Bats in your house? That’s enough to give anyone the shivers. We’ve all seen the movies where hordes of bats invade someone’s living space, landing in their hair, maybe swarming over some unsuspecting victim and sucking all the blood out of his/her body.
Fortunately, that only happens in the movies.
At least the part about the hair and sucking blood. The part about bats in your house? Yeah, that can happen.
Most of the bats found living in houses are either the Little Brown Bat or the Big Brown Bat. Both of these kinds of bats are small, though. The Big Brown is only about a half ounce in weight but has a large wing span. They look like giant buzzards when they’re flying around in your house, though.
IMPORTANT! If you have bats in your house, don’t try to catch them yourself. Call a pro, like Heath’s Wildlife Service. For sure, don’t try to catch a bat with your bare hands!
While only a few, usually less than 1%, bats have rabies, why take the chance? Rabies can be a fatal disease in humans. Bats have small teeth, but still large enough to pierce your skin if they bite. So, don’t put yourself in a position to be bitten, even accidentally.
Rabies is only one of the harmful diseases that can result from bats in your house. Another is Histoplasmosis, caused by a microscopic fungus that can be present in bat droppings, or guano. This accumulates in your house under and around the area where bats are living. Stirring up the guano can put this fungus in the air you breathe, resulting in this respiratory disease that can be serious.
If you think you have bats in your house, you need to have an expert evict them and then seal up your home so they can’t return. Since bats will return to the areas they find for nesting, it’s important to find and close up even tiny openings around your home. Bats only need an opening around a half-inch in size for their door into your home.
One of the worst things you can do if you suspect bats in your house is to immediately close up all these tiny openings. The reason? You’ll be working in the daytime when the bats are asleep in your house. This means they can’t get out. The least that will happen is having bats flying around in the living areas of your home. The worst: they’ll die in your attic spaces.
Imagine that smell after a while.
Your best bet is to call a professional to get rid of the bats. This way, you don’t get sick and the bats don’t get hurt. Heath’s Wildlife Service provides 24-hour emergency and long-term nuisance wildlife solutions for your home or business with a focus on customer service, mutual trust, and ongoing support and information. Chris Heath will give you a no-obligation, free estimate for removing pests from your home. Call 855-422-0434 or 603-664-0513.