Get Rid of Bats…And Keep 'em Around?

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Critter Catchers provides reasons to install a bat house when performing bat exclusions.

How do I get rid of bats?

February can be a tough time of year and many people are dreaming about a tropical escape - palm trees, a salty breeze, mangos…and bats. While bats are found in many tropical destinations, you might not realize that some Michigan residents are having their dream of the tropics interrupted by bats flying in their bedroom in the middle of the winter (and the other seasons for that matter). The experience usually starts with mysterious scratching sounds in the walls or ceilings of your home. But suspicions of an unwelcome guest living in the attic are confirmed when you awaken to a bat flying around the bedroom. The initial question on everyone's mind is "How do I get rid of bats?"

"While it's probably common knowledge that bats present a potential rabies risk when they're flying inside our homes, what's less understood is how vital they are to our ecosystem," said Dave Kugler, biologist and president of Critter Catchers, Inc. "Michigan's Brown Bats are tremendous insect eaters, and are one of the only predators of night flying insects. They can consume half of their body weight in insects each night and provide a natural way to reduce pesticide use around the home. While you definitely don't want them living inside your attic, they are an important species and provide value around the home. While completing a bat exclusion to get the bats out of your house, you should consider installing a bat house. Bat houses provide an alternate roosting site for summer colonies that are displaced by the exclusion process and may help keep them in the local area. We hope that people start to consider all the reasons to keep bats around, even while they are thinking about all the ways to get rid of them."

Information about bats and humane bat removal practices can be found at:

About Critter Catchers, Inc.
Michigan based Critter Catchers, Inc. was founded in 2005 by David Kugler, an Oakland University graduate holding a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Wayne State University. The company provides animal removal services in SE Michigan and specializes in humane bat removal.

Phone: 248-432-2712


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