Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bat Removal Services

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Bats have long been known to many people as a Halloween mascot , vampires, blood-suckers and more. In reality, these flying mammals are interesting creatures with a number of skill sets. Unfortunately, with these skills, bats have been able to find their way into people’s homes, offices and more. If you need to get rid of bats and keep them out, SOS Wildlife Control is who to call. For humane, efficient and effective bat removal, call SOS Wildlife Control, today!

Common Bat Problems

Disruptive noises (most audible during night)
Bat dropping messes
Unpleasant odours
Possible carriers of disease or virus
Structural damage
And more

Why call for Professional Bat Removal?

There are many reasons why bat removal should be done by a professional wildlife removal company rather than doing it yourself. Proper bat removal requires the proper precautions, taken to ensure that the bat, the homeowner/building occupants are safe. In attempting to conduct ‘Do-it-yourself’ bat removal methods, you are putting your safety and health at risk. Bats often reside in on higher areas making it difficult to reach. For an inexperienced wildlife removal attempt, someone can get hurt and can potentially risk falling. Bats are also known to carry and transmit diseases. Our professionals take the correct precautions in ensuring that the risks in bat removal are covered. Another reason why it is important to call a for professional bat removal is because bats are an endangered species. Unsuccessful attempts of DIY bat removal puts more risk to their species.

How SOS Wildlife Control can help

SOS Wildlife Control has long been conducting bat removal from homes, office buildings and more for years. Our experience and knowledge ensures that bat removal is done effectively and efficiently in the appropriate manner that is humane and in accordance with Ontario rules and regulations. We understand the necessary precautions required when handling an at-risk species and will ensure that all methods are humane and professional.

Bat Removal

Rabies in batsAdult Bat Removal
Our professionals at SOS Wildlife Control can assist you with your Bat control problems. We will come to your home or business and provide a consultation for your unique Bat removal issue. A technician will complete a thorough inspection of your roof and will identify the major entry points of the bats and any other cracks large enough that bats may be able to get in through. We will identify if there are babies involved or if it’s only adults. We take note of the species and the size of colony to better identify steps required for the removal and prevention that is required.

Bats leave each night to eat and drink, thus to perform the exclusion the technician will seal most entry points and attach one way doors over the remaining entry points to allow them to leave but not re-enter. The bats will then fly around and try to find other entry points to gain access back into your attic but will be denied.

Baby Bat Removal

It is illegal in Ontario to kill bats. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR) regulates rehabilitation of wildlife and bats must be humanely removed and relocated. Bat baby season starts in mid – summer. If you have baby bats in your attic it is illegal to remove them until the babies are old enough to leave the nest. The babies are unable to get food during the maternity season because they cannot fly. If you remove the mothers and block their access to the roost, then the babies are going to starve to death. Depending on the type of bat can lengthen or shortened the amount of time it takes for a bat to be weaned. The age of weaning for Little Brown bats is 14 days while for the Big Brown bat it is 3-4 weeks. Bat removal processes conducted during this time could prevent babies from exiting and could cause their death. Since bats are a protected species, special precautions must be taken to ensure they are not harmed. Call 1.800.981.0330 for more information

It is against the law to kill a bat as they are a protected animal. Fines are quite large, reaching up to $10,000. If you have a bat problem call SOS Wildlife who conducts only humane bat removal. It is necessary to carry out a bat removal and repair the structure as needed, to prevent further entrance of bats. Bats tend to like dark, quiet, enclosed spaces and are commonly found using homes or buildings as roosts. Bats are warm blooded, furry mammals who can see exceptionally well and use their vision for long flights. There are two common bat species in Ontario; the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. The Little Brown bats average life expectancy in the wild is limited to probably only a few years. The Big Brown bat’s life expectancy is around 18 years. Luckily for Toronto and the GTA bats prefer to be near fresh water where they can forge for insects but it is common for bats to be found in and near buildings in Ontario. Bats make summer colonies that may include hundreds of bats and they commonly roost in dark, hot attics, roof spaces, behind chimneys, in barns, hollow walls, in enclosed eaves and behind shutters or unused sliding doors. During the winter months they hibernate.

