Facts About Bats
So you want to get rid of bats in your attic? First lets learn a little about the bats in our area. Brazilian Free-Tailed bats, Eastern Pipistrelle bats, and Big Brown bats, just to name a few, are some of the most copious species of mammals in Tampa and throughout Florida. Most species weigh less than a pound and can fit in tiny spaces. They roost in large numbers in the dark areas of a home or structure, such as attics, in wall spaces, or drop ceilings. They are not picky on the type of structure they inhabit, and only need access to get in as well as a dark area with plenty of wall space to reside.
Signs Of A Bat Issue In My Home Or Business
- Bats can enter a structure through a hole about the size of a dime. Bats are filthy mammals that leave a greasy, black residue near their entry points. You will be able to see these dark areas typically near your roofline but may be in other areas like vents or AC chases. You can also wait for dusk and watch them exit your home through suspected entry points.
- Piles of bat excrement, called guano, built up under entry points or roosting areas of bats. This poop is glossy and lumpy looking as the wings of insects they ate do not always fully digest. Due to the large numbers of bats that habitat together, their feces can build up fast inside your home and is dangerous when it breaks down and harmful if not cleaned with the right precautions.
- Strong ammonia smell from excessive bat urine.
- Flies and larvae are attracted to guano and may be seen in the areas of the bat roost.
- Bats can be heard in the evening as they come and go to hunt for food.
The Dangers Of Bats
- Bats can cause major damage to your home or business. The urine and feces from bats is highly destructive to drywall, insulation, and wood in general due to its acidic nature.
- Guano, bat feces, is often mistaken as rodent droppings. Guano dries quickly and when it is disturbed or touched, it breaks down to powder. If inhaled, this powder is known to cause Histoplasmosis which is a very serious respiratory disease. Furthermore, it can trigger other diseases too.
- Parasites and bacterial growth are likely in and around the feces as well posing issues for humans and pets.
- Urine can cause toxic levels of ammonia in closed off spaces.
- Rabies is not common, but always a factor to consider when dealing with bats living in your home or business.
Get Rid of Bats in your Attic
Bats are a protected species from April 15th – August 15th each year to allow the bats time to reproduce and ween their young. After August 15th, bats can be evicted from your building. All entry points are sealed with the exception of one. A one-way net is attached to that single opening allowing bats to exit the structure, but not return. Once it is confirmed that all bats have left, the last remaining hole is repaired.
Due to the dangers that bats and their feces present, it is best left up to the experts to properly evict the bats and clean the bat excrement. Contact the Wildlife Experts at Nvirotect to set up a free inspection. Fill out the form on the right or click here to learn more about our wildlife services
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