Bats play a crucial role in the proper function of our local Tampa ecosystem by keeping insect populations regulated, but they are never something you want to see in your home. Unfortunately, finding bats inside of residences and businesses is becoming all too common, and it can mean big problems for the well-being of your home, business, and family.
Why Are Bats Dangerous?
Most bat species typically are not aggressive towards humans, and most of what makes them so unsuitable to have in your home stem from their ability to spread illness and disease. Even without coming into direct contact with a bat, simply inhaling particles from their poop, or guano is enough to contract a disease. Bat guano often collects in large piles underneath where bats roost at night and is a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria which is easily stirred up and spread through your home via the ventilation system. And though bats are small in size, their sheer numbers make it such that getting them out of your home can be a daunting task. Most bat species are protected by law against harm or forceful removal, which is why you should always call for professional assistance when faced with a bat infestation.
Know the Signs
The best way to catch a bat infestation early is to be aware of the signs of their presence. You will often notice things like:
- Fluttering sounds in the early morning as they return at the end of the night
- Scratching or screeching coming from your walls or attic
- Urine and guano accumulating at entrances to your attic as they relieve themselves
Though not aggressive in nature, bats should never be taken lightly when found in a home. Under no circumstances should you ever try to remove bats on your own because of legal repercussions and the risk for contracting a disease. Instead, allow the professionals at Critter Control of Tampa to assist you with your bat problems. Call us today at 813.948.0870 at the first signs of bat infestation.