If you’ve never had to deal with bats in your home, it’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Some people in California have to deal with the problem of bats nesting on their property, which can sometimes make things seem like Halloween.
Whether you think bats in your attic are cute or scary, they could cause you a lot of trouble if they live there. The waste they leave behind and the chance of getting bit are harmful to public health. Here’s what to do if you think you have a bat infestation.
What brings bats to your house in the first place?
When bats decide to live inside, they usually look for places that are quiet, dark, and easy to get to so they can graze at night. This group has barns, chimneys, attics, and spaces inside walls.
The National Wildlife Federation says that hibernate bats can handle temperature changes up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Because bats can hide their nests so well, it can be years before a homeowner finds a bat colony in their home. Here are some signs that bats might be living in your home:
- The poop is piled up in one part of the attic or near the door.
- Rain has caused damage to the insulation in the attic.
- The walls of the attic are stained with urine.
- Most likely, the strong ammonia smell in your attic is caused by the presence of human waste.
- Hearing sounds in the background, like scraping or squeaking.
- Seeing real bats, whether they are alive or dead.
It probably got there by mistake if you come home and find a bat in your living room or attic. Bats can get outside through holes in the attic, but they might get stuck in your bedroom and unable to get out.
Should there be bats in my neighborhood?
The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University says that most people have wrong ideas about bats. Despite what most people think, bats have normal vision. But their eyes have been changed to find prey better and avoid obstacles when there isn’t much light. Many bats that eat nectar have an advantage when they look for flowers at night because they can see UV light.
Most bats eat insects, including the ones in California. Bats, important nocturnal animals, help keep the number of mosquitoes, moths, caddisflies, midges, and other small insects down.
Through echolocation, bats can accurately judge the size and speed of their prey. If bats live near you, you might be able to hear the tiny clicks they make as they fly through the night sky.
Why do these bats keep coming to my house?
Bats are creatures that follow habits. If they succeed, they will return to the same place every year. Most likely, the same bats will come back if you don’t make it hard for them to get in. Bats have one or two babies yearly, which they raise in secret in your attic or chimney.
You could get bitten if you don’t do something and call pest control or wildlife management business in your area. Rabies can sometimes be passed from bats to people through the saliva they leave behind.
How could you stop bats from getting into the attic?
The price of getting rid of bats depends on how big your house is and how much work needs to be done to keep them away. For example, putting up bat control measures in homes with only one place for bats to get in is usually cheaper than putting them up in places where bats can get in from more than one place.
Where can I find help from a pro?
Animal control departments in cities aren’t always able to get rid of bats that have moved into homes or barns. Contact your local Animal Control office if you have questions about the methods used to get rid of bats in your city or county.