Most bats, in general, don’t pose a threat to humans and even avoid them. They can be an excellent friend to gardeners, taking care of a variety of pests, and even work as a mosquito repellent. However, if you have bats in the attic, that’s an entirely different story. Not only can they be a nuisance, but they can make both the family and the house sick.
Here, we’re going to look at what you need to know about Indiana bat removal. We’re going to look at signs you have bats, why you want rid of them, and the most effective methods for ensuring they leave and don’t come back.
Signs You Have Bats in Your Attic
Checking your attic regularly is good practice when it comes to discovering the presence of bats or other pests in general. As a secluded, dark, and sometimes humid space, it provides the perfect safe habitat that animals will want to raise their young in. When you’re inspecting it, here are a few of the signs you should keep an eye out for in particular.
- Bats flying near the home around sunset and sunrise are a common, but not a conclusive sign. You may have bats near the home that appear at night, but if they’re most frequently around just before or after night, it might be because they’re entering or leaving the home.
- If you spot any droppings in the attic, it’s a sign you likely have a pest. Bat guano has a very strong, noxious smell like ammonia, and might be found on the porch, decks, or window sills as well as the attic.
- If you hear chirping bat sounds from the attic or very close to the home at night or before dawn, you may very well be hearing bats.
- Any scratch marks in the attic or on the exterior walls of the house may be a sign of bats moving around.
- Stains on entry points at the house of corners below the roof might be another sign. These appear because bats have layers of grease on their coats that can rub off on other materials that they move against.
If you spot any of the signs mentioned above, it’s best not to investigate any more and instead to call for a professional bat removal. Bats and other pests can carry disease, transmitted not only through contact but also through their guano. Don’t linger in any infested spaces longer than you have to.
Why You Don’t Want Bats in Your Home
As mentioned, bats usually don’t pose much of a risk to humans and having them near the home can be beneficial. However, if they are in the home, this does raise some significant health concerns you should be aware of.
- Bats are disease carriers and are known carriers of over 60 dangerous viruses that they can transmit to humans. What’s more, their guano can also carry diseases, as well as fungi that can be inhaled.
- Rabies is another serious concern and may make bats more aggressive than usual, which is why it’s dangerous to try and get rid of them yourself.
- Bats leave guano, hair, urine, and other allergens where they nest. These can decrease the overall air quality in the home which can cause or exacerbate respiratory issues like asthma.
- As such, bats can also contaminate water supplies in and around the home, transmitting diseases through water, as well.
- Damage to the home is also likely. As bats make their nesting areas, they may scratch the interior and exterior walls of the home and are also known to do damage to insulation.
A bat infestation can be costly and dangerous, and grows more of a risk the longer they are in there. Call professional to take the right steps to get rid of them as soon as possible.
How Do You Get Rid of Bats in Attic?
First of all, it’s important that you don’t believe in any of the quick fixes that have been passed through the ages, as none of them are effective. Ultrasonic sound devices are a common “fix”, but there’s no evidence that they work in the long-term and, in fact, pests might simply get used to them over time. Similarly, mothballs, ammonia, and strobe lights are also not proven to work in the long-term. To convince bats to leave behind their roosting spot, you need to rely on more proven methods.
You may attempt to seal off your attic to make sure they can’t get in or out. This can be effective and may be an important bat prevention method, but it’s hard to get right. You need to know exactly where they’re coming in from and even if you do, without completely sealing it off they may simply find another way inside.
Even if you do manage to seal the entrance, you may have dormant or baby bats still inside the attic. What do you do with them then? Trying to trap them can be dangerous and even illegal. Without the proper permits, interfering with any endangered species, which can include several species of bats, could result in fines. Rather than trying to handle it all yourself, it’s better to entrust the job to a real professional.
Hiring A Professional Bat Removal Company
For the most effective and safe bat removal, then there’s no better way to handle them than with the help of a professional. If you’re worried you have bats in your home, or you know for a fact that you do, then get in touch with Precision Wildlife Removal. We can help you get rid of those unwanted guests in the attic and rest assured that the home is safe and healthy for a whole family.
We undertake all Indiana bat removals with the professional methods most likely to work in your specific case. This depends on the location and size of the colony, how many points of entry the attic has, and more. Call us for a consultation and, after we’ve scoped out the situation, we can provide a quote of how much a full removal might cost.