Bats are interesting little creatures that play a vital role in our ecosystem. However, having bats in your home can be a nuisance and a potential health hazard. In this blog, we are going to discuss how to tell if you have bats in your home, the hazards of a bat infestation, and what you can do to get rid of them.
Here are some of the more common signs that you may have bats in your home:
Bat feces, also known as guano, can look similar to rodent droppings but with some distinguishing features. Because of the bat’s diet of insects, bat guano is generally shiny and speckled looking. Another difference is that It can also be crushed into smaller pieces, this doesn’t happen with rodent droppings. Bat guano has a distinct odor that can be unpleasant and overpowering. It is often described as a musty, earthy smell.
Urine stains. Bats produce milky white urine stains that are visible on windows and other surfaces. Look out for stains around cracks, entry holes, and crevices.
Noises. Bats are active at night and are known to make squeaking and scratching noises in walls and attics. Listen out for these sounds, especially around the dusk and dawn hours.
What are some of the dangers associated with a bat infestation? Bats can pose several health risks to humans. Bats are carriers of the rabies virus, which can be fatal if left untreated. Rabies can be transmitted to humans through bat bites or scratches. Another disease caused by bats is histoplasmosis, which is a respiratory disease caused by inhaling spores from bat guano. The disease can be severe, especially in people with weakened immune systems.
How can you get rid of bats?
Contact a professional wildlife removal service to help you identify and locate entry points for bats. You can also install bat boxes. If you want to encourage bats to leave your home and relocate to a safer area, you can install bat boxes in your yard. Bat boxes provide a safe and secure place for the bats to relocate.