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Mike Cottom Jr. – Bat Removal And Exclusion Specialist In Ohio – Bat Guano Cleanup Expert – Bat Exclusion Costs In Ohio Start At $1,495+

Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Keeps Bats Out Of Houses, Attics, Walls, Chimneys, Roofs, Soffits, Vents, Garages And Business In Ohio While Protecting Bats

If you live in Ohio and a looking for bat proofing near you, contact CWR. To schedule an inspection and a bat exclusion service visit complete the form below or give us a call.

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Bat Inspections And Bat Exclusion Costs In Ohio

Costs for bat inspections, bat removal, bat feces cleanup, bat guano decontamination and bat exclusion services in Ohio start at $239. Rates for bat exclusion and bat proofing in Ohio start at $1,495.

The bat exclusion experts at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company pay close attention to detail when they are bat proofing a home in Ohio in order to ensure that the roof or attic is totally secured and sealed tightly. If you have bats in your house, roof or attic, find out what to do, here. Excluding a bat colony from a home, attic or roof in Ohio should never take place between May and August.

Bat Exclusions Services And Bat Proofing For Ohio Homeowners

Learn how to use exclusion to remove bats from your house, here. Learn about bat proofing materials, here. Get information on the best bat repellents, here. Get tips on keeping bats away from your porch, here. Bat exclusion involves the use of a one-way bat door into the attic or roof to make sure that every bat is gone before any sealing work is completed. Bat proof screens, bat control screen mesh and netting are an ideal way to exclude bats from your home. Bats do not chew through screens.

Learn how a bat sounds by watching and listening to this YouTube video. Learn about the types of bats in Ohio, here. The big brown bat is a common bat that gets into homes, attics and roofs in Ohio. This bat is looks similar to other brown bats and is Ohio’s largest brown bat. Big brown bats hibernate in the attics and roofs of houses in Ohio in the winter.

Bat exclusion involves covering the entry points the bats use to get into homes and attics with netting, valves or tubes. Because bats are federally protected animals, states restrict bat exclusion and management to fall and winter months when bats (and particularly young bats) are no longer in the roost. Exclusion devices allow bats can drop down and fly out. These devices prevent bats from  crawling back into a roof or attic. Professional bat exclusion involves attaching netting or flashing over the entry point which is often a very small crack or hole in the roof or soffit.

Bats in the Attic? Humane Wildlife Services Can Help
Posted On YouTube On October 3, 2012 By The Humane Society of the United States |

Bats provide excellent insect control and are an integral part of our neighborhoods. Bats inside our homes; however, can be a problem.

Will Bats Come Back After Exclusion?

Bats will need to return to the attic area to find their exit out of the structure to feed. The bats will leave through the exit which will have an exclusion device installed to make sure the bats cannot enter back into the house. Learn more here.

When Can You Do A Bat Exclusion In Ohio?

In Ohio, regulators allow bat-proofing and bat exclusion beginning on August 1 through May 15 of the following year, when females start caring for their young again. Exclusion devices must be left in place for at least one week.

Individual bats can be removed from houses in Ohio year round. However, according to Ohio law, a small colony of 15 or more bats can not be removed between May 16 and July 31 because this is the time of year that young bats can not safely fly away.

A non-lethal exclusion device is the only legal way of removing bats. In order to protect flightless bat pups, it is unlawful to perform an exclusion between May 16-July 31 if there are 15 or more bats inside a structure.

If 15 or more bats are observed on at least one night and/or found to be present between May 16-July 31 and the property owner cannot wait to exclude them until after July 31st, the property owner/designee may apply for bat exclusion authorization which can be downloaded here.

In Ohio, bats may not be intentionally killed or harmed unless rabies exposure is suspected.

The exclusion of more than 15 individual bats from a structure during the time period of May 16th through July 31st requires written authorization from the Division of Wildlife (DOW) under Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 1501:31-15-03. Download a bat exclusion authorization application, here.

There are 11 species of bats found in Ohio. Bats carry dangerous diseases that spread to people or animals.

CWR remove unwanted bats from buildings by placing exclusion devices over their main entrance and by sealing all the other entry points.

Are bats in the attic covered by insurance? Coverage is provided to repair the damage caused by bats. The most common damage is destruction to insulation caused by bat droppings. Often times, insulation needs to be removed and replaced and some cleanup needs to be done in the attic. Coverage is not afforded under the policy for removal of the bats.

