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Bat Identification

What are bats?

Bats are fascinating animals. The bat’s most prominent physical feature is its leathery wings, which are void of hair. Unlike other mammals that have arms or front legs, bats have wings. The bones found within the leathery wings look similar to a human hand. They are warm-blooded mammals and have the unique feature of being the only species of flying mammals.a little bat on a rock

More than 900 species of bats live worldwide; as you can imagine, bats come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Bats are mainly nocturnal and are eco-important as most species feed on various night-flying insects, helping control their populations.

Are bats dangerous?

Even though bats are eco-important, it is also important to remember that they pose many dangers when living near people and our homes. Bats carry and transmit various diseases to people and our pets, including rabies. Also, on their bodies live a variety of disease-carrying parasites like ticks, fleas, and bat bugs. Bat feces contains a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum, which can cause severe health problems and lung disease in people.

Why do I have a bat problem?

Bats like to roost and nest in dark, quiet places. Our Florida homes and outbuildings provide bats with appropriate places to nests. Our gardens, trees, vegetation, ponds, and pools offer bats with plenty of water and food sources. Bats feed on a variety of insects, including mosquitoes. Bats tend to be most problematic on properties located near water (ponds, lakes, marshes, pools) as they tend to also have large populations of insects near them.

Where will I find bats?

Bats live outside roosting or nesting in sheltered areas like tree cavities, spaces between rocks, roof eaves, and bridges. They are also known to fly into and roost in large open structures like barns and warehouses.

Unfortunately, bats also regularly take up residence on or inside our homes. Bats often find a way in through chimneys, openings around windows, and gaps in exterior walls. They move into attics, wall voids, and crawl spaces to rest during the day, emerging at dusk to hunt.

How do I get rid of bats?

Get rid of your property’s bat problems with the help of the local professionals at Rodent Solutions. Our technicians work closely with our customers to ensure their pest problems are completely solved. We complete thorough inspections and seal any entry and exit points we find. We work closely with our customers to ensure their properties become free of bats and other pests through our bat control, prevention, trapping, and removal services.

Learn more about our bat control services by giving us a call today.

How can I prevent bats in the future?

Bats and other wild animals are problematic in Florida throughout much of the year. The following prevention tips will help you to guard your home against bats:

  • Put tight-fitting caps on chimneys.
  • Repair holes along the roofline and replace loose or missing roof shingles.
  • Fix loose or torn screens.
  • Inspect your home’s exterior walls and roofline, sealing any openings you find.
  • Fill electrical and plumbing holes with steel wool to help keep bats and other pests out of your home.
  • Place bat houses on the perimeter of your property to draw bats away from your home.
  • Reduce insect populations on your property by replacing white outdoor lights with LED lights that insects find less attractive.

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