A Simple Guide On How To: Remove A Bat In Home Living Area. Quick And Humane. What To Do?

There is a certain feeling that only comes when a home has been invaded by a bat in the living area. Shocking! Terrifying!  That creepy looking bat looks about like a giant bird swooping into every area of the home. Maybe this sounds all too familiar? Certainly one must be strong, valiant, and well prepared. Below is a quick reference on what to do if your home is invaded by a bat in the living area.

Step 1: Be Prepared

Typically I don’t suggest most homeowner’s handle a bat without proper safety precautions. Most importantly we don’t want to harm the bat. Bats can be removed humanely and released without any discomfort to them. To properly remove the bat it takes very little equipment: leather gloves, fish net, and some bath towels. If the thought of removing the bat from the home scares you in any way then a phone call to a company specifically trained to remove bats from homes like ours at All Friendly might be your best option.

Step 2: Seclude The Bat To One Room

The smaller the room the better, but it makes no difference. Simply follow the bat when it takes flight into a room and shut the door behind it. Once the bat is inside be sure to stuff bath towels near the bottom of the door to prevent the bat from escaping the room. Also, be sure to notify everyone in the home not to enter the room until the bat is removed. We certainly wouldn’t want any extra drama from our living guests if they were to accidentally enter the room without knowing that a bat was in there!

Step 3: Removal Of The Bat

Here are a few pointers which may help in humanely removing the bat once it is secluded. With your leather gloves on proceed into the room with caution. Remember, it is not necessary to kill the bat. We would recommend using a fishing net for the capture of the bat during it’s flight, or otherwise wait until the bat lands and capture using your gloves. Once captured you can release the bat outside the home. If during this process you are too frightened to handle the bat, then place a bowl over the bat and call an experienced company such as All Friendly to help with the process.

Step 4: What If There Is More?

This is a very common question that our company handles on a regular basis. The answer depends on a variety of circumstances that a typical home may or may not possess. All of these variables must be checked out by a professional. We recommend a follow-up phone call to a company such as ours at All Friendly. This company should be able to identify any possible bat colony infestations and be able to alleviate any concerns that the homeowner might have. If a bat colony infestation does exist, this company will be able to humanely and efficiently remove the bats without harming them and also follow-up with the permanent repair.

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5 Simple Ways To Protect Your Family From: Snakes

It was a hot mid afternoon summer day in Northwest Missouri, I was busy driving home in our company service truck when I noticed my neighbor outside with his family looking intently at their front door.  Their faces were so serious and intent that Immediately I knew something was wrong.  With their groceries still in hand and eagerly anticipating their unoccupied home they came upon an unexpected guest. A three foot long Black Rat Snake. He just happened to be blocking their entrance into their home. Most assuredly I doubt he was looking for a way in, but I also expect he wouldn’t be invited inside. Yes, coming across an unexpected snake can be scary, and unless you live next to me it can also be quite dangerous. This is why we’ve come up with a simple guide to help the homeowner. Below is 5 simple ways to protect your family from those terrifying slivering serpents.

1. Habitat Modification: Lawn

Having a well maintained and short lawn is important if you want to protect your family from snakes. Snakes feel most comfortable in their natural surroundings. Therefore, keeping the grass frequently cut and short will help prevent unexpected snakes from establishing in your lawn.

2. Remove Debris Along Foundation of Home

Leaves, weeds, and other debris that collects along the home may attract snakes and their prey. This is a quick and very simple task and can prove to be worthwhile to your family.

3. Remove Or Alter Landscaping

Certain landscaping may prove to be attractive to snakes. Try to avoid over using certain types of rock landscaping which may tend to attract snakes to your property. Also, remove any old landscaping which may have unsitely cracks and crevices where snakes love to hide.

4. Cover Window Wells

A simple plastic cover over the window well may keep those snakes from sunning around the house. These covers can be purchased at local hardware stores and installed at a reasonable cost.

5. Hire A Professional

Hiring a professional is the homeowner’s best investment to your family. By simply hiring a professional snake removal company such as ours at All Friendly, this company can help renew your peace of mind. These professionals will be able inspect your home and property and should also be able to identify any potential problems the homeowner might have. Their training is most definately the key to keeping you safe. If a snake problem or infestation were to come up, it would be no hassle for these professionals to get rid of the snakes in the home or around the property.

