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Mike Cottom Jr. - Bat Removal And Exclusion Specialist In Cincinnati Ohio - Bat Guano Cleanup Expert

Mike Cottom Jr. – Bat Removal And Exclusion Specialist In Cincinnati Ohio – Bat Guano Cleanup Expert Serving Southern Ohio Communities

The Experienced Experts At Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Get Bats Out Of Houses, Attics, Walls, Chimneys, Roofs, Garages And Business In Cincinnati, Ohio

Costs for bat inspections, bat removal, bat feces cleanup, bat guano decontamination and bat exclusion services in Cincinnati, Ohio start at $299. To schedule an inspection and a service visit complete the form below or give us a call.

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Pictured Here Are 4 Of The Top Bat Removal And Bat Exclusion Experts At The Cincinnati Ohio Office Of Cottom's Wildlife Removal Company

Pictured Here Are 4 Of The Top Bat Removal And Bat Exclusion Experts At The Cincinnati Ohio Office Of Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company

Who Can I Call To Remove A Bat In Cincinnati Or Southern Ohio?

Bats in Ohio will not attack you but they are dangerous to have in your house because of the diseases they carry. In 2018, a bat tested positive for rabies in Butler County which is north of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2016, a woman was bitten by a bat with rabies in Batavia, which is town east of Cincinnati.

CWR provides bat exclusion and bat proofing services for homes in Cincinnati and other Ohio towns. Costs to remove bat guano in Ohio start at $495+.

It is not safe to live in a house with bats.  Do not call the Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, SPCA Cincinnati or the Hamilton County Animal Shelter for a bat. Local southern Ohio government animal control departments will not be able to help you.

Contact a licensed wildlife control operator in Cincinnati or Southern Ohio at 513-808-9530 to have one or more bats removed.  CWR animal control and wildlife conservation professionals assist homeowners who live in Hamilton CountyCincinnati, Blue Ash, Kenwood, Bridgetown North, Finneytown, Sharonville, Milford, Fairfield, Harrison, Indian Hill, Norwood, Elmwood Place, Monfort Heights, Madeira, Loveland, Springdale, Marietta, Portsmouth, Athens and other Southern Ohio by capturing bats.

Scratching and squeaking sounds in your walls at dawn and dusk, sounds of wings fluttering or flapping in your attic, a strong ammonia odor (bat urine) and the appearance of elongated black pellets (bat guano) in your home are signs of a bat infestation.

In 2015, a bat infestation caused Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to leave his historic president’s residence and move into a rental house. In 2016, hundreds of bats infested the Chillicothe Ohio safety services building. The health department told workers to work elsewhere until the bats were gone.

Bat guano is harmful to humans. Histoplasmosis is a life threatening disease that effects the lungs and it is associated with a fungus that grows on bat droppings.

If there are bats in your attic, contact the wildlife removal experts at CWR so that they can set up exclusion traps and doors to vent out the bats. CWR bat control technicians will seal up your attic, house or roof after the bats have left. CWR can also decontaminate and clean up the mess left behind by the bats. Bats have been know to bite humans while they are sleeping, which can cause rabies, so it is important to get them out as soon as possible.

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company removes bats from homes in greater Cincinnati as well as Cincinnati suburbs. Although some people look for a local bat exterminator, CWR prefers to get rid of bats without killing (exterminating) them.

The Cottom's Wildlife Removal Company Provides Bat Removal, Bat Exclusion, Bat Guano Cleanup And Decontamination Services To Families That Live In And Near Cincinnati Ohio And Other Southern Ohio Cities

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company Provides Bat Removal, Bat Exclusion, Bat Guano Cleanup And Decontamination Services To Families That Live In And Near Cincinnati Ohio And Other Southern Ohio Cities

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

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

How Do CWR Professionals Get Rid Of Bats In Cincinnati, Ohio?

CWR pest control technicians in Cincinnati first perform an inspection and assessment to determine how bats are getting into a residential or commercial structure. CWR pest control experts then seal all entry points except for the main gateway. A one way exclusion device (one-way bat door or valve) is installed to humanely allow the bats to escape the building at dusk. However, the bats can not get back into the structure to roost at dawn.

When Can You Remove And Get Rid Of Bats In Ohio? 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. 

