San Francisco Bat Removal

Not all wildlife removal companies are the same. Some have experience with bat removal projects, and are familiar with the proper methods for bat exclusion. But others use incorrect techniques, such as bat traps, summer exclusions, or worse, fumigants. Do your research before you hire someone! I personally recommend our field technician for bat control in San Francisco.

24/7 Cell Phone: 415-881-4347

Servicing San Mateo County and surround areas. We work on the west side of the bay, from Sausalito to Daly City, South San Fran, San Bruno, Pacifica, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont, Redwood City, and Menlo Park. We service San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

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I have communicated with our bat expert in San Francisco for many years, and he abides by these bat removal principles:

  • Always perform a proper live exclusion.
  • Never use poisons or fumigants or kill bats.
  • Never use traps or attempt to relocate bats.
  • Never do a removal during the maternity season.
  • Seal all entry points shut with guarantee.
  • Offer attic cleanup and decontamination.
  • Properly California licensed and insured.
As I discuss repeatedly on this website, bat removal projects are not easy, and not for amateurs. I have seen many horrible attempts at bat colony removal throughout the years, done both by do-it-yourself homeowners and by incompetent companies. Never hire a San Francisco pest control company that uses poisons for rodent or insect control. They often attempt the same approach for bats. Not only is this incredibly destructive and illegal in California, but it results in disaster for the homeowner, and does not actually solve the problem. It's very important that the removal of bats from the attic of your home is done in the correct manner, and there is only one correct way, with a live bat exclusion. To read more about this process, read my bats in the attic home page.

Before you hire anyone, including our tech at 415-881-4347, talk to them, and make sure that they understand what they are doing, and that they have experience. Be sure that they do abide by the principles I outlined above. This is not just for the sake of the bats - I'm no tree hugger - it's for the sake of doing the job correctly, for you and your property. The fact that it's good for the bats as well is a lucky coincidence. And really, bats are good animals, which I'm sure you realize. I hope you have a good experience with your San Francisco bat control project. You can email me personally if you have any problems with our tech, and I will talk to him, but I doubt that will be necessary. Good luck!

San Francisco wildlife control company bat reader email:

Hi David, I've been reading your site and wondered if I could get your opinion. I'd sent you an email to your wildlife animal control address but I've since found a couple answers on your site. Last night I awoke to a bat flying around my apartment. I turned on all the lights and he flew into a closet full of boxes, coats and small items. I turned off all the lights, and went into another room. I checked several times throughout the night but couldn't find him, nor was he flying around.

I don't want to hurt him. I read about the towel or tupperware method you mentioned. I tried getting him off of a curtain rod with tupperware but he escaped. Can I put some honey in a bowl to attract him? Our apartments have cement walls, floors and ceilings, and there aren't any holes that I've found except a very tiny hold where a tube connects to the washing machine. (It's a small, closet washer.)

I have a couple concerns.
1. Any other ways to lure it out of hiding other than a bowl of water? (I don't want to drown him by accident.)
2. Diseases spreading to myself or my cat
3. If the bat touches a coat or box, should I consider it contaminated? What should I use to disinfect?
4. I can't afford wildlife removal and I am not willing to contact animal control. I don't have a very high opinion of the local animal control. The typical solution is "just kill it."

I'm sure you're busy, but any tips would be great. Thank you, Nick

My response: Where do you live? Honey in a bowl won't attract any North American bats that I know of. A bat can spread rabies, of course, but only if it bites you. This is INCREDIBLY rare, by the way. Nothing it touches is contaminated in any way. You'll just have to wait for it to come out again. Chances are that it crawled into some tiny spot and died of exhaustion or something.

You can read more of my bat removal articles below:
How to catch a bat flying inside house
How to remove bats in the chimney
How to clean your attic after you've had bats
What kind of damage do bats cause?
What kinds of diseases can bats spread?
How do you find the areas where bats are getting in?
Can I use poison to kill bats?
What does bat poop look like?
Can I use traps to catch bats?

For bat removal in San Francisco, call us at 415-881-4347. We can remove bats in attics throughout San Francisco County and even the state of California, but we mostly operate in the greater San Francisco area, as the recognized best bat control company in the area.