All Friendly Mole Control & Pest Services has removed hundreds of snakes from homes and properties in St Joseph Missouri and surrounding communities in Nwmo.

For free consultation or to hire All Friendly call 660-927-0411.

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“Eeek, Get The Dead Out”! 5 Steps To Prevent Your Home From A Dead Animal In St Joseph Mo

Sooner or later it is bound to happen. Every homeowner at some point during the history of owning a home will experience it. I’m talking about the mystery animal who decided to die in your home. Whether it be a wall, attic, basement, porch, or something somewhere. The smell is just “Eeek”, and won’t go away until the hidden critter is found. Laughing aren’t you? It can be no laughing matter for some. Here are some great tips on how to prevent an embarrassing odor before it happens to you.

Where Do Critters Die?

1. Porch Area

One of our most common areas that our company finds “the dead” is underneath porches or concrete slabs. These can be some of the worst areas a critter can die. Why? Because most normally there is hedges and other concrete intrusions that are typically in the way. To remove the dead animal usually takes a lot of time digging and the critter is usually in the hardest to reach place.

Keeping the dead out of this area can be prevented by installing a wire mesh porch exclusion. The mesh is buried at a reasonable depth away from the porch and is anchored to prevent any unwanted animals from re-entering the area.

 

2. Attic Area

One of the second most common areas that our company has found where critters kick the bucket is found in the attic area. You might be asking how do critters get in? Typically, a loose vent screen or attic vent of some type. This isn’t always the case animals can access many points around the home such as: soffits and fascia. When dead critters are suspected to be in the attic area, they must be removed. Usually, these pest animals are Raccoons, Squirrels, Opossums, and can even be Rats. They’ve got to go! Leaving them could damage the ceilings of the home as they further deteriorate. Gross huh!

Fixing the attic vent screens and entry areas after all the animals have been removed is your safest bet. It is recommended for the homeowner to do a thorough inspection of their attic vents and home, before animals take up residence.

 

 

“They’ve got to go! Leaving a dead animal could damage the ceilings of the home as they further decompose.”

3. Walls

No easy path of removing the dead from a wall space. Typically I’ve found Rodents to be the main culprit to be the dead animal in the walls. Especially if the homeowner has a rodent problem. However, birds and squirrels are no exception. The idea is the critter pit falls into the wall cavity and can’t get back up. Getting rid of a dead animal in this area can be done, but is easier to prevent this before happening in the first place.

Fixing door sweeps are a good start for the homeowner experiencing rodent problems. Typically the garage area around garage doors can often times be a solid rodent entry. A good place to start fixing a dead animal problem is inspecting these areas for potential rodent entries. Next, follow-up with a good trapping program to remove these unwanted pests.

  

4. Basements or  Crawl Spaces

Gaps in the foundation of a home can lead to a nasty dead animal smell. The dead in this area can lead a homeowner to believe something died in the heating vents. I’ve not found this to be the case. However, mobile homes are also notorious for this problem. The critter will find a nice cozy home within the balloon insulation underneath the flooring. Getting rid of the dead animal in this area can be quite the chore to find, but can be done with a little belly crawling.

Once the animals are removed, fixing gaps around the foundation is a must to prevent critters from accessing the basement and crawl space area. Be sure to inspect the crawl space door and replace it if missing or if it can be easily moved with a little force.

 

 

 

5. Soffits

Here is another tricky area that the dead quit ticking. Rotten fascia or loose soffit vents make this an easy area for critters to access entry into your home. Getting rid of dead animals in this area can be a difficult task. Preventing animals from accessing this area once the animals have been removed can be quite easy or extensive. Some fascia boards may need to be replaced and soffit vent covers should be solid and intact. 

As you can see preventing dead animals from your home can be quite a task. It can be difficult to find out where and what kind of animal has made itself into your home. This is why it is important to have a professional dead animal removal company in the St Joseph Mo area to inspect your home and make these preventative repairs. That company is All Friendly. All Friendly will remove your dead animal and restore your home to it’s original condition. If you or someone you know goes “Eeek” the next time the smell appears to be a dead animal. Pick up the phone and call All Friendly Mole Control & Pest Services at 660-927-0411

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Mole Prevention Made Easy!

