What do bats look like?

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Bats are a type of flying mammal; more specifically, they are the only mammal that is capable of true flight!  Their appearance will vary depending on the specific species.  In general, bats from their nose to tail will range in length from 2 3/16th to 7 ½ inches and are 6-15 inches in length from wingtip to wingtip.  Bats have four legs (the front two help to form their wings), sharp teeth, and most have pointed ears; their bodies are covered in tan to black colored fur.  Their distinctive wings are made from leathery skin that is void of fur.

Bat behaviors

Bats are insectivores that feed on a variety of insects; they are very beneficial in keeping the populations of nuisance insects under control.  Bats will emerge from their roosting spot around dusk and will return just before sunrise.  Bats are often found swooping and flying around outdoor lights, ponds, and pools; all places where insects tend to congregate.

Depending on the species, bats will live alone, in small colonies, or very large colonies.  In colonies of bats there is no hierarchy. They all just gather together; no one bat is in charge.  Bats are most commonly found roosting in attics, behind shutters, and under the roof eaves of homes, garages, sheds, and barns.

Most bats are only active during the warm weather months. When the weather begins to cool they will either migrate to warmer climates or hibernate through the winter.  An interesting fact about bats is that they won’t fly during rainy weather.

Are bats dangerous?

Yes, bats are a danger to have living in and around your home. While bats are an environmentally beneficial species, they do pose health risks to people.  When bats roost in an enclosed area their feces will build up; and their feces contain a type of fungus called histoplasmosis that can lead to lung diseases.  

Bats do carry and transmit rabies through their saliva; a bite from a bat could lead to a person or pet becoming infected with rabies.  Also, bats, like other wild animals, can introduce other types of dangerous parasites into your home like fleas, ticks, bat bugs, and bat mites.

Can Suburban help with a bat problem?

Yes, Suburban can help to control bats on your property.  In fact, we recommend that only a professional with experience in bat control handle and remove bats because of the risks bats pose to people.

At Suburban, we can provide you with effective and humane wildlife control services to get rid of the bats that are currently roosting and living on your property.  Our trained professionals can then repair the damages to your property caused by the bats and clean-up the feces and other messes that they have left behind through our Pest Exclusion Services.

To get help with a bat infestation on your property, contact Suburban Exterminating today!

Bat prevention tips

Along with getting professional services to help prevent and control bats, there are some things you can do around your home to help keep bats out of it.

  • Inspect your home’s roof line and seal any crevices or openings found along it.

  • Install screens over all attic vents.

  • Replace or repair any missing or broken roof shingles.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Make sure that all chimneys have tight fitting caps on them.


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