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The thought of a bat flying around the room in the middle of the night while you are sleeping is something that most folks here in New Jersey really do not want to experience.

Yet this happens too many every year.  Matter of fact, most homes and structures have had bats in the attics and walls without anyone ever knowing it!  There may not be more than one or two bats going in, checking things out, and then leaving.  There are very few attics that we go into where we do not find a few bats dropping scattered around. The bat only needs an opening the size of a dime to a nickel: structures and homes all have what we call construction gaps. These gaps have nothing to do with the company that built your home or building. 

There are areas where the roof decks will not meet the fascia, the hips, and valleys, or the type of ridge vents used. Matter of fact the newer the home no matter who built the home the more openings there will be for bats to gain entry.  When we tell you a dime to nickel size, most homeowners cannot envision this.  Carpenters get mad and tell me they leave no opening, and in their minds, they do not!

However, the fact is most people have no idea about what bats are looking for and how hard a bat will work to find these construction gaps.   There are nine species of bats in NJ. Six of the bats are here year-round and three species are part-time in the summer. Yet only two species cause problems living in structure for the most part the Big Brown and the Little Brown bats. These bats live in colonies and view your structure as a cool-looking cave! 

They choose to live in homes and structures. Most of the little browns head to the caves for the winter, along with many of the big browns.   Although there is a large population of big browns that will winter over in homes and structures here in NJ.  Over the past few years, I have heard pest control and animal control companies begin to call these bats, Fruit Bats. NJ has no Fruit Bats living in our state. They are tropic bats for the most part. This term is used to make people feel good about bats.

My background in doing carpentry and roof work along with my understanding of the habitats and behaviors of the bats allows me to do the work and solve the Bat problems, where many may struggle.

My first bat job thirty years ago, there were no how-to books or research to do bat control like there is today.  I had to figure it out and I made mistakes.  I learned about the nursing periods (mid-May to mid-July young are not flying and in the home) and the habits of the bats. Much of what I learned was on my own and from others around the country that were doing the same thing.  Research that was being done in the early 1990s was based on what we were doing.  

Today the work and know-how that others and myself gained back then have created a real-life system on how to do Bat work the proper way.  Bat nets, valves, one-way doors, and other methods that do not catch, but allow the bats to leave the structure are the preferred methods to get the bats out of the structure.  Sealing the whole structure placing the exclusion devices and then removing the devices and sealing those areas will keep the bats out for long periods. 

The key to bat work is doing it right and finding all the openings.  Sad to say many of today’s pest control and newer companies do not have the experience to perform this the right way.  Finding a hole and putting a tube over it may keep the bats from using that hole again but the bats will find the hole 2 feet down the roofline.   We have found that bats will try to re-enter the structure for 2 to 3 years after.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife is the authority for all wildlife in the State of NJ. The laws and policies are set by them on wildlife control. 

Bats are protected in the state of NJ.  Bat control policy at this point, which has been issued by NJFW, states there can NOT be any bat exclusion and or seal up performed from May 1st to August 1st due to the fact that young bats may be in the structures at this time.

Young bats will not leave the structure till mid-July to August 1st. At which time a total and complete exclusion and seal job can be performed.


NOTE:  ACP will do an inspection of a customer’s home or building between May 1st and August 1st and then schedule job to be done after August 1st.     


ACP is not a hard sell, high-pitched company that is going to force you to do bat work.  We tell you what you have, and what you need to do. If you want us to do the job, we will. We offer nothing less than 5-year warranties on our bat jobs. 

We know if we can keep the bats out for 2 years, they will be out for five. In addition, most of our customers will not have to call for at least 10 years or until they need to have a new roof put on.

Can you get a 5-year warranty from a roofer to keep the bats out?

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