Though we like to think our team is good at eliminating all sorts of bugs from your property, we’re nowhere near as efficient as bats! Bats can eat up to 8,000 insects (mostly mosquitoes) every evening. However, even though they’re helpful, bats can be a serious nuisance if they set up shop in your attic. Continue reading to learn more about bat infestations and bat damage in Rochester, NH.
Dangers of a bat infestation
Out of all the pests that can live in the attic, bats can be your worst nightmare. Here are just a few of the many reasons you don’t want bats living up in your attic:
- Damage and odors: Even if there’s nothing in the attic, bat guano in Rochester, NH is a major health concern. Bat feces can damage wood and insulation, and (as you can imagine) it can smell pretty bad. That smell can eventually permeate through the walls and into your whole home.
- Disease: Bat guano is full of the fungus histoplasma capsulatum, which is airborne and can easily get from your attic into your living space. This fungus causes a lung infection called histoplasmosis, which can get quite serious if it’s not treated as soon as possible.
- Rabies: Though you won’t turn into a vampire if you’re bitten by a bat, you could get rabies. Not too many bats carry rabies, and it’s not very likely that you’ll even be bitten by a bat if you have them in your attic. Nevertheless, it’s still something to think about.
Signs you have bats
Luckily, a bat infestation is fairly easy to detect as long as you know what to look for. These are a few of the signs that bats are living in your attic:
- Smells: As mentioned above, bat guano has a pretty terrible smell that can quickly spread throughout your home. It doesn’t take too many bats up in your attic to start to stink up the place, and that problem will only worsen as the bats reproduce. Be sure to call an exterminator to humanely remove the bats before your whole home smells like bat feces.
- Sights: If you see lots of bats flying near your home, you should call an exterminator to check out your attic. If you call sooner rather than later, an exterminator will probably only have to remove a few bats. Needless to say, that’s a whole lot easier and less expensive than removing an entire colony.
- Sounds: Since bats are nocturnal, you may not hear them during the day when they’re asleep, but you can be sure they’ll make quite a bit of noise each evening as they head out to feed. It’s a good idea to call a professional as soon as you hear any strange noises in the attic. Even if it’s not a bat, it could be some other critter.
The best way to prevent any bat damage in Rochester, NH is to call Dependable Pest Solutions as soon as you notice there are bats in your attic. Keep in mind that removing bats on your own is both dangerous and illegal, so be sure to stay far away and always let a professional take care of the situation.