Bats are incredibly important parts of our surrounding ecosystem. However, that does not mean they are welcome to cause trouble in and around our properties. Whether you have an interior or exterior nuisance bat problem on your hands, the one thing you must never do is ignore the issue and assume it will go away on its own. Continue reading to learn 4 reasons why you should never ignore a nuisance bat problem.
❶ Bats Can Make You Sick
Bats can be carriers of several infectious diseases, such as Rabies. Also, their guano grows Histoplasmosis spores, which can spread through the property’s duct system and cause serious respiratory health issues for humans and pets. Bats are also known to spread lice, bat mites, and other types of parasites. These nasty parasites can be quite costly and tedious to get rid of, which is a process that can’t even begin until the bats are removed first.
❷ Bats Can Cause ALOT of Damage
Not only can bats squeeze into a crevice as tiny as 3/8th of an inch, once they are inside where they want to be, they are capable of causing extreme amounts of damage. For example, roof shingles and siding are stained or damaged, every square inch becomes saturated and covered in bat droppings, attic insulation is ripped and torn apart, electrical wiring is compromised, ceiling and wall stains can appear as a result of bat droppings, and more. Often times, bats roost inside homes and buildings for months, unnoticed; so it is common for all this damage to happen right underneath your nose, building up more and more overtime.
❸ Maternity Colonies Double in Size
As mentioned, it is common for bat infestations to go unnoticed for quite some time. This is especially true for larger homes and buildings, garages, sheds, and barns. The biggest problem with this is the amount of damage that can accrue over a long period of time. Bats can cause extensive damage in a short amount of time, so when they go unnoticed for extended periods, the damage only gets worse. And if that’s not disconcerting enough, bat maternity colonies double in size each year. So if you have a bat infestation that goes undiscovered for more than a year, the number of bats and the amount of damage they cause are doubled.
❹ You Can Not Get Rid of Bats Alone
Bats will not go away on their own. If they are there, they have no reason to leave until the environment is not conducive to their lifestyle anymore. And although there are several things you can do as a property owner to help thwart and prevent bat activity, an on-going nuisance bat problem requires the help of a professional. Bat removal and control is simply NOT a DIY job. For many reasons, it is a task that is reserved for licensed, insured, and trained professionals who have the proper equipment and resources to do so, safely and humanely. Bats should never be harmed, trapped, touched, or killed under any circumstances.