Did you know bats are protected under Florida Wildlife Laws and it’s illegal to willfully kill bats in Florida? And, did you know if you would like to have bats safely removed from your home or commercial property (bat exclusion), there’s a window of time in which that can be legally done?
Since bats are a protected species, we have to follow strict guidelines when doing bat exclusions. We are not able to do bat exclusions during the bat’s mating/maternity season, which in Florida is April 15th through August 15th!
Safe Bat Removal
So, what do you do if you discover bats in your home or suspect you may have them? Good News! WE can help! We can safely remove these critters before they cause extensive damage. But act quickly because the window of opportunity is quickly coming to a close—April 15th is right around the corner! (Gosh, that date seems familiar!)
Here’s a sample of what we would do to safely and effectively rid your home or commercial property of bats.
- Locate entry points of bats. This is usually done at dusk or early in the morning.
- Look for bat droppings (guano), or smell them (strong ammonia odor).
- Affix netting like a veil over the opening where bats are roosting.
- Bats leave to feed, but cannot re-enter roosting area due to netting.
- After 5 – 7 days, once all bats are OUT, remove netting and permanently close openings.
So remember, April 15 – August 15 is their mating season and NO bat exclusion work should be done during that time, unless there is harm to individuals or the structure by their presence. We do not kill them; we safely remove them. Bats are actually beneficial to the environment in that they are insect-eating machines!
If you suspect you have bats in your home or building, contact us immediately. We would be happy to assist you!