Bats
Bats in the belfry, attic, basement or chimney? Scratching or scurrying noises in the ceiling? Foul odors in your home? Critter Control can help eliminate bats in your home and prevent them from re-entry. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective bat removal services.

Description

Bats are very beneficial to humans. Bats will hunt common pests, including mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles, and moths. One single bat colony can eat up to 500,000 pounds of insects each night.

Appearance

There are 2 common bats that are found inside of homes. The big brown bat and little brown bat.

  • Wingspan of 9-15 inches
  • Wings that resemble broad hands
  • Short legs
  • Sharp claws
  • Large ears
  • Light tan or yellowish in color, to dark brown and black

Bats have the ability to make high-pitched squeaks that aid in navigation, communication, and to find food.

Habitat

Bats will roost during the day inside of hollow trees, caves, attics, and chimneys. They will hang upside down by clinging to the ceiling with their feet, sleeping until dusk. As dusk approaches, the bats awaken and fly out to begin searching for food. Due to their diet, bats prefer to roost near bodies of water, including ponds, lakes, and pools.

Problems

Entry

Bats enter homes as they search for a safe and warm place to sleep and raise babies. Commonly, residents find bats in attics, bats in chimneys, and bats in the walls. During the summer baby bats may enter through open doors and windows as they learn to fly.

Damage

One of the biggest issues faced with bats in the home is the amount of droppings they will accumulate in your attic, in your chimney, or in the walls. Bat droppings will create a terrible stench and difficult stains. Not only are they messy, but also bat droppings harbor dangerous fungal spores such as histoplasmosis. Bat droppings can make people quite sick.

Bat Control

Control and Safety

Despite their reputation for carrying rabies, less than half of one percent of bats actually carries the virus. Nevertheless, bats should never be picked up or grabbed. In order to keep colonies of the creatures from roosting in attics, proper precautions should be taken to cover or seal all vents, holes, chimneys, windows, and gaps leading inside homes.

Trapping and Removal

Since bats may carry disease, individuals should never approach them. Bats also bite and scratch when they feel threatened and can easily injure humans. Critter Control of Cape Cod is trained to humanely remove any bat problems plaguing residential and commercial properties.

Critter Control of Cape Cod can help get rid of bat problems in your home. 508.690.0076

Critter Control of Cape Cod Service Area

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