Is It Dangerous To Have Bats On My Ithaca Property?

June 15, 2021

How often do you think about bats? If you are like most individuals who sleep at night and are awake during the day, it’s probably not often you consider these darkness dwellers. What will get you to think about these pests is if they start taking shelter in your attic spaces and outbuildings. If you suspect bats are claiming living spaces in and around your Ithaca home, here are a few things you should be aware of, including the dangers these night-flyers bring to properties.

a bat on an ithica walkway

Why Bats Invade Area Homes

Bats are nocturnal creatures. This means they sleep during the day and wake up after the sun goes down. If you didn’t know, creatures that sleep during the day have to work extra hard to make sure their daily shelter is safe and secure. This is why bats regularly sleep in deep dark caves. It is also why they invade attic spaces and outbuildings. Just think about it, in your entire home, where do you go the least? The attic. This makes it the perfect place for bats to hide in and sleep.

The Dangers Bats Pose To People

Bats are not that much different from pest birds in that they can carry and spread dangerous diseases. If anything, they are better at getting people sick. You may have heard of bats being cooked into dishes in foreign countries and making people ill. This is not the only way these invasive creatures spread illness. The main way bats get people sick in our area is through their fecal matter and urine which builds up where they nest such as in attic spaces and outbuildings. Some of the most common diseases you might contract from bats living inside your home include histoplasmosis and SARS-CoV. If you are ever attacked and bitten by one of these pests, you may contract rabies from their saliva.

How To Make Your Home Less Accessible To Bats

Now that you know why bats invade homes and why you do not want these pests sheltering indoors, let’s talk about some practical ways to keep these pests outside where they belong. The biggest thing you have to understand is how to properly seal your home’s exterior. Most often bats get inside through damage, open windows, and other entry points. To address these problems, start with your chimney. If it has a cap, make sure it is in good condition. If it doesn’t have one, invest in one. After this, have your home’s shingles inspected and address any damage you find. Follow this up by checking your roofline, as this is one common area where damage occurs that allows bats to get inside. To finish things off, make sure all of your home’s window and door screens are in good repair and that you keep unscreened windows and doors closed as much as possible. You would be surprised to learn how many bat infestations start with an open attic window.

Why You Should Consider Hiring A Profesional To Handle The Bats On Your Property

If you find fecal droppings in your attic, hear rustling and flapping at night, or notice a musty smell inside your home, it might be time to call the professionals. At Sweeny Pest, we know how to identify bat problems and we have the advanced equipment and industry-leading solutions needed to effectively remove and keep these night pests out of area homes. If your Ithaca property is in need of quality pest control, we are your choice for the job.

Call us today to find your best solution to bat problems or to find answers to any questions you have about area pests.

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