When bats take up residence in your Orlando home, they often bring with them disease and destruction. These winged creatures do not normally come into close contact with humans, and their presence in your home may not be immediately apparent. If an infestation is allowed to grow, however, it can lead to serious problems for the health of your family and home.
Learn how Critter Control of Orlando can help with any of the following bat issues:
What Are The Dangers of Bats in Your Home
The most well-known danger of bat activity is their potential to spread harmful diseases like rabies, but perhaps the most dangerous part of having bats in your home comes from their fecal waste. Also known as guano, bat feces is often found in piles underneath where the bats roost at night and are dusty inconsistency. If disturbed, guano can release harmful bacteria into the air which puts you and your family at risk for dangerous diseases like histoplasmosis. Additionally, the guano is corrosive and can damage important structural components of your home over time. If you notice bat guano anywhere on your property, contact the experts at Critter Control® of Orlando right away.
Expert Bat Removal Services
With the laws surrounding bat removal and their protected status in many areas, you should never attempt to remove these creatures from your home on your own. Instead, trust a team with over thirty years of experience and the tools required to get the job done safely. At Critter Control® of Orlando, we understand just how important bats are to the environment, and take every step to ensure their safe relocation. For any questions about our bat removal services, or to schedule a home consultation, call us today at 407-295-7194.
Bats in the Attic
There are thirteen species of insectivorous bats who call Florida home. Although bats prefer to live in various natural habitats such as in dead trees, dead palms, Spanish moss, and caves, they also favor the warmth and protection your attic provides.
Bats play a critical role in our ecosystem but can become a headache for homeowners when roosting in large colonies inside of attics. While bats aren’t dangerous creatures, they are considered pests because of the amount of noise and mess they can create.
The chirping sounds bats can make in a large group can drive homeowners crazy. But, the primary concern for wanting to remove bats from your attic is the health, odor, and insect problems that can occur from the accumulation of their droppings (guano).
How Do Bats Get in my Attic?
Many times, bats locate small cracks or gaps in the exterior of your home by sensing air currents and temperature changes. And, because bats are nocturnal and relatively quiet in smaller numbers, they could be living in your attic for years until the odor from the droppings notifies you of their presence.
How Do I Get the Bats to Leave?
Never try to trap or poison bats you encounter in Florida. Bats are protected under Florida wildlife laws, and it is illegal to kill them deliberately. The only safe and effective way to permanently remove bats from your attic is by performing a live exclusion.
An exclusion is administered by setting one-way devices in the areas where the bats are emerging from the roost. The one-way devices let the bats exit but prohibit them from re-entering. Once all of the bats are gone, the openings can be permanently sealed, and a thorough cleanup can take place.
Rely on the Professionals
If you need help removing bats from your home attic, rely on the professional services Critter Control® of Orlando provides. We have the proper tools and knowledge to correctly exclude the bats, as well as repair any damages they may have caused, and clean any messes left behind. For more information, or to get a free estimate today, please call us at 407-295-7194.
Bats are frightening to many people because of how they are portrayed as being dangerous and aggressive, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Florida is home to 18 species of bats, none of which are naturally aggressive towards humans. In fact, bats are so beneficial to the environment that they are protected by laws against being harmed intentionally. They can eat up to 1,200 insects in an hour, and some species even play a role in pollinating fruits and other plants.
What Kind of Damage Can Bats Cause?
Bats become an issue when they begin roosting in large numbers inside of residential or commercial buildings, such as homes or offices. The accumulation feces, or guano, is not only foul-smelling, but it can carry bacteria as well.
How to Bats Make Entry in my Home?
It’s easy for bats to gain access to buildings as they easily squeeze through gaps less than an inch in diameter, which are often found around windows, doors, roofing components, pipes, and vents. Bats are quiet and most active at night, so they often go weeks or months without being noticed.
How Can Ensure Bat Exclusion?
Removing bats should always be left up to a professional, to ensure your safety and that of the animal. The airborne fungus can be released when a bat roost is disturbed, and appropriate measures will need to be taken to reduce risks. Additionally, bats are a protected species and laws must be adhered to strictly when excluding bats from a building.
If you need help dealing with a bat infestation, the experts of Critter Control® of Orlando can create a personalized plan to help you. Call us today at 407-295-7194 or contact us online to schedule a free home inspection.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies 26 bat species as being critically endangered, with the possibility of becoming extinct in the near future. And, because females generally give birth to one pup per year, it is challenging for bats to reproduce at the rates needed to overcome the significant decline in their species.
There are many reasons for the decline of the bat population. One of the main reasons is because the forests bats use for roosting are being cleared at alarming rates, causing bats to seek refuge in man-made structures, such as attics and garages. Should you ever find bats roosting in your home, don’t panic, and call Critter Control® of Orlando. We will do everything we can to safely remove the wildlife, leaving bat extermination as a last resort.
The Importance of Bats
The world would be a much different place if bats did not exist. There are more than 13,000 bats around the world who play an essential role in both the health of natural ecosystems and human economies. Many of the species consume massive amounts of insects, including those that destroy crops. Others pollinate plants that aid in the production of some of our favorite fruits. The fruit-eating bats that are located in the tropics disperse seeds, which are necessary for restoring rainforests that have been cleared or damaged. Even bat droppings (guano) are used as a fertilizer.
How to Handle a Bat Situation?
To help protect both you and the animal, you should never attempt to remove bats on your own. Instead, we advise letting the professionals from Critter Control® of Orlando help you humanely and efficiently handle your bat situation.
Partner with Bat Professionals
If you’re unsure of what to do when facing a bat problem, call Critter Control® of Orlando. Our trained technicians will work quickly to remove the bats and restore your home to its original condition. We are also experienced in the laws and regulations regarding bat extermination. For more information on the services we provide or to get a free estimate, call today at 407-295-7194.
Many people go years without seeing a bat with their own eyes, and this isn’t because they’re uncommon, but rather because they’re elusive and tend to stay hidden from sight. Their nocturnal nature means they’re most active at night which makes it easy for them to gain access to your home without you knowing.
Why Are Bats Dangerous?
Bats play an integral role in the health of our local ecosystem, but they have no place in your home or anybody’s home for that matter. One of the biggest problems with having bats in your home is the accumulation of waste, known as guano. In addition to the foul smell that guano will fill your home with, it is a breeding ground for a number of dangerous diseases that can easily be spread through your home and to your family.
Bats typically will not attack humans directly, but they can be aggressive if they feel threatened. What’s more, bats are protected from harm or forceful removal in Florida, meaning they have to be safely excluded from your home – a job best left to a professional.
Let Critter Control® Help with Your Bat Problem
Bats often seek the shelter of a home when they are pregnant and will use your attic as a place to birth and raise their young. It is illegal to remove bats while they have immature pups with them, but we can sit down with you to create a plan to exclude them from your home safely when the time comes.