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The Skinny On Bats

In warmer temperatures, with the setting of the sun, sometimes bats can be seen swooping around through the darkening landscape. Whether you are the adventurous type who thinks it is fascinating and fun to see bats flitting through the night, or the kind of person who is terrified that one of these spooky little critters will dive bomb and get caught in your hair, which does not actually happen by the way, it doesn't matter. Bats are a reality. So, let's explore the good and the bad about bats.


Some pros about bats:

  • The distribution of seeds: Bats help distribute the seeds of plants such as bananas, figs, avocados, peaches, cashews, and mangoes as well as other plants.
  • Pollination: Bats move grains of pollen from flower to flower, just like bees. This helps to pollinate plants and flowers.
  • The control of insects: Bats eat insects such as mosquitoes, wasps, beetles, moths, midges, gnats, mayflies, and others. The little brown bat can catch up to 600 insects in one hour.
  • Guano: This is bat droppings and it is beneficial to your garden. Since it is rich in nitrogen, it is considered a great fertilizer.

Some cons about bats:

  • Dangerous droppings: Bat guano may be good for your garden, but it is also known to be a vector in the spread of histoplasmosis, an illness that primarily affects the lungs. In accumulated guano, a fungus can grow, and when that fungus is breathed in it can cause this illness.
  • Rabies: Although bats are not usually aggressive creatures, they can bite if provoked or ill with the rabies virus. Though bats are not significant vectors for the rabies virus, they can contract the disease and spread it.
  • Moving in: Sometimes bats will decide they'd rather live in a human house than in their normal resting places, such as trees or caves. This can become a problem, as they are known to cause structural damage and will leave guano in your attic and on your roof area.

Keeping bats out of your home:

There are some things you can do to make sure bats do not take up residence in your home. First inspect your home thoroughly. Pay attention to loose tiles, vents, chimneys, fascia boards, where soffits meet your roofline, and anywhere else there may be a hole. Bats can squeeze through the tiniest of spaces. Seal up all openings by using a caulking gun or by putting netting over vents and other similar openings.

If you already have bats living in your home, it is necessary to call a professional pest control company. You do not want to try to evict them on your own. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we have the knowledge and expertise to remove bats from your home safely and humanely. Don't risk your property or your health.

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