Have you spotted bats inside your home? Hearing sounds inside the walls? You might be dealing with a bat infestation. While Wildside Wildlife Removal can help take care of your bat problem, it’s important to know how they got inside your home to prevent future infestations. In this article, we go over some of the most common ways bats end up inside your house, and how you can secure these entry points against bats coming in.
Bat Problem Basics
If you’re facing a bat problem, two specific species tend to be the culprits: little brown bats and big brown bats.
Little Brown Bats nest in homes and barns in the early months, before retreating to caves during hibernation season. They usually travel in a bat colony, so when they roost, they immediately threaten to infest.
Unfortunately, singular infestations are becoming more common due to White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome is a fungal infection that has killed millions of little brown bats. As a result, they are classified as an endangered species; if you’re facing an infestation, contact a humane bat removal company to remove bats without harming them.
Big Brown Bats, meanwhile, are not affected by the disease and usually nest alone. Unlike their smaller counterparts, once they find a suitable living space (like your home), they nest year-round. Big Brown Bats are quite sensitive to temperature variations, so their preferred living location is inside walls. Walls maintain a stable temperature quite comfortably, so if you hear strange sounds behind them, it’s time to start searching for signs of infestation.
Signs Of Bat Infestation
Mice and raccoons that have snuck into your home make a lot of noise – and bats are no exclusion! When bats fly outside, they are typically very quiet. But, in a room or your home, the noise can sound louder. It is also possible that bats could be flying into the walls or other objects in your attic or worse – a bat could be trapped in a wall of your home.
Bats are nocturnal creatures, meaning they are only active at dawn and dusk. But, if your attic is closed off from the rest of your home and there are no windows, it is possible that a bat stuck in your house could be active during the day as well as at night. Keep an ear out for any noises from your attic!
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How To Bat Proof Your Home
Bats tend to get into your house through small gaps since they can squeeze through an entry point as small as 3/8 of an inch. Common bat entry points include a cracked mortar joint, insecure air ducts or vent covers, loose chimney caps, gaps in rotting siding, and slightly open windows. You can prevent bats from roosting by filling these gaps with caulk or PVC, or by placing a tight net behind their main location of entry.
Another option is to set up a bat box in your local area. Bats love dark spaces at stable temperatures; bat boxes can provide a safe environment at a comfortable temperature, which will attract bats away from your house.
If you are facing an infestation, make sure all bats have left before sealing any gaps. Make it easier for them to get outside by dimming your attic lights, and by leaving an open window near their living area. Remember to never touch bats or bat droppings with your bare hands; even brief contact with bats poses a slight chance of catching nasty diseases.