BATS: One of the Most Common Concerns
Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly and their nocturnal habits have led to many
phobias regarding them. However, bats are nature's #1 mosquito and flying insect control
agents. One bat is capable of eating 3 times its body weight, in mosquitoes in one night. it doesn't mean you want them living in your attic, though.
There are two groups of bats: colonial and solitary. The little brown bat gathers together in colonies whether it be in winter (hibernation sites) or in the spring-fall months, usually in the attics or eaves of homes. It is during the spring-fall that the bats come in to most conflict with humans, as these colonies are nursery colonies and can contain hundreds of bats. Each female bat has one offspring and returns year after year.
Bats come into contact with humans when maternal colonies take over the attics and eaves of homes and buildings. Numbering in the hundreds, the scratching and squeaking can keep people awake. Bats can enter these areas where holes are present. These holes can be as small as a quarter of an inch and can be located around dormers, chimneys or holes in the soffits and facia.
Other than the noise, bats can cause health concerns to humans. Bat guano (droppings) under the right conditions can pose serious health concerns (histoplasmosis) to those in the affected home; especially infants, elderly and people with respiratory illness. The strong smell of ammonia from their urine can cause headaches. Serious health concerns from the accumulation of droppings or urine occur through the direct contact-in other words, one must physically disturb the area. The accumulation can also attract mites and other parasites.
Another health concern regarding bats, is rabies. The incidences of rabid bats is low and although ot to be treated lightly, there is no need for panic.
Once we evict the bats we perform preventative maintenance by sealing off their entry points. We are also qualified to provide the proper clean up from an infestation.