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Little Brown Bats

Pest Guide > Little Brown Bats

little brown bat on white backgroundWhat do bats look like?

There are several species of bats found living in our area, one of the most common species is the little brown bat. These flying, furry, warm-blooded mammals have a body that grows to between 2 ½ and 3 ¾ of an inch in length. Little brown bats have leathery wings and a wingspan of 8 to 11 inches. Their fur is dark brown in color with some hints of gray; their ears are black in color and are rounded in shape.

Are bats dangerous?

Yes, bats, including little brown bats are considered to be dangerous. They are vectors for many pathogens, including the very serious and potentially life threatening rabies. Their droppings can contain a fungi that can cause histoplasmosis (a harmful lung disease) in people. Also, bats living in or near your home in close proximity to you, your kids, and pets will most likely eventually feel threatened or scared and may lash out and bite or scratch.

Why are bats in my home?

Bats choose to live on properties that offer them easy access to the things they need on a daily basis- food, water and shelter. Bats can be found roosting in places like attics, soffits, barns, chimneys, underneath of siding or shutters, or in sheds and garages. Bats feed on insects; properties with lots of vegetation can attract insects, which in turn will attract bats. Clogged gutters, leaky fixtures, and other areas of standing water can act as a water source for both insects and bats.

What damage can bats cause?

Bats can cause a great deal of damage to the properties that they are invading. They will contaminate both the inside and outside of the homes that they are invading with their urine and feces. Bats carry a lot of parasites on their bodies (bat bugs, ticks, mites, fleas) that they can introduce into your home when living inside of it. Also, bats can cause structural damages to your home as they travel in and out of it on a daily basis.

How do you get rid of bats?

Getting rid of a bat infestation is not an easy process; bats have the ability to hide throughout your home in hard to reach areas and will keep entering inside if you do not address the how and why they’re coming in. The best way to get rid of bats is to contact Spencer Pest Services for professional wildlife control. Our team has the experience and the tools to identify how bats are getting in, curb existing bat activity and then seal off to entry points to prevent re-infestation.

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