Bat Disease

Rabies can be a fatal disease that have been found in bats. bat-removalCases have been known to cause blindness, lung disease and even death. Safe and humane bat removal is important! Rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system causing inflammation of the brain. The virus lives in the saliva of the rabid animal and is contracted by a bite, through an open cut or wound, or if the virus gets near your mouth nose or eyes. If you get bitten or scratched by a bat seek treatment immediately from a local physician or hospital.


Its symptoms vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Most infections are mild and produce either no symptoms or a minor influenza- like illness. On occasion, the disease can cause high fever, blood abnormalities, pneumonia and even death. Occasionally, other organs are affected. When this happens it can be fatal if untreated. Histoplasmosis infection occurs especially after a roost has been disturbed, the bat dropping release spores that are carried through the air and inhaled.

How Are Raccoons Getting Into My House

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Raccoons love to live in attics - for the warmth, shelter, and as a safe haven in which to raise a litter of baby raccoons. But how do they find their way into the attic in the first place? Usually, they just rip part of the house open! But it's not at random. Like any animal, they'll take the path of least resistance. So they'll usually take advantage of an area that's already a bit open, or easy to tear open. In the case of the above photo, one of my readers sent me an email, with this great photograph attached, showing a raccoon who has torn a hole in the roof, at the end, near the gutter, in order to get into the house and attic. It looks to me like there was metal flashing around the edge of the roof, but it was missing in this area, and the raccoon was able to pry away the wood and rip up the shingles in order to get in. Who knows, it might have been the raccoon that tore away the metal flashing, but not necessarily. Maybe this area of the roof was damaged by a branch, who knows. Regardless, when a raccoon wants to get into a house, it usually has no problem ripping its way in. These are very strong animals with nimble hands.

I've found that the most common area raccoons use to gain entry into an attic is the area where a soffit meets up against the roof. But raccoons will also take advantage of gable vents, or even just rip right through the shingles and into the roof, like in this case. Below is the email that accompanied this photo. Usual sort of stuff, with, unfortunately, a bad wildlife trapper. I do it right - I go into the attic and remove the baby raccoons, and trap the mom, then fix the entry hole shut and clean the attic, and the whole job is complete in a day.

Hi David,

I'm currently working with a local professional to get Raccoons out of my attic. However, this whole thing is really stressing me out!

Currently, he has a large cage/trap on the roof over the hole we think is the Raccoon's front door. It has now been two night and no raccoon. I can hear it in the attic occasionally.

I probably shouldn't have read your site because the idea of it falling through my ceiling into my house petrified me. I haven't slept well in 5 days! I was hoping this really couldn't happen and then I read on your site that it can! Terrifying! I was glad to learn that my home insurance company might cover the damage. I'll be calling them ASAP.

Anyway, my raccoon professional is a little odd in nature and not as attentive as I'd like (our daughters know each other, which is why I picked him)... but what can I do to get him to expedite this removal. The idea of the raccoon dying in my attic or this going on for three weeks is enough to make me want to move out until it's over (not really an option). I also don't want the trap over the hole to cause the raccoon to try to burrow into my house or die in my attic (and I'm not sure if the "pro" cares about this).

Please, if you can, put my mind at ease and offer some advice... I've already paid the guy $300...

Thanks in advance,
Holbrook, NY

ps. attached is a photo I took of "our" raccoon. Cute, but not when it's in my attic!

For more raccoon removal info, or to hire a trapper in your town, visit How To Get Rid of Raccoons.

For more of my raccoon stories from the field, click for my full Raccoon Blog.

