Why You Shouldn't Share Your Home With Bats◀ Back To Blog
October 10, 2013
Bats typically avoid any interaction with humans and will often find places to roost that are far away from human population. This is one reason that bats often live in caves that are somewhat isolated, as they don’t like to be around other creatures. That being said, it’s also not unusual for a bat or a colony of bats to roost in a home, especially a large home that offers undisturbed space away from its occupants. They are also often found in barns and other outbuildings that are away from the main home. While some people may have a fascination with bats and others may feel that they can remain undisturbed, there are some good reasons why you shouldn’t share your home with bats. Consider a few of those here.
Bats are not as hazardous to one’s health as folklore would have you believe; rabid bats are rare and they don’t turn you into a vampire if they bite you. However, as rare as it is, a bat can have rabies which is why they should be avoided and removed from the home. If a bat ends up in your living space, it is important to learn how to get rid of a bat in the house.
Bats droppings, called guano, and urine is left where they roost, both containing bacteria that is harmful to humans, just like any other animal waste. Allowing bat droppings to build up in your home can contaminate the air and may cause health hazards if not cleaned properly. A home with bats, overtime will cause the waste to infiltrate your home’s building materials, as urine can soak porous materials and guano can find its way into cracks and crevices. This can allow it to get close to the human occupants of the home, increasing the risk factors.
Damage to Home
One reason to consider removing bats from the home is that they can cause severe damage to the home’s plumbing, electrical, and other fixtures. Bats can roost in areas of pipes and cause damage, or they can claw away at the wood, insulation, and other building materials.
Bats can also leave behind rub marks, which are caused from the body oil in bats from when they fly back and forth to their roosting area. For the protection of your family and your home, they should be removed as soon as possible especially if you notice these marks around your home.
Bat noises include, a high-pitched chirping sound when arriving at or leaving their roost. Along with chirping noise, a rustling noise may be heard when bats are preparing to emerge at night for feedings.
It is important to contact your local Saratoga bat removal specialist at the first signs of bats or wildlife animals in your home. Attempting to control and remove wildlife and other mammals in your home is dangerous and should be left up to a wildlife and bat removal specialists. Thomas Pest Services offers bat removal services to Chatham, East Greenbush, Saratoga and surrounding areas throughout the Capital Region. Contact us to get started today, to safely remove your home with bats and other wildlife from your structure.