The Most Common Signs Of A Bat Infestation At A Residential Home
July 1, 2019
Bats can play a very beneficial role out in the wild. They are responsible for the consumption of hundreds (if not thousands) of insects. While the average person certainly enjoys fewer insects at their residence, these benefits come with a wide range of drawbacks.
Once these bats are given the chance to enter the home, they can become very harmful pests in their own right. These pests will not only cause damage to the home but they are also carriers of disease. In order to keep these pests at bay, home owners must look out for all of the common warning signs. To learn more about these warning signs and how they affect the home, be sure to read on.
Have Bats Been Seen Inside Of The Home?
This is one of the more obvious signs of bat infestation but it is not going to tell the whole story. There are a number of homeowners who make this mistake. One visible bat does not mean that there is a colony residing within the home. However, those who find bats inside of the residence will need to take certain precautions. The best way to find out more about these infestations is to take a walk outside during dusk.
Are there a number of bats circling the home during these hours? Are bats also visible during the sunrise hours? If so, this is a sign that an infestation has already begun to take place. Since the bat is a nocturnal creature, they will make a home for themselves during the nighttime and leave as the sun comes up. Bats will also leave a residence during sundown.
When bats can be seen first thing in the morning, this is one of the telltale signs of infestation. The presence of a single bat should not be disconcerting but a residence with several bats circling during sunup and sundown must be examined further.
Are Any Strange Noises Heard During The Night?
As a nocturnal creature, the bat is going to create more noise during the night. If there are any strange noises that are taking place at this time of day, a bat infestation could be to blame. For starters, bats will typically emit a very high-pitched noise. These noises are a telltale sign of a bat infestation. The high-pitched noises are how the bats communicate with one another when they are inside of the home.
Some homeowners will make the mistake of confusing these noises for the noises that are made by other birds or even mice. However, those who hear these noises on a consistent basis would do well to check their attic. There is a good chance that a colony of bats has set up shop there.
In addition to the high-pitched squeals that indicate communication between bats, homeowners must also pay close attention to any scratching and clawing that they hear. This could be a sign that there are bats currently living within the walls. These sorts of noises can also be heard when bats have set up residence inside of the attic.
Noticeable Bat Droppings & Urine
Of all the signs of a bat infestation, this one is the most offensive to the average homeowner. Are there any piles of droppings in the attic? What about the entryways of the home? In some cases, the homeowner may believe that these droppings were left by a bat.
There is an easy way to tell the difference, though. Take a closer look at the droppings in the light. If the droppings take on a shinier appearance in the light, this is a sure sign that they are actually bat guano. The guano is going to have a shiny appearance because of the number of insects that these pets can consume in the course of a day.
Urine stains can also be found in most areas where a bat decides to roost. If the urine stains have the scent of ammonia, this is a sign of a bat infestation. When the stains have not been cleaned on a regular basis, they will take on a whiter appearance. Any homeowner who discovers stains of this nature should never try to clean them up on their own.
A professional should always be enlisted in these instances. Guano and urine can cause life threatening complications when they are cleaned by a non-professional. The spores are inhaled, putting the homeowner at a greater level risk for the onset of deadly disease.
Entry Point Stains
Are there any black stains at the entry points for the home? If so, this could be a sign of a bat infestation. These stains are caused by bats entering and exiting the residence. Bats have the ability to squeeze themselves into the tiniest of spaces. Homeowners are consistently stunned by the small amount of space that these pests need to become a major nuisance.
There may also be damages to the roof. This is a common entry point for bats that are looking to make a home for themselves at a residential property. All it takes is a slight amount of damage to asphalt shingles for a bat to squeeze right in.
The professionals should always be contacted in these instances. Otherwise, the infestation can lead to much more serious issues over the long haul. Bats love to make their way into residential homes because of the consistent temperatures and the protection that they are afforded. A homeowner should never try to handle an infestation of this nature on their own...under any circumstances!
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