Have A Feeling Bats Are In Your Home?
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Bats in a house are a nuisance that no homeowner wants to face. They can enter a house, live in large colonies, leave copious amounts of urine and droppings (guano), and possibly carry rabies.
WHERE BATS LIKE TO LIVE
Bats prefer dark, secluded areas where they are protected from predators and bad weather. Bats generally roost in high places, such as attics. They can enter a house through a hole as small as 5/8 inch, often near chimney flashing and under eaves. They sometimes travel through walls or pipes looking for spaces to live. If you find one bat in your house, there is a good chance that you have more.
Bats tend to be very quiet, so you might not be aware that they are nesting in your house until they have been there for a while. Here are some telltale signs that you have bats in your house.
SIGNS THAT YOU HAVE A BAT PROBLEM
One obvious sign of a bat infestation is guano in the house. Bats leave droppings at the entrance to the roost area that can accumulate on walls, windowsills, or porches or on areas below the entrance to the roost. Guano looks like mouse droppings, but larger. Check your attic for droppings. You may also see stains from bat urine on the walls or ceiling.
Bats are nocturnal and leave the roost to feed at night. You may hear small squeaking noises or scratching sounds coming from the walls, attic, or chimney as they crawl to leave the roost at dusk and return at dawn. Bats tend to be quiet, so you might not hear them unless a loud noise, such as a slamming door, frightens them.
You may see rub marks on the outside of your house around an area with cracks or holes. Bats can leave these marks when they enter or exit the building.
If you notice any of these signs and want to get confirmation and an idea of how many bats are living in your house, you can look for them at night. Sit outside your house in a chair and wait to see the bats when they leave. This can also help you figure out where their entry point is.
CALL ANDERSON WILDLIFE CONTROL TO GET RID OF THE BATS IN YOUR HOUSE
If you have found evidence of bats living in your house, you should not try to handle or get rid of them yourself because of the possibility that some of them have rabies. Call Anderson Wildlife Control. We will humanely live-trap and relocate the bats and will then repair any damage they caused off and seal off their entry points to prevent them from coming back. If you have bats nesting in your house, contact us today to get an estimate for bat removal services.