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A bat flying by at night is a pretty common and harmless sight from Silver Spring to Annapolis and in most of suburban Maryland. However, seeing dozens of bats coming out of your attic in a swarm is unsettling, to say the least. The good news is, you don’t have to put up with this noisy and scary-looking neighbor anymore. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control can perform safe, fast, and humane bat removal services in Maryland, no matter where you live. We offer bat removal services in Howard County, Carroll County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Potomac, Eldersburg, Westminster, and many other areas throughout Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.
For expert bat removal services in your home, trust our wildlife control team – call us at (443) 417-3137!
How We Handle Your Bat Problem
At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, we offer a comprehensive strategy for bat removal in Maryland. Our methods are humane, compliant with local laws, and provide fast relief to your bat problem.
- We will inspect the outside of your home to locate the entry points used by bats to get in.
- Our technicians will assess the condition of your attic, determining where bats are roosting, the number of bats, and the amount of accumulated guano.
- We will share with you everything we found and propose a plan of action for bat removal.
- We will conduct humane bat exclusion to ensure every last bat leaves your home.
- Once the bats are gone, we will remove any accumulated bat guano and repair the damage caused by bats.
- To prevent future bat problems, we will repair the holes in your home’s exterior and install bat-proof vents.
Many homeowners we work with realize that bats are good to have around, especially if you have a mosquito problem. If you like bats but don’t want them in your house, we can install bat houses that will provide bats with a roosting place outside of your home.
HOW MID-ATLANTIC HELPS OUR CUSTOMERS
“In the end, I used Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control because they were very informative and honest, unlike the first company I had do the inspection. I am truly grateful for the honesty this company gave me and I would recommend Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to anybody that has a bat problem.”
Zedrea Domski, Annapolis, MD
Removing Bats from the Attic
The major damage from bats in the attic is tons of bat guano soaking through the insulation.
The attic is the perfect roosting spot for bats: it offers shelter from bad weather, comfortable temperatures, and protection from predators. Bats that live in your attic during summer are typically nursing colonies with mothers rearing their young. They tend to leave in the fall to move to their hibernation sites. However, Big Brown Bats that are common in Maryland don’t mind living in your attic year-round.
Unlike squirrels or raccoons, bats don’t force their way into your home—they simply use holes that are already present in the structure. These could be unscreened vents, gaps around the chimney, rotted wood in eaves or soffits, or holes made by other pest animals.
Bats in your attic are dangerous neighbors:
- Bat feces (guano) and urine accumulate really fast and can damage your attic insulation, wood beams, and even soak through the ceiling or walls.
- Guano can also be a source of fungus that, when inhaled, may cause an unpleasant lung disease called histoplasmosis.
- Bat bites are the leading cause of rabies in humans.
Removing Bats from the Chimney
Don’t open the damper if you suspect bats in the chimney—they will enter your home.
Unable to get into your attic, a bat colony may settle for the chimney. Chimneys, while not as nice as attics, cover most of the bat’s basic shelter needs. It might seem like the solution is easy: just install a chimney cap. However, this is a bad idea that will only create more problems. First of all, bats don’t always enter chimneys through the smokestack. It might be the most obvious access point, but bats prefer more discreet ways. It’s possible there are gaps elsewhere in your chimney that allow bats to get in. Second of all, although bats fly in groups, they don’t always leave their roost all at once. Besides, bat pups aren’t even able to fly for the first month. Bat biology and habits should be taken into account when evicting bats from your chimney—and that’s why you need to enlist the help of a professional Maryland bat removal company like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control.
How to Know If You Have Bats
Bats often roost next to a body of water because it supplies flying insects for bats to feed on.
The more bats you have roosting in your attic or chimney, the faster you can determine whether you have a bat problem. However, when it’s a small colony, the damage may go unnoticed for a while. If you see bats hunting insects on your property at night, start looking out for these signs to determine whether these bats live inside your home, shed, or barn:
- Listen for rustling noises in the attic around dusk and dawn.
- Watch your roof at dusk to spot bats that crawl out of the holes or vents in the attic.
- If you have access to the attic, check it periodically for odd smells.
- Keep an eye on any odd stains on your home’s siding, roof, or gable vents—this could be guano the bats are tracking as they fly in and out.
Our Bat Removal Services in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Additional bat information can be helpful so you know what you’re dealing with. There are 10 species of bats in Maryland: the Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat are the most common ones. Indiana Bat is an endangered species found in Western Maryland and several other states east of Oklahoma. Bats typically live in colonies and in nature can be found in caves, rocky crevices, and hollow trees. But due to urbanization and the gradual disappearance of their natural habitat, bats often choose to roost in man-made structures.
In addition to our bat removal services, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control also offers:
Bat Removal FAQs
How long do bat removal services take?
Once the space has been treated and the proper bat control devices have been installed, it typically takes two to four days for all the bats to leave.
Are bat removal services safe? Will my family need to leave during the process?
Our bat exclusion services are very safe. There are no chemicals used, so there is no need for anyone living in the house to leave while the bat removal job is in process.
What do you do with the bats during the removal process?
Our team uses bat control devices during the process, meaning the bats aren’t actually caught. Bat control devices allow the bats to exit the building but not re-enter. Once the bats realize that they cannot get back into the house, they will go in search of a new dwelling.
What types of health risks are associated with bats living in my house?
There are some serious health risks associated with having bats in the house, including rabies and bat guano (bat droppings).