Surprisingly to many home owners, bats are a common creature that can gain entry into the home. Bats can squeeze into small openings found in the home, usually around the attic space. Bats will then make your home theirs, having babies and covering the area with feces. This can be harmful to those in the home as well as a factor in destroying the integrity of the home. When you live in an area that is prone to bats, it is important to be able to tell the difference between small and large brown bats to know what type of problem you may have.
Both bats are hard to determine based on how they look because each bat looks the same. A colony of big brown bats will be smaller and produce fewer droppings than a smaller size bat colony. Both bat types are nocturnal insectivores and both will use a home’s attic space for a roost. It is more likely that the larger type of brown bat will choose to hibernate inside the home during the winter months instead of migrating.
For homeowners, it is important to learn the signs that bats may be near or entering your home as well as bat facts. This way, bat control can be put in place. You would need to hire a professional team of wildlife experts to access your home and determine if you have an issue.
Five Signs Bats May Be In Your Attic Space
- Seeing bats exit the attic area at dusk. It is at this time that bats would leave the home to go feed.
- Seeing bat droppings around the entry points to the attic space as well as on the ground or exterior walls of the outside of your home.
- Staining on siding, trim or soffit that is brown in color. The fur of a bat is oily and will leave marks on the building as the bat in house goes to and fro. The oil actually helps the bat to maneuver into small openings to gain access to your home.
- A strong smell of urine and feces can also alert you to a problem. Such droppings can have a strong odor, especially if you have a colony of brown bats living in your home.
- Unusual sounds in the home can also be a sign. You may hear squeaking, clawing or scratching sounds within the walls or ceilings of the home as the bats begin to move around during the nighttime or early morning hours. Some homeowners even think that the bats are actually mice because the sounds are similar.
Once you realize that you have a bat problem in the home, steps need to be taken to humanely remove the creatures. Contact a wildlife control group who will assess and remove the creatures from your home. Once the problem has been assessed, the expert will be able to create a plan to see the bats removed safely. Once removed, any feces will need to be cleaned. Entry points will need to be sealed off to ensure another bat infestation does not take place.
Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to learn more about bat removal or to schedule an appointment for service.