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Why Bats Are So Important to Us

Friday, December 08, 2017

With the peak of the pest control season now behind us for 2017, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss something that we rarely write about. In this post, we will discuss bats and why they are so important to us as pest control experts.

It is routine for our technicians to look for signs of bats whenever assessing a new job. There is a significant difference between being effective pest control experts and a company that shows little regard for natural habitats. We do not want to be the latter kind of company. Bats are important to us because they are important to the natural environment.

Protected by Law

There are about 18 species of bats common to the UK. Each and every one of them is protected by law. This is due to significant population depletion over the last 20 years. The good news is that populations are stabilising after many years of decline. The bad news is that bat populations are still threatened by the one thing that has contributed most to their decline: habitat loss.

Habitat loss can occur in many different ways. From property owner ignorance to new construction, bats can perish because they suddenly have no place to live. As pest control experts throughout Berkshire, Wiltshire and beyond, we know how to identify habitats. We will never intentionally endanger them while we are trying to control other pests.

What You Need to Know

There are some things you need to know about bats should you ever have need to call Pest Control Services to do a job on your property. First and foremost, it is against the law to destroy, damage, or disturb bats or their roosts in any way. If you have bats on your property, you must leave them alone by law.

Second, pest control can proceed on properties with bats as long as technicians follow certain procedures. Pest-control companies must:

immediately stop or not commence work on any property where bats are known to be, or have been present;

contact the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO) to get advice as to how to proceed;

not place rodenticides in any open space near roosting spots;

not use sticky, cage, or spring traps in areas where bats roost; and

not use ultrasonic deterrents around bat roosting areas.

Finally, controlling wasp populations can be especially tricky when bats are present. If a wasp population presents a danger to health and safety, the law does allow for the use of certain insecticides in the same areas where bat roosts are present. However, the pest control technician must still get guidance from the SNCO before proceeding.

Here at Pest Control Services, we obviously take our responsibility to nature very seriously. We are fully committed to serving our customers by eliminating any and all pests that pose health and safety issues, but we are also committed to doing so in a way that respects sensitive species such as bats.

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