cost of bat removal

So, what exactly is the average cost of bat removal, and why is this process so pricey? When homeowners discover bats roosting in their homes, they often turn to professionals like Barnes Wildlife Control serving the greater Dayton, Ohio region for bat exclusion services. Our procedure ensures that bats are safely removed without causing them harm and that they can’t re-enter the property. But upon researching this service, many homeowners are taken aback by the costs. Our experts at Barnes Wildlife Control will delve deep into the factors contributing to these costs and explain the nuances of the bat exclusion process.

Cost of Bat Removal

The average cost of bat removal can vary based on several factors, including location, size, and complexity of the infestation, and the specific exclusion methods used. As of our last training data in 2021, the cost for a professional bat exclusion service typically ranges from $200 to $1,500 for small to medium-sized homes. However, for larger infestations or more complex structures, the price can soar to $8,000 or even more. It’s crucial to get a detailed estimate from a professional before moving forward, as every situation is unique.

A Colony of Bats In An Attic Can Leave A Horrible Mess In A Building Leading To High Removal And Clean Up Costs

Bats in an attic photo: How many bats are in an attic determines the Average Cost of bat exclusion.
Bat guano in an attic photo:  How much bat guano is in an attic determines the expense of a bat exclusion.
Bat guano in an attic photo: bat guano in an attic can create health issues for occupants.

Factors Contributing to the Cost Of Bat Removal

Inspection and Assessment: Before starting the exclusion process, our professionals must thoroughly inspect the property to determine the size of the bat colony, potential entry points, and the specific species of bat. This initial assessment is vital for tailoring the exclusion strategy and may factor into the cost.

Complexity of the Structure: Homes with multiple levels, intricate architecture, or those that have been around for decades can present unique challenges. Bats are adept at finding tiny openings to roost, and older or more complicated structures can have numerous potential entry points.

Materials Used: Exclusion isn’t just about removing bats—it’s also about preventing their return. Our Barnes Wildlife Control professionals utilize high-quality materials like bat valves or netting, sealants, and sometimes even reconstructive materials to repair damages. These materials, combined with the labor to install them, can significantly drive up costs.

Safety Measures: Dealing with bats requires specialized safety equipment to prevent bites, scratches, and exposure to diseases like rabies or histoplasmosis. The gear, along with training our professionals to use it, adds to the overall cost.

Clean-Up and Guano Removal: Bat guano, or droppings, can accumulate rapidly in a roosting area. Not only is guano removal labor-intensive, but the droppings can also pose health risks, requiring specialized equipment and procedures for safe removal.

Post-Exclusion Monitoring: Once the exclusion is complete, our professionals may set up monitoring equipment or make multiple return visits to ensure the bats have not re-entered the property.

Working At Great Heights, Using Numerous Bat Removal Tools, And Protecting Workers In Dirty Environments That Need Cleaning Add To Bat Exclusion Costs.

A photo of a lift used in a bat exclusion: Often, a lift is needed to reach great heights to do a proper bat exclusion. Such lifts increase the expense of a bat exclusion.
Photo of bat valves: Bat valves are used to allow bats out of a building, but they cannot return. The number of bat valves needed, increases the expense of a bat exclusion.
Photo of an attic cleanout: Bringing vacuuming equipment into an attic, and people needing to wear protective equipment increases the cost of a bat explosion.

Why Bat Exclusion is So Expensive

Expertise Required: Bat exclusion isn’t a simple DIY job. It requires a deep understanding of bat behavior, knowledge of local bat species, and the expertise to effectively and humanely exclude them. This specialized skill set means hiring experts who have undergone specific training and have the experience to handle unpredictable situations.

and Humane Practices: The goal isn’t just to remove bats but to do so without causing them harm. This humane approach is not only ethical but is often mandated by local laws, as many bat species are protected. Ensuring their safe exclusion and avoiding any inadvertent harm or death adds layers of complexity and time to the process.

Equipment and Technology: The latest bat exclusion practices make use of advanced technology, from thermal imaging cameras to detect bats within walls to high-definition inspection cameras for pinpointing entry points. This tech-centric approach ensures precision but comes at a cost.

Liability and Insurance: Bat exclusion professionals take on significant risks when working on a property, from potential bat bites to the hazards of working in tight spaces or at heights. The insurance costs associated with these risks factor into the pricing structure of their services.

Licensing and Compliance: In many regions, professionals need licenses to carry out wildlife exclusion. Keeping up with the necessary certifications and complying with local regulations can add administrative and financial overheads, which are often passed onto the customer.

Completely Sanitizing A Bat Colony Infested Attic, Blowing In New Insulation, And Making Sure the Correct Amount Of Insulation Is Used Leads To Additional Bat Exclusion Costs

A photo of a cleaned and sanitized attic: Having to completely clean and then sanitize an attic increases the cost of a bat exclusion.
A photo of a one of Barnes Wildlife Control's attic experts blowing new insulation into an attic.
A photo of a completed attic restoration with the proper amount of new high r-factor insulation conforming to building codes.

In Conclusion

While the cost of bat removal might induce some sticker shock, it’s essential to understand the myriad factors contributing to this price tag. The process is far more than just “removing bats.” It’s a meticulous blend of wildlife expertise, property repair, and prevention. When homeowners invest in bat removal, they’re not only ensuring the safety and integrity of their home but also promoting humane and eco-friendly practices that protect these vital creatures of the night. Investing in professional bat exclusion ensures peace of mind, knowing that both the bats and the home are treated with the utmost care and the house is bat proofed through professional bat exclusion.

For all your bat removal needs and wildlife control in general, you can reach Barnes Wildlife Control at (937) 340-1867 or via our contact form.