Bats in the attic may be a cool thing to have around Halloween, but they can be a major issue if they are not taken care of quickly. Bats can chew into walls, damage insulation, and destroy the wiring in the attic. They also leave droppings, or guano, the smell of which can permeate throughout the home. Bats can also bring diseases and be hazardous to the occupants of the home. The problem that many homeowners run into is that bats can be difficult to get rid of. Here are three things to know about bat removal.

Know The Local Laws

In most areas, bats are a protected species. They play a very important role in the environment. Bats are essential for controlling the insect population and even pollinate some species of flower. For these reasons, it's illegal to kill bats in most states. This is why bat removal is a must. The best way to do this is by sealing off the bat's entry points into the home in a process referred to as exclusion. Homeowners can do this by sealing all small points of entry and then using excluders on the main points of entry. Excluders allow bats out but make it impossible for them to reenter the space. They cost around $20 and are a humane way to deal with small bat colonies. 

Bat Houses Can Come In Handy

Another way to get rid of bats is by giving them a better option near the home. Bat houses offer another spot for bats to live and many homeowners install them after the exclusion process. Bat houses can vary in size and hold anywhere from a few bats to over one hundred bats. The cost of a bat house ranges anywhere from $20 to $300. Bat houses are a great choice for homeowners who do not want bats in the attic but still want them on their property.

Bat Removal Can Be Expensive

While small bat colonies can often be taken care of by the homeowners, larger or stubborn bat colonies may require the services of a professional. These services can get pricey. The cost to remove a small bat colony of 50 bats can be between $300 and $1,500 while a large colony of more than 50 bats costs between $1,500 and $8,000 to remove. The more bats, the more expensive professional bat removal is. 

Bats can be a major issue in any home. Bat removal can also be a major hassle. Homeowners should be aware of local laws concerning bats. They are a protected species and, in most areas in the US, it's illegal to exterminate them. A bat house can be a great option for homeowners who want bats around but not in their home. Professional bat removal can also get rather pricey. Dealing with a bat infestation before the colony grows can save homeowners a lot of money. To learn more, contact a company like Triangle Wildlife Removal & Pest Control Inc.