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How to Keep Bats Out of Your BusinessBats are commonly known to take shelter in caves and trees, or underneath bridges, overpasses, and gazebos. However, they often find refuge inside the parking garages or interior spaces of commercial businesses. While their nocturnal habits should not interfere with the daily responsibilities of most office workers, the side effects of a bat infestation can derail office productivity if not quickly remedied.

Here are a few signs that you may have bats working the night shift, and some ways you can keep them out of your commercial building.

Signs of a Bat Infestation

You likely have bats in your building if your tenants or employees notice or complain about any of the following signs:

  • A foul odor emanating from the walls or ceiling
  • Stains on the carpet or on ceiling panels
  • An accumulation of waste, or guano, anywhere in the building
  • Screeching or fluttering noises
  • Bats swarming outside your building at dusk

Dangers of a Bat Infestation

Bats penetrate commercial buildings through small openings in the roof or walls. After nesting, they can cause destruction and workplace issues such as:

  • Insulation, ceiling, drywall damage
  • Toxic guano corrosion to wooden beams and building structures
  • Soiled inventory and machinery
  • Business interruption
  • Loss of revenue
  • Potential lawsuits
  • Health risks to tenants and their employees

Bat colonies are breeding grounds for a variety of infectious diseases which can easily be spread to your building’s occupants.

Bat Removal Protections

There are laws that complicate bat removal in the state of Florida. During maternity season, bats are protected from harm or forceful removal in Florida. Instead, they must be safely excluded from your business at appropriate times of the year. Successful exclusion involves installing one-way doors through which bats can exit, but not re-enter — a job best left to a professional.

Critter Control® Can Help

For over thirty years, Critter Control® has been keeping commercial businesses free of invasive pests. If bats have taken up residence in your business, call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule a free consultation and let our trained technicians create you a personalized and permanent bat exclusion plan.

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