Bats are exceptionally misunderstood creatures; repulsive to many, feared by others and have been struggling for acceptance for years. But the truth is – bats are not as aggressive and ugly as you think and can be very beneficial to the ecosystem. Almost all bats in the United States, and about 70% of bats worldwide, keep to a strict diet consisting exclusively of insects. Bats are actually the only major predators of night-flying insects, and they can consume anywhere between 600 and 1,000 mosquitos and other insects in just one hour. On any given night, a bat can consume up to almost half its body weight in insects.
Contrary to the phrase “blind as a bat”, bats are in fact not at all blind. However, because they are nocturnal and hunt at night, they use their exceptional sense of hearing called Echolocation, a form of sonar, as a means of navigating and finding insects.
Their wings are called “Chiroptera” or hand wing because of its similarity in structure to the human hand. Bats’ fingers can be as long as their body and provide support for the thin leathery wing membrane that extends to the ankle and tail. The hind limbs of bats are modified for landing and perching upside-down.
Bats become a nuisance when they roost in large numbers in buildings and homes. Attics often make an excellent place to create a nursery colony, as do barns or soffits. Bats need only a half inch of space to crawl through in order to enter a home. Once inside, the colony will continue to expand until the homeowner hears movement in the attic, notices rub marks near entry points, or droppings outside the house, in the attic or around the chimney. Sometimes, a juvenile learning to fly can get lost and end up flying right through the living room and out the front door.
The major concern with a bat infestation is the rapid and foul odor of the accumulation of guano (droppings) over one season serves as a fertile breeding ground for a fungal disease called Histoplasmosis, which is transferable to humans who breathe in the fungal spores. On other, less frequent occasions, bats are also known to carry Rabies, a viral disease that causes progressive paralysis and in some cases, death in mammals, including humans. Not to worry, there is only a 0.5% chance of any bat you encounter carrying the disease, but there is always a chance, just like any other wild animal
A proper Bat Eviction requires knowledge and experience. Our bat removal program not only protects the bat, but you, the homeowner, as well. We care for the welfare of these beneficial creatures, as do many environmental agencies but we understand the nuisance that they can cause. Our exclusion techniques ensure the colony will no longer use your home or business as a roosting area, and that there is no chance of reentry. We then thoroughly clean all droppings and disinfect the nesting areas to detract bats from returning. Experience counts when working on bat jobs, and it takes a skilled eye to get the job done right the first time.