What Syracuse Property Owners Ought To Know About Bat Control

July 17, 2020

In the Syracuse, NY area, the local wildlife is prevalent. For the most part, this is a good thing since nature requires balance to function. However, sometimes the local wildlife strays into people’s homes or places of work, which can cause severe disruption to your daily life. One such pest that commonly invades the home is the bat.

brown bat hanging from a door frame

Bats are a nocturnal flying mammal known for their love of dark places such as attics and chimneys. While there are over 980 species of bat worldwide, there are only 40 of them in the United States. For property owners in Syracuse, some of the most common species of bat they’ll encounter include:

  • Little brown bat: By far, the most common bat people will run into in the Syracuse area. They are marked by dark brown fur with some greyish colored highlights. When it comes to building occupation,they are most active in the summer, but are also known to live in crevices in trees. This animal preys mostly on insects in the area.
  • Big brown bat: The largest cave bat, this species weighs up to three times more than other cave bats. The large size, dark ears, and fur color similar to their smaller counterpart identifies them. While they are common in the summer, it is also possible to experience them in the winter since they are the only species known to winter in buildings.
  • Small-footed bat: This species is the smallest bat found in the state of New York. Weighing less than a nickel, this bat is further identified by its raccoon face and small feet. They don’t normally nest in buildings, but it isn’t unheard of. They predominantly live in the Adirondack region. Like the other bats, they feed on other insects.

Where Bats Like To Hide And Why

In order to know how to remove bats from the property, you first need to know where to find them. Above all, this animal desires to roost in dark and secluded locations. For property owners, this usually means the attic, crawl space, or chimney. However, they will also nest in other buildings on the property so it’s prudent to carefully inspect other buildings if a bat infestation is suspected.
 
In the case of a single bat making its way inside, it’s usually a young bat that has come inside accidentally. However, they desire a secure place to nest. As such, if they can easily access dark locations of your house and benefit from temperature control, they will gladly make themselves at home.

The Dangers Bats Present

The good news is that bats are not malicious in their behavior towards humans. They prey on insects and other pests instead of people. In fact, as the saying goes, they’re likely more scared of you than you are of them. Despite their lack of desire to cause harm, there are still some dangers to be aware of when it comes to a bat infestation. Some of these dangers include:

  • Disease: Bats are known to transmit diseases including rabies. The longer they’re living on your property, the more at risk you and your loved ones are to get sick.
  • Guano is a problem: Bat droppings, known as guano, can contaminate the soil with a fungus, which leads to a condition known as Histoplasmosis. This is not a condition you want as a possibility in your life.
  • Property damage: This animal likes to nest and get deep into their dwelling. Without meaning to, they can cause significant property damage both structural and cosmetic.

Bat Control With Sweeney’s Pest Elimination

Bat infestations are an experience that is all too common for property owners in the Syracuse area. Not only is this a problem, but bats are protected by state and federal laws, which is why professional assistance from a company trained in bat control is mandatory. At Sweeney’s Pest Elimination, we work with you to ensure that any bats on the premises are effectively and humanely removed according to local guidelines.
 
Are you in need of bat control services? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.

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