LITTLE BROWN BATS
Little Brown Bats and their survival are key to our ecology and environment. They can eat their body weight in insects every night at about 1000/per hour. Think about that, 1000 insects per hour! So obviously they do more in an hour than your local pest company is going to be able to handle. However, if these bats decide to take up residence in your house during the months of May through July, and it is a maternal colony there is little to nothing you can do about it. At that point they have, as much as, if not more right to your home than you do. All species of bats are protected and it is illegal to kill them. They can cause significant problems in your home. Bat guano (feces) can be extremely dangerous under the right conditions. It can cause histoplasmosis, which is an infection that can develop in the lungs after breathing in the spores of a fungus that grows on the guano. Also, with colony sizes that can reach up to 1000 depending on the size of the structure and availability you're talking about a lot of bat guano. This obviously is a problem for the insulation and health of your attic or areas they are inhabiting throughout your home. Bats are also known carriers of rabies and come into contact with humans more frequently than other species. Making it an uncomfortable living arrangement if they have taken up residence in your home. This time of year is a great time to be proactive in solving bat problems because most likely they are not in your home and work can be performed without worrying about maternal colonies or the likelihood of coming into contact with them.
-Do not attempt to do bat exclusion work as an amateur
I've seen huge mistakes by amateurs and professionals alike resulting with dead bats, shoddy work, and a worse problem than you started with
-Never use poisons or fumigants
-Never do removal during the maternity season
-Do not attempt clean-up/clean-out procedure. Call us!
Having said this, we at Cook's Wildlife Solutions have extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to bat preservation and removal, and proper clean-up procedures. If you have had or you know someone who has had bat problems contact us today at (828) 457-1206 and ask for Kevin! Also, there will be referral bonuses for sold leads!
Southern Flying Squirrel
The Southern Flying Squirrel is alive and well here in the High Country. In fact, if you're hearing some scratching or tiny feet scampering above you at night, it's probably them. This time of year they're finding their way into peoples homes because they want to be warm too. They are very social animals and during these winter months like to cuddle up together in your insulation to stay warm. They are cute and awesome creatures but can wreak havoc on your home. Flying squirrels can destroy your expensive insulation with soiling, and sometimes your drywall and logs too. They will also damage wood around homes with chewing to create larger access holes. Any rodent, including these guys, has the potential to gnaw through electrical lines causing serious fire risks. There are always potential health risks associated with wildlife once they enter someones home. Exposure to Southern Flying Squirrels has been linked to epidemic typhus in humans with 39 cases reported between 1976 and 2001. Also, it is always potentially dangerous to be exposed to any urine or droppings from any species. Not to mention, worst of all, they will destroy your sleep habits. Call Cook's Wildlife Solutions and we can evict these little guys humanely. They haven't been paying rent. We can also take care of preventing any more from getting back in with quality, affordable, exclusion work. While we're at it we'll clean out your attic to replace damaged insulation and remove feces and urine stains. Call Kevin at (828) 457-1206. Affordable inspections and referral bonuses!
Raccoons, Skunks, Groundhogs, Fox and Other Wildlife
There is a variety of other wildlife that we encounter on a daily basis here in the High Country. Whether its Raccoons, Skunks, or Opossums, that have found your yard a great place to dig for bugs, or your porch a good place to use the bathroom. There may be Squirrels that think those bird feeders are for them. You may have Skunks, Opossums, or Groundhogs that have dug their way under your house or into your crawlspace. There may be a sly Fox eating your chickens. Regardless of what your problems may be, we have the solutions. All of these situations are concerning to you the homeowner and in most cases it's going to take a professional to handle these problems. With over 10 years experience in this field, fully licensed, insured, and an active member of the National Wildlife Damage Control Association, don't hesitate to call us at Cook's Wildlife Solutions! Thanks!