The Real Risks of a Bat Infestation | Critter Control Fort Worth

The Real Risks of a Bat InfestationThe small, furry creatures flying through the night may be fascinating to watch when the sun starts to set; however, bats can cause great damage if they decide to invade your home and form nests in places like your attic. Because bats are nocturnal animals, they primarily sleep during the day and spend their time searching for food when you are asleep at night. Therefore, it may be difficult to locate and remove them without the help of expert animal control specialists.

Signs of a Bat Infestation

There are several signs that can point to an infestation of bats occurring in your home. 

  • Disturbing sounds – Scratching noises, the flapping of wings, or rustling bumps may indicate the presence of bats. The flying mammals also emit high-pitched squeaks that allow them to communicate with other bats and navigate throughout the night.
  • Messy dark stains and droppings – The appearance of bat guano is an evident sign of a bat infestation. You may see these droppings outside your home or near entry points. Grease marks on walls can also signal a growing bat problem. Bats have a dirty and greasy film on their coats that can rub off as they enter and exit your home. After repeatedly coming and going, bats will build up a layer of grease near their entry points that will be hard to miss.
  • Toxic smells – Another sign of a bat infestation is the strong ammonia scent released by their waste. Bat urine smells similar to a cat’s litter box, which can create a less-than-pleasant odor in your home. Other smells can come from a bat dying in your home, which may also attract insects.

Dangers of a Bat Infestation

A bat infestation in your home can also be a health risk to you and your loved ones. Humans can get diseases such as Histoplasmosis or rabies from bats. Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease caused by the inhalation of bat guano, while rabies is a viral disease caused by a bat bite or contact with bat fur.

Another danger of a bat infestation includes bacterial growth in the attic. When bat guano breaks down into a powder, it releases airborne pathogens that can cause strong smells and respiratory issues. 

Bats can also cause structural damage to your home. Guano can contaminate the roof or insulation of your home and add excessive weight which can weaken the structure or cause it to sag or collapse.

Effective and Safe Removal

Turn to the animal control specialists at Critter Control® of Fort Worth to effectively and humanely remove bats from your home. After all, bat infestations and the damage that comes with it are frustrating to deal with. With our eco-friendly pest control techniques, we will return your home to a safe environment and prevent future infestations. Call us for a free estimate today at 817-222-1101.

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