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Bat Control2024-05-27T14:06:31-05:00

Bat Control


Apologize but Complete Wildlife Control is phasing out new bat customers.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

bats in log home

How to Get Rid of Bats in Central Iowa

The exclusion process starts with an inspection and an estimate for complete exclusion. The price of the inspection is waived if the customer completes the exclusion process with Complete Wildlife Control. The value of the exclusion process varies depending on the size of the structure, safety concerns, amount of ladder time involved, height, and distance traveled to get to the location. It is impossible to give an accurate estimate without looking at the structure in question. Bat exclusion is usually warranted for two or three years and that can be extended with annual inspections.

Our Warranty

We have found that a three-year warranty is the maximum that can be given without reinspecting the property annually. In the Midwest climate where temperatures can go from -20 to 110 degrees in one year, building gaps will open up over time and provide a new means for bats to enter. We have been in the bat business for over a decade and honor our warranty, ask for references.

Tile, shake, and clay roofs can not be warranted by us. Also, if the building has more of a structural, carpentry issue than a bat problem, the work can’t be warranted.
If we can not warrant the work we do not take the job.

Questions Our Customers Ask

Can Bats Enter Through Ridge Vents?2023-03-02T14:57:13-06:00

Yes, certain types of ridge vents are prone to bat troubles. In order for us to warrant our work, we must screen the ridge vent with Ridge-guard or similar products. Not all vents cause issues. It may be water tight, but not bat-tight.

What do bat droppings (guano) look like?2023-03-02T11:22:50-06:00

Bat droppings are easily confused with rodent droppings. The difference is the texture. Bat guano turns to powder when crushed in the palm of a hand. Rodent droppings cannot be crushed. Also, bat droppings contain sparkles and glitter like substances in their material. These shiny sparkles are insect particles that the bat has eaten.

Are bats protected or endangered?2023-03-02T11:24:11-06:00

In Iowa, the Big Brown Bat and Little Brown Bat, the ones most likely to enter homes, are not protected in structures occupied by humans. You can do whatever you want with them in your house. Complete Wildlife Control uses humane methods for bat control and this information is for homeowner use only.

This is the Iowa code from 2021:481A.42:
Nongame protected – exclusion. Protected nongame species include wild fish, wild birds, wild bats, wild reptiles, and wild amphibians, an egg, a nest, a dead body or part of a dead body, and a product made from part of a body of a wild fish, wild bird, wild bat , wild reptile, or wild amphibian. However, nongame does not include game, fish that may be taken pursuant to regulations established under the Code or departmental rule, fur-bearing animals, turtles, or frogs, as defined in this chapter. The commission shall designate by rule those species of nongame which by their abundance or habits are declared a nuisance, and these species shall not be protected. Rules adopted shall include, but are not limited to, a provision that states that any bat , except for the Indiana bat , which is found within a building that is occupied by human beings is not a protected nongame species.[S13, §2563-q C24, 27, 31, §1776 C39, §1794.005 C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §109.42]83 Acts, ch 168, §6 92 Acts, ch 1107, §1C93, §481A.42

Complete Wildlife Control uses humane methods for bat control and this is for homeowner use only. Bats are only federally protected if they are on the endangered species list, which in Iowa, only the Indiana bat and Northern Long-Eared bat are. Complete Wildlife Control has never found an Indiana bat or a Northern Long-Eared bat inside a house.

If another company has scared you into believing bats are federally protected, ask them to prove it.

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