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Pest Control Guide - Bats

It's not a big deal to see bats flying overhead at dusk, catching mosquitoes and other insects. That's actually a good thing! But when they move into your home or attic is when they can become a serious problem. Aside from their unwanted presence and droppings, bats can carry the rabies virus.

Bats are nocturnal. They sleep in colonies during the day and make several hunting trips per night. Females prefer to roost in larger colonies while males tend to be more solitary. Bats enjoy living in warm, dark areas like caves, attics, eaves and tree cavities.

Bats are creatures of habit. They often come back to places that are safe to roost. Since this is instinctual, they might even try to come back after the initial eradication. To prevent this from happening be sure The Guardian is installed to continually drive them away.

Some Bat Facts

Interesting Characteristics:

  • Bats are the only mammal in the world naturally capable of flight.
  • Some colonies have over one million bats.
  • Bats drink water just one drop at a time. They will fly over the surface to catch a drop with their mouth, or skim it with their fur and lick it off later.
  • Bats will usually die if they live near a wind turbine because they are very sensitive to air pressure changes. This is unfortunate since they are often attracted to these structures for roosting.

What Do Bats Eat?

A bat's diet depends on its location and adaptations. About 70% of the world's bats only eat insects and some catch up to 2000 a night! They use "echolocation" to find their prey in the dark. They emit a very high-pitched sound and then listen carefully to the echoes that return. This determines which insects are closest to them.

Other bats mainly eat fruit and live in tropical regions around the globe. Fruit-eating bats generally seek out dinner using their eyes and their keen sense of smell. A desert bat uses its long nose and tongue to take nectar from flowers.

Carnivorous bats eat small vertebrates like frogs, fish, rodents or birds. They have especially sharp claws and teeth to help them catch and eat their food.

Reproduction & Life Span:

Females and their young live in maternity colonies of around 20 to 300 bats. These colonies are in warmer locations than ordinary roosting sites. Most bats mate in the spring. Females only have one baby at a time, but can have up to 3 babies a season. Baby bats nurse from their mothers, but after a few weeks they will begin flying and find their own insects.

Bats can live for over 20-30 years. Bats that hibernate will live several years longer than those that don’t.

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Holy Guano...

Bat guano is a very unpleasant and unhealthy side effect of bats roosting on your property. It causes structural damage and attracts other pests such as cockroaches, mites and flies. Bat Guano carries many diseases and fungi that can put you at risk even if you're unaware of its presence.

Inhaling particles from guano is highly toxic and can cause Histoplasmosis. This is a serious respiratory disease that causes fever and chest pains. If left untreated, Histoplasmosis can turn into a chronic lung disease and can even spread to your eyes. It can be fatal to children, the elderly, or anyone with a weakened immune system.

If guano is found in your home it is very important to watch for any symptoms of illness. Seek medical attention because early treatment is crucial.

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Eviction & Exclusion

Bats are persistent creatures. If you hire an exterminator to kill and remove them, other bats will move into the empty area.

Along with The Guardian, your first line of defense is sealing off all entry points where bats can invade your home or attic. They can come in through vents, chimneys, ducts, cracks or any other slight openings. Most bats can fit through a 1"x1" opening or smaller; fortunately they don't create new holes like many other pests do.

If bats are still inside your home, a good way to start the exclusion process is by covering entry points with Mesh Bird Netting. Secure the netting on the top and sides but leave a small opening at the bottom so the bats can crawl out. They won't want to crawl back under the netting once they are free.

Lastly, bats don't like sticky substances or bright lights. Surround any small entry points with sticky type of gel and install
The Guardian. The powerful strobe light along with sonic and ultrasonic sound waves will chase bats off for good.

The exclusion process can take some time so be patient. During the summer, watch the bats carefully at dusk to find out where they are entering/exiting your attic. Once they leave for the winter, patch those holes and any others you might find while you are up there. It's important to wait until winter so you don't seal in any babies that haven't left the nest yet.

If the bats try to return, they will be met with The Guardian and no place to enter. This will surely make them seek shelter elsewhere!

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Cleaning Time

Before any cleanup or restoration is done, make sure all of the bats are gone. Next it's important to get all of their droppings cleaned up quickly and thoroughly.

Guano found indoors should be taken care of by a trained professional. The process usually starts with a spray-down of water or fungicide to prevent any of the guano particles from becoming airborne. It will then be cleaned manually or with a special vacuum. Soiled insulation should be removed and replaced. A professional cleaner may finish with a chemical fogger to make sure all bacteria and fungus have been killed.

Smaller amounts of guano found outdoors can be cleaned yourself, but be careful not to touch or inhale the dust particles. A HEPA mask and protective gear are a must. Discard the droppings in sealed plastic bags. Rinse the outsides of the bags to remove any guano dust. Clean the area with an enzyme cleaner and then finish with a 10% bleach solution to sanitize. Hose it off thoroughly and then allow to air dry.

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Try The Guardian™

Your efforts combined with The Guardian will keep bats off your property for good. Call today to speak with one of our product specialists. We can determine the best products for your situation, and provide placement tips and other suggestions to get you started. Our telephone number is (02) 6766 5886.

"Couple of weeks ago, I bought a Guardian because I had hundreds of bats that decided my house was going to be their home. The bats were living under my siding and not in our house, so I mounted the Guardian on the outside of our home. Within 10 days, the bats were all gone. Even our neighbours can't believe I got rid of them that easy and that fast. I still have it attached to the house, but have it operating on battery power. I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the Guardian; it was well worth the money."
Gary D. - Fredonia, NY

 

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