Bats Inside Your Home

Bats!

There is nothing worse than realizing you have a bat inside your home. The best way to get rid of a single rogue bat is to open a window. Even if the bat is in the attic it will sense the draft and make its way to it and leave the premises. This is unless it is a family or colony of bats that took up residence in the structure.

Believe it or not but some bat species are protected. There are laws to follow and we are here to help. A professional pest control company will remove bats safely and legally. As a home owner, do you know what to look for? Bat entry points are tricky to find. If you have a 2 story house you will need a ladder. If a bat is using a hole you will see oily rub marks on that hole. Make sure you do not stick your finger in the hold just in case there is an infected bat on the other side ready to bite it! You can also look for bat droppings by the hole. This would give you a better idea if the bat is using the hole or not.

Another reason why homeowners are concerned about bats is their ability to carry disease. This is especially noticeable if you have a bat flying around during the daytime. Chances are the bat may be infected with rabies. To learn more about this disease, you can go here.

In addition, their droppings, called “guano,” can contaminate soil with a fungus that causes Histoplasmosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To learn more about Histoplasmosis you can go here.

Did you also know that bats are very beneficial to our ecosystem? Bats eat flies, moths, mosquitoes, and other insects and thereby control insect populations very effectively. Some bats also assist with pollination and with seed dispersal of many plants that are important to humans. Bat populations are one of the best natural indicators of the health of our environment. If you would like to join the conservation of bats you can check it out by becoming a member here.

If you would like to know more about our local bats you can go here. 

 

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