We have seen a big increase in calls for bat removal this year. Not sure what the reason is. Maybe the mild winters we have had over the past few years has contributed to this. Whatever the reason, it seems more people have had bats invade their attics causing a lot of damage. Bat removal and bat guano clean up can be difficult and hazardous.
Bats carry parasites like bat bugs (a form of bedbug), fleas and ticks. They can also carry rabies. Their droppings (guano) can cause serious lung infections and should only be removed wearing proper equipment. Best to leave that to the professionals. Simply screening them out after dark doesn’t always get the job done. Once they are blocked out they will fly around the outside of your house following their scent left behind in the attic. If there is another way in they will find it. Bats only need a 3/8 inch gap to squeeze through. That’s not very big.
Bats do not migrate but do hibernate. If they are in your attic now they will stay there through the winter. During this time they are not very active and removing them can be more difficult. It is much easier removing bats during warm weather. The longer they are allowed to stay the larger the colony will grow and the cost to correct the problem can climb into the thousands. It is advised to take care of a bat problem as soon as it is discovered.
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