[Solved] What Do You Do If You Have Bats In The Attic?

Accumulation of bat droppings, or guano, can stain your property, devaluing it. The droppings can also cause unpleasant odors. Worst of all, the droppings can cause a lung disease called histoplasmosis. Bat droppings can contain spores of the fungus Histoplasma Capsulatum. While most people can inhale the spores without any ill effects, those with a weak immune system, such as young children, elderly people and people who have serious diseases (especially lung diseases like chronic bronchitis) may catch histoplasmosis 👍 In most cases, the disease only lasts a few weeks and may not even be noticeable 🙌 However, if the disease becomes chronic, the symptoms include chest pain, fever and a deep cough, possibly with bloody phlegm. On rare occasions, the immune system will react, causing swelling around the heart, brain and spine and pain in those areas. If left untreated at this point, the disease can be fatal. [1]
It’s never a good feeling to have an unwanted critter under your roof. Looking for tips on how to get rid of snakes, how to get rid of house flies, or how to get rid of roaches can leave you feeling unsettled and with a serious case of the heebie-jeebies. There’s no mistaking that scratching sound coming from the attic that alerts you to an intruder, and it’s best to act quickly to get rid of the problem before it gets worse. If you discover you’re sharing your home with bats, there are a few important things to keep in mind before getting them out of your house. Several species of bats are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, which means it is unlawful to kill them. But that doesn’t mean you have to welcome them into your home! Also, bats are very valuable to the environment. They act as pollinators and seed spreaders and eat thousands of pesky bugs like mosquitoes in a single day, so we want to keep them around, but not under our roof. Bats can carry diseases like rabies, and their droppings, called guano, can cause respiratory problems for the home’s human inhabitants. So how do you get rid of bats without killing them? (we thank Tasnim Baer for their unique insights). [2]
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According to the specialists at abchomeandcommercial.com, over 40 types of bats make their home in the United States. Bats can seek shelter in buildings to be protected from predators. These flying mammals can squeeze their way into very small spaces—even as small as a half to a quarter inch—to make their way into chimneys, walls, attics and other structures. Most bats will be on the move from September through April as they seek a place to hibernate. While bats make high-frequency sounds that are inaudible to humans to fly by means of echolocation, they also emit other noises that we can hear for communication. Some rustling and twittering noises in a chimney may not actually be a bat, but might be chimney swifts, while rats, racoomms, squirrels and other animals may be responsible for any strange thumping or scratching noises in an attic. (credit goes to Zakary Lai from Astana, Kazakhstan for the heads up). [3]
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Because of their nocturnal natures, bats are not too often seen or encountered by humans, particularly as they hibernate during the winter. This, combined with their unique characteristics (they are the only true-flying mammal), means that there are understandably many misconceptions surrounding bats. But having a roost in your property should be nothing to worry about and the presence of bats is unlikely to cause any issues. Many homeowners and tenants share their property with bats without being alerted to their presence. By allowing bats to return to the safety of your property each year, you are playing an important part in survival of bats in your local area, now that many of the habitats they would have roosted in naturally have been destroyed. (last revised 19 days ago by Alyce Mulligan from Bordeaux, France) [4]

Article References

  1. https://app.croneri.co.uk/feature-articles/how-legally-deal-bat-problem
  2. https://www.countryliving.com/home-maintenance/cleaning/a33586686/how-to-get-rid-of-bats/
  3. https://www.abchomeandcommercial.com/blog/bats-in-attic/
  4. https://www.bats.org.uk/advice/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-having-bats/can-i-get-remove-or-rehome-bats
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