Of the 1,000 species of bats in the world, 40 live in North America. Bat habitats are found in almost every environment except extreme arctic and desert regions. Bats are nocturnal and forage for food at night. Most species in North America eat insects with the exception of the three species found near the Texas and Arizona border that eat nectar. Bats are nature’s form of pest control because they eat insect pests like mosquitoes. They can eat almost half their weight in insects every night. Bats use echolocation by bouncing the sound they make off objects, which helps them find food and avoid hitting other bats. Some bats hibernate while others migrate to warmer places during the winter months. Bats have a long lifespan, usually over 20 years. Some species live solitary lives while other live in colonies.
Although rare, bats can carry and transmit rabies. This virus affects the central nervous system of mammals and is spread through saliva. A bat may have rabies if it is acting unnaturally, such as flying during the day or scrambling around on the ground. If you believe you have been bitten or scratched by a bat and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Protect your family and pets from exposure to rabies by contacting a pest management professional to remove any nuisance wildlife in your home or on your property.
Bat infestations can damage your home and put the health of your family at risk. An accumulation of bat droppings can damage insulation and drywall. Bat droppings may also contain the spores of a fungus that can cause Histoplasmosis, an illness that affects the lungs. Although it is rare, bats can carry the rabies virus. Bats can also bring bat bugs, a cousin of the bed bug, into your home. Even though these insects prefer bats as their hosts, they will have no problem feeding off of you and your family too!
Types of Bats
Bats commonly have dark-brown to golden-brown fur. The membrane between their wings and legs is generally hairless, and dark-brown or black in color. Most people recognize bats when they are flying because of the distinct shape of their wingspan.
Bats In The Home & The Attic
Hearing scratching and other funny noises at night? Do you smell ammonia? Are there stains on your siding? These are all signs that you may have bats in the house. Bats look for warm, protected places to rest during the day, hibernate in the winter and raise their young in the spring and summer. Sometimes this might end up being in a house, whether it’s in the attic, behind the walls or between the shutters and the exterior of your home. We know you don’t want bats inside your home, but these mammals are important to our environment. A single bat eats hundreds of insects every night including pesky bugs like mosquitoes. This is why Catseye Pest Control follows state regulations and best practices so that we can ensure bats are protected by using an exclusion process. From mid-April through the end of May, after bats are awake and feeding and before they start having young, Catseye will seal-up the area where the bats are living and install an excluder. This funnel-shaped “door” allows bats to exit the building, but prevents them from getting back in. It is a safe way of making the bats leave your home to find a new place to live. Once all the bats have left, we remove the excluder and seal the opening. In June, bats begin having babies. The pups remain in the roost and are dependent on their mothers for food. Catseye does not do exclusion work in June and July, when the pups aren’t strong enough to leave the roost. Catseye is also able to exclude bats and bat-proof from August through October, once the pups are able to fly and leave the nest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do bats bite?
Bats rarely bite humans. Their teeth are extremely tiny and sharp. They are so small, in many cases, you won’t even notice being bitten.
How do I get rid of bats in my attic?
Bats can be extremely difficult to remove from your attic. Since bats help keep your yard bug-free, they belong outside. The best approach is to exclude the bats from your home. That not only protects you from their hazardous waste, but it protects the bat as well, and allows them to continue to eat up all the mosquitoes outside.
What are the benefits of professional pest control for bats?
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a bat problem. Locating and treating bats can be challenging. Pest management professionals provide their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the bat infestation.