In Connecticut, we share the state with a fascinating array of wildlife. While most of us appreciate them in their natural environment, we do NOT appreciate sharing our homes with infestations of them. Bats are one of the more common attic pests in Connecticut.
What Kind of Bats Are In My Attic?
While it may not be a major concern to you what the Latin name of the flying rodent snoozing in your attic is, knowing might help eliminate them from your household. While there are eight species of bat in Connecticut, the two most common are the little brown and big brown bats. The little brown bat is usually between 3.1 to 3.7 inches in length with a wingspan of 8.6 to 10.5 inches. Big brown bats are generally between 4.1 to 4.8 inches in length, and have wingspans of about a foot.
How Do I Know If I Have Bats?
It’s likely you’ll hear them during the day, crawling and scratching. (If you can hear them chattering, it’s a sign you have big brown bats.) Another sign to watch for is the bats exiting from under the eaves of the house, or from attic windows, vents or shutters at dusk to feed. If you think they may be in your attic, but can’t see them, look for dark-colored droppings or dark-brown stains, or a distinctive ammonia smell.
First of All, Don’t Freak Out
Bats are not dangerous, and they eat annoying insects such as mosquitos (one little brown bat can eat as many as 1,200 mosquitos in an hour). None of the species found in Connecticut drink blood. While they can carry rabies (like any other mammal), fewer than one percent of bats are infected with the virus. More people die each year from dog attacks, bee stings, lightning and household accidents than from bat-transmitted rabies. If it’s a single bat, close the doors to the room and leave a window open. The bat will find its way out.
If the Whole Bat Family Has Moved In
Getting rid of a single bat is easy. Persuading a family group to move out is trickier. There are home-remedies that may work to a limited extent. Illuminating the parts of attic where bats are roosting with bright lights will discourage them. Moth balls may be of limited value, and sonic devices that claim to drive out rodents simply don’t work. The best way to discourage bats from your home is by patching up any entrances they’re using to your home while they’re out feeding during the day. For this, it’s a good idea to seek professional wildlife removal help.
Look for Effective but Humane Pest Control
As a professional pest removal company Anderson Wildlife uses green methods for the removal of bats and other wildlife, eliminating any use of poisons, pesticides, or chemicals. Animals are relocated humanely, and we’ll also repair any damage to your home or business and block entrances so the bats (or squirrels, or mice) can’t re-enter your home. Call 203-758-0555 or visit us online for a free quote.