Bats aren’t usually the kinds of creatures you want to cuddle up too. They have gotten a bad rap – often portrayed in movies and pictures as scary creatures. The most popular portrayal is of course Dracula changing into a bat. But the ones we see in the night sky are your normal kind that plays a good role in our ecosystem.
Bats Are Beneficial
- Mosquitos worst enemy! Bats eat on average 6,000-8,000 insects per night.
- They also help in pollination
- Bats give birth to a single pup, typically from April to June
- Bats are not rodents
- Bats have a lifespan of about 20 years
- Bats hibernate
All that being said, most people prefer that they take up residence outside their homes. So if you suspect that some bats have decided to move in, here are some ways to find out if they are your new roommates.
How do I know I have bats?
Piles of bat guano (poop) around exit points
Squeaking and scratching particularly at dusk and dawn
Are there health concerns? – Bats Carry Disease
- Rabies – Less than ½ of 1% of all bats may contract the disease. There is only 1 to 2 human deaths per year from bat rabies.
- Bat Guano Disease (Histoplasmosis) infection of the lungs from the mold spores found in bat poop.
Bat infestations can be costly in some cases when they inhabit attic spaces. Extreme infestations can require the complete removal of a home’s roof system and insulation.
Your homeowners policy may cover bat related damage. Check with your local insurance agent if you have questions on policy coverage.
If you suspect you have a bat infestation contact a licensed pest removal professional. Bats are a protected species and their removal is regulated. In case you require bio cleanup contact SVMPS today.