Bat Extermination

10.23.2007 - Today I went to a commercial building, a large department store, with thousands of healthy bats flying in and out. Months earlier, the store had hired their normal pest control company to take care of the bat problem, and they sprayed the bats and the area with bug poison. I found about ten bat carcasses outside. Some of the old/frail had died. The vast majority lived, and the problem persisted, and so they decided to hire me to take care of the bats correctly.

Let me get it right out to anyone who found this post in a search for a method of bat extermination - AN ATTEMPT TO DO SO IS IMMORAL, ILLEGAL, AND IT WILL NOT WORK. If you don't care about the first point, that's just your opinion. But I hope these last two points will convince you to remove the bats properly.

It's a nice coincidence that the only effective way to remove bats from a building, and I'm not just saying this - bat physiology and behavior dictates it - involves not harming them at all. For example, take rats. I usually have to kill some rats in order to remove them (not with poison, with traps). But with bats, the whole group is 100% removed, permanently, with guarantee, and none of these valuable animals are harmed. I don't expect people to change their thinking - a lot of people view bats as disgusting vermin, to be classified with cockroaches. This is terribly untrue, for bats are wonderful creatures. Many species, including this one, can live lives up to 15 years in the wild, and consume millions of insects. They are a marvel of nature and yada yada - just please don't try to kill them if you don't want them in your house or building. Don't hire an ignorant pest control company whose only tool is a spray pump of poison. Hire someone who knows bats, and preferably, who has the BCI (Bat Conservation International) Bats In Buildings certification. This doesn't mean you're getting some bat worshipping tree-hugger. It means you'll get someone who will do the job correctly and legally.

I admit that when I remove bats from a building, it's not what's best for them. If I wanted what was truly best for the bats, I'd find a way to let them stay in the building. But I understand that a place like this department store, or a persons home even, can't have the accumulation of guano, the smell, the occasional bat flying inside the building, etc. I remove all of the bats properly, and even though they are displaced, they live to find a new home. One final thing about killing bats - do you really want a bunch of bat carcasses in your building, causing a terrible odor, or dead bats lying around, like in the above photo? No? Ah, I'm so relieved. I think I'll celebrate with a nice lunch of grilled bat sandwiches.

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