A bat comes under the category of a mammal. Bats fly at night and generally homes that sit high up such as two or more stories tend to have bat problems. Bats are destructive to homes in a different way. There are well over 800 different species of bats in the world, some being on the endangered species list. Bats enjoy eating insects, small animals, fruit, fish, and some even to suck blood. The diet of the bat depends on the type of bat in the area of residence. Bats reside everywhere. They do not live in desert areas or frigid climates. Bats are blind and depend on an extraordinary sonar ability to get around. If you ever watch a bat in flight, it seems as though they fly at the speed of sound. They are quick and rapid. During the colder months, bats hibernate in attics, basements, caves, hollowed trees, buildings, barns and anywhere they can keep warm.
Bats Can be Harmful to Humans and Animals, not Structures
The bat dropping they leave behind become a hazard to a homeowner and occupant health. Some bats are rabid, and if a bat bites any occupant or pets the risk is high for a series of painful rabies shots while bitten must be put to sleep if the bat tests for the disease such as rabies. If the owner catches the bat that bit the person or pet, it is turned over to the animal control or police and tested for disease, thus eliminating much pain and suffering for those bitten.
While bats scare many people because of their appearance, other people are very careful of the bat and would rather guide it out a door or safely catch it and turn it loose. The owner needs to inspect the home for bats colonies and find out how they are getting inside. Bats can squeeze through very tiny spaces. Go into the attic with a flashlight during the day and if there are bats the owner can see them hanging in the rafters. It is never a good idea to try and trap a bat for fear of getting bit. It is better to open doors, put on bright lights and usher them out an exit. Once the bats are out, disinfect the floors and walls and be sure to wear gloves and mask as bat droppings are toxic to breathe. Seal up all entries where the bats may be coming into the home.
There are many things that a homeowner can to do keep these pests out of the home’s structure, some of which are already briefly mentioned. Make sure to check for any holes or cracks in the foundation of the home. Pipes and wires leading into the home do so only through holes pre-bored. Placing insulation or caulk into these holes is important. Overhanging tree limbs give some of these critters a quick and easy access into the home. Keep tree branches
trimmed and away from the structure.
Moisture attracts many common household pests, so make sure basements and attics are well insulated, caulked, holes covered, vents screened, keep areas ventilated. Keep garbage in tin containers and covered and do not let garbage accumulate for more than one week. Rotten wood found in basements and on roofs become moist and is a breeding ground for many pests. Replace and seal roofs as necessary. When using firewood in the home, never store the wood in or near the home. Keep this wood a safe distance away from the current structure. Never store firewood directly on the ground. Build a wood platform or use some other platform to stack the first layer of wood.