FAQS About Bats in the House

A wildlife rescue enthusiasts, we stress the importance of bats and their role in our Eco-systems and economies. However, that does not mean we condone bat intruders! Bats in the house is an uncomfortable, and even scary, situation; mostly because you are unfamiliar with the species, and unsure of what to expect in terms of behavior.

If you suspect that bats are a nuisance problem around your property, continue reading to help you learn what you need to know with these frequently asked questions about bats in the house.

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How Do Bats Get Inside of a House?

Bats only require a very tiny opening to enter your property. In fact, a gap as little as 3/8th of an inch are all they need to gain access to the common areas the target, such as attics, crawl spaces, garages, chimneys, roofs, and various other areas of a property. Often times, bats use roof and ridge vents, gables, soffits, and chimneys to get inside; however, they can also get lucky with a torn screen door, an open window, loose roof shingles, broken siding, and similar opportunities.

Where Do Bats Hide in a House?

The most common areas for bats to roost inside residential properties are attics and wall voids. They are also commonly found in crawl spaces, roof accessories (flashing, vents, turbines, etc.), and chimneys. Outside of a house, bats are commonly found roosting in log piles, sheds, garages, barns, tree houses, hollow trees, and tree cavities.

How Can I Tell if I Have Bats in the House?

One of the most common signs of bat presence in a house, and often the initial once notice, is hearing strange noises in the walls or ceilings, such as squeaking, chirping, and chattering. You may also hear fluttering noises from their wings as they shuffle around their roosting area. Also, visually spotting bat guano (dropping) or actual bats, is another tell-tale sign that bats are inside. Additional signs include oil stains around entry points, foul odors lingering indoors, and yellow and brown-like stains on ceilings and walls.

Will a Bat Attack Me? My Pets?

Bats are afraid of humans and pets more than you are of them. For this reason, they do everything they can to avoid interaction with either. In the case that a bat is nursing or protecting her young, or ill, they may defend themselves by biting if they are provoked in some way. Often times, curious dogs and cats fall victim to an angry bat trying to fend them off. Pet vaccinations are critical for reasons just like this, and much more.

Do Bats Have Rabies?

Although bats are known carriers of the Rabies virus, not all bats are infected with Rabies. However, you should always treat all bats as if they are actively infected in order to remain as protected as possible. There is no reason to take a chance. Rabies is 100% fatal, and also 100% preventable. Get your pets vaccinated annually, and yourself as well if you work in an environment where exposure is more likely.

What Do I Do if I Find a Bat in the House?

If you find a bat in the house, first get all people and pets to a guarded room. Then open all windows and doors, and gently encourage the bat to fly out of the house using a broom or long handled-device. Do your best not to touch the bat at all; instead, gently glide the broom against the surface near the bat to encourage it to fly away. If this does not work, your next step is to contact a local and licensed Virginia bat removal and control company for emergency bat extraction service.

Call Virginia Bat Pros

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Call Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 for safe and humane bat removal and control assistance in Old Dominion. We serve all of Virginia and its surrounding areas. We offer 24 hour bat removal, as well as, numerous residential and commercial bat exclusion services, such as bat cleanup and restorations for bat damages. We even provide insurance work! Contact us today for a free estimate.

7 Things You Should Never Do If You Have Bats

If you have bats in or around the house, there are some important facts you need to know. These facts will protect you, your occupants, your home, and the bats. Continue reading to learn what you SHOULD NEVER do if you have a nuisance bat problem on your property, as well as, what you SHOULD DO for a safe and humane solution.

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NEVER Touch, Handle, or Provoke Bats

Bats are known carriers of several infectious diseases that can affect both people and pets. And although they are not likely to attack or bite unless provoked or ill, you still run the risk of being bitten or scratched by a bat if you attempt to disturb them in any way. They also tend to have lice and mites, which are also transmissible to people and pets. It is important to never touch or provoke a bat under any circumstances.

NEVER Attempt to Trap, Capture, Harm, or Kill Bats

Not only is it unethical, immoral, and inhumane to trap or kill bats, it is illegal under most circumstances. Bats are protected species, and there are laws that prohibit handling, transporting, or domesticating bats without the proper licensing and permits. Never try to harm or kill a bat. Remember, they are not your enemy and you are not their enemy!

NEVER Call the Local Dog Pound to Get Rid of Bats

A dog catcher is not the answer to a nuisance bat problem, so do not waste your time calling them for help. They only deal with stray dogs and cats, and will simply refer you to a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation company who specializes in bat removal and control services.

NEVER Rely On Local Animal Control Services to Help

For the same reasons a local dog catcher won’t be any help, you should never rely on the county or city animal control department to solve your bat problem. Not only are they under-staffed and overworked, they do not have the proper resources and training to abate and relocate bats. They may tell you they will get around to it, but their case loads are so full, it is not likely to happen any time soon.

NEVER Tamper or Disrupt Their Bat Droppings (Guano)

Bat droppings (guano) can be highly toxic, especially for elderly folk, young children, and those with weakened immune systems. Guano commonly grows a fungus called Histoplasmosis Capsulatum, which emits toxic spores into the air. Upon inhalation and exposure, these spores can cause an infectious lung disease called Histoplasmosis, which is also known as Spelunker’s Lung, Cave Disease, Ohio Valley Disease, Reticuloendotheliosis, and Darling’s Disease.

NEVER Seal Up Their Entry and Exits Points to the House

Bat abatement and proofing methods are very complex. The process requires proper equipment, knowledge, training, permits, and experience. Not only is it unsafe for you and the bats, immediately sealing up bat openings is not the proper procedure for bat removal and control. There are several other steps that come first in order to protect the bats and the house, and to ensure long-term results.

NEVER Settle for Living With a Bat Problem

Not only are bats unsafe to have around your loved ones and pets, they are destructive to your property. Never settle for living with a bat problem, because there is no reason you have to! Contact a licensed Virginia bat removal and control company for expert bat abatement and exclusion services you can trust.

What You SHOULD DO Instead…

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Call Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 when you need prompt and professional Virginia bat removal and control you can afford. We use safe and humane methods to deliver effective 24 hour bat control for residential and commercial properties throughout Virginia. We serve all of Virginia, including Richmond, Petersburg, Short Pump, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Virginia Beach, and all of their surrounding areas.