When was the last time you saw a bat in real life? If you make a habit of staying indoors after the sun has set, you most likely haven't seen one in a while. If you take nighttime walks, on the other hand, you probably see them all the time. One way you are certain to have more interactions with bats, although not always directly, is if they invade your home. To limit your Bradenton home's risk of invasion, use this simple guide to avoid bats.
Problems Bats Cause
Bats are not noisy house guests unless they are living inside your walls. If this is the case, any loud noise such as a slamming door or hammering will cause them to rustle around. Besides this, bats are most active at night. If the ceiling between your attic and the rooms underneath aren't insulated, you will hear bats flying in and out of your house late at night.
Noise is not the only problem bats cause when they enter homes. More serious are the bacteria-laden organisms they carry. Bats spread these organisms mainly through their fecal matter and urine. And, if they are sleeping in your attic, they will be using it as a bathroom as well. As time goes on, excrement and urine will soak into floorboards and spread, causing sickness among family members.
On top of everything else, bats also spread rabies. If you suspect these pests have infested your home, do not try to handle them on your own. It only takes one bite or scratch from an infected bat for you to contract rabies, and trust us when we tell you treatment for this disease is by no means pleasant.
Signs Of A Bat Infestation
When bats invade homes, they do so silently, but not without clear indications of their presence. Given enough time, clues will pop up of a potential problem. To know bats are inside your home, keep your eyes, ears, and nose open to the following signs:
- The sound of bats flying coming from your attic late at night
- A pungent odor of ammonia in the air
- Dead bats on the floor of your attic or in other areas around your home
- Holes on the exterior of your house stained around the edges with black resin
- High pitched squeaking sounds coming from your attic or wall voids
- Bat droppings on your attic floor
Prevention Tips For Bats
There is no easy way to prevent bats, but there are several things you can do to reduce your chances of an infestation. The first thing you should do is identify where bats are getting inside. If your home currently has no bats, inspect the exterior, specifically around your roofline, roof, and attic walls for holes or gaps that bats might use to slip inside. Repair any damage you find and cover openings with thick plastic sheets or bird netting.
Some exclusion methods to avoid include sound, smell, and visual deterrents, as they don't work for long, and don't use pesticides because they can be dangerous when used improperly.
The Best Way To Handle A Bat Infestation
If bats have already invaded your home, do not try to remove them on your own. The last thing we want is for a bat infected with a dangerous disease to bite or scratch you. To make sure your infestation is taken care of quickly and safely, get the professionals at Rodent Solutions involved. Our team has the industry-leading equipment and advanced methods necessary to get and keep bats out of your Bradenton home.
Reach out to us today by phone or through our website for more information or to schedule an appointment for your Bradenton home and property. Learn more about our bat control and more pest control services in Bradenton, FL.