Bats are unique and interesting, but also one of the most misunderstood animals. They are sometimes called creepy, scary, or spooky when they get out of the bat habitat. However, bats are important species that impact human lives. For example, they are one of the best allies in controlling insects.
They also help pollinate and disperse many tropical plants’ seeds and have contributed to medical research. Though bats are essential to the human ecosystem, you may not want them to live in your attic. If they are in your house, it won’t be long before their waste becomes a significant issue.
Seek professional help from Central Plains Bat Removal to remove unwanted bats. We look at an ideal bat habitat and how to remove them from your home.
Myths about bats
Bats are flying mammals that spend most of the year roosting in caves or trees. Their nocturnal nature and widespread misunderstandings about them mean they are subject to many myths and folktales. Today, there are many misconceptions about bats with unwarranted fears. However, these are misplaced assumptions because bats are harmless, gentle creatures.
- Some people think bats are aggressive and likely to attack humans. Contrary to the fears, bats don’t attack people or pets when they’re in a house.
- There are also fears that bats are filthy and contain dangerous parasites. This is not true because bats do not infect homes with dangerous parasites. Also, bat droppings in the building don’t cause any histoplasmosis.
- While people associate bats with rabies, only a handful of species can cause the infection.
- The presence of bats in the vicinity or neighborhood has no negative effects. They have more benefits than you would realize.
Why do bats establish a colony in your home?
Usually, bats are unlikely to cause a problem in homes, with only brown bat species likely to occupy buildings. Bats naturally roost in the leaves or caves during the day and seek food and water at night. If bats can find food, shelter, or water in your home or yard, they will establish a residence there. Sometimes they will find their way into your attic while seeking adventure or following cool airflow at night.
Since bats are nocturnal flying mammals, you will not see them during the day. However, if you see one bat flying around on your property early in the morning or at night, more bats might be nearby, potentially in your attic. The presence of bat droppings signifies that you have bats in your attic. This is usually because the attic simulates the bat’s natural habitat.
If you spot bats in your attic, arrange for their humane removal as soon as possible. The control measures should provide a long-term solution to the problem. Don’t resort to short-term measures that can be hazardous to humans and bats. Removing the bats from their dwelling is the only long-term control method, though every bat removal job is different.
The best time to remove bats from your attic is from early August to early spring to ensure that you don’t abandon baby bats. Female bats give birth to pups in mid-May and cannot fly for several weeks. If you evict them too early in the summer, you can end up with orphaned baby bats that can’t survive alone.
Ideal bat habitat after removal
While some bats roost in structures built by humans, most bats prefer their natural habitats to live, feed, and mate. Like any other wildlife, they have their ideal habitats. You play a critical role in bat conservation by enabling their safe return to their natural habitat.
Targeting and killing bats are outlawed, even when they damage your property. Wild animals are protected under federal law, which makes it unlawful to kill them. Most states also rank bats as protected species; hence, there is every reason to protect bats instead of killing them. If you have a bat problem, you must release them into their natural habitat instead of killing them.
A single bat in your home cannot be a cause for alarm. It could be a lost or confused bat that will try to locate an exit and leave. Help the bats leave by opening windows and exterior doors while closing adjacent rooms. If the bat doesn’t leave on its own, safely capture it and release it back to its natural habitat.
Don’t handle the bat with your bare hands. Instead, use heavy leather gloves with a long-sleeve shirt.
Find professional help
If you find several roosting bats in your building, it’s not something you can handle yourself. Call a specially-trained bat rehabilitator or rescuer because removing a colony of bats is not easy unless you’re a professional. There are many bat conservation international services worldwide that can help keep bats outside of your house. Contact Central Plains Bat Removal for free quotes and help with bat removal.
Once a professional has removed a bat colony from your attic, you’ll need to clean and sanitize the affected space to kill germs and bacteria. This includes cleaning up the droppings and stains while wearing protective clothing. You can then seal your home to prevent bats from making their way back into the attic. The biggest reason bats take up residence in your home is the opening on the roof.