Preventing Moles from damaging your lawn can be done! In fact, it is quite easy. There is a simple solution kinda like a long algebra equation, or maybe calculus. Well, maybe I like calculus, and algebra. Those (x) plus (y) formations and the zig to the zag, and don’t forget to carry over the pie symbol thingy. Yes equations can be quite fun! Well, maybe you don’t think so, but I do. Moles can be no different. Yes, there is an equation, and a solution! To figure all this out stick around and you’ll find out how easy it really is and you too can have complete victory over that lawn wrecking pest called: “THE MOLE”.

The Eastern Mole, Who Is He? Or She?

No it is not my intention to make this a scientific post claiming that I know everything under the sun about Moles and their habits. I definitely don’t want to bore you either. However, in order to fully understand why the Mole does what he does, it is important to know what the Mole does and why he does it. Let me highlight that again. It is important to know the habits of the Mole and his feeding patterns. This is the first step to understanding the complete Mole control equation. Most importantly remember this: Moles are insectivores. That’s right, it means they eat insects. Primarily Moles feed on earthworms and any other insect that happens to be in your lawn. Their feeding habits keep them very busy. On average a Mole will consume up to half their body weight daily. Once calculated a 6 oz Mole can consume up to 68lbs of invertebrates each year! Convert that over to our terms, that is the equivalent weight of 3 cases of pop! Another important reminder is that Moles travel. And traveling they do, up to 18 feet an hour or 100 feet a day! Moles NEVER, I repeat NEVER Hibernate. Which means they don’t store up fat. I wish I could do that, don’t you? So therefore, you can see that Moles are both an eating and traveling machine. This traveling and eating only means one thing for the homeowner: one damaged lawn. But hold on, you are now armed with knowledge and are headed in the right direction. Just like the G.I Joe slogan “Knowing Is Half The Battle”

Effective Controlling Options

We’ll break this section into two different categories. Let us look at options on what to apply directly to the lawn and options on what to do to remove an existing Mole in the lawn.

Step 1: Indirect Controlling Methods

These are variations of chemicals, sprays, and repellents that a homeowner can directly apply to the lawn to modify their lawn so Moles won’t habitate it. This is not a very good idea, and very costly for the homeowner. I have seen lawn care companies sell tons and tons of grub control products to homeowner’s through the years and can consistently say that this method is a waste of money for the homeowner trying to prevent Moles from establishing in their lawn. Fact is, Moles primarily eat earthworms. Thus, this idea may be good for the lawn care company but may further frustrate the problem. So how about repellents and other sprays? Although some scientific exploration and tests may have been conducted and these products may seem to give highly impressive testimonies from previous customers. I would have to say you’d be better off burying the money you spent directly in your lawn and then expecting some sort of return on your investment, rather than the repellent or spray effectively preventing or removing the Moles from your lawn.

Step Two: Direct Controlling Methods

There are many of these on the market which are: poisons, deterrents (scare devices such as sonic thingy), and traps. Some of these methods give promising results. Pay attention to your gut. Yes, I do think some are out to get your money. I’m sorry, Poison Peanuts? And how about the vibrating wands? I can speak with consistency one of my favorite things to do in the whole world is to trap a Mole right next to those vibrators. However, I don’t tell my client’s about it! They’re still upset over spending a small fortune on those things. Well, whatever the case I can say they do sell on the shelves at your nearest Hardware store, but do not consistently and effectively do their job. Okay, here is the answer that I promote. My method is 100% effective in removing and preventing Moles from establishing their residence on properties.  Also, completely effective in the hands of a trained Mole expert who is trained to identify feeding patterns and travel habits of the Mole. Trapping is your answer. Put an effective Mole trap in the hands of a trained professional and look out! Game Over!

