Bats are endangered mammals and are protected by both federal and state laws. Most states don’t allow bat removal during the months when bats could have young in the nest site. Some states also protect bats from removal during winter months when they may hibernate in attics. Fortunately for you, it’s now the time of year when humane bat removal is legally allowed.
Bats and Their Young Are Protected
Bat babies can be present anytime from mid-May to mid-August. In most cases, bat pups are able to fly in July but don’t completely leave the nest for a few more weeks. If you close up openings or remove the mom during summer months when young are still in the nest, you will likely seal bat pups into your attic. The young will either die and smell, or they may find their way down into your living space.
By mid-August, bats generally leave the nursery site (your attic) to find a place to spend the winter. In North Carolina, humane bat removal is allowed beginning August, and must be completed before the first newborn bats may be present.
THERE'S A NARROW WINDOW FOR REMOVAL
Some bats do not migrate but spend the winter where they are, which might be your attic. Generally, the best time to remove the bats and remediate the toxic bat guano is fall bat between mid-August (when the young have left) and mid-October (when winter dens are established). During that narrow window, a company can humanely and legally remove any bats that are present and can “bat-proof” your home, sealing any openings that bats use to get inside.
Bio-One Raleigh can then ensure you attic space and any other area that has been contaminated by the bat guano is safely remediated and sanitized. Call us today for a free, no obligation estimated.
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