If you were to discover a bat nest in your home, a lot of horrible scenarios would probably be going through your mind. You might probably be scared of the possibility of those bats searching for you while sleeping and go “vampire” on you. Well, there is a specie of bat that feeds on blood, but that is animal blood. It is very rare for any specie of bat to attack a human, and most feed on insects and less frequently, small animals like frogs. Nonetheless, you really don’t want a colony of bats near your property.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A BAT INFESTATION
Appearance – Bats have different sizes, depending on species, but they tend to average about 5 to 20 cm in length (head to tail) with a wingspread of about 15 to 40 cm–depending on how old the bat is (They can grow to b 20 years old!). The bodies of bats are covered with hair varying in color from a light beige to black. The leathery wings of bats stretch across skinny arms and finger bones. Bats are kind of hard to miss, if you see a lot of them flying around your house, then you might have a bat problem.
Behavior – Most bats are insectivores and only feed at night, they will be found hanging upside down during the day. Bats are known to frequent outside night lighting and pools where it is most likely insects will be flying in warmer weather. Some bats eat fruit, but those species of bats are not very common. Bats are known to hibernate in the winter. If you spy bats roosting in your basement or flying around your security lights at night, you probably have an infestation.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE BATS
So, you have bats, but you do not know why, here are some reasons that might be responsible for this:
- Bats tend to go inside homes for safety and warmth. You will more likely have a bat problem happening in colder weather when it is more difficult for them to find a warm, safe place to live and breed. On the other hand, there have been instances where bats can accidentally enter homes during summer when bats are active and flying around. One or two may enter your house while in flight and get trapped, requiring them to be freed from your home.
- Bats are normally drawn to homes with awnings to sleep on, or accessible chimneys, or places they can hide in. They also like properties with water and several trees that insects may hide in. If your house is near a water source, have a pool, or have lots of trees or bushes on your property, then you may have bats taking up residence in your house.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR BAT PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
If you found a colony of bats in your basement, then you should get rid of them as soon as possible. Below are some key reasons to consider:
– While bats can help reduce the insect population around your house by feeding on them, bats can sometimes carry fleas and ticks. They can also be infected with the rabies virus and not show any overt symptoms.
– Once settled inside, bats will relieve themselves in your home, and bat urine and droppings are a health risk for you and your family. The bat droppings might contain microbes that can cause respiratory distress in humans. Furthermore, rat urine can mess up your floor, eating it up and making it brittle. It also has a really bad smell that you don’t want anywhere near your house.
– Bats make this creepy and infinitely annoying sound while flying that disturbs everyone nearby. This sound is known as echolocation, bats use it to navigate and find food.
– There are some species of bat that feed on fruits, although rare, they can be very destructive to a garden and eat all the fruits even before the owners can get to them.
– Bats have very small teeth, but they have been known to bite humans if they are disturbed.
HOW TO HANDLE A BAT INFESTATION
Bats living in or around your home can be scary and they should not be handled by laymen, because if they are provoked and they get annoyed, it can get dicey. What you need is a professional bat control expert.
Our experts have years of experience dealing with bat infestations and can get these creatures of the night out of your property and back outside where they belong. They will also do it in the safest way possible. You can find an expert near you right on this platform then invite them over for an assessment of the situation.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER BAT PROBLEM
When you have gotten rid of the bats roosting in your homes, the last thing you want is a recurrence. Here are some simple steps that you can take to prevent that:
– Mothballs have been used as a bat repellent. All you need to do is tie the mothball in a fine cloth and hang them around the house somewhere airy, especially in places bats are likely to nest. Don’t use too much though, they can cause health problems.
– Make sure all your windows are shut at night and that all your screens fit tightly and have no tears because bats can be very crafty, they can enter holes smaller than their size. And if you have a chimney, make sure you have a screen installed and it fits well, bats love to nest in chimneys
– You could also swap your brightly colored lawn lights with dimmer, yellow ones because they attract insects which may in turn attract bats.