Why Trapping Is The Answer

What’s the big hoopla about trapping you ask? What makes trapping effective is outlined in two parts. 1. Knowledge of Moles feeding habits and their travel tunnels to these areas. 2. Knowledge of how the trap works and correctly setting the trap.  To be effective in controlling Moles really relies on how well the Mole trapper can identify both feeder tunnels and travel tunnels. Focus on the travel tunnels and you’ll win. As far as traps are concerned.There really is no difference on which traps are most effective. Our company purchases a certain style and brand of trap and still spends much time devoted to modifying the trap to produce greater results. Sometimes I think about some traps on the shelves which could be just as effective as what I might have, but I would need to upgrade service trucks in order to haul a few hundred traps around. My suggestion would be to find a good trap that is both easy to understand how it works and spend some time properly setting it.

Why Offense Is Your Best Defense

Our Army consistently displays the American flag on our soldier’s right arm in a backwards direction. Ever wondered this? The idea is “our army is always moving forward”. In fact, our Army never pulls back unless it is for a strategic purpose. So I’ve been told. So the slogan goes, offense is our best defense. Mole prevention can be viewed the same way, offense is the homeowner’s best defense against invading pests such as the Mole. What makes this so easy?  The next time a Mole decides to enter into your lawn, the first method of arsenal should be a Mole trap in an educated Mole trapper’s hand. So what do you do the next time you have a difficult Mole equation? Solve it with trapping! After all, this is the easiest answer to solve when handling any Mole problem!

About The Author

Jason has been removing hundreds to thousands of Moles in the St Joseph and Northwest Missouri area. His client’s properties include both a wide variety of commercial, municipal, and residential lawns. Jason prides himself by doing a good job and saving his client’s money by protecting their lawn from the most damaging lawn pest known to man: THE MOLE.

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Bat Problem In Walls Or Attic? What To Do, St Joseph Mo

“Creepy doesn’t even describe it. Scary is close. Petrifying is more like it. This all started out with just a bat here and there and now I hear them every evening. I’m afraid to live in my own home.”

These are the words that typically come from a homeowner who has a bat colony infestation in the attic and wall space of their home. It starts out real simple. One bat here and another at a later time. Maybe a year is past and might think that they’re all gone, but what is really happening is the problem may be getting worse. A home typically doesn’t get a colony infestation overnight. However, if left unresolved the bat problem may become worse and a bat colony may be living in the walls or attic.

   

Could A Newer Home Have Bat Problems?
It doesn’t really matter the age of the home. Bat colonies can exist in new homes too. In 2009 our company  excluded an estimated 300 bats from a home that was about 2 years old. The fact is, if there are open entries about the size of a half inch crack then you could be entertaining these not so inviting bat guests.

What Should A Homeowner Be Concerned About?
Bats living in the wallspaces can be quite creepy and yes, you could lose some sleep just thinking about it. However, there are some concerns that may be a bit more serious. 1. Bats can create extensive damage to attic insulation by leaving behind Bat Guano (feces). The feces may contain a respiratory disease called Histoplasmosis which might need to be professionally removed. 2. Rabies is also a concern. Although, only a very small number of bats may be a carrier, bats in the St Joseph, Mo area have been tested positive for rabies in the past.

What Steps Are Needed To Insure I Don’t Have A Bat Colony Using My Home?
If you have struggled in the past with bats entering your living area of your home or you are hearing strange noises coming from your walls or attic area, then I would suggest calling your St Joseph bat experts at All Friendly. All Friendly has been excluding bat colonies from homes and is the premier experts at resolving bat problems in the St Joseph and Northwest Missouri area.

What If I Make Repairs To My Home, Will That Remove My Bat Problem?
No, this is probably one of the worst mistakes a homeowner can make when trying to resolve a bat problem on their own. Roofing companies are experts in roofing homes. Siding companies are experts at installing siding. Pest experts such as All Friendly are experts in removing bats from homes and seeing that the problem doesn’t recur. Hiring someone else to make repairs to the home will only frustrate the homeowner. Your best solution is hiring a professional bat excluder such as All Friendly to remove the bats from the home and to make the needed repairs.

Bats in your home can be both a frightening experience and unsafe to your family and pets. This is why the staff at Allfriendly is here to help. Our professional and polite staff will safely and humanely remove these unwanted pests from your home and repairs will be made so the problem won’t recur. You owe it to yourself to hire a professional. Call 660-927-0411 to be rid of bats once and for all.

website: www.allfriendly.net

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