What Every Maywood Homeowner Ought To Know About Bat Control
March 16, 2020
You might be surprised by the number of different bat species present here in Mississippi. We have big brown bats, Brazilian free-tailed bats, eastern red bats, evening bats, gray bats, hoary bats, Indiana bats, little brown bats, northern long-eared bats, and the list goes on. Of course, today we won’t be breaking down each individual bat species but rather talking about how bats, in general, can be a nuisance to homeowners around our community. If you are worried about bats nesting in your attic space and causing trouble inside your home, we have everything you ought to know to keep your property bat-free.
What Bats Look Like
No two species of bats look the same, but all bats share a few key properties and habits. For one, all bats have wings consisting of several spread-out digits connected with a membrane of skin. More closely related to rodents than to birds, most bats tend to be fruit-eating nocturnal creatures. One common misconception about bats is that they are blind when in reality they can see quite well. They do, however, have a form of vision called echolocation that allows them to see their surroundings better during the night time. A bat's facial features can vary greatly from species to species. Some are very cute and appealing to look at, while others can strike fear in even the toughest of individuals.
Dangers Of Bats In A Home
Out in nature, bats aren’t much of a threat to people. Timid by nature, it is extremely uncommon for bats to intentionally come in contact with a person outside during the night time. Unless you find yourself disturbing a nesting area for bats or trying to get one out of your home, chances are slim that you will ever touch one of these creatures of the night.
Another common misconception about bats is that they are likely to give you rabies. In reality, bats contract rabies far less than most other animals. Roughly 1% of all bats may contract the disease at all, and the chances of the 1% biting you are even smaller.
One of the biggest problems bats pose is with the noise they cause during the night. As you can assume, trying to sleep through the sound of rustling bats is not the easiest of tasks. This can lead to sleepless nights and can negatively affect a person’s mood.
The real danger of bats comes when they nest up in the attic of a home. While using your home for shelter, bats also use it as a restroom, dropping their excrement across attic floors. This excitement can contain dangerous bacteria and pathogens that can lead to disease. If interacted with, bat excrement can put you and your family at risk of some fairly serious illnesses. These issues can also arise in outbuildings such as garages and sheds. If you believe bats are roosting in any of these areas, you should have them removed ASAP.
The Safest Way To Remove Bats From Your Property
It is never a good idea to try to get rid of bats on your own since many can bite and will fight back if threatened. If you suspect your attic or outbuilding is being used by nesting bats at night, we can help you here at Holifield Pest Management. Our specialists are highly trained in how to deal with bats and are equipped with the proper tools to get them out of your home effectively. Once done, they can also help you in keeping bats away in the future.
Reach out to us today for your solution to noisy and possibly disease-ridden bats. Our team is ready to come to your aid.