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Bats: Are They Helpful or Harmful?

A lot of bats are born between May and July which means that right now, homeowners could begin to see more bat activity around the home. While bats are beneficial because they eat a lot of insects including mosquitoes, there are still concerns for those who are dealing with bats in their home. To help homeowners become more educated in handling any situations with bats this summer and into the fall, our pest control team at Rottler would like to share some information on bats you may come into contact with. 

Common bats that people come into contact with include little brown bats and big brown bats. They are quite similar in appearance and behavior and as you can gather from their name, but big brown bats are the larger of the two. As mentioned before, bats are a great source of natural pest control to help control mosquito and other insect populations on your property. There is a lot of fear surrounding bats and their bites. Old myths of bats being related to vampires causes quite a bit of fear around these creatures. And while it is true that bats can bite and they can spread disease such as rabies, it does not mean that they are vampire-like creatures we should fear when outside. They will rarely attack a human unless provoked.

The biggest concern when it comes to bats is not with them being on your property but when they find a way to get inside your home. As a pest, bats can threaten our health and home. Here are a few of the reasons why a bat in the home can be dangerous:

  • They can spread pathogens including rabies.

  • Their urine and feces can contaminate the home.

  • Their urine and feces can cause structural damage.

  • They may introduce other pests such as bat bugs into the home.

  • Bats can bite if they feel threatened or are handled.

If you are seeing bats in the attic or elsewhere in your home, please contact us at Rottler right away. Bats should only handled by a bat control professional. It’s OK to let the bats on your property help control mosquitoes this summer but you just want to make sure they stay outside! Call us today for more information on bat removal for your home or business. 

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