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Can I Remove Bats from My Commercial Building?

Can I Remove Bats from My Commercial Building?Summer isn’t just the season for Florida fun; it’s also the season for serious wildlife protection. A bat infestation, like any other wildlife issue, can not only be a burden on your commercial building, but they are a little bit trickier to deal with during bat maternity season. Running from April 15 to August 15, bat maternity season is the time of year in which Florida law prohibits bat exclusions from both residential and commercial buildings.

It might seem like an unfair burden to place on business owners, but the laws of bat maternity season are essential to regulating the Florida environment and conserving the surrounding ecosystem. You can’t have bats removed from your building until the season ends, but there are some steps you can take to deter them from nesting or safely exclude them once the season passes.

What Is Bat Maternity Season?

Although intrusive bats might be bad news for your commercial building, they play an important role in the local ecosystem. There are 13 native Florida bat species, including the nearly endangered Florida bonneted bat, that regulate the overwhelming amount of Florida insects by feeding on bugs like mosquitos and flies.

The laws of bat maternity season protect bats by prohibiting exclusion practices. Excluding a female bat from her roost would inhibit her from providing food to her newborn pup, which puts the bat population at even more risk. These laws also prevent business and commercial building owners from taking pest control into their own hands, which can be potentially dangerous and unsafe for both the pests and people involved.

How Can I Keep Bats from Entering?

Bat maternity season is almost over. But, if you want to start taking early steps to build a better future for your building and nearby wildlife, here are some bat prevention tips.

  • Installing bat houses or other enclosed nesting sites
  • Conserving natural sites for bats to roost and raise their young
  • Respecting and following the laws of bat maternity season
  • Sealing all entryways, gaps, or holes in your commercial building
  • Having your commercial building inspected by wildlife professionals

Commercial Wildlife Experts of Tampa

If you see, hear, or suspect any bat activity in your commercial building, call the wildlife experts at Critter Control® of Tampa. Our pest technicians can’t install any bat exclusion systems until bat maternity season passes, but we can still inspect your property and create an effective plan for removal. And, once the season ends, our team of wildlife experts can safely remove nesting bats and their newborn pups. For more information or to schedule your complimentary consultation for bat maternity season, call us today at 813-948-0870. 

The Effects of Bat Guano on Your Commercial Building

The Effects of Bat Guano on Your Commercial BuildingWhile it’s true our Tampa ecosystem depends on bats to regulate the insect population, they are never something you want to see in your commercial building. Not only are they a nuisance, but they also carry with them potential dangers that put all those in the building at risk. In fact, bats themselves aren’t a serious threat – they are relatively harmless creatures. You should worry more about the damage caused by their guano.

What is Bat Guano?

Guano is the specific term for bat excrement, and it has been historically significant for its fertilization properties and its use in explosives. It collects under the main roosting area of bats, forming large dusty piles. When these guano piles are disturbed, the dust particles can permeate the air in the surrounding area. However desirable bat guano is for some industries, it is dangerous to have in your building, for several reasons.

  • Mess

    Bat guano leaves an awful mess. If you have an infestation or a colony of bats living in your building, the guano piles can cause a disruption to your operations. Animal excrement in general should always be cleaned up as soon as possible, and guano in particular. The urine and dusty excrement piles can pose health hazards and make those in the building feel unsafe.

  • Destruction

    Though bats themselves aren’t dangerous to people, they can be to buildings. Their guano can corrode and eat through drywall, which can be quite costly to have fixed. Once it seeps into the ceiling, walls, or any other structures, serious renovations might be needed.

  • Smell

    The awful smell produced by bat droppings and urine can be a nuisance too. No workers or customers want to be in a building rank with the odor of excrement – this is an extremely undesirable work environment.

Contact Our Experts

Due to the hazardous nature of bat guano deposits, we never recommend attempting to clean up after bats on your own. Our bat experts here at Critter Control® of Tampa have over thirty years of experience in bat removal and cleanup in surrounding Tampa area businesses. Our professionals will execute the best procedures to remove and dispose of all guano, ensuring the safety of you and your coworkers/employees. If you have any questions about bats and bat guano, or if you would like to schedule your free consultation, please call us at 813-948-0870 today.

Keeping Your Workplace Bat-Free

Keeping Your Workplace Bat-FreeDo you like mosquitoes? How about gnats? These bugs can be an annoyance, especially during the hotter months in Florida when they rapidly spawn. The best thing you can have around, then, are bats because they feed on such pesky bugs. But, that doesn’t mean that bats belong inside your workplace. That’s when they begin to cause you problems rather than solving some of them. Here are some preventative measures you can take to make sure the bats stay outside, where they can do their job and not interrupt yours.

  • Don’t leave doors or windows open for long periods of time.
  • Make sure there are no easy access points through vents, wiring, or plumbing.
  • Hire a professional bat control expert to identify access points and seal them.

Bats are not aggressive creatures, and will not chew their way into buildings like rodents. Instead, they will roost in quiet, secluded spots. As long as your building is sealed up, you won’t have to worry about bats getting inside and disturbing your business.

Commercial Bat Removal

Maybe it’s too late for you to put bat prevention methods into practice — the bats have already roosted in your place of business. Whatever you do, don’t take any drastic measures. It is illegal to remove bats during certain times of the year, and many species of bats are protected by Florida Law. You don’t want your business to be liable for breaking Florida wildlife laws. But, you can’t just let the bats stay. They can cause the following issues for your business:

  • Disrupt your workday
  • Scare off customers
  • Interfere with your workers
  • Damage your building with urine and guano

Critter Control® of Tampa can provide you with top class commercial bat removal services. Let us handle the bat exclusion so you don’t land your business in any legal issues. From start to finish, our removal experts will make sure to maintain safe conditions for all and will complete the job quickly to cause minimal disruption to your work day. To learn more about our commercial services or to schedule a free initial inspection, give us a call at 813-948-0870.

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