Tennessee regulates bat removal. From May 1st to August 1st you cannot remove a colony with flightless pups. However, the bat removal process can start at any time. 

There are sixteen species of bats in Tennessee, the Little Brown Bat is the most common, including the common Southeastern bat and the uncommon Rafinesque’s big-eared bat, which the state has deemed in need of management. Only a handful of bat species are likely to enter your attic to roost, but they could form large maternity colonies during the summer. 

Bats in Attic in Belle Meade, TN

Homeowners in Belle Meade started noticing bats flying around their property consistenly. Every day at dusk, bats would fly around their driveway. They begin to see bats flying out of their gable vents, one of the most common ways bats get into a home’s attic. 

Free Bat Inspection 

Bats in Tennesse cannot create an entry point, but some species of bats can squeeze through holes no bigger than 3/8 of an inch. It can be easy to miss bat entry points on the roof. 

During the bat inspection, we start where you noticed a problem. Our technicain climbed up to the gable vent to find rub or smudge marks around the openings. After moving inside, we found roosting bats right inside the vent.

Bats in Attic Removal

These bats are a roosting maternity colony. It is illegal to get rid of bats if flightless pups are present. The females leave every night to feed and return to care for the pups. If you evict the females, the pups will slowly starve.

But we still can get to work. At Critter Control, we identified any and all potential bat entry points. We sealed up all of them but one. In some cases, we can install bird netting in the attic to prevent the bats from accessing other parts of the attic.

Once the pups can fly, we can install the bat valve. The one way bat valve allow the bats to leave but prevents their reentry. We usually leave the bat valve between three to seven days to ensure all bats have left. Once we are sure all bats are gone, we remove the bat valve and seal the final bat entry point. 

Attic Restoration after Bats

One of the biggest health concerns of bats in the attic is the accumuluation of bat guano. Bat guano can harbor the fungus that causes histoplasmosis. Large quantities can degrade your attic and contaminate the insulation. 

We cleaned up the bat guano and removed it. Then we apply santization agents and ectoparasite agents to decontimate the area. 

If you believe you have bats in your attic in the Nashville area, call Critter Control.