Bats

Bat with batbug2Bats when roosting inside homes and workplaces can cause a slew of problems for Connecticut residents.

Bats can cause a great deal of mess when they roost inside a structure from the buildup droppings.  These droppings can carry the disease Histoplasmosis.  Which can cause serious medical injury or be potentionally fatal.  See more about Histoplasmosis by clicking here.  Bats won’t cause structural damage to a home or building in themselves, but their droppings can decay certain types of materials and cause costly damage this way.  Their droppings pose more of a health risk than anything else.  After all, bats are beneficial to the environment.  Bats can consume their body weight in mosquitoes or other insects in a single night.  Bats in Connecticut should never be killed or harmed.  If you suspect a bat may be diseased or sick you should call a professional handler to come remove the bat(s).  We will have them tested via the state lab to confirm or deny a hazard.

Groups of sleeping bats in cave (Myotis blythii)Bats are beneficial, but living in close quarters is a problem.

While bats do have many benefits to an eco-system, we still can’t have them roosting in your attic or anywhere close to humans and pets.  Among some of the diseases they can potentially carry, their droppings can cause asthmatic attacks when disturbed. Control of bats consists of evicting the resident bats from a given area and then sealing up their entry ways.  Control sounds simple and straight-forward but these stealthy flyers can find the smallest of cracks to enter in and often times additional follow-ups are needed to seal new-found entries.  When we say we “evict” the bats what we really mean is we’re going to let them leave for the night to feed, we’ll install one-way doors over their entry ways or drop clothes preventing them from returning the next morning.  After we feel confident all the bats have exited the area, we can then seal up the holes, gaps, cracks and other ways they’re getting inside.  Since bats do have a breeding cycle, we do have respect the young and can only perform this work during certain times of the year.

Still have questions or would like to set up a free inspection for bats?  Give us a call!

(860) 454-0712  or  (203) 340-0135

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