I’ve personally heard it a hundred times. No anger or resentment just an honest customer to wildlife guy conversation. ” That much just to remove bats?” The truth is I get it. Faced with the possibility of a job that can easily run over a thousand dollars the comment is honest and truthful. There is a lot that goes into answering that question. Most of it amounts to the expertise of the person you potentially will hire. Well, that and the great warranty on that bat work,we offer a 3 year warranty (that’s 18 months longer than the average company, just saying).
One subject that I never get into came up as I cleaned my office out today. The potential exposure that any wildlife removal operator encounters every day on the job. Above you see a card given out by NWCOA, that’s National Wildlife Control Operators Association. This association has been a gold standard of our industry for a great many years. This card got me thinking about something I never mention to my customers. The risk we take in exposure to zoonotic (diseases that can be passed from animal to human) diseases. These are diseases you should be concerned about when you want that animal out of your house, yet we willingly expose ourselves as much as 10 times a day in the free inspections and trap checks we do on a daily basis.
I always mention birds whenever I talk about disease. Pigeons being my least favorite as they carry wonderful diseases such as encephalitis and TB. I met a lady in the Fingerlakes region of NYS that had contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted fever ( https://www.cdc.gov/rmsf/ ) as a child from the birds that invaded her childhood home. Or what about rats? Carrying diseases such as parvovirus and Rat Bite Fever (which all rodents can get and transfer to us). https://www.cdc.gov/rat-bite-fever/. Ok, ok so these are the rare ones.The greatest risk we have really are to things such as salmonella, histoplasmosis (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/histoplasmosis/basics/definition/con-20026585 ) , and to various ticks and bird bugs.
So when we meet (nowadays the chances are good you’ll encounter wildlife at your residence or business) feel free to haggle me over price, yet please keep in perspective the risks any and all NWCO’s take to make your home a clean and wildlife free home. By the way we offer full attic clean outs and disinfection if need be.