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Residential Bat Proofing

Do you think there may be bats in your home?  Scraping or scampering sounds in your ceilings or walls could point to a bat infestation.  Not only has ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has been helping Northern Illinois’ homeowners humanely remove bats from their houses for nearly 40 years, but we are certified in bat control through the National Wildlife Control Operators Association.  Call one of our friendly, informed representatives at 1-847-870-7175 today.

Damage Caused by Bats

Bats can be found in attics year-round.  Most species of bats found in Illinois will migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but some remain and seek out a warmer habitat that allows them to hibernate safely.  In the spring and summer, bats colonize in attics in order to breed and rear their young.  Damaged shingles, soffits, roof and gable vents, and fascia boards all create ease of access for bats looking to get into an attic.

Bat colonies damage structures mainly through contamination.  Insulation, drywall, and valued possessions stored in the attic are all susceptible to guano build-up, and homes infested with bats often smell strongly of ammonia.  Bat feces is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus that can aerate and cause the lung disease histoplasmosis.   ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention provides guano clean-up and safe attic insulation removal and replacement.

WARNING – All bat species are protected. For this reason, it is important to hire licensed professionals to address the problem.  ABC Wildlife is dedicated to humane bat removal to ensure the safety of both the homeowner and the bat colony.

The Process of Bat Proofing

Bats only need a gap the size of a dime to enter a structure.  Our humane exclusion process involves identifying and sealing those gaps to eliminate as many entry points as possible.  We install devices called excluders that allow bats to exit, but not reenter the roosting area.  Once all bats have been removed, we return to remove the excluders and seal the remaining entry point.

Because bats are protected and so valuable to our environment, we take special consideration for the time of year and manner in which they are removed.  We will never seal animals into a structure.  We take care to not exclude bats during birthing and rearing season or when weather is too severe for them to survive outside.

Health Concerns Related to Bats

Bats are the cause of a variety of illnesses that are hazardous to humans.  While bats aren’t the top carrier of rabies in Illinois, they are the most likely to transmit it.  Histoplasmosis is a fungal disease caused by spores that develop in bat guano.  It attacks the respiratory system and can be particularly dangerous for children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.  Bats also carry lice, mites, fleas, and bat bugs, all of which are capable of transmitting diseases.

Contact a Bat Removal Expert

The moment you identify a potential bat problem, you should contact a professional bat removal and remediation company.  ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention’s knowledgeable staff is ready to answer your bat infestation questions and dispatch one of our licensed technicians to your property.  Call (847) 870-7175 today to make an appointment.

We have both the skill and knowhow to resolve even the most complex bat.  Each member of the ABC Wildlife team is trained in humane bat removal and exclusion as well as property remediation and preventative techniques.  Let us help you restore your home to normal and keep future infestations from ever happening.

ABC Wildlife Bat Proofing Service Area

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal and pest management provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 40 years, we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers, and municipal customers dealing with bat problems across the greater Chicagoland area including:

  • Chicago, Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Burr Ridge, and Cook County;
  • Wheaton, Naperville, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn, and all DuPage County;
  • Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Deerfield, and most of Lake County;
  • And Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Elgin, and parts of Kane County

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What They Say About ABC Humane Wildlife

I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
Debra Walker – Downers Grove, IL
We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
Martha Buchan – Lincolnshire, IL

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