Catch of the Week: Bat
December 20, 2016
Tis' the season for holiday festivities, family time, and of course, bats! Recently, we were called to a Des Moines home where the owner was experiencing a bat problem. Upon arrival, we found out the family had recently bought their Christmas tree from a local warehouse store and the bat came along with the tree. This is a great reminder for homeowners during the holiday season to inspect their tree before taking it home.
Bats can range in various sizes. However, the average bat is approximately 5.5-19 cm in length with a wingspan of 15 to 38 cm. A bats body is covered in hair that fluctuates from tan to black.
Bat Infestation Signs
When it comes to a bat infestation, there are multiple signs that may indicate you have a problem on your hands. First and foremost, when bats enter or leave a home, they leave behind oils on the windowsill, ceiling, etc. from their fur which can produce a brown or black stain . Additionally, you may begin to notice bat droppings. And last but not least, bat noises; bats make sounds when active, so you may hear scratching or the fluttering of wings.
- Bats are nocturnal creatures
- There are more than 1,200 species of bats in the world
- The three most common bats are the little brown bat, big brown bat and the Mexican free-tailed bat
Leading Des Moines Pest Control Service
When winter hits, pests such as bats can accidentally make their way into our homes. If you have a situation like this Des Moines homeowner or you begin to notice the signs of a bat infestation, it is important to call a pest professional immediately. For help eradicating bats, give us a call at (515) 276-7277 or schedule an appointment with us online.