If you have Bats in the attic, and you live in North Carolina, you've probably have heard or seen that the state prohibits bat evictions during the summer months. Let's clear up the rumors get straight to the law.
I am North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Agent Allen D. Eckman certification number (95-013). I am authorized as an active agent of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, to advise you of your rights, and inform you correctly on how and when you (or we) can legally evict your Bat problem. I have attached a copy of the North Carolina memorandum letter regarding this issue, straight from the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission so can read it for yourself and remove any ambiguity, and be absolutely certain without doubt that you have not violated any laws or statutes. (To all South Carolina residents; the following does NOT apply. Evictions are legal at any time.) In North Carolina there are approximately 17 species of bats, most of them fall under special concern, threatened, or endangered species which cannot be harmed or killed.
Note* (We don't harm or kill any bats, at any time.)
The small and large brown bats that most customers may house, do not fall under these categories however, the state of NC still protects all wildlife under state statute prohibiting the harming or killing of any wildlife unless there is significant personal property damage or a direct threat to human life. Still the law can be misunderstood by the public so it is always best to ask a certified official of the commission (which we are,) and not a neighbor or the bug guy or the average joe. A simple call to A-1 Wildlife Control will have you on the right track, the right way.
So, can you have bats evicted from May 1st- Aug 31st? The answer is YES as long as there are no non-violent (baby) bats. Bats that are non-violent must be able to fly before you evict the colony or the adults will not be able to return to tend to the pups, and the pups will die. This would be violation of statute. Or, if you cannot visibly see the colony that you suspect are there (i.e. Hiding behind wall or structure), you may inadvertently cause the same scenario. This also could cause you to violate statutes. So, as long as you can clearly ascertain that there are no non-violent pups, eviction is legal AT ANY TIME.
If you take a close look at the memorandum letter, notice it states, "we recommend," not "you cannot," or "you shall not." The reason is simple, eviction is legal at any time, providing there are no baby bats that cannot fly. So, how long does it take for a baby bat to fly from birth? The answer is 6 weeks to be sure. When are they born? Mostly in May and June, but female bats can have them as late as July. This doesn't have to be complicated or confusing as long as you get the right information from the right people.
The certified professionals at A-1 Wildlife Control can assist you in answering all the questions you may have regarding the legal aspects of bat removal and prevention. We have successfully and legally removed and prevented bats and all other animal problems in the Carolina's for more than 26 years. We are ready to solve all your wildlife problems. You don't have to live in fear of having bats one more day.
Call A-1 to set an appointment today. "We don't just get 'em out.... we can keep 'em out!"