Bloodsuckers! Vampires! Dracula! Those are some of the first thoughts individuals naturally tend to have when the subject of bats comes up. It’s understandable but completely unnecessary. As it turns out, bats are some of the safest, inoffensive animals on earth. Your cat or pet dog is more most likely to bite you than a bat.
If bats have settled in your house, you might have a bigger issue on your hands than noise. Invading bats typically trigger structural damage and leave behind droppings that slowly corrode wood and other structural materials. Exposure to bat guano can also posture a serious health danger to you and your household if ignored.
Calling an expert pest removal service is the best idea if you’re facing a bat infestation, but there are also a few easy steps you can take to force out winged trespassers from your residential or commercial property and make certain they don’t come back.
Why is a Bat in My House Concerning?
So, bats aren’t very dangerous to people in and of themselves, however, they can bring illness that threatens the health of you and your family. For this reason, if you find a bat infestation in your house, you need to remove them as quickly as possible. Working with a wildlife removal specialist can make sure you’re not hurt and the bats aren’t hurt in the process either.
Anywhere those predators can’t enter into is an excellent roosting spot for many bat species. Regrettably, bats do pose numerous health risks to human beings, however not from biting. Their droppings, called guano consists of fungal spores. When you inhale them, they can cause Histoplasmosis, a lung infection.
The majority of people who get the spores don’t get ill and many of those who do will recuperate on their own, so the problem isn’t as severe as it may sound. However, in individuals with a weakened immune system, babies, asthma, or the elderly, the infection can become quite severe, so bat droppings aren’t an amazing thing to have in your home.
There Are a Lot of Misconceptions When It Comes to Bats
The old trope of ‘flying rats’ is unwarranted. They aren’t blind during the day. They’re nocturnal, obviously, however, their eyes are perfectly normal and they can see just fine in the daytime.
Bats in the wild are cave dwellers, hiding from the sun during the day. The rough surfaces of rocks provide their clawed feet good purchase to cling to when they sleep upside-down throughout the day.
If caves aren’t offered, bats also live in hollow logs, storm drains pipes, and under bridges. Any hollow void that has an opening into it that is more than 1/2″ broad is ideal for them. If logs and bridges aren’t available, then they’ll look at the eaves of your house or the attic.
By the way, bats are the only mammals that can fly. So-called flying squirrels can’t fly. They jump then glide on the outstretched membrane in between their legs but they don’t actually fly. Most types of bats feed upon mosquitoes, beetles, and moths, along with various types of plants and fruits such as bananas, dates, figs, and mangoes.
Bats use echolocation, a kind of sonar, to hunt for insects at night. This is why they dip and swoop so unpredictably. They’re chasing after mosquitoes. A common bat species such as the little brown bat can consume over 600 mosquitoes an hour, almost half its body weight! If a single bat can eat that numerous mosquitoes an hour, envision how many a colony of them can eat.
Many people are choosing to put up bat houses as an alternative to getting rid of bats. Giving them a place to roost on your property but outside of your home can keep your insects down and your attic intact.
There’s a Bat in The House, Now What?
Bat elimination isn’t a matter of assaulting the bats directly. Rather, the objective is to make your house unwelcoming to them. Remember, bats can see just fine in the day but when they’re sleeping, nesting, roosting, and looking after their pups, they want somewhere dark and relaxing.
The very first thing you ought to install is a series of brilliant floodlights. Turn their dark roosting space into a blindingly intense location that they can’t stand. Since they like to hang from overhead locations, beams, or other surfaces, aim the lights up towards the roofing system. You’ll need multiple lights that overlap with each other.
You’ll need to run some extension cords and your electrical expense will go up for a while, but ultimately, the bats will look in other places for someplace more to their taste. Another way to chase bats out of your house is to overheat them. Bats choose warm, damp environments however they can’t stand hot, dry ones.
Get a series of small heaters and set them in the attic, basement, or crawl space the bats use for roosting and turn them on. You do not have to turn those spaces into ovens. It would be hazardous to make it too hot, but anything over 100F will work simply fine.
It will take a while for the heat to dry out the location and eliminate any moisture that has actually attracted them. When all the wetness is gone, the dry, 100-degree heat will quickly become excessive for them and they’ll leave. Examine them about when a day until they’re repelled.
Make sure you stay vigilant if using this approach and doing it safely.
How to Get Rid of Bats? Call in a Wildlife Removal Specialist Like Covenant Wildlife
While some of the DIY methods can be effective it’s always best to call in a professional team to get rid of bats or any kind of wildlife in your home. You don’t want to put yourself or your family at risk.
We here at Covenant have been handling bat removal for years. Let us help you get rid of bats safely and strategically to make sure they don’t come back.