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While bats may be a key part of Florida’s ecosystem, the one environment they never belong in is your home or business. From nesting on the eve of your roof to flying around your kitchen or office, bats can cause a panic with the flap of a wing.

These tiny flying mammals are typically non-aggressive, but they may bite you if you attempt to remove them on your own. A bat bite can quickly become a serious issue, as bats often carry a variety of deadly diseases, such as rabies. Avoid a trip to the emergency room by educating yourself on bats in Florida. Let the local pest control experts from Critter Control of Tampa humanely remove and exclude bats from your home or business while keeping you safe.

Types of Bats in Florida

This guide may help you identify bats in your home or workplace, but it’s crucial to keep a safe distance from any bat you encounter. Bats are easily disturbed, and getting too close to one may lead to injuries. Call our experts to safely identify bats, or ask for our emergency 24-hour removal service.

If you are bitten by a bat, seek medical attention immediately.

Brazilian Free-tailed Bat

Brazilian free-tailed bats are typically 3.5 inches in length, with a wingspan of 12 to 14 inches wide. They have dark brown to gray coloring and wide, black, forward-facing ears. They typically roost  in caves or under bridges, but may find their way into your attic, vents, and more. