What are bats?
Bats are mammals belonging to the order Chiroptera, a name with Greek origin meaning "hand-wing." Instead of having arms or front legs, bats have wings. A leathery skin covers the hand-like bones that are in the wings. At the end of their wings are claw-like structures that act as thumbs. Other physical features of a bat include having black, brown, or reddish fur covering their body and head and visible ears that stand up off the head. Another claim to fame of the bat is being the only mammal that is capable of real flight.
Are bats dangerous?
Like other animals that feed on nuisance and dangerous insects, when they are living outside and away from people, they are helpful and an important part of the ecosystem. However, when bats decide to live in our homes and hunt insects in our yards, they become unwanted pests that need to be removed by a professional.
Listed below are reasons why bats are dangerous and problematic when living near people:
- Bats are wild animals, and if ever cornered, they will bite.
- Bats are vectors of rabies and other diseases.
- Bats are carriers of many disease-spreading parasites like fleas, ticks, and bat bugs.
- In bat feces, there is a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum which can cause serious health problems in people, including lung disease.
- Feces buildup in your home from bats can lead to foul odors and cause staining and other damage.
- When they live in your attic or roof eaves, they will make scratching, bumping, and thumping noises.
Why do I have a bat problem?
Bats like to roost and nest in dark, quiet places. Our homes, yards, barns, and garages often provide roosting and nesting spots, and our yards, gardens, trees, landscaping, ponds, and pools act as hunting grounds for bats. Low-lying areas that collect rainwater, clogged gutters, and birdbaths will also attract insects that bats will use as a food source.
Where will I find bats?
Bats live throughout New Jersey. Caves, spaces between rocks, tree hollows, bridges, roof eaves, and homes are some of their favorite roosting sites.
Bats are most active in our area throughout the late spring, summer, and early fall. On a day-to-day basis, bats are most active a dusk, when many of the insects they hunt are also active. Dusk is the time of day most homeowners see bats swooping around their yards. Bats are nocturnal and will return to their roosting sites from their overnight hunting escapades at dawn.
If bats find a way into a home, they will end up in the attic, chimney, crawl space, or a wall void, all of which are common places to discover them roosting and nesting.
How do I get rid of bats?
Don't let bats ruin your ability to enjoy your yard or feel comfortable in your home. Partner with the professionals at Alliance Pest Services, and we'll provide the fast action and effective solutions needed to remove these wild animals as quickly as possible. Through site survey, humane removal, and exclusion services, our professionals will remove any bats from your home and ensure they won't return.
At Alliance Pest Services, our focus is on meeting each customer's unique pest control needs. With over 21 years of experience, we understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution to pest problems. Our professionals will take the time to customize your pest control services to meet your property's unique needs. If you live in Monmouth County, NJ, and would like to learn more about our warrantied bat control services, give us a call today!
How can I prevent bats in the future?
- Install bat houses at the perimeter of your property to give them someplace to safe to be other their your house.
- Keep caps on chimneys.
- Make sure you have covers over vents leading into your home.
- Seal spaces around wires and other utilities entering your house.
- Repair any holes along your roofline.
- Keep your lawn cut short, maintain your pool (if you own one), and eliminate areas of standing water to help reduce insect activity that attracts bats.