Virginia Has Gone Batty

Recently, we have seen an unusually large amount of bat issues in Henrico, Glen Allen, Midlothian, Richmond, Charlottesville and other areas in Central Virginia.  The average colony size in our area is 10-12 bats, but in a maternity colony the size grows exponentially.

virginia has gone batty - bats in the attic - removal in richmond vaBat Facts

  1. The main species of bats that get into Virginia homes are the Little Brown Bat, Big Brown Bat and the Evening Bat.
  1. The main entry points for bats entering our home are attic vents, fascia gaps/openings or any gap/opening 3/8” or larger.
  1. Bats in our area give birth usually from May – August.  Little Brown bats have 1 pup, Big Brown bats have 2-pups.
  1. Bats should never be killed or harmed in any way – they’re good for the environment.
  1. If a bat gets into the living quarters of your home: a) Don’t kill it – you may lose the ability to have it tested for rabies, and b) don’t release it back outside – you’ll lose the ability to test it for rabies and it will usually reenter the structure.
  1. If a bat gets into the living quarters of your home: DO – call your local animal control officer (they usually work thru your local police department or sheriffs’ office). They will come get the bat and submit it for rabies testing free of charge. AND Do – call us for an assessment of your bat infestation. It is unusual for a home to only have a single bat.
  1. Bat removal and control is a process (usually involves 4-5 steps). It is not like removing a squirrel or raccoon from your home. Leave it to experts like us that are NWCOA Bat Standards Compliant Certified (unlike most so called bat experts in Virginia). A bat job done incorrectly is sometimes worse than doing nothing at all.
  1. Bat house’s don’t seem to be effective. We’ve only seen one that was actually occupied with bats.
  1. Bats are good for the environment, but not your home or business. They can carry rabies, their droppings (poop) contains a fungus that can cause a lung disease called histoplasmosis, can infest your home with bat bugs (similar to bed bugs), can cause unpleasant odors, and can stain your walls and ceilings.
  1. There is NO repellants approved for use on bats. Companies and individuals that spray for bats may be violating Federal and State law, and exposing you and your family to harmful chemicals.
  1. Bat guano (droppings, poop) is toxic and the removal should be left to experts.
  1. Bat nets are not an effective or recommended method of bat removal.
  1. Wildlife control and pest control IS NOT the same thing. Pest control = bugs, and wildlife control = nuisance wild animals
  1. Bat removal should only be done by professionals that are licensed, insured, trained, certified, and experienced. Bats removal is not for the novice or untrained.
  1. Our highest calls for service involving bats is usually during the bat birthing season (May – August).
  1. No two bat jobs are the same. Anyone that gives a price over the phone (without a bat inspection of your property) for bat removal does not know what they are doing – Avoid them like the plague!!
  1. By next year, doing bat removal in Virginia will require special training and certification = we already have this training/certification. Just because a company/person has been removing bats for many years DOES NOT mean they are doing it correctly.
  1. Due to the nature of bat bites (small, often unnoticed), evaluating exposures to bats is different than evaluating exposures to terrestrial mammals. Therefore, anyone who has been: 1. bitten by a bat and knows he has been bitten, OR 2. in direct, bare-skinned contact with a bat and cannot rule out that a bite has not occurred OR 3. in a room with a bat and is unable to tell or articulate whether an exposure took place (e.g., infant, senile or unconscious adult) should be considered exposed.* *Particularly in situations involving mentally competent adults where the only evidence of potential exposure is scenario #3 above, further evaluation should be performed to ascertain the likelihood of being exposed without being aware of the exposure.

Other interesting bat facts:

  • Bats are the only mammal that can truly fly.
  • Virginia has 17 of the more than 1,000 bat species worldwide.
  • Three of the bat species in Virginia are federal endangered species (Gray Bat, Indiana Bat, and Virginia Big-eared Bat); the Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat, also known as the Eastern Big-eared Bat, is a state threatened and endangered species.
  • The bats in Virginia are divided into two categories: cave bats and tree bats. Cave bats hibernate in caves, while tree bats hibernate in leaf clusters, under decaying logs, in hollow trees, or sometimes in abandoned mines or old buildings.
  • Bats can live more than 10 years and some species can live up to 30 years.
  • Owls, hawks, raccoons, skunks and other animals prey on bats.

Call us at (800) 457-8630 for bat removal services in Virginia. We also found this great website for local wildlife removal and pest control services in Central Virginia.

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