Bats are nocturnal flying mammals that leave their roosts at dusk to feed and return to secluded dark places just before daylight. Most species are active during the warmer months and hibernate and/or migrate for the winter season. There are hundreds of species of bats worldwide with about 40 species found in the United States. The two most common species in Maryland that enter structures are the little brown bat and the big brown bat.
Big brown bats:
This species commonly roosts in attics and behind shutters or loose boards. During the winter months, colonies travel short distances seeking refuge in warmer climates.
Little brown bats:
Little brown bats often roost in buildings, mostly hot dry attics, but sometimes beneath tar paper, under shingles, and behind shutters or siding. This species forms nursery colonies in early spring, then migrates south in the fall. They feed on insects, primarily flies and moths, and alternate their feeding with rest periods during which time they hang to digest their food. Despite its small size, little brown bats can live up to 34 years!
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1. Why do I have them?
There are entry points from the outdoors that lead into the dark areas of the house. Such entry points include attic vents, fascia boards and chimneys.
2. Are bats dangerous?
Bats can pose a serious health threat to humans if they are found inside a structure. Fungi that harbors in bat droppings can cause the lung disease histoplasmosis. An accumulation of droppings should be professionally decontaminated and removed.
A small percentage of bats are also infected with rabies but may not show symptoms. Rabies can be transmitted when saliva or even the body tissue of an infected animal comes into contact with another animal or human. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you’ve had any unprotected, physical contact with a bat.
3. How do you get rid of my bats?
At Rosenbloom Pest Control, Inc., our bat control services include the necessary products for exclusion. We inspect both inside and outside the property to find bat entry and roosting areas. Then we seal those areas, while leaving a way for the bats to leave the structure.
4. Is the treatment safe?
Our bat control experts use the latest techniques for control and exclusion.
There should be no safety issues posed to your family, employees or customers resulting from the bat treatment.
Should any specific safety measures need to be taken, our highly trained wildlife technicians will make sure you have a thorough understanding of them.