Nuisance wild bats are not something you need loitering around your home. Although they are among the best insect control you can have, especially for mosquitos in the summer, they are not conducive to urban living. Bats are known to cause extensive amounts of damage to both interior and exterior areas of a house or building. Since local bats are tiny, they can squeeze through an opening as small as 3/8th of an inch! They’re best at gaining entrance into attics, crawl spaces, garages, roofs, sheds, and more.
If you suspect that you have an abnormal quantity of bat activity on your property, it is going to help to consult Centurian for expert advice and support. They have the proper permits, licenses, and experience to accurately assess your home for susceptibilities, suggest the right procedures of resolve, and implement both extraction and exclusion solutions for your benefit. While you wait for your professional bat removal specialist to arrive, review these common questions and answers about bat damages to better understand what to expect.
What Sorts of Damage Do Bats Cause? Wherever they live or roost, bats will leave behind urine, feces, and food debris. Floorboards, ceilings, walls, insulation, electrical wiring, and much more will become saturated and stained overtime. They may also gnaw on electrical wiring, drywall, insulation, and more. On the exterior of a home, bats will leave behind an oily residue around their entry points. This oil comes from their fur, and leaves behind black-ish brown stains which are indicative of a bat infestation. Bats can also damage roof shingles, siding, and gutters.
The most common places for bats to roost is hollowed trees, roofs, attics, crawl spaces, under porches, in garages, and in sheds. They favor quite, dark, and warm spaces. If they can find access to one of these areas, they will roost there for as long as they can.
How Many Bats Can I Have in the Attic?
The only way to know how many bats you have in your home is to employ a professional to diagnose the problem. However, it is helpful to understand that bats aren’t solitary mammals. So where there’s one or two nerves, there are probably many more.
Guano, or bat stool, can be an extremely useful resource under the ideal conditions. However, the accumulation of guano in your home can pose some significant health risks, which makes it very dangerous indeed. Guano can grow fungal spores called Histoplasma capsulatum, which may cause a serious lung disease called Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is also known as “Cave disorder”, “Darling’s disease”, “Ohio valley disease”, and “spelunker’s lung.” Histoplasma capsulatum fungal spores can become airborne and then inhaled by both people and pets. Guano can also develop and transmit viruses, bacteria, and parasites, which become airborne also.
How Do I Repair Bat Damages?
The only way to properly renovate bat damages would be to employ a professional wildlife removal and management company that offers wild animal damage cleanup and restoration services. In many cases, home owners’ insurance policies cover bat damages to some extent, and many wildlife control companies accept and do insurance claim work. They will cleanup, decontaminate, sanitize, fumigate, and fix the mess left behind.