For some people, bats are intrinsically connected to horror films, especially those involving vampires. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Bats are wonderful creatures who improve their surroundings by assisting with pollination, reducing insect populations and providing excellent fertilizers. However, when bats opt to stay in your home, it’s time for them to go! But be cautious, homeowner: bats are protected by law in the USA.
There are approximately 1,240 varieties of bat on the planet. They mostly survive off of eating insects and fruits; a bat may eat up to 1/3 of its weight in insects in a night! In addition, they are nocturnal creatures that become active at dusk. While they spend the majority of their time in the dark, bats actually have quite excellent vision and fantastic hearing. They use echolocation in conjunction with their own amazing hearing to pinpoint bugs in the air with deadly accuracy. Bats can live for over 20 years under ideal conditions.
Why They Are Pests
Bats normally reside in caves and trees. But, as people continue to enlarge our habitat to theirs, causing bats to lose more and more suitable shelters. To survive, bats in human populated regions seek refuge in silent eaves and ceiling areas where they could hide and sleep during the day. Lots of men and women find encountering bats in close quarters to become frightening, and depending on the number of bats take up residence in your area, you might locate an impressive amount of bat urine and droppings left behind by your bat residents, which is not pleasant.
Are They Dangerous?
Bats are usually only dangerous to the insects that hang around your yard. They will actively try to prevent contact with individuals and larger mammals, like pets. Still, like any animal, they can and will bite when cornered, so it’s best to not attempt to provoke or manage a bat.
Do They Carry Disease?
When people think of rabies they often think of rodents. It’s important to be cautious and take every possible step to not risk exposure to the rabies virus. Bats are typically carriers of rabies and as such do not normally succumb to the virus. An average person will not be able to tell if a particular bat has rabies, so it wise to not interact closely with bats.
Histoplasmosis is another disease concern with bats. Histoplasmosis can affect your lungs to the point of inducing acute, tuberculosis-like symptoms. Make certain to use the proper precautions around bats and bat droppings no matter where they are located. Guano (bat feces) in any concentration poses a severe health threat, especially when disturbed, for example during a clean-up effort. That’s just one more reason to contact a professional when bats find their way in your home.
In the United States, bats are protected by legislation, and harming or killing a bat can lead to significant fines or even jail time. Therefore, it’s essential that you employ an experienced professional pest removal and relocation team to take care of any bat problem you might have. These trained professionals will have the ability to safely remove the bat or bats from your home, and once that job is done, they can assist you in bat-proofing your home or shelter to prevent future run-ins with them.