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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 make 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 can also identify and block access points and prevent bats from returning.

Western Exterminator pest control and wildlife control specialists have the specialized training to get rid of bats that have become pests. Whether you have bats in the attic of the house or another area, we offer bat control and prevention solutions to stop them from coming back.

If you have bats in your attic or any part of your property, call Western Exterminator. We know how to identify bat entry points, remove the infestation and prevent their return. Call us at 800-937-8398 or fill in the online form to schedule an appointment.

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Information about bats


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.

Bat wings are really evolved forearms and fingers. The "ribs" of bat wings are actually fingers they use to 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 bats 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. Some species of bat are fruit-eaters and at least one bat species are fish-eaters. Not to mention the vampire bats that feed on 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.

Bat species

There are many different kinds of bat species around the world. In North America, there are several species that you might see around your home or business. They include:

  • 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 feed on 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 that is 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 than 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.

How to get rid of bats

Once you have bats inside your home, they can be very hard to get rid of. Getting rid of bats without risking bites and other potential issues requires special skills, tools and knowledge. However, if you can seal up the entry that the bats are using once they have left the attic, bats will likely move on to another location.

The best method of getting rid of bats is to remove them alive and then find a new place for them to set up a home. Some people even have bat houses on their property that bats will use instead of crawling into an attic or beneath the eaves. However, completing bat removal and re-housing effectively without harming the animals can be difficult.

Western Exterminator bat removal and control specialists have the tools and skills to get into those hard-to-reach places that bats will use as their roosting place. Our professionals will treat your house like it was their own, carefully seeking out the bat hiding places and then removing them in accordance with local laws (where necessary). Our state-licensed bat exterminators are trained to perform effective solutions that will completely remove the current infestation and stop bats from coming back.

What diseases do bats carry?

Although bats are beneficial in helping control insect populations, such as mosquitoes, 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 are bat pest control experts who can provide you with fast and professional service.

Bat repellents

As with most other pests, there are numerous companies that claim to sell DIY bat repellents that will get rid of bats around your home. Western Exterminator cannot recommend any of these over-the-counter solutions and cautions homeowners against using these bat repellent solutions if homeowners want to completely remove embedded bats who have set up their colony within attics and inside buildings.

Most DIY bat repellents involve using chemicals, but may not have the desired effect. Although they can harm bats or even cause bats to leave your property for a time, if there are unsealed entry points, bats will likely return. Additionally, DIY bat removal methods may get rid of all of bats. and if used improperly the chemicals in the products could have an adverse affect on your family members including pets.

There are other bat repellent methods that can be employed such as ultrasonic repellers and lights. Again, Western Exterminator cannot vouch for any of these prevention methods. While there may be some who have some amount of success with these methods, it may not work in all situations and if not properly implemented there could be adverse effects to your property, family, pets and the surrounding environment.

For the most effective bat removal, you should always contact licensed pest control professionals like Western Exterminator that know how to get rid of bats.

Bat prevention tips


Once bats have been removed, steps need to be taken to stop them from coming back. Very rarely do bats chew their way through wood or other materials like some other pests will. They also tend not to have the strength or claws to tear and rip their way through the roofing materials, wood or other substances to get inside and set up their nests. That usually means there is damage to eaves or the roof that gives them easy access to the space between the walls or within attics.

Bats are also always seeking food and their preferred food is insects. In particular, bats are fond of mosquitoes

Bats and bat colonies can consume huge amounts of mosquitoes around a property. This is why some people prefer to have bats around and can set up specific bat houses to allow bats to live on their property - just not inside their homes and within attics where they can leave a mess and cause property damage. However, if your property has an issue with too many mosquitoes or other insects that bats may like to eat, a repeated bat infestation may have an underlying cause.

Bat prevention is key to stopping them from infesting in the first place. Here are some common sense tips to prevent bats.

  • Seal up cracks and look for access points.
  • Make sure roof repairs are done and remove other areas that bats might use to roost during the daylight hours.
  • Remove conditions that mosquitoes find attractive is important too and effective mosquito control can cause bats to look elsewhere.

Bat removal services

It takes specialized training to locate where bats are nesting in a property and remove them. If bats have decided to roost in your attic, Western Exterminator bat removal experts are ready to help. Getting rid of bats takes skill and knowledge. Western Exterminator specialists understand the behavior and biology of bats and train on continually so they are always using the latest methods of bat removal and prevention.

Western Exterminator has been the go-to solution for homeowners and businesses that need reliable bat control and services. We know how to get rid of bats and can help remove bat 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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