Bats are flying mammals that are mostly nocturnal, and tend to reside in dark and hidden locations. More than 1,000 different species are in existence, and at least 40 different types have been found across the U.S. Bats will sometimes live in large social colonies with hundreds of others, or may live alone having a solitary existence.
Where Are You Most Likely To Find Them?
Bats hibernate during the winter months because they are unable to survive in freezing temperatures, and their food supply of insects becomes very scarce. They attempt to locate a roost during the winter where the temperature remains at least 45 degrees. Bats will often move into homes and buildings during these times, most commonly in attics or within insulated exterior walls.
Potential Signs And Indications
You may notice live bats on the property during dusk and dawn, or discover dead bats.
Bat droppings create an odor similar to ammonia.
Once bats find a point of entry to the home, the area near the hole will become stained with a black resin.
Listen for unusual noises within the home such as “creaks,” or high-pitched “squeaking.”
Look for small piles of bat droppings (guano) in or around the property, which appears as long thin black-colored pellets
The Potential Dangers Posed By Bats
Despite their fictional reputation, bats are not known to attack humans to consume their blood. Information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that bats can carry diseases such as rabies. The primary health risk they pose involves their waste referred to as guano. This material may contain pathogens associated with histoplasmosis; therefore, always avoid exposure to these creatures.
Preventing Bats From Entering
Preventing access requires inspecting the exterior of the property for any potential points of entry. Examples may include damaged screens, chimneys, gaps surrounding pipes or wiring, or vents. Any of these openings should be capped, screened, or filled with a weather-resistant caulk or sealant.
Do I Need A Professional Exterminator To Eliminate Bats?
Home and business owners that are faced with problems such as bats must properly respond to these harmful situations by contacting a licensed professional that understands how to remove these pests, and prevent them from returning. Far too many people try do-it-yourself (DIY) treatment options from retailers that are typically ineffective and may contain harmful chemicals.
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