Bats In The Attic | Iowa Bat Control
October 15, 2014
Are you hearing noises upstairs? You could have bats in the attic! There are many options for getting rid of bats in your home, but the best solution is to call a professional that specializes in bat removal. Find out what you need to know about bats and what to do if you think they're hiding in your house.
Are Bats Dangerous?
A common misconception about bats is that they are dangerous or will attack humans, but this is not the case. Bats are not aggressive, and they won't bite unless you touch them. Bats are actually a great addition to our ecosystem because they eat thousands of insects, including those nasty mosquitoes. However, bats become a problem to us when they invade our houses. In that case, it's time to call an Iowa bat control professional.
Why Do Bats Live in Attics?
Bats make roosts that they live in. Typically roosts are natural items found outside including caves, loose bark and tree hollows. However, during the fall and winter months, bats will also seek shelter in buildings and houses as they migrate and go into hibernation. Hibernation usually lasts from October or November to March or April. In Iowa, Big Brown bats are the most common species of bats found in the attic.
How Are Bats Getting Into My House?
Bats are very small and can squeeze through tiny cracks and holes. For example, a ||special189|| inch crack in your mortar can be the perfect entryway for a bat. Bats often make their way indoors through the overhang of roofs, damaged siding, drain pipes and areas where there are missing bricks. Gaps under doors leading to attics are also common entrances.
Bats are very sensitive to air currents. They can feel the cool air from your air conditioner coming out of a small crevice in your siding. Since bats have heightened senses, any small space is a potential entry for bats.
How Do I know If I Have Bats in My Attic?
Bats leave behind urine and brown/black guano (bat droppings). Guano can be found on walls and doorways where bats come in and out of your house. If you are unable to see the guano, you will be able to smell it. The odor is potent and can easily move throughout your home.
Another way to tell if you have bats in your home is to listen for a scratching sound. Bats have claws on their wings which cause scratching noises as they move throughout your attic or in your walls. You will be able to hear these scratching noises during the evening or at night when bats are most active.
Why are Bats Moving Around During Hibernation?
There may be a few times during hibernation that bats will become active. If there are a few warm days during the winter, bats may think it's an early spring and begin moving out of hibernation. Bats can live in conditions as low as 45 degrees, so they may also move when temperatures in their roost drop below this level. If the temperature drops, they will begin to move inward to find a warmer roost. Bats will start climbing down your walls, into your pipes and down into your basement. During this time, you will hear the scratching noises and notice guano in new places.
How To Get Rid of Bats
Unfortunately, once bats have determined your house as their roost, they will not leave easily. Bats tend to stay in the same roost for a long period of time. Also, if you see one bat in the attic, chances are there are more. Bats tend to live together in groups.
It is difficult to tell where bats are entering your house. It can also be hard to locate the bats inside of your house since they might be in your walls or in small crevices that are hard to see. Calling a professional bat removal service is the best solution to get rid of bats in your house.
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