What do you know about bats?

December 19, 2018

Bats have a bad reputation for being aggressive and latent with rabies and disease.

Did you know:

  • Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight and according to Wikipedia, the fastest bat is the Mexican free-tailed bat achieving a ground speed of 99 mph.
  • Bats do indeed hang upside down and it is called roosting.
  • Bats are not blind although some species have eyes so small it leads to poor vision.
  • Bats consume large amounts of insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides.
  • They harbor many diseases such as rabies; and since they are active and mobile, they can readily spread disease.
  • Old wives? tales associate bats with  evil, vampires, and death.

All this being said, while bats do serve a purpose outside of your home, they are not welcomed guests, and most likely have found your home by accident looking for a safe and warm environment.

Guano and Urine

Bat guano is toxic to humans. Guano looks like mouse droppings only darker, larger,  and produces a horrible odor. If not addressed, accumulations of guano afford microorganisms such as histoplasmosis (lung disease) the ability to grow and fester. The disease can spread thru inhalation into the lungs from the roosts present in your walls, attic, barn, or crawlspaces.

Large amounts of guano that accumulate can fall in between walls, and ceilings. It stains walls and siding and creates unsanitary and dangerous conditions.

Danger and Damage

As experts in pest control and removal, we cannot stress enough, Do not touch or catch a bat with your bare hands!  If you find them in a small room,close the door and barricade the bottom of the door. They can fit through the smallest of spaces, some as small as a 1/4 inch. Call us for immediate assistance and safe removal.

But let’s see how they got in. Bats could have been roosting somewhere in the attic or eves and found their way to your human space whether at home or at work. The most common entry points appear to be gaps and openings that lead to attics or cellars.

Over the years, we have found that prevention and exclusion systems can save homeowners and business owners time and money. Exclusion systems solve a host of problems and will keep your home or business well sealed. The goal is to close up the small holes in the roof and walls where an entry point is clearly available.

It is much easier to prevent them from getting inside than dealing with them once they have made your home or business their new home.

Please contact us if you are unsure if you have bats in your home of office. We can perform a complimentary inspection and review exclusion options as well as other available treatment programs.

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