Does homeowners insurance cover bat removal? No, homeowners insurance will not cover the cost to remove a bat or any other wild animals or birds from your home. But in some cases, it may pay for damage caused by bats, especially if the damage was “sudden and accidental.”

9 Easiest Ways to Get Rid of Bats
Posted On YouTube On December 17, 2019 By Knowledge Loop

Bats like dark, quiet and undisturbed roosting spots and man made structure provide the perfect abode. how to get rid of bats? If bats have taken up residence in your home, How to get a bat out of your house? you may have a bigger problem on your hands than noise. Invading bats often cause structural damage and leave behind droppings that slowly corrode wood and other building materials. How to get rid of bats in attic? Exposure to bat guano can also pose a serious health risk to you and your family if ignored. How to get rid of a bat in the house? There are few simple steps keep bats away you can take to evict winged intruders from your property and make sure they don’t come back, Home remedies to get rid of bats.

Do-It-Yourself Bat Proofing In Ohio

If you choose to do “bat-proofing” yourself, review suggestions from the CDC, here. The best time for bat-proofing is in the spring before bats enter their roost or in the fall after they’ve vacated it. Cover outside entry points to keep bats from roosting in your attic. Watch where bats exit at dusk and keep them from returning by loosely hanging bird netting or clear plastic sheeting over the entry points.

Use window screens, chimney caps, and draft-guards beneath doors to attics, fill electrical and plumbing holes with stainless steel wool or caulking, and ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly to bat proof your house. Prevent bats from roosting in attics or buildings by covering outside entry points.

The odor of phenol is an excellent bat repellent because they find it unbearable. Pour white phenol into a spray bottle and spray it throughout the infested areas of your attic or home. Strong scents such as mint, cloves, cinnamon, eucalyptus, cloves and peppermint are also known to repel bats.

Bats in the Attic: Histoplasmosis & Other Health Concerns
Posted On YouTube On December 4, 2014 By Paul Cochrane | IAQ Video Network, an affiliate of Cochrane & Associates, LLC.

There are over a thousand species of bats worldwide and many can be found living near people. Two basic requirements for the presence of bats are a place to forage and a place to roost. Unfortunately, many homeowners have found that for some species of bats, a favorite place to roost is in their attic. Although bats play a critical role in our ecosystem, their presence near humans has also been associated with disease.

Bats can fit through small openings to reach an attic where they can roost in large numbers. Over time they will deposit significant amounts of droppings, known as guano. Not only does this guano create unpleasant odors and can cause damage to property, it also supports a fungus known as Histoplasma that can cause histoplasmosis, a potentially severe infection.

Histoplasma is often found growing in soils and on materials contaminated with bird droppings or bat guano. If these materials are disturbed, fungal spores can become aerosolized and inhaled causing people to develop histoplasmosis. Although many people who breathe in these spores don’t get sick, those who do may have a fever, cough, chills, headache, chest pain, body aches and fatigue. Symptoms often appear between 3 and 17 days after a person inhales the fungal spores.

In some people, such as those who have a weakened immune system, the infection can become severe, especially if it spreads from the lungs to other organs. Even people’s cats and dogs can get histoplasmosis.

Another health concern for people with bats living in their home is rabies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bats are one of the primary animals that transmit rabies.

Some species of bats have also been associated with some viruses that can cause human illnesses, including coronaviruses.

These are just a few things to know about health concerns associated with bats living in attics. To learn more about this or other health and safety, indoor air quality, occupational or environmental issues, please visit the websites shown in the video.

How to Get Bats out of a Building
Posted On YouTube By MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife On February 18, 2015 | Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission

Bats are economically and ecologically beneficial, and are important parts of healthy ecosystems. However, bats are frequently found roosting in buildings, including schools, hospitals, houses, garages, and stadiums, where they can cause problems. This video to describe safe and effective methods for removing bats from buildings by conducting a bat exclusion. Learn from bat experts from across the state of Florida about the rules and regulations regarding bats and how to properly install bat exclusion devices.

Excluding Bats
Posted On YouTube On March 1, 2016 By backyardfarmer | Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources BACKYARD FARMER

Nebraska Extension Wildlife Specialist Dennis Ferraro talks about keeping bats out of the attic.

Is Bat Removal Covered By Homeowners Insurance?

Removing bats from an attic is rarely covered by a standard home insurance policy although the costs to repair the damage caused by bats is frequently covered. Attic insulation can be destroyed by bat droppings.

To find out if cleanup and decontamination services are covered, contact your insurance agent.

Most insurance companies do not cover bat removal because they consider the infestation to be a roof maintenance issue.

Bats rarely fly through open doors. Allstate Insurance and State Farm do not cover bat removal.

CWR provides professional bat removal and bat control services for homeowners and businesses in Columbus, Ohio. We get rid of bats from attics, garages and churches. Call 440-236-8114 to schedule an attic inspection. Prices start at $299. How expensive is bat removal? According to a 2021 Home Advisor analysis, removing a bat costs an average of $432 with a typical range between $230 and $651. Small to medium-sized colonies run anywhere from $300 to $8,000 for removal and exclusion.

CWR provides professional bat removal and bat control services for homeowners and businesses in Columbus, Ohio. We get rid of bats from attics, garages and churches. Call 440-236-8114 to schedule an attic inspection. Prices start at $299. How expensive is bat removal? According to a 2021 Home Advisor analysis, removing a bat costs an average of $432 with a typical range between $230 and $651. Small to medium-sized colonies run anywhere from $300 to $8,000 for removal and exclusion.

Information On Bat Removal From The Humane Society of the United States

Eviction Notice For Roosting Bats
Got bats in your attic, roof or crawl space?

Bats don’t make holes to get into buildings; they use entry points we leave open. Small openings or narrow gaps high on houses allow bats to enter.

Bats may also enter under loose-fitting doors, around windows and through gaps around conduits and utility vents.

Successfully evicting bats can be challenging. A knowledgeable professional who understands bat behavior and laws protecting bats may be your best option.

Bat Conservation International maintains a list of professionals who evict bats humanely. Your state wildlife agency may also be a resource to find help.

When To Evict
If you try to do it yourself, your goal is to allow the bats to leave on their own but keep them from returning. Do this only when no dependent young are present—not during the time from May through August. Many states specifically prohibit excluding bats when they are raising young.

Before even considering eviction, check with your state wildlife agency to make sure you know what laws must be followed, as well as to get a specific idea of when it is safe to exclude bats in your area.

For most migrating species in the northeast bats, leave colonies for winter hibernation sites by the first week of September, but some species (big brown bats being a good example) will hibernate in buildings during the winter.

So, early autumn is the best time to evict bats. If you find hibernating bats during the winter, wait until spring when the bats will be able to fend for themselves.

Here’s a quick overview of how to evict bats:

  • Find all outside entrances, but do not simply seal up all openings at night. Not all the bats leave at the same time, or even all every night, and you will likely trap some bats inside.
  • Install one-way bat check valves (see below) on all entrances you find. Check valves allow bats to leave but not return.
  • Leave check valves in place for at least five to seven days.
  • Check carefully to be sure there are no bats left. Watch the outside of the house in the evening to make sure the bats have not found another way inside.
  • After you are sure the bats are gone, remove the check valves and seal the entrances.

Bat Check Valves
Stephen Frantz of the New York Department of Health and others developed the concept of the bat check valve more than 30 years ago.

Elegantly simple, the check valve is merely a length of fiberglass window screen, which you can easily obtain at any hardware store, which is cut and draped over the opening bats use to enter and exit the building.

Upon exiting, the bats drop down to the open end of the check valve at its bottom. When they return, they don’t go to that opening but rather attempt to enter at the original entry point. The check valve prevents that reentry.

Again, check with your state wildlife agency to determine when it is safe to begin exclusion, with the check valves left up for at least a week to ensure all bats have been evicted.

Many homeowners who recognize the value of having bats at work for insect control will opt to put up a bat house at the time of eviction, hoping the bats will find and use it or occupy it on return the next spring.

Night Roosts
Bats will sometimes use carports or gazebos for night roosts, which are temporary stops they make after feeding to rest and digest insects they have caught. With this often comes elimination before taking flight again, and this is a cause of conflict with people. This can be deterred by either repelling or excluding the bats.

Mylar or flash tape may repel bats from such structures, and plastic sheets attached with staples so that the bat cannot grasp onto the favored part of the structure will work as well. Make sure to put staples no more than an inch apart, so that the bat cannot crawl under the sheeting and get stuck.