Bats
Bats in the belfry, attic, basement or chimney? Scratching or scurrying noises in the ceiling? Foul odors in your home? Critter Control can help eliminate bats in your home and prevent them from re-entry. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective bat removal services.

Description

Bats are not well liked among humans. They have been regarded with fear and superstition throughout many cultures for many centuries due to their nightly flying habits, abnormal appearance, and tendency to feed on blood of certain animals. There are over 1,200 different species of bats in the world and less than 5 actually feed on blood! Most bats are insectivores, and a large roost made up of millions of bats can eat up to 500,000 lbs of insects in one night! They commonly hunt mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles and moths. They even use echolocation for guidance while flying at night!

Appearance

  • Most bats encountered by humans range from 9-15 inches
  • Wings are broad, webbed hands
  • Short legs
  • Sharp claws
  • Large ears
  • Range in color from light tan to dark brown and black
  • Small eyes with poor eyesight

Habitat

Bats are nocturnal. During the day, they hang out together in roosts sometimes numbering in the millions. They hang upside down from the ceilings of caves, hollow trees, and buildings as they sleep. Once duck approaches, these creature awaken and fly out together in large numbers. They dart over open fields and yards to hunt insects and rarely land on their feet for their legs cannot support their body weight!

Problems

Entry

Bats enjoy a solid shelter, so they are often found in attics and barns! Hollow trees and bat boxes are ideal places for the creatures to roost, as well. In summer, when bat pups are learning to fly, they sometimes accidently enter buildings through open doors or windows!

Damage

Bats and humans usually peacefully coexist. Bats do eat a lot of the annoying insects! But one of the largest health problems associated with bats is their droppings, called guano. Guano is prized in some areas as a rich fertilizer, but when collected, it can harbor dangerous fungal spores, such as histoplasmosis!

Control

Control and Safety

Many people fear bats for they have a reputation for carrying rabies, but only less than .05% of bats carry the virus! Nevertheless, bats should still not by picked up or grabbed. In order to prevent colonies from roosting in attics, you must cover or seal all vents, holes, chimneys, windows and gaps leading inside homes.

Trapping and Removal

Since bats may carry disease, individuals should never approach them. Bats also bite and scratch when they feel threatened and can easily injure humans. Critter Control technicians are trained to humanely remove any bat problems plaguing residential and commercial properties.

We can help you get rid of bat problems! Call our Denver office today! 303.536.7762.

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