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Bats can get into your home or property in a variety of ways. Chimneys, attics and vents are common ways, but even a crack in your wall or an open window can be inviting for a bat looking for a home. Unless you are trying to live a bat-cave fantasy or live in an actual cave ,you probably want them out of your home. Bat removal services is one of many pest removal services we offer.
But how can you know for sure if a bat is in your area?
Signs of a bat living on or in your property
You see a bat in your home or close to your property
Seeing even one bat in your home can be a sign of an infestation. Once one gets into a home it will perch itself in a spot.
Bat Droppings (Guano)
Bat droppings are quite easily distinguishable. They look like dark brown grains of rice and are more or less uniform in size. They have a very distinguishable Oder and tend to pile up in the center of a space, unlike raccoons or squirrels who leave droppings of to the side and corners.
Some of the issues bat droppings cause goes beyond just the smell. A larger build-up of bat droppings can cause corrosion in your drywall and wood. Bat droppings also tend to attract cockroaches and other bugs, so on top of a bat problem, you may end up with a bug problem too. If left to sit too ling in a warmer area Guano can also start growing mold, adding to the already unpleasant smell of bat droppings and can become fertile ground for fungus which can lead to lung issues like histoplasmosis.
High pitched squeaking sounds
Bats see and communicate with high pitched squeaking sounds. Hearing these at night in or around your property is a good sign that you may have a bat infestation. If you hear these in wooded areas around your property you are probably ok as this is normal outside. The sound or pitch of the squeaking can vary based on the species.
Scratching in the walls
Do you hear scratching or scurrying in your attic, chimney or inside your walls? It may not be a bat,but it is a good sign that some kind of wildlife is in your property. We advise that you don’t wait for it to leave as your problems will only escalate. Call for effective pest control to get effective, humane pest control
You see them flying in and out of your home
It may be a mesmerizing scene at sunset ,but seeing bats fly in and out of your home is not a good sign. It means they’ve gotten comfortable and may be bringing more of their friends to your house. They can usually be seen leaving at around sunset. This combined with the signs listed above are a cause for concern
Brown or black stains around holes
When bats use a smaller entry point on an ongoing basis, they tend to leave a greasy residue around the entry point. It comes from their coats. Seeing these around smaller cracks in your walls or on your roof you can bet on a bat infestation. The stains can be cleaned, but they also need to be sterilized.
Dead bats around your property
Although not a definite sign of a bat infestation, seeing dead bats around your property can be a sign that your home has become popular amongst bats in the area. If you see dead bats on your property and other signs listed here, you should have a technician give your property a thorough inspection.
Pungent Oder coming from your attic
As mentioned earlier guano can create an unpleasant smell, especially when it builds up. Any type of strange Oder should be looked at whether you think it’s a bat or not.
Bat guano tends to smell somewhat like ammonia, so if that’s what you smell you most likely do have one to many bats living in your attic. Calling a bat removal technician is the safest step to take at this point, as there are health risks related to a build-up of bat droppings (guano) which are explained later on.
Now that you are aware of some of the signs of a bat in your home, take a look at some potential entry points. If you think you do have a bat problem, give our bat removal technicians a call immediately!
Bat species vary wide and far on a number of factors, but here are some that are more common in central provinces and states and even as far as Mexico.
Big Brown Bat
Big brown rats are larger than the average bat. They have brown to glossy copper-colored fur on their back, and usually have lighter fur in their belly’s. They have small, rounded, black ears and wing membranes and tails. They have fleshy lips and broad noses.
They are considered quite common and have no preservation status. T hey can live to be 18-20 years old and are faster than most bats
Mexican Free tailed bat
The Mexican free-tailed bat is about medium sized, has reddish to dark brown or grey fur. They have broad ,black, forward pointing ears and wrinkly lips. They have longer tails than most bats and their wings are long and narrow. They tend to be more common in warmer areas and in warmer times of the year as warm weather is essential to their survival.
Big Eared Bat
The big eared bat is a medium sized bat with ,as the name implys, big ears. In fact its ear are long enough to reach down to the middle of its body. They have pale grey, or brown fur with buff color on its underside. Its face has 2 glandular lumps of either side of its nose. They look for places with low, stable temperatures.
The big eared bat is listed as an endangered species in parts of the US. The babies tend to be born between May and July.
Problems bats can cause to humans
The dangers to humans from a bat infestation are quiet serious. Problems range from nuisances like scratching and squeaking sounds to serious health risks from droppings or smells:
Histoplasmosis is a lung infection caused by breathing in the spores that grow on bat guano. Although it its easily treatable ,people with weaker immune systems can experience serious problems. Skin lesions are reported in a minority of sufferers.
Common Symptoms are:
- Dry Cough
- Chest Pain
- Joint Pain
- Red bumps on lower legs
In severe cases, symptoms may include:
- excessive sweating
- shortness of breath
- coughing up blood
Widespread histoplasmosis causes inflammation and irritation. Symptoms may include:
- chest pain, caused by swelling around the heart
- high fever
- stiff neck and headaches, from swelling around the brain and spinal cord
Bats that have rabies can be hard to spot but if you see one out and in places it wouldn’t normally be at times it wouldn’t normally be out you can probably assume it has rabies. Rabies is a disease that attacks the nervous system and are transmitted via bites and/or scratches.
Some symptoms of rabies are:
- Muscle Weakness
- Burning feeling at spot of bite or scratch
Symptoms of furious rabies include:
- excess salivation
- problems swallowing
- fear of water
Although rabies are treatable, it’s best to avoid it all together. Click here for an in-depth article on rabies.
How you can get rid of bats in your home
Fortunately, bat control is easy to do! Below are a few simple solutions you can follow to keep your home clean and bat free.
- Seal any cracks, holes or gaps in your home that can serve as possible entry points for bats to enter and exit through. Focus on your roof and attic, as those are the most common household areas to find bats roosting.
According to the “Critter Gitter”, there are 3 main things that lure animals towards humans: food, water and shelter. To avoid attracting unwanted bats to your property, ensure that entry access points to shelter, food and water are all covered.
- Install a bat house on your property. This provides home-seeking bats with the shelter they need while keeping the inside of your home bat free. If your bat house eventually becomes the home to a nursery of baby bats, be sure to install a pup catcher as well. This prevents the young from falling out of the bat house.
- Contact SOS Wildlife Control for effective wildlife management and bat removal services at (647) 994-9453!
If you notice signs of wildlife in your house give us a call. At SOS Wildlife Control Inc., we provide wildlife control services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients, guaranteeing effective results every single time. Let us help you solve your wildlife problems. Taking action before it’s too late will help eliminate animal damage repair costs. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year for emergency services, and can easily be reached at 1-800-981-0330. Don’t wait, call us to schedule an appointment for a thorough inspection, removal and prevention to help evacuate all your unwanted wildlife guests in the most humane way possible.
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