Northern Virginia Bat Removal
Northern Virginia Bat Removal
Welcome to Northern, Virginia’s premier Bat Removal & Exclusion Services website! We are dedicated to providing residents and businesses in the Northern Virginia areas of Alexandria, Arlington County, Clarke County, Culpeper County, Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Fredericksburg, Loudoun County, Madison County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Warren County, and Winchester Virginia with the most effective and humane solutions for bat-related issues.
Our team of certified professionals is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of both humans and bats in our community, as we recognize the vital ecological role these fascinating creatures play in maintaining a healthy environment. Whether you’re dealing with a minor bat invasion or a full-blown infestation, our expert team is here to guide you every step of the way, offering tailored solutions to suit your specific needs. Explore our comprehensive range of services and resources to discover why we are the go-to choice for bat removal and exclusion in Northern, Virginia!
Northern Virginia bat removal, control, management and exclusion is best left to certified bat removal experts who are trained in biology and behaviors of the various bat species in Northern Virginia.
Virginia has 17 of the more than 1,000 bat species known worldwide.
Three of the bat species in Virginia are federal endangered species (Gray Bat, Indiana Bat, and Virginia Big-eared Bat); the Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat, also known as the Eastern Big-eared Bat, is a state threatened and endangered species.
The bats in Northern Virginia are divided into two categories: cave bats and tree bats. Cave bats hibernate in caves, while tree bats hibernate in leaf clusters, under decaying logs, in hollow trees, or sometimes in abandoned mines or old buildings.
Virginia’s cave bats include:
- Gray Bat
- Small-footed Bat
- Little Brown Bat
- Northern Long-eared Bat
- Indiana Bat
- Eastern Pipistrelle
- Big Brown Bat
- Virginia Big-eared Bat
Virginia’s tree bats include:
- Southeastern Myotis
- Silver-haired Bat
- Eastern Red Bat
- Hoary Bat
- Northern Yellow Bat
- Seminole Bat
- Evening Bat
- Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat
There has also been an occurrence of the Brazilian Free-tailed bat in Northern VA and Southeastern Virginia.
- The Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat are the species more likely observed by those living in Northern Virginia.
- The Virginia Big-eared Bat is the state bat of the Commonwealth.
- Cave bats generally give birth to only one pup; per year, and tree bats generally give birth to two or more pups per year.
- Bats in Virginia eat insects, and they are valuable in controlling mosquito populations. Some bats can consume up to 3,000 insects in one night.
- Bats are true hibernators that undergo physiological and metabolic shutdown during the winter. A hibernating bat’s heartbeat drops from 400 beats per minute to 25 beats per minute.
- Bats may hibernate for as long as 83 days, slowly metabolizing the body fat stored during the fall. Studies have shown that each time a little brown bat is disturbed during hibernation it expends the fat reserves necessary to hibernate 67 days.
- Bat hibernation caves are known as hibernacula.
- Another remarkable quality found in bats is their ability to emit high frequency sounds, or ultrasound, similar to sonar, to detect and to catch insect prey, to avoid obstacles, and to communicate.
- Bats in Northern Virginia are nocturnal.
- Bats generally mate in the fall and winter but the females’ bodies delay fertilization until spring. Births typically occur from May through July. Young bats can fly at three weeks and weaning typically occurs in July and August.
- Bats can live more than 10 years and some species can live up to 30 years.
- Owls, hawks, raccoons, skunks and other animals prey on bats.
- Bats, like any mammals, can carry rabies, but more rabies cases in Virginia are attributed to raccoons, foxes, and feral cats (VDH Rabies Statistics).
Bat removal in Northern Virginia is a process. The process involves an inspection (assessment of the situation), getting the bats out at the appropriate time using approved industry standards and techniques, doing seal-ups and repairs to keep bats out (bats can enter an opening as small as 3/8″), safely removing and disposing of the bat guano (bat poop can cause a lung disease called Histoplasmosis), and treating for bat bugs (if necessary).
Things to Remember:
- No two bat jobs are alike.
- Anyone who gives you a cost for bat removal over the phone without first doing an inspection and/or assessment DOES NOT know what they are doing! Roanoke Virginia bat removal costs vary from job to job.
- Bat removal in Northern Virginia should be performed by a wildlife control company NOT a pest control company (there is a difference between the two).
- Some bat species are protected by Federal and/or State laws. Don’t kill bats, they’re good for the environment.
- There are NO repellents, fumigants and toxins that ARE APPROVED for bat removal. Applying or spraying them IS against the law.
- Reputable Northern Virginia bat removal companies DO NOT remove bats during the bat birthing season except in cases of imminent health risk.
- If a bat ends up in the living quarters of your Northern Virginia home: Don’t kill it (you may lose the ability to test it for rabies), Don’t release it outside (you will lose the ability to test it for rabies AND it will probably re-enter the structure). Do call your local Northern Virginia animal control representative (they typically work through your local sheriffs’ office or police department). They will pick the bat up and have it tested for rabies. Do call Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services at (434) 260-7077 to schedule a bat inspection and assessment.
- Do a bat watch of your home at least once each year, even if you have never had a bat problem. Call us, we can tell you how.
- There ARE NO devices that you can put in, or on your home to make bats leave.
- Bat houses rarely work in Northern VA. Almost all we have ever seen were unoccupied by bats.
- Most bats tested DO NOT test positive for rabies, but rabies is lethal and not something you want to gamble with.
- If you think that you MAY have been bitten by a bite, seek medical help immediately. Bat bites are very tiny and may not bleed much.
- The two most common bats in Northern Virginia homes are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat.
We provide the following bat exclusion services: Northern Virginia Bat Removal, Chesterfield Virginia Bat Removal, Midlothian Virginia Bat Removal, Bon Air Virginia Bat Removal, Henrico Virginia Bat Removal, Glen Allen Virginia Bat Removal, Mechanicsville Virginia Bat Removal, Ashland Virginia Bat Removal, Short Pump Virginia Bat Removal, Amelia Virginia Bat Removal, Powhatan Virginia Bat Removal, Albemarle Virginia Bat Removal, Richmond Virginia Bat Removal, Charlottesville Virginia Bat Removal, Williamsburg Virginia Bat Removal, Newport News Virginia Bat Removal, Hampton Virginia Bat Removal, Norfolk Virginia Bat Removal, Virginia Beach Bat Removal, and Chesapeake Virginia Bat Removal.
Visit our main Bat Removal Page for additional information on our exclusion services.
Do you have bats in your attic? Our Northern Virginia bat removal services include bat proofing and bat removal.
For bat removal services in other areas in Virginia and throughout the United States visit Bats In The Attic.
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