Photo by Gilles San Martin CCL
Photo by Devra
Photo by Devra
Photo by Richard Hurd
Photo by Richard Hurd
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Photo by Gilles San Martin
Photo by Gilles San Martin
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Services we offer:
  • Humane gopher and ground squirrel control
  • Safe and sound rodent control
  • Barn owl next box program
  • Junior Rescuers - training and field trips
  • Wildlife presentations (no live animals)

 

 

Ground-dwelling rodent control

On school grounds, burrowing rodents can be destructive to vegetation and their tunnels can be trip and fall hazards. Ground squirrel burrows can also undermine walkways, drives and foundations. Where populations of ground squirrels

While we do not condone lethal control of native wildlife, we believe there are certain situations where lethal control of ground squirrels and gophers is acceptable.

When it is absolutely necessary to reduce gopher and ground squirrel populations, we believe carbon monoxide (CO) is a very humane method. Unlike carbon dioxide (CO2), CO causes the animals to pass out before suffering asphyxiation.

 

 The following is our criteria for providing lethal control of ground squirrels, using carbon monoxide.

 

Criteria for Lethal Control of Burrowing Rodents

Where ground squirrels and or gophers pose a risk to human health and safety or the health and safety of horses, donkeys or mules, or,

where their tunnels and burrows have caused or threaten to cause significant damage to structures and when nonlethal methods have proven unsuccessful or would be unsuccessful, and,

where the land has been and shall continue to be altered by human occupation, and,

where precautions have been taken to reduce risk to other species.

 

To accommodate school schedules, we offer services on weekends and holidays.

 

Lone Bat on Exterior Wall

If you have found a single bat clinging to an outside wall, it may just be resting - sleeping, or it might be weak and in need of help. To find the nearest wildlife hospital, use the WildHelp App of Google Wildlife Rehabilitator. We usually suggest leaving the bat alone and see if it's still there the next day.

There is no risk of the bat attacking anyone - they do not do that!

 

Bats Under Eaves and in Attics

Having lost natural roosting sights to urbanization, bats have been forced to seek shelter in man-made structures. They will readily take to small openings in buildings, tucking themselves into cracks or crevices as small as 1/2". The presence of a brown oily residue near an opening is an indication that an animal is using that as a point of entry. Look for bat guano below openings. Bat guano resembles rodent droppings but instead of being hard, the pellets crush easily into a powder that contains shiny insect parts. There might also be a certain odor associated with a large colony, and sometimes you'll be able to hear the high-pitched squeaking and ticking of the bats, usually in early morning and just before dark.

 

Bats in Buildings

Sometimes bats find there way into buildings. This usually involves young bats looking for a safe place to hide.

If you find a bat in your house, don't panic. The bat will not attack you!

If the bat is flying around, open all doors and windows to let it escape. We have heard that turning inside lights off and outside lights on can help. You can try herding the bat towards an exit using a bed sheet held up between two broom handles, creating a fabric wall that can "push" the bat toward an open door or window.

If the bat lands on a flat surface, you can try gently placing a small box over the bat and very delicately slipping a thin piece of cardboard under the box to contain it. Take the box outside and set the bat free.

 

Bat Houses

Whenever we exclude a colony of bats we like to include an installation of a bat house to give the bats a safe place to live and continue doing their great work of controlling insects.

Check out this informative page from Bat Conservation International, HERE, for ideas on building and installing your own bat house, or where you can buy certified bat houses for sale.

 

Rabies Exposure

Not all bats have rabies - not even the ones that are found weak and debilitated. According to the Center for Disease Control, only about 6% of those tested actually had rabies. But, it's important to take precautions.

Never handle a bat and keep pets and children away from grounded or flying bats to avoid exposure. According to the CDC, treatment for exposure should be considered for persons who are in the same room with a bat and cannot be certain if direct contact occurred (for example, a person sleeping, or an unattended child) and when the bat cannot be tested to rule out the possibility. With pets, the same rule applies - when a bat is found in the same room with a pet where there may have been close contact.

Please read more about bats and rabies in this brochure from Bat Conservation, HERE.