- Posted by cctriad
- On August 2, 2018
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It’s prime bat season now. These flying mammals are busy eating mosquitos and other insects at night and then leaving guano in your attic by day. Often the guano not only falls inside your attic or walls, but it may also fall outside on your deck or driveway.
It’s great to have bats near your home as they typically eat their entire body weight every night. That’s free and natural mosquito control! The problem begins when they decide to make your house their home. Bat droppings (guano) can lead to severe respiratory problems in humans. Be sure to wear the proper safety equipment when cleaning areas contaminated with guano.
Bats don’t need big openings to enter your home. They only need an opening greater than about a ¼ of an inch! Think about a dime. Most species of bat can come through a gap that size. The most common points of entry are at gable vents, ridge vents, and soffit eaves. They enjoy the warm moving air that is exiting your home (now their home too)!
Once you know you have bats, don’t wait to take action. The longer they live with you, the more guano there is to clean up. If you are a DIY’er, you’ll need hardware cloth or metal flashing depending on where the bats are entering. You also need ladders, tools, caulk and a one-way valve or net. Be sure to follow federal laws regarding handling bats and excluding bats during the birthing season.
If you are in Alamance, Guilford or Forsyth counties, your other option is to call Critter Control of the Triad. We will solve your problem for you including cleaning up the nasty guano. Call us at 336-370-0445.