Roanoke, Bedford, Blacksburg, Covington, Radford, Smith Mountain Lake Areas
540-776-1769
Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg Areas
434-234-4445
Bristol, Marion, Wytheville Areas
276-200-0074

Central & Northern Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist on Staff
Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro Areas
540-520-0474
Charlottesville
434-422-4024
Richmond
804-210-3091
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Loudon, Manassas, Winchester, Washington D.C. Areas
571-308-6701

Eastern Tidewater Virginia

Cornwell's Wildlife Control, LLC
Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Sufolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Yorktown Areas
757-238-2439
 

Contact Us

Home Office
PO Box 21208 Roanoke, VA 24018
Toll-Free: 1-855-WILDPRO (945-3776)


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