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Bats are one of nature’s most misunderstood animals. Although they appear to be dangerous, they are actually important for the environment. They are pollinators and eat nasty insects that can be harmful to humans and their ecosystem.
Yet, as wonderful as they may be, bats can also become a nuisance to humans. This can happen when if live in a home that may be appealing to their natural instincts. They could be using your attic as a warm place to hibernate or your house’s surroundings for hunting.
Whatever the case may be, it is undeniable that they can become a problem. The good news is that there are humane and safe ways to remove bats from your home. Here is everything you need to know about bats, infestations, and when to call professionals.
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Common North American Bats
There are several types of bats all over the world. But, in the US and Canada, there is a high chance that you’ll see at least one of these over the course of your lifetime. Ranging in size and specialty, these mammals are nature’s insect repellants.
Little Brown Bat
The little brown bat is one of the most encountered bats in North America. These winged mammals are tiny, about the size of a human thumb. Although small, these mighty bats eat up to about 1,200 insects an hour. This makes them fantastic mosquito repellants.
Since mosquitoes are their favorite snack, farmers appreciate these bats for pest control. Plus, they eat mosquitoes carrying diseases like the West Nile Virus. This makes our nighttime activities much safer and controlled.
Primarily found in the eastern parts of the United States, these little bats love caves. Known for their enjoyment of clustering together in enclosed spaces, Indiana Bats eat half their body weight in insects. Like so many other bats, this makes them fantastic for pest control.
Known for their mouse-like ears and communal style of living, these bats are found in caves or mines. One of the largest groups of these bats consisted of about 20,000-50,000 of them in one place!
The hoary bat is one of the most widespread species in the US. Found throughout America and Canada, these bats are known for their hairy appearance. They have a frosty look that comes from their white-tinged fur and have a wingspan of 16 inches.
These bats love to hang out in trees, staying about 10-15 feet above the ground. Since they are reclusive, it is difficult to find them during the day. They hide in foliage during daytime hours before coming out of their trees to hunt at night.
These cream-colored bats hang out in the desert. Found in the semi-arid regions of the United States, Pallid Bats have a wingspan of up to 15-16 inches. Like most bats, they love to eat insects. They even eat scorpions, one of their favorite snacks!
One thing that makes the Pallid Bat unique is their lack of echolocation. Most bats use their enhanced senses to hunt for insects at night, but these ones sit back and listen. Their large ears have an innate sense of hearing, allowing them to notice movement on the ground.
California Leaf-Nosed Bat
These bats are usually found in the Southwestern parts of the United States and Southern California. They have a distinctive leaf-like design at the top of their snouts that give them their name. They also have unusually large ears and dark gray hair.
Their leaf-nosed adaptation comes from their ability to create echolocation through their snout. They also don’t hibernate or migrate like most bats. Instead, they are active all year, roosting in caves during the day and hunting at night. Living up to 20 years in the wild, they are some of the longest-living mammals in the world.
BAT Removal And Trapping
Bats are fascinating creatures with interesting abilities. Even so, it can be difficult to understand these behaviors when they are negatively affecting your home. While they can be pests, their intentions are good. Here is everything you should know about bat behavior.
Echolocation works as eyes for bats. Using a sonar-like system, bats can sense their environment with this adaptation. Some bats have evolved to make this more enhanced, while others don’t use echolocation at all.
While it does depend on the species, many bats hibernate during the winter. They love to sleep in caves or enclosed spaces so that they can stay warm. With that in mind, this can be a significant reason why they may be in an attic, roof, or chimney during the winter.
Bats are insectivores, meaning that their diets consist of bugs. They are also nocturnal, spending most of their time hunting at night. This makes them powerful pest controllers, eating up to an average of 2,000 mosquitoes a night. Some rarer species consume different types of food, like animal blood, fruit, or plants.
Did you know that bats are the only known mammals that have the ability to fly? Certain species can only glide for short distances, but most of them can travel for a long time. Their wings are like a human hand, stretched and modified for flight.
Contrary to popular belief, bats are actually very clean creatures. Like cats, bats clean themselves and spend much of their time grooming their fur. Aside from appearance, this helps protect them from parasites.
Female bats give birth to one baby that is dependent on them for several months. Without the ability to fly, baby bats cling to their mother until they are too large to be carried. Once they are old enough, they are left in a nursery colony while the adults hunt for food.
What we know about bats
It is natural to feel wary of bats due to their complicated reputation. However, there are many things about them that are false. While they must be removed, it is unlikely that the bats are there for harmful reasons. Here are some facts to debunk common myths associated with bats.
