Bat Removal Process and Facts

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Bat Removal Facts:

Brevard and Indian River County are home to thirteen (13) species of bats that are either year round, or seasonal residents. All thirteen species of the bats living in florida are insectivorous (meaning bats eat mosquitoes and other flying insects, and getting rid of flying insects makes having a bat sound a lot better). Removing bats is a large task due to the amount of bats in Florida.

Some bat species form colonies and some roost alone, as removal professionals, we prioritize removing bats regardless whether it is one bat inside your attic or an entire bat infestation, all of us are removal professionals that take pride in getting rid of bats from your home and bats in the attic. There are also seven species of bats that have, on occasion, been found in Florida but they do not normally live here as these bats prefer different climates, such as the little brown bats. These are referred to as accidental species, occasional invaders from different states. Three species of bats are from more northern climates and these bats eat insects too, such as the eastern red bats. The other four bat species, are from more tropical regions and these bats eat nectar, pollen and fruit. The latter have only been found in south Florida and the Florida Keys.

The 13 Bat Species Of Florida

  1. Big brown bat
  2. Tricolored bat (Eastern pipistrelle)
  3. Evening bat
  4. Gray myotis
  5. Northern yellow bat
  6. Seminole bat
  7. Velvety free-tailed bat
  8. Brazilian free-tailed bat
  9. Eastern red bat
  10. Florida bonneted bat
  11. Hoary bat
  12. Rafinesque’s big-eared bat
  13. Southeastern myotis

Bats are a valuable part of the ecosystem

While brown bats can be a huge problem, and bat removal is necessary for many people that want to get rid of bats. Brown Bats can help tremendously in mosquito control and other local pests. Individual bats eat as many as 6,000 mosquitoes per night! So many people choose to install a bat box, or a “bat house”, that allows bats to live in their yard to help with mosquito control and various flying insects, with the bat inside the bat house roosting. However installation of a bat house does not guarantee that bats will roost in it and start getting rid of local pests. There are many things that need to be taken into account when installing it, as bats from your home will need specific conditions. A bats preferences include things such as height, surrounding trees, temperature, and design quality of the bat house.

Bats Nuisances & Damage:

While brown bats provide an invaluable asset to mosquito control, and for the most part they are very helpful to the environment. You definitely do not want a bat inside your home making a nest creating potential for a bat infestation. What you do want is having a professional bat handler from bat control come in to effectively get rid of bats in your home. More that 1 out of every 20 bats, on average, carries the rabies virusand 90% of all rabies reported in humans each year originate from contact with brown bats. (source: CDCBats teeth are so small that you can be bitten and not even feel it, most cases of people being bitten are from bats living in their own home and having the local pest bite them while asleep. (see previous link from the CDC)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do Bats Bite? Absolutely! I heard MOST bats carry rabies, is this true? No, MOST bats do not carry rabies, however about 6% are infected. This means that you might have a bat roost (nest) in your attic/awning with an average of 150 bats, statistically speaking you have 9-10 rabid bats from your home.
  • Why was “Ace Ventura” so scared of bat guano in the movie? As a professional bat handler, I love getting this question. The answer is because bat guano (feces), will carry diseases that are very nasty ones including Histoplasmosis(just one reason to remove the bats a guano is important because they carry diseases) Its symptoms vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Occasionally, the life cycle of other organs are affected due to the bat guano. When this happens it can shorten your life cycle and be fatal if untreated, if you feel you are at risk, it would be wise to check in with local healthcare facilities. These factors make it extremely important for us to focus on guano removal as well as overall bat control services. (Read about it here from the Center for Disease Control, and here on our blog)
  • I don’t know what to look for in my house for bats, what are the signs of a bat infestation? What should I do for bat prevention? Finding out that you have bats is usually a surprise until you see them leaving your house at dusk, a large amount of two story homes have occasional invaders in the form of bats, as they typically nest at heights above 15 ft either in homes or on little brown local branches (the height allows bats to avoid predators). When we go out to inspect a house for bat removal, we look for their bat guano (feces). Here is an example of a home that we went out to, that believe it or not, the homeowner never noticed all the bat feces, they just started hearing bat sounds in their attic. In this particular home, one of the entry points the bats used was a small hole in the corner where the soffit meets the shingles and stucco wall. We were able to seal the home and do the bat removal successfully.

  • How do you keep preventing bats from coming back to a house? We provide guaranteed bat proofing, bat prevention and bat exclusion services to ensure bats can not reenter the home through any entry points once they have been removed. Read more on bat proofing and exclusion.

 

 

 

Bat Guano (feces) can cause many issues. Call On Point Wildlife for your bat removal needs.

Bat Guano (feces)

 

 

 

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