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King of the Night – The Bat

Bats Pest Control

Bats are nocturnal, flying mammals. They are actually the only mammals that can naturally sustain flight.
They love to inhabit dark, secluded areas; hence why the perfect roosting places for bats are places like your attic, chimney, and such.
They are social animals, which means if you see one in your living space, you can rest assured there are probably more. They tend to live in colonies so it is rare that you will find only one.

Contrary to believe bats are not “blind” as it is often said; however they do use sonar for echolocation to help them find their prey. They can live up to 20 years and generally only procreate one at a time, once a year.
Once in a while, just like humans they will have twins, but it is rare indeed. Often, a roost can contain 100 or more bats in one area.

In the temperate zones, bats tend to hibernate during the winter. This means that if an area should have bats, chances are that during the winter they will hibernate wherever you’ve seen them going in; this also means that they rarely if ever will leave that area literally infesting the area with bat droppings or “guano”. These droppings may harbor the fungal organism that causes the lung disease histoplasmosis; also known as “cave disease” from the fact that it is often caught by spelunkers who have been in bat infested caves.

Having a bat infestation can therefore be very unhealthy to anyone who may come in contact with the area; endangering your family and pets.
Not only do the droppings have the possibility of carrying disease but it can become quite the overwhelming scent also. It is definitely not a scent you want around your living quarters by any means.

Most bats also have rabies. Should someone accidentally disturb the bats nesting they could be prone to being bitten. Small animals and pets could be mistaken for prey and also bitten, causing rabies to pet. There have also been times when bats sonar creates a feedback telling them that something is below, even if it is humans. A bat
that gets caught in hair or accidentally comes into contact with a human during its flight can also run the risk of rabies.

Bats have also been known to carry mites that can bite both humans and pets. When a house is infested with bats these mites can find their way in other parts of the home causing a homeowner to have to rid their home not only of the bats but the mites too. Depending on how long the bat infestation is unattended it can become quite unhealthy and quite expensive between damage done by the bats themselves, possible health issues to the humans and animals living in the house and the final need to rid the area of the bats.

It’s best to call immediately if you find a bat in your home because chances are very probable that there are more and the longer you wait, the more there will be.

While each of these things alone would be enough to want anyone to rid their homes and buildings being used of the creatures you must also remember that they can serve their purpose in the wild too. Bats help to limit the insects and pests in many areas and although they have their purpose in their own natural habitat, you definitely do not want them in your home.

Sharing habitats with bats is obviously not recommended but building special bat boxes, far away from areas where
humans may be near.
You don’t want them near picnic areas, playground areas or back yard areas where your family, pets and friends may be active.

Bats have a place in nature but not in your home. MTB Pest Control is your resource for controlling unwanted bats in your own personal space such as your home, basement, attic, chimney, eaves, or storage areas with high dark rafters. So call MTB Pest Control to rid your home or living area of these unwanted creatures.