Why Bats Enter Structures
Bats are very opportunistic creatures that are notorious for turning almost any structure into a shelter, most commonly residential homes. When bats seek shelter in residential and commercial structures, they often roost inside attics, soffits, louvers, chimneys, porches, loose siding, eaves, or roofing shingles, or behind shutters. A common sign of bat problems are black and brown stains from body oils and guano (droppings) that begin to stain through a structure’s ceilings.
Bats will bite out of fear and protection if mishandled, which leaves homeowners exposed to serious risks such as rabies. Not all bats have rabies, but a lot do carry the disease, which is why bat problems should be handled by a professional only.
Bat guano (droppings) often contain Histoplasmosis, which can cause serious respiratory infections in humans. Beyond the health risks that bat droppings can cause, the contamination caused by extended periods of build up often requires sanitation, removal, and replacement of attic insulation.
Bat Bug Problems
Another common issue resulting from bats seeking shelter inside a structure is bat bugs, a blood-feeding relative of bed bugs. When all of this is considered, it can be a very stressful situation for homeowners dealing with bats inside their home. JP Pest Services provides professional bat exclusion services that ensure human and bat safety during all phases of the process. Plus, we provide complete sanitation, insulation, and pest control services that may be required to solve the problem completely.
Why We Care About Bats’ Well-Being
Bats are an essential part of a healthy and properly functioning ecosystem. They help control mosquito populations and pollinate disperse seeds for many plants. Bat conservation is currently a hot topic throughout the U.S. You may have heard the term White-nose Syndrome (WNS) before; WNS has killed more than 5.7 million bats since it was first discovered in a single New York cave in February 2006. Seven bat species in twenty-five U.S. states and five Canadian provinces have now been documented with WNS.
For this reason, JP Pest Services knows conservation is a top priority when performing exclusion services. Our licensed and professionally trained wildlife technicians use one-way excluder doors in the exclusion process. These doors enable bats to leave the structure but do not allow re-entry. Because bats are easily able to find new places to dwell, they’re able to be successfully relocated back into their natural environment.
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Meet The Little Brown And Big Brown Bat
Visit our pest library to learn about the two species of bats most commonly found in New England.