We specialize in nuisance wildlife control - this is the field of removing unwanted wildlife from homes and property, and solving conflicts between people and wild animals. From home inspections to preventative repairs, wildlife trapping, attic cleanups and more, we solve critter problems with professional expertise. Call me, David, or click on the below link to find any one of hundreds of wildlife trappers in every city and town in the US.

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Why is it Time to Prioritize Your Animal Control Schedules?

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Why is it Time to Prioritize Your Animal Control Schedules?

Every homeowner needs to realize the importance of animal control services in order to safeguard their home and living environment. Various sorts of animals form their nests in the foundations of the house and within the walls, and they are capable of causing extensive damage if they remain unchecked for a long period of time. In many cases, the owner of the house will try to root out the problem by themselves but they must understand that this is not only reckless but hazardous to the health of the owner and his family members. Whenever suspicions arise that the home environment has become overrun with pests and they are causing destruction, it is best to call animal control services.

Benefits of Animal Control Services

Animal control services have the experience and the resources necessary to not only identify the cause of the problem at once but they can remove the creature from the home premises in a safe and humane manner. Most animal control services do not charge a lot of money and even if they do, it is merely for the materials they are using to capture the animal. Some animal control service companies make it a point to offer a guarantee to the homeowner stating that no pests will ever return to the building. However, in many cases, the animals do come back searching for food and shelter and in those cases, the homeowner has no option but to call the animal control services. They arrive on the scene within a short amount of time and take care to resolve the animal problem in a quick and hassle-free manner.

Fixing a Proper Schedule

It is possible for concerned homeowners to talk to the animal control services and fix a regular schedule so that the animal control professionals would visit their home and ensure that everything is in order. In many cases, despite there being no animals, they leave their droppings and the dead bodies within some holes and ventilation outlets in the home. This is potentially hazardous to the wellbeing of the homeowner and the members of his family since it can breed germs and diseases if not removed on time. This is why it becomes necessary to schedule regular appointments with the animal control services who are experienced in tackling such problems. Most animal control services will be happy to offer their services and keep the streets and homes clean from pests, including rats, snakes, bats, birds, etc.

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How did Feral Hogs Reach Maryland

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Wild boar, otherwise known as feral hogs or wild pigs, are not native to the United States or Maryland. These pesky pigs were brought to North America by way of ship in the late 1400’s and 1500’s by explorers like Hernando DeSoto and Christopher Columbus. It is estimated that the first shipment of pigs to the U.S. was as large as 300 hogs. These first pigs were used as a food source or were traded to native people.

Most hogs brought over were allowed to roam free, many escaped, and as a result formed their own population of wild pigs. Of all livestock, pigs are the most likely to escape and “go wild” but why that is is unclear. Over many years the feral hog population has dwindled but, due to the resurgence of wild boar in the areas surrounding Maryland, it is cause for concern. In 2014, as a result of the growing population of wild hogs near Maryland, the DNR asked that Maryland hunters shoot to kill if they encounter wild hogs.

A 2013 census lists 6 million feral pigs found in 38 states. Texas has the largest feral pig population, estimated to number 2.3 million animals. At present there are significant feral pig populations in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but there are no known breeding populations in either Maryland or Delaware. Recent estimates in Pennsylvania list 3,000 feral pigs in the state; the state has declared an open season on them, creating the Pennsylvania Feral Swine Task Force to develop strategies to control these populations. Some feral pigs have been shot in Allegany County, which more than likely migrated south from Bedford or Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Since the Potomac River separates Maryland from Virginia and West Virginia it is more likely that these boar will arrive from the north.

Wild boars cause significant damage to ecosystems due to their feeding habits. They dig out roots, eat eggs of ground-nesting birds and animals and leave behind nothing but bare dirt. For farmers, wild pigs destroy crops, kill other livestock and leave the landscape completely bare. Because they are so detrimental to the environment, they must be removed immediately. To prevent this devastation, the feral hog population has to be kept in check. If you come in contact with a feral hog on your Maryland property, contact us today for wild boar removal.

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