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.

Bat Description

Bats have been regarded with superstition and fear in many cultures throughout history due to their nightly flying habits, strange appearance, and the tendency of certain species to feed on the blood of other animals. Over 1,200 species of bats exist in the world and less than five actually feed on blood. In fact, most bats are insectivores whose feeding habits are incredibly beneficial to humans. Large bat colonies can eat up to 500,000 pounds of insects each night. They hunt common pests, such as mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles, and moths, by using their large ears as radar dishes in a process known as echolocation.

Appearance

Characteristics of bats include:

  • Relatively small 
  • Wingspans ranging from 9 to 15 inches  
  • Short legs with sharp claws
  • Large ears
  • Ability to make high-pitched squeaks that aid in navigation and communication
  • Fur ranging from light tan or yellowish in color to dark brown and black
  • Poor eyesight and relatively small eyes

Habitat

Being nocturnal, these mammals sleep during the day. They use their feet to cling upside down to the ceilings of caves, hollow trees, and buildings as they sleep. When dusk approaches, the bats awaken and fly out in large numbers to begin hunting. Darting over open fields, deserts, and yards, bats hunt throughout the night for flying insects. They often prefer to roost near ponds or lakes and rarely land on the ground since their small legs cannot support the weight of their bodies.

Bat Control Problems

Entry

Bats are commonly found in attics and barns, as they enjoy safe, dark places. Hollow trees and bat boxes are ideal places for the creatures to roost, as well. Bats may also enter through open windows or doors.

Damage

For the most part, bats and humans peacefully coexist. One of the largest problems associated with bat populations is the droppings that accumulate. Although prized in some areas as a rich fertilizer, bat guano makes people sick when it collects in attics since it can harbor dangerous fungal spores.

Bat Control

Control and Safety

Despite their reputation for carrying rabies, less than half of one percent 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.

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

We can help you get rid of bat problems.  Call today: 1.800.274.8837.

   

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