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Bats have been called "flying rats" and they have been associated with things like witches, vampires and the supernatural. Bats are actually a vital part of the ecological system of this planet and can provide a valuable service, but when they decide to set up their home inside your attic they become a pest.
Fortunately, Western Exterminator professionals are experts in bat removal and prevention. We can help get rid of bat colonies that have decided that the spaces inside your home would make a good place for them to hang out. We also find and block access points and prevent bats from returning.
If you have bats in your attic or any part of your property that you do not want them, call Western Exterminator. We know how to find where they are getting in, how to remove them and how to prevent their return. Call us at 800-937-8398 or fill in the online form to schedule an appointment.
Bats are mammals, not flying rats. They are the only species of mammal capable of true flight. Most other mammals that can soar through the air usually just glide from one place to the next.
Their wings are really evolved forearms and fingers. The "ribs" of their wings are actually their fingers and they fly by moving those digits rather than just flapping their wings like a bird. The spaces between those fingers are covered with a thin membrane that allows them to fly.
Approximately 70% of bats are insectivores, which means that their primary food source is insects. Bats can devour huge amounts of mosquitoes and other annoying insects. The rest of the species are fruit-eaters, at least one species are fish-eaters and then there are the vampire bats that eat blood.
Bats are located throughout the world and their varieties are many. The smallest bat is barely an inch long and is known as the Katti's Hog-Nosed Bat or Bumblebee Bat. The largest have wingspans up to five-feet and are called Golden-Crowned Flying Foxes.
Not all bats are nocturnal. Some bats do use echolocation (using sound to navigate) to fly and hunt at night, but many species of fruit bats (such as the flying foxes) have outstanding eyesight and fly during the day. Some bats eat while flying, but some species actually walk on the ground to feed.
Big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) - like their name suggests these are brown-colored bats. They are actually medium-sized compared to other bats and their faces and fore-limbs are darker in color, sometimes black. They devour insects at night, but will roost anywhere they can find during the day including shutters and eaves.
Red Bats (Lasiurus blossevillii) - another medium-sized bat common in the western part of the United States - covered in red fur. They eat a lot of insects such as cicadas, moths, and beetles. Red bats like to burrow under leaves during the day rather that in caves or under eaves.
California myotis (Myotis californicus) - a small bat with pale fur. You can often see them at dusk and just before dawn feeding on flies, moths and some other flying insects. They like to hide during the day in trees, rock crevices and sometimes in parts of buildings.
Little brown bats (Myotis yumanensis) - small bats about three inches long. They love to eat flying insects with soft bodies such as moths. Some species will even feed off of insects around the surface of slow-moving water.
Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) - if you have ever looked at a bottle of Bacardi Rum, then you've seen a Mexican free-tailed bat. They are common in the western United States and are small bats - about three-inches long and most of that is their tail. Their fur comes in brown and gray and they have large ears that help them with their echolocation.
Although bats are beneficial in helping control insect populations and they do things like pollinate plants and spread fruit seeds, they are known as pests for a reason. They are often the source for several diseases such as:
Rabies - probably the most common disease associated with bats. This is a disease transmitted via bat bite and they can transmit it to animals and people. Rabies makes victims very sick and left untreated is fatal.
Histoplasmosis - a disease that generally attacks the lungs. It is caused from bat dung (guano) that they leave behind in abundance. A fungus grows in the guano and it can cause this serious illness. Bats that set up colonies in your attic can leave droppings that have the potential to become dangerous.
In other parts of the world, outside of North America, bats have been linked to diseases like Marburg, Ebola, Nipah and Hendra.
Bats can also leave behind parasites such as bat bugs, which resemble bed bugs and can get into your home.
Western Exterminator has been the solution for homeowners and businesses that need reliable bat control and bat removal services. We can help remove colonies that are already there and then come up with solutions to prevent them from returning. Contact us online or call 800-937-8398 today.
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