As you walk down the Halloween aisle at the store, you will find they are filled with decorations including bats. They are a prominent figure for Halloween, and have been associated with all sorts of sorcery and magical creatures. The interesting thing is; this is a giant misconception. Dave’s Pest Control is here to talk about bats, and the issues that arise from an infestation of bats.
Do Bats Hibernate & Can They See at Night?
While bats are adorning the exterior of houses across the country during this time of the year, you won’t see many of them in person. The biggest reason for this is the fact that they are most likely hibernating. Yes, you read that right, this signature Halloween character is usually not out and about around this time of the year. They will not be flying around cemeteries or turning into vampires this Halloween, but finding a place to ride out the cold temperatures. Many people think bats are blind, but they can actually see almost as well as humans. At night, the rely on a special sonar system called ‘echolocation’ meaning they find things using echoes rather than try to use their sight in the dark.
Do Bats Attack People? Are Bats Harmful to Your Health?
You may have heard that bats carry rabies, and you should be avoiding any contact with them. The truth is, most bats don’t have rabies. It isn’t impossible, but highly unlikely that you will find a bat that has rabies. If a bat does carry rabies, however, you will not know it, because they usually don’t show any signs that they carry the disease. They will actually avoid human contact most of the time. It is unlikely that they will be flying through the sky and get tangled up in your hair either, which is another misconception about bats. They do deposit droppings called guano, and urine. Their droppings have been known to cause histoplasmosis, which is an infection in your lungs. Breathing in fungus spores found in guano are what cause this disease. Infants and those with compromised immune systems are at a high risk and it can be serious if contracted.
How to Avoid Bat Infestations in Ceilings, Attics & Roofs
The best way to avoid a bat infestation, is to eliminate a place for them to gain access into your house. Common places that they roost include attics, chimneys and even within the walls of your home. They don’t mind roosting in very tight spaces that are dark. They are nocturnal animals, so it may be easier to find them at night when they are the most active. During the day inspections can be made with the use of a flashlight.
Signs of Bat Infestations: How Do I Know If I Have Bats?
One common sign of a bat infestation is the chirping noise they make. Young people can particularly hear this noise; they also make a lot of rustling noise. The area in which they roost is often covered in dark marks that is caused by the oils on their bodies rubbing up against the wall. Of course, their droppings are a sure sign that they have started roosting in that area as well.
Bat Control Services
It is important that you don’t take care of a bat problem on your own. These are wild animals that can cause bodily harm and should be handled by professionals. Dave’s Pest Control can help eliminate any bat problems you may have in your home. Call us today!