What To Do About A Bat Intrusions On Your Houston Property

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Bats are found all over the United States. Although they aren’t vampires in disguise, they are still unwanted houseguests. That’s why 911 Wildlife is here to help. If you need bat control and wildlife control in Houston, look no further than 911 Wildlife. 

How To Tell If Bats Are Roosting On Your Property

The most obvious sign of a bat intrusion is seeing bats. These mammals can be anywhere from tan to black, with large, distinctive ears. Adult bats are typically between two and seven inches long, with a typical wingspan between six and 15 inches. 

Bats are nocturnal, which means they’ll leave their roosts at dusk and return around dawn. In the wild, bats roost in tree cavities and other similar spaces, but they’re also known to live inside houses and barns. 

There are a few other signs of bats. Bat droppings, called guano, resemble rat droppings. They’re small, dark pellets that are extremely dry and crumble when touched. You might also hear scratching or chirping sounds from where bats are roosting.                                                

Bats On Your Property Can Be A Health Hazard

Bats can bite if they feel threatened or if they are handled. Rabies only occurs in a small percentage of bats, but there are no outward signs of rabies in bats. This means you can’t know if a bat has rabies without testing, so it’s best to avoid bites.

Bat guano can spread the disease histoplasmosis, which is an infection caused by breathing in fungal spores. Guano can also cause severe property damage, even going so far as to cave in roofs. Bats can also be carriers of parasites, including bat bugs and mites. 

Factors That Attract Bats To Your Property

Bats typically enter homes and other buildings to roost, then hunt for food elsewhere. Unlike other pests, bats don’t make their holes to get inside. Instead, they use already existing entry points. That’s why the best way to prevent bats in your house is to limit how bats can enter your home.

  • Screen attic vents and chimney openings

Bat control products are specifically designed to keep them out of your home. Regarding chimneys and vents, screens work best to allow airflow while still keeping bats out.

  • Repair existing holes in the walls and foundation of your home

Holes and gaps in the walls allow bats—and other pests—to come inside. This is especially important when it comes to bat exclusion, because they don’t make their own holes. By sealing over any holes or cracks in the walls, you can keep bats from entering your home.

  • Ensure that doors and windows are attached properly

Bats can crawl under doors and windows if there’s a space. Making sure that all windows and doors are securely attached and that there are intact screens prevents bats from being able to enter. If necessary, installing door sweeps can also help keep bats out. 

When it comes to pest control for bats, prevention is critical. Bat removal is often best left in the hands of bat control specialists. 

The Best Way To Remove Bats From Your Property

In many places, including Houston, bats are a protected species. There are specific guidelines for bat removal, which are necessary both to keep you and the bats safe. 911 Wildlife is owned and operated by wildlife rehabilitators; our top priority is the humane removal of wildlife pests from residential areas. If you’re looking for humane bat control, you’re looking for 911 Wildlife. We use a combination of removal and exclusion services for bats in the Houston area. Call today to learn more about our bat control in Houston. 

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