Bats can be beneficial because of their appetite for insects but they have been the subject of vampire tales causing most people to have a general fear of them. The fear of bats has possibly prevented dangerous interaction with bats because rabies occur in 4% to 6% of some bat populations. Several bat species have adapted to human-made structures and occupy them as shelters. Bats can enter through openings as small as 3/8 inch. Common entry points include gable vents, utility penetrations, loose flashing, uncapped chimney flues, and fascia board gaps. While unlikely, some bats might carry diseases that pose a danger to humans, like rabies. Bats, even those with rabies, will most likely avoid biting a human, but the danger is still there. Of course, bats are also a nuisance and can be scary for any homeowner.
The best thing one can do is prevent the problem by using a experienced bat service specialist. The Bug-Off wildlife technician will conduct a full inspection of your home to single-out problem areas, such as cracks or openings. It is important to keep the attic and basement lit at night to deter these creatures. Keep in mind that not dealing with this infestation could lead to a bigger infestation. Not to mention that bat urine can also corrode structures within a home given enough time.
Batproofing: Batproofing a structure is the most logical and biologically acceptable way to control bats. The objective is to rid the building of the colony permanently and exclusion is the only method that can guarantee this goal. This includes sealing all openings 3/8 inch or larger to prevent re-entry.
Batproofing Time of Year: The best time to exclude a building for bats is either in late fall after the bats have left for hibernation, or early spring before the bats return. Exclusion performed May-September requires an empty attic to prevent trapping the bats inside.
Bat Droppings: The accumulation of bat droppings in attics can create an environment suitable for the growth of Histoplasmosis capsulatum, a fungal organism that can produce the respiratory illness histoplasmosis.
The Bug-Off wildlife professional understands how delicate the situation is. Bats are beneficial; so the goal is not to destroy but rather control, prevent, and remove. Good professionals are registered and have years of experience to back up their work.
A thorough inspection, identification, and evaluation of the infestation will take place when a technician is sent to an infested home. The next thing that will occur is a plan to execute a bat exclusion effort. This will guide the bats out of the home without giving them an opportunity to fly back in. The process of sealing a home begins once the professional can verify that every bat is out. This will include vent sealing, crack sealing, hole patching, roof patching or repair, and sealing off any other entry points. The professional will also deal with any guano left behind. Guano is bat droppings.
Bats are interesting creatures and exhibit many habits that give them away. For one, most of them can be easily observed leaving a home at dusk. They usually fly near lights or water such as pools or ponds to look for insects at night. A homeowner might also find droppings in his or her home. The droppings will be segmented and full of insect parts. Bat urine is smelly as one would imagine and can affect the entire household.
These creatures will also emit sounds, or even scratches while they are in a home and go about their daily routines. The fur of a bat has some oils that could be rubbed on walls, furniture, and other areas. These oils will darken or stain, so be aware should you notice any of these spots.
It is clear to see why dealing with a bat infestation in the correct manner is important. Do not attempt to trap these creatures on your own, even if you see only one. Bats rarely travel alone, so seeing one usually means others are nearby. Keep this in mind, and do not hesitate to give us a call because we are ready to deal with the problem and prevent it from happening again.