Bats Are Dangerous
While certain bats do carry rabies, this is very rare. Bats are usually harmless, and their role in the environment is very important. Most of the danger comes from diseases they carry, specifically their droppings (guano).
Bats Are Common
There are definitely common species of bats, such as the Little Brown Bat. However, bats are actually becoming endangered. This is due to a disease known as white-nose syndrome. This white fungus grows on a bat’s skin and kills it. Scientists are attempting to control the disease and help bats recover their population.
Bats Are Blind
Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind. They do have a reduced ability to see, but they are not helpless. They use echolocation to keep track of their surroundings. Species like the Pallid Bat have adapted heightened senses that allow them to see with their naked eye.
All Bats Hibernate
While many species hibernate, some are active all year round. Species like the California Leaf-Nosed bat never hibernate or migrate. Others like the Spotted Bat utilize migration seasons to travel to warmer locations during the winter.
Bats Are Pests
They can be if they come into your home, but they are not pests to the environment. In fact, there are essential for insect control and containing harmful animals. Scientists are actually trying to help them recover their populations from disease and habitat changes.
Most bats are harmless on their own, it’s the environment around them that is a threat. Most bat hazards come from their droppings, otherwise known as Guano. Their droppings can carry spores that release dangerous bacteria into your home. Here is everything you need to know about some of the health hazards that come from bats and/or Guano.
A fungus found nationwide and increased by the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, Histoplasmosis is a harmful bacteria typically found in bird and bat droppings and it is possible for it to affect humans. Histoplasmosis exposure can resemble flu-like symptoms. Degrees of infection range from mild to severe, so it is important to be mindful of its side effects.
Although it is commonly believed that bats are aggressive, this isn’t true. They are wild animals, so a bat will defend itself if you attempt to handle it without a shovel or tongs. With that in mind, it is never a good idea to handle a bat with your bare hands. Removed safely, a bat won’t pose a threat to anyone in the household.
But, there are rare instances where a bat may have rabies. Rabies is dangerous and fatal. If a person is scratched or bitten by a bat, thoroughly clean the wound and contact health professionals immediately. If the bat is dead, refrigerate (Don’t freeze) it and contact your local health department immediately.
Why Should I Hire a Professional?
Most bats are harmless, but the hazards they bring in from their environmental surroundings can make things difficult. Since they squeeze themselves into walls, attics, or chimneys, they can be hard to find.
Bat removal professionals are trained to take them out in a safe and humane manner. They understand how important bats are to the environment, but they also want to help you secure your home. They can also prevent bat infestations from occurring in the future.
How to Properly Solve a Bat Problem
Before hiring a professional, it’s important to find out if you have an infestation. By detecting where they may be entering, you could make it much easier to remove the bats.
If you do choose to inspect a bat problem on your own, always make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings. Although bats don’t usually attack humans, you should always proceed with caution. Never attempt to grab a bat with your bare hands, and notify professionals immediately if you run across a roost.
- Prevent – The good news is that a bat won’t damage your home, but it can crawl through small spaces. With that in mind, always inspect your home for minor damage. For example, if you notice that a screen has a hole in it, you should fix it to prevent a bat from flying into the house.
Make a regular appearance in places that you normally wouldn’t go to. Make some noise in the attic or take a glance up into the chimney. Always keep doors and windows closed unless you have a protective screen in front of them. These actions will keep a bat from wanting to enter your home.
- Inspect – As mentioned before, a bat won’t burrow or dig its way into small spaces. Since they don’t have the strength to do that, they will crawl through holes or entryways. If you think that you have bats in your home, take a look around for any open spaces where a bat could have squeezed in.
Use your sense of smell as well. If you enter a space and notice a foul odor, it could mean the presence of bat guano or urine. You will also be able to notice if a bat may have tried to squeeze into a certain area of the house and died. If you notice either of these issues, notify a professional immediately.
You may even be able to hear where they are located. Bats use echolocation, so they rely on their high-pitched screeches to communicate with one another. If you happen to notice these sounds, it could be a sign that you have bats.
- Remove – Once you have called the professionals, they will be able to remove the bats in a safe and humane way. It is dangerous and illegal to try and capture bats, so never attempt to approach them on your own. They will secure the area by using ultrasonic technology and non-toxic sprays.
These will not hurt the bats in any way. They are there to scare the bats and keep them from entering your house again. Once they are removed from your home, it may be a good idea to seal off the hole where you found them. Continue to take preventative measures, even after the bats have gone.
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At Green Valley Wildlife Solutions, we understand that you want to keep your home safe. At the same time, we value wildlife and the importance of their place in the environment. If you are experiencing a bat infestation, we will remove them safely and humanely from your home.
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