About the Author

This site was written by me, David Seeveld. I am a wildlife photographer and conflict wildlife removal expert. I strongly consider myself a conservationist, especially when it comes to America's wonderful wildlife such as bats.

Bats are of particular interest to me, because they are both valuable and vulnerable. They are a valuable part of the ecosystem for many reasons, but most people are just happy that they are bug eating machines! They are vulnerable because they are fragile and breed slowly. Unlike rodents like rats and mice, which can give birth to up to 80 babies per year, a bat gives birth to only one baby per year. They nurture it carefully. Bats live a long time if they are not persecuted, up to 15 years. Maternity colonies need to live together, so if a colony of bats is destroyed, literally thousands of years of life is destroyed.

Many bats across the United States are now particularly at risk due to a disease called White Nose Syndrome. This is caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, which infects hibernating bats, killing them. This disease is killing off a large portion of our bats, and so bats are now at greater risk than ever. Every colony must be protected to ensure that these wonderful creatures survive.

Thus, I am very concerned with proper methods in the case in which a person wants to remove bats from a building. I'd like to tell you to let the bats live in your building, but I know that's not the choice of many homeowners or building owners, and with some good reasons. So if you want to remove the bats, I'm here to help see that you do it correctly. I believe that if you have bats living in your building, you have a big responsibility on your hands to protect valuable life.

If you have any questions about bats, bat removal, or about this website or my photographs, feel free to send me an email at david@batsintheattic.org

I wrote most of what I know about bat removal on this site, so if you want to do more research first, go back to my main bats in the attic home page. I also do recommend that you find professional help if you are not completely confident that you are able to remove a whole colony without any damage to the bats. This is not always easy, and remember, no exclusions during the summer maternity season, when flightless baby bats are present. If in doubt, call a trusted wildlife removal expert in your area for a consultation. Visit my "hire a pro" page for someone in your town, or do your own research and hire any company who can adheres to the principles I've written on this site.

It's my goal to spread good information about responsible and humane wildlife removal practices. Remember, humans aren't the only animals on the planet, and we really do need each other to thrive in a healthy world. Bats are some of our most special creatures, so please treat them with respect. Thank you.

- David Seeveld

Wildlife Education - Information and Advice for the Safe Removal of Bats from Attics