Bats

bats

Bats are among the most unique and fascinating of all animals. No other mammals can fly. Bats use echolocation to find flying insects at night much like sonar helps ships to locate objects under water. Bats also have good night vision.

They are not blind, as myth would have it. While bats feed exclusively on insects, consuming many pest species, they prefer to expend the least amount of energy to obtain their food. Thus, these bats typically capture larger insects, such as night-flying moths, and do not live up to their reputation in controlling mosquitos. Correctly considered beneficial animals, in certain situations they can pose serious health hazards to humans. Histoplasmois is a disease associated with bat guano. When these droppings accumulate, a fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum) can grow and produce spores that may cause Histolasmosis when inhaled. Where bat droppings accumulate, in an attic for example, care should be taken to avoid contracting this disease. Cleanup generally involves wetting the droppings before removal and wearing personal protective equipment, including a HEPA-equipped respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Removal of large amounts of guano or droppings from structures should be left to experienced professionals familiar with proper removal procedures. For more information on Rabies and Histoplasmosis please visit www.cdc.gov/rabies. First, they may come in because they inadvertently fly through an open window, open door or down your chimney. Two – sometimes they come in on purpose if they have no where better to go after their home has been destroyed, but they do not necessarily want to be there hiding behind your curtains, bookcase or in your closest and/or attic. But if a bat wants in, they can get through a slit or a crack as small as 3/8 inch in diameter. Three – bats can often be found around the house during the spring months when the female bats are returning from their migration and preparing for their maternal season. Bats will come into homes between November through March when warm weather wakes them up from a hibernation and they look for a new place to sleep.

Why Are We Concerned With Bats?

Most homeowners don’t like bats in their house for any reason and don’t want them hanging around no matter how many bugs they are going to eat at night.

Occasionally bats can carry rabies and this presents a serious problem for home owners. (www.cdc.gov/rabies). Bradford & Son’s Pest Services tells every home owner that rabies is the most important public health hazard associated with bats because it is always fatal if not treated within the incubation period (2 weeks to several months). You could be infected if you have been bitten or handle an infected bat(s).

What we do to get rid of them:

Bat control is a unique field. It requires specialized training, equipment, techniques, attention to detail and extensive knowledge of bat biology and behavior.

Effective bat control requires a full site inspection, and 100% of the structure must be properly sealed, including gaps as small as 1/4 inch wide. This can obviously become quite labor intensive. In some instances the primary entrance/exit holes are the only access points available, and basic repairs and an exclusion may be sufficient.

Once the bats are removed exclusion work MUST be done to prevent the bats from returning to the roost site. Any bat control professional should perform this task and provide a warranty with their work once completed. This is what we do here at Bradford & Son’s Pest Services.

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