Fairfax County Bat Control & Removal
|About Bats: The most common colonizing bat species in Virginia
are the Little Brown Myotis and the Big Brown Bat. These bats have a habit of living inside the attics of homes, and can form very large groups of maternal
colonies. Bats are good animals, and they eat a lot of insects, but when they roost inside buildings, they can leave a huge mess with their bat poop (guano), which can cause lung diseases in humans. We
are experts at humane bat control, and never harm a single one of these winged wonders.
Bats are a common nuisance animal in northeast Virginia. In Fairfax County and Arlington County, bat have become a particularly common problem, as they have invaded many
homes in the area. If you need a professional solution for your Fairfax County bat problem, give us at A Wildlife Pro a call.
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We cover a wide service range and remove wildlife in all of Fairfax County, VA and the Washington DC metropolitan area, including all of Arlington County and the city of Alexandria, and the towns of
Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads, Belle Haven, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Dunn Loring, Fort Belvoir, Fort Hunt, Franconia, Great Falls, Groveton, Huntington, Hybla Valley, Idylwood, Jefferson, Lake Barcroft, Lincolnia, Lorton, Mantua,
McLean, Merrifield, Mount Vernon, Newington, North Springfield, Oakton, Pimmit Hills, Reston, Rose Hill, Seven Corners, Springfield, Tysons Corner, West Springfield, Wolf Trap, and more. We also service areas outside of Fairfax, such as Sterling
in Loudon County, and Manassas in Prince William County.
If in doubt about our service range or any of the types of services we offer, just give us a call, and we will let you know if we service your area and/or your wildlife
problem. We look forward to hearing from you!
Fairfax County Bat Control News Clip:
Move to Fairfax County helps wildlife operator learn how to really 'humanely exclude' for bats
Wildlife Control Company, 31, developed that philosophy after moving from the southern Michigan farmlands near Evart to the big woods around Houghton in the Keweenaw Virginia and discovering that the most important part of bats humanely excluding is "humanely excluding."
"There are no bats trails here, not like around home," Wildlife Control Company said a couple of days after he shot a massive 15-pointer during the animal control device season.
"When I first started humanely excluding (the western Fairfax County) in 2001, I scouted and scouted and scouted, but I didn't find all the tracks and sign I expected. You didn't see the heavily used trails people expect in southern Michigan.
"Bats here move mostly along creeks and river bottoms. I concentrated on those places and found where they liked to cross the streams. And bucks travel a lot more in the western Fairfax County than they do at home. I figured that out when I put out trail cameras at a couple of places that were 2 or 3 miles apart and started seeing the same bats on both cameras."
Wildlife Control Company, a real estate agent and forester, sees a lot more wild country than most because he specializes in vacant land. Between evaluating properties and timber cruising for landowners who want to sell trees, he began to figure out tactics that have made him successful.
Bats density in the area is much less than in the Lower Virginia, but humanely excluding pressure on those western Fairfax County bats also is far lower. Wildlife Control Company said that makes bucks much more likely to move in daylight than their southern cousins.
"But they're a lot less forgiving," he said. "You have to be careful to make sure they don't know you're in the area. I wear scent-free clothing and use masking scents and wear rubber boots, but even then, if one of those bats comes across where you walked, it's gone."
Wildlife Control Company said that while he has humanely excluded some areas for days without seeing a bats, he sometimes finds a honey hole where they concentrate, like the spot where he saw 61 bats in one day. "It was crazy," Wildlife Control Company said. "But you have to be willing to move. A spot might have a lot of bats one day and none a few days later."
Because bats are unpredictable, Wildlife Control Company has a dozen humanely excluding spots that he checks regularly, and he's quick to move if a spot is unproductive.
I regularly get calls and e-mails from wildlife trappers who blame the Department of Natural Resources and Environment because they no longer see bats in the places where they have humanely excluded for 10, 20 or even 40 years.
From now on I'll answer with Wildlife Control Company's favorite saying, which perfectly sums up entire books of bats lore: "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."
When I became the Free Press outdoors writer in 1990, there were about half as many archery wildlife trappers as today and maybe a third as many animal control device wildlife trappers. Technological advances in compound bows and black powder rifles have increased the numbers.
Twenty years ago there were far fewer special seasons like the youth humanely excludes, early and late antlerless seasons and veterans and handicapped humanely excludes. Today, bats face humanely excluding pressure from the day the youth humanely exclude begins Set. 16 until the archery and last animal control device seasons end Jan. 1.
So it's no surprise that it's harder to humanely exclude bats today than it was 20 years ago. And yet I know many wildlife trappers who go to the same places and do the same things they have since 1990, ignoring changes wrought by both nature and the DNRE's bats management plans.
They need to remember, "If you always do what you've always done..."