Safe & Reliable Pest Control
Although there are many benefits to bats, these flying creatures pose risks to humans. Bats can transmit rabies, a disease that is well-known and can be deadly. ABC’s highly-trained technicians understand the benefits and risks of bats and many other types of insects and animals that you may find in and around your Orlando home.
When it comes to bat removal, Orlando homeowners most frequently rely upon ABC to:
- Identify nesting areas on their property, including attics, eaves and other openings where bats are most likely to take up residence.
- Install netting to allow bats to leave their resting areas safely and prevent their returning.
- Conduct nightly inspections to confirm they are no longer on their property.
- Seal all holes and openings around your home’s exterior to discourage future infestations.
- Clean up guano or other materials that could pose health and safety hazards.
- Provide bats with alternatives to living in their homes by installing bat houses on their property.
Bat removal is essential, not only due to the risk of rabies but bats can pose other health concerns as well. Histoplasmosis is a fungus which grows in bat droppings. This fungal infection can spread to humans who are in contact with guano and can cause flu-like symptoms, high fever, pneumonia and can, in rare cases, be fatal. That’s why it’s important to seek bat removal right away. Contact a pest control expert today to get started with a free estimate.
Bats can also harbor pests that hitch a ride to roosting areas on your structures. Ticks, mites, lice and other parasites can enter your home if bats take up residence in your attic, roof or eaves. Bat droppings can also attract flies, carpet beetles and other pests to your yard and property.
Since bats are an important part of the natural environment, Florida laws state that it is illegal to harm or kill bats any time of year. In addition, the “exclusion” of bats is illegal in Florida from April 16th to August 14th each year. That means that homeowners can take steps to remove bats from buildings outside of this time period. During this time of year, bats are actively engaged in maternity season, bat mothers are giving birth and rearing their pups to adulthood.
What are the characteristics of an effective bat house?
Bats need places to roost during the day, so bat houses can be a way to keep bats on your property but away from your attic, roof and eaves where they are more likely to pose a risk to your family and pets. Wooden bat houses with chambers that are at least 14 inches wide and two feet tall are most likely to attract the Brazilian free-tailed bat and the evening bat species here in central Florida.
Bats need to have at least a three inch long landing area at the entrance of the bat house that has a rough surface bats can grab onto to enter the interior. Since the inside temperature of your bat house will influence whether bats stick around, you’ll want to paint your house a lighter color if the house is in direct sunlight and a darker color in shaded areas. Allow air to circulate in your bat house by adding a horizontal vent so the interior doesn’t get too hot.
Additionally, ensure your bat house keeps bats dry and is safe from sprinklers and rain.
Although you can put bat houses up any time of year, if you’re removing bats from your property, you’ll want to put your bat house up a few weeks before you begin the bat removal process. Once you install netting and seal up entry points your resident bats will look for alternative roosting spots.
What should I do if I find a bat on the ground?
Healthy bats are very rarely on the ground, so make sure everyone in your household, including children, understands that they should not touch the bat. Resist the urge to bring a bat or any other type of wild animal inside to attempt to care for it yourself. Instead, contact the City Bats Conservancy at (407) 409-0373 so a sick or injured bat can be rehabilitated.
If you come across a dead bat, contact your local Animal Control Services department. If Animal Services cannot remove the dead animal, take the following steps for safe bat removal from your yard:
- Put on leather work gloves.
- Place a cardboard box over the bat.
- Slide a flat piece of cardboard underneath the box.
- Turn over the box so that the dead bat remains inside.
- Close the box securely and remove it from the area.
Keep the box in your garage or another secure area until Animal Control Services can arrive or until you determine the best disposal method, in accordance with local regulations.