Expert Florida Bat Removal Since 1996.
For over 25 years, Friends of Bats has been providing Tampa with humane bat removal from homes, businesses, condos, hotels, parking garages, and strip malls.
When bats invade your home or building, they can cause quite the nuisance. Loud "chirping" or "squeaking", scratching noises in your walls or ceiling, bat guano damaging attic insulation, walk ways, and drive ways, and most of all, the bad smells and health hazards that are associated with bat guano.
At Friends of Bats, we are no stranger to where bats can live and we are prepared to handle any bat removal project in Tampa. There is no condo too high and no bat job too large. Our licensed and insured bat removal and wildlife removal specialists are ready to tackle and solve your nuisance bat issue.
Bats in Tampa often seek roosting sites underneath Spanish tile roofs. The roofs on homes and condos in Tampa are perfect hiding places for these crevice dwellers. Bats prefer to live in areas that are elevated, inside small openings 1/4" and larger. These areas keep bats safe from predators. Owls, hawks, snakes, raccoons, bobcats, and other predators may prey on susceptible bats. By bats living in tight, confined spaces under a tile roof, they are safe from sunlight, predators, and water. Bats prefer to stay dry, mostly due to the fact a wet bat has trouble flying.
Many of the homes, condos, and hotels along the beautiful shorelines of Tampa, FL have large, active bat colonies. Some of the bat colonies we have removed have been into the tens of thousands. These large bat removal jobs take precise planning and strategy to effectively remove them.
Bats are protected in Tampa, therefore it is illegal to kill them. All of our bat removal services are done by the methods approved by the Bat Conservancy. We install one way exits which allow the bats to leave the structure, but not return. In most cases, bats will go to the closest preferred place which they can access. This is why it is important for your entire structure to be sealed and bat proofed before removing them.
Due to juvenile bats being flightless, they would be left behind if a bat exclusion is performed during this time. The adults would leave, leaving the nursing young left behind to starve to death. This is not only inhumane, but not an effective way to ensure the conservation of this important species.
After the structure has been sealed properly and one way exits installed, it typically takes 4-14 days for the bats to leave. Bats are only active when their food sources are active (mosquitoes, flies, etc). When weather conditions are cool (below 65 degrees), rainy, or windy, bats do no fly. Also, it is common, that even during perfect conditions, most of the bat colony will leave, but several will stay behind. The larger the colony, the longer it will take.
Bats can live up to 35 years and have an incredible homing instinct. Wherever they are born or give birth, they will continue to return to those sites every year, for the rest of their lives. Even though they may not be able to get into those entry points they were using before, they will still try. It is very common, especially right after the bat removal service to see guano in the same places outside and bats trying to get back in.
Dan, the "Bat Man" sealing a tile roof to prevent bats on a roof.
One of our bat specialists handling a live bat.
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