Bat Removal / Control
Trapping and removal of a bat can be tricky and should never be attempted if the bat was found in a room where people were sleeping. Calling your local wildlife professional to manage the procedure is the best way to ensure safety. While at your property, Summit Animal Control will identify the entry points bats are using to access your home and make recommendations to exclude them permanently. Bats suspected of having rabies should always be left for professionals to remove.
Do Bats Harm People or Property?
While bats are beneficial creatures overall, they do pose certain health threats. Diseases like rabies and histoplasmosis are often associated with bats. Though 99 percent of rabies-related deaths are caused by rabid dogs, bats are still carriers of the disease. Thankfully, even rabid bats refrain from biting humans unless they feel threatened in some way.
While the fungus that causes histoplasmosis is not carried by bats, it lives in warm, humid soil. Bat droppings act as a catalyst for the development of the fungus, and human infection occurs when people inhale the spores.
Bats also host ectoparasites, like fleas, flies, ticks, and mites, that endanger the health of humans and pets. Finally, bat urine can cause a pervasive and unpleasant smell, while bat droppings stain ceilings and building visages.
How To Get Rid Of Bats?
Homeowners may find bats living on the external side of their home, under the eaves. In some cases, bats may gain access to the interior of your property via small openings in the arches and inhabit a loft space.
Homes with a wood shake, terracotta or slate roof are often at greater risk as these types of roofs can offer numerous openings, which present the possibility of gaining entry.
Bats found inside or around your home could become very inconvenient to homeowners for a number of reasons:
Bat Droppings (guano) – a bat’s feces can carry a fungus known to cause Histoplasmosis and Cryptocacaous. You should avoid contact with the guano and do not inhale the air around it. Bats are also associated with rabies, although these cases are rare.
Bat Odor – bat urine emits a very strong and offensive odor, which could linger inside your home.
Stains – bats can leave visible grease marks around the area they are inhabiting.
Bat Bugs – a bat roost can harbor other parasites such as the bat bug. Bat bugs can move into other living quarters of a home, and they can easily be confused with bed bugs. Although parasites may bite, they are unlikely to transmit any diseases.
Ill or injured bats – avoid handling an injured bat as they are likely to try to bite you.
Unlike birds, bats rarely do any physical damage to a property as they do not make nests or chew/gnaw materials.
We advise homeowners to get rid of bats humanely and efficiently with the help of a licensed professional. Call us today at 703-382-2984 for further advice on how to get rid of bats or to arrange a pest inspection.