Got Bats in the Belfry? Here’s What to Do! Patience is required to wait for the young to be able to fly on their own. If exclusion takes place before the young can fly, the mothers will be excluded and the young left inside to die. Therefore, excluding a bat colony in Ohio should never take place between May and August!

When Can You Remove And Get Rid Of Bats In Cincinnati, Ohio?

Individual bats can be removed from houses in Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati, 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.

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.

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 Cincinnati and Southern Ohio. We get rid of bats from attics, garages and churches. Call 513-808-9530 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, Cleveland And Cincinnati, Ohio. We get rid of bats from attics, garages and churches. In Cincinnati or Southern Ohio call 513-808-9530 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.

How Expensive Is Bat Removal In Cincinnati, Ohio?

Removing a bat in Cincinnati, Ohio can cost as little as $299. The average cost of bat removal, exclusion and cleanup for a one story house is $695 to $3,000, $995 to $8,000 for a two story house and $995 to $12,000 for a commercial building. CWR experienced experts get bats out of houses, attics, roofs, walls, vents, eves, chimneys, garages, soffits and yards.

If you see signs of a bat infestation or a bat colony, call a professional pest-control company such as Cottom’s Wildlife Removal at 513-808-9530 in Southern Ohio for an assessment. Bat infestation inspections in Cincinnati cost $299.

CWR pest control technicians will humanely remove the bats from the attic and seal it up to protect against future bat infestations.

Bats can live in the attic of a house or in walls for over 6 months without water or food. Don’t try to kill a bat in your house. Bats hibernate in Ohio during the winter months when insects are inactive. CWR wildlife experts get bats out of houses in Cincinnati, Dayton, Blue Ash, Mason, Hamilton, Wilmington, Oxford, Miamisburg, Hillsboro, Portsmouth, Athens, Marietta and other Southern Ohio cities.

If the bat is in plain site when a CWR bat control technician arrives at a residence and it can be easily removed, the cost is $299 in Cincinnati or another Southern Ohio city. CWR home inspectors check for bats and to find their entry point. Bats in a house can make you sick. It is dangerous to have bats in your attic because they dangerous diseases.

If you find one bat in your house, there could be more in the attic or walls. CWR bat control experts use exclusion to remove bats from houses. Bats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter or a crack as small as a half an inch.

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. Bat guano removal costs start at $495 in Ohio.

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 in Ohio 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.

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.

What You Need To Know About Rabies

Bats are beneficial insect eaters and a vital part of our ecosystem. Ohio is home to 11 different bat species, and while they typically hibernate from late October to early April, during their reproductive time in the spring and summer they can roost in people’s attics, chimneys, or crawlspaces. Over time, accumulations of bat droppings (called guano) have the potential to harbor a fungus that can cause histoplasmosis. Additionally, bat colonies can support large numbers of bat bugs (a cousin of bed bugs), which have the potential to migrate from the roost into the home once the bats are gone.

So far in 2017, 11 bats across the state of Ohio have tested positive for rabies; one has been from the City of Cincinnati. It is important to remember that although only 5% of the bats tested annually by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) are rabid, they still are considered a high-risk carrier of rabies (along with raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes). In the city, 38 bat exposures were reported to the Cincinnati Health Department in 2016. Besides a person being bitten or scratched, ODH considers a possible exposure to also include a bat found in a room with a sleeping person, unattended child, or someone who may be cognitively impaired. In these cases, it is important to seek medical advice from your physician or CHD’s Communicable Disease Unit.

If a bat is found in the home, it should be taken to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) (513.542.6100) who will notify CHD’s Technical Environmental Services, and a sanitarian will make arrangements to have it tested for rabies. If you suspect bats may be living in the home, it is best to contact a pest control company to have them removed. After locating their entry/exit point, a one-way device can be installed to allow them to leave the nest and not get back in. Once all bats are out, the opening can be permanently closed off. Timing is important when doing exclusion work. Because young bats (born in May/June) won’t be able to fly or leave the nest until mid-to late August, removal and exclusion will have to wait until then. Fall and winter are the best times to bat-proof the home by installing a chimney cap, screening windows and vents, fixing soffit damage and sealing cracks and crevices. To enjoy the insect eating benefits and to keep them out of your home, consider placing a bat house in the yard to give them a place to roost.

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?
WILD NEIGHBORS (ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK)

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.