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

People have feared bats throughout history due to their nightly flying habits, strange appearance, and the tendency of certain species to feed on the blood of other animals. There are over 1,200 species of bats existing in the world, and less than five species actually feed on blood. In fact, most bats eat insects, and their insectivore habits are incredibly beneficial to humans! Large bat colonies can eat up to 500,000 lbs of insects each night! Bats hunt common pests, such as mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles, and moths. Their incredible process to find these little pests at night is by using their large ears as radar dishes in a process known as echolocation.

Appearance

The common characteristics of bats most encountered by humans are:

  • Relatively small
  • Wingspans range from 9 to 15 inches
  • Broad webbed hands
  • Short legs with sharp claws
  • Large ears
  • The ability to make high-pitched squeaks that aid in navigation and communication
  • Fur of these bats ranges from light tan or yellowish in color to dark brown and black
  • Most North American bats have poor eyesight and relatively small eyes

Habitat

In the daytime, bats rest and hang together in roosts numbering from a dozen to millions! Bats use their feet to cling upside down to the ceilings of caves, hollow trees, and buildings where they sleep. When dusk approaches, the bats awaken and fly out of cave mouths in large numbers. Darting over open fields, deserts, and yards, bats hunt throughout the night for flying insects while using their amazing echolocation to find them. They often prefer to roost near inland bodies of water, and rarely land on the ground since their small legs cannot support the weight of their bodies!

Problems

Entry

Are bats known to enter homes or yards?
Bats are mostly found in attics and barns, as the creatures enjoy safe, dark places. Hollow trees and bat boxes are ideal places for bats to roost, as well. During summer months when bat pups are just learning to fly, it is common that they accidentally enter buildings through open doors or windows.

Damage

Do bats harm people or property?
For the most part, bats and humans peacefully coexist; however, one of the largest problems associated with large bat populations is the droppings that accumulate. Although a rich fertilizer in some countries, bat guano makes people sick when it collects in attics or other small places since it can harbor dangerous fungal spores, such as histoplasmosis.

Control

Control and Safety

Despite their reputation for carrying rabies, less than half of 1% of bats actually carry 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. Critter Control knows best how to accomplish these precautions!

Trapping and Removal

Because 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 technicians are trained to humanely remove any bat problems plaguing residential and commercial properties.

We can help you get rid of bat problems! Call our Daytona Beach office today! 386.487.2910.

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