This 40' ladder gets me to the bats.

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Mexican free-tail bats are very adept creatures. They’re actually built for long-range travel at high speeds. These tiny animals have an impressive wing span of about 12 inches (as shown in the photo), and only weigh about .43 ounces. Their wings are elongated; they’re constructed of thin fragile bones, a thin membrane joining the bones, and pointed tips on the ends. This wing construction enables them to not only fly straight, but fly fast – imperative when hunting for food. They need to be able to swoop on food quickly lest it escape.

Speaking of hunting, Mexican free-tail bats often travel up to 60 miles away from their home just to find food. Once in the air, they can attain speeds of 25 miles per hour on average, and reach heights of over 10,000 feet – the same height that migratory moths fly at. If conditions are ideal for straight unencumbered travel, they can reach speeds of over 40 miles per hour. If they’re able to utilize tail winds, they can travel up to 60 miles per hour!

Seeing these bats emerge from their homes at sundown is often an impressive sight. Of course it depends on the size of the colony, but it is not unusual to see thousands of bats leaving their home at one time, heading out into the warm evening to find food. There are colonies that are so large that it takes several hours for all of them to leave the roost.

The Mexican free-tail bat is often found in the southern portion of the United States, which very often affords the animal warm weather in which to fly and hunt. But there are occasions, especially during the months of October and November when cold fronts come down from the north, that they need to migrate to a warmer climate.

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Bats are great animals! Unfortunately, the do often choose to roost inside home and buildings, where they can create a big mess. It's a good idea to remove the bats from your belfry or attic, but it's also a great idea to avoid harming them! Any competent wildlife control expert should have the knowledge and expertise to safely and effectively remove an entire colony of bats from a house without harming or killing a single one. I know that I have a 100% success rate with bat removal jobs, and I believe the list of companies that I've compiled in my directory is of similar quality. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Bats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals including bats inside houses. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or bat removal issues.
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