Bats in the house traditionally roost inside attics or other spaces that provide shelter from the elements and easy access to food sources located nearby. Additionally, bats enter homes in order to birth and foster their young. Some of the more common ways the flying mammals enter homes are through gaps in windows and doors, torn screens, holes in the roof, chimneys, and house vents. Once inside, bats in homes can cause a plethora of problems ranging from illness to property damage.
Signs of Bats in the Home
Notoriously nocturnal, bats are also shy creatures that can become expert hiders once in the home. However, bats in the home are largely just accidental occurrences. A single bat can fly into a home without realizing it (despite many incursions pointing to maternal roosting). Homeowners should utilize a variety of methods to verify bat infestations. For one, bats emit high-pitched squeaks and scratching sounds commonly heard in the evening. Bat droppings also tend to accumulate under where the animals roost. Similar in appearance to rodent droppings, bat feces has a pungent odor and appears shiny due to the animals’ diet of insects.
Dangers & Removal
Homeowners should expect problems in the event that bats take up residence in homes. Feces can cause stains on both the exterior and interior of domiciles, and the noises from larger colonies of bats can become quite a nuisance. Perhaps more pressing are the diseases associated with the flying mammals. Bat droppings can carry histoplasmosis, a fungal disease that when inhaled can greatly affect the lungs.
Though the percentage of cases is much lower than usually attributed to them, bats can carry rabies as well as various ectoparasites that can cause numerous illnesses in both humans and pets. Due to the various dangers associated with having a bat in the house, pest removal without professional assistance can be detrimental. Contact the professional wildlife specialists at Trutech to safely and humanely remove bats from the home.