Bat Control – It Is Different From Other Pest Control!
Bats have long been associated with legend of vampires and widely seen as evil creatures. Contrary to many superstitions and unfounded supernatural fear, bats are usually quite harmless and actually beneficial. They do not have a reputation of attacking or harassing humans. Call the Atlanta pest control team at Breda at 770-872-0535 today.
Carriers of diseases
However, bats can cause diseases. Bats are agents that may carry several parasites and their dropping (guano) can contain both pests and insects. Therefore it is essential to handle bats with care, even little fear.
Bats generally live in cool, dark and highly humid places like attics, chimneys, caves, abandoned buildings, mines, trees, etc. An appropriate location can soon turn into a full-fledged colony, sometimes containing thousands of individual members, even millions. Owing to their memory, bats generally revisit a place where they have lived once.
Damaging impact on human life
Bats become a nuisance when they start their colony in or near human inhabitation because of the strong odour and dirty spots from their excreta. Even a small group of bats can produce a significant pile of droppings. Bat droppings attract more bats, thus rapidly increasing the size of the colony. Besides foul, all-pervasive smell, bats cause other problems too. They can spread diseases like rabies and fatal lung infections like histoplasmosis and can easily be source of harmful germs like lice, mites, flea, and other parasites
Bat control – different from normal pest control!
Bat control is therefore very different from other kinds of pest control, and is a highly specialized activity which requires high degree of planning, coordination, attention to detail and careful execution. Bat control options include either chemical pest control methods that kills bats and is generally permitted only to licensed pest control agencies or bat exclusion
Bat exclusion, perhaps the only legal bat control method available to people, involves shutting out all entry and exit points to an existing bat colony once bats fly away at dusk. It requires careful identification of all existing and potential entry and exit points greater than or equal to a quarter of an inch, identification of other structural deficiencies and then diligently sealing them off.
It doesn’t end here. Once all entry points to the colony have been sealed through either wood, cement, putty, foam insulation, etc. the place of existing colony must be cleaned off foul bat excreta, that otherwise would keep attracting bats.
Other methods of Bat Control
Fibreglass insulation, bat nets, loud ultrasonic devices, droughts of cold air and bright lights can also be deployed to keep out the bats. The best season to exercise bat exclusion is fall and spring as bats multiply during summer.
Be mindful of the fact that bats may be protected under ‘endangered species’ in different states. So, always check beforehand with local authorities which bat control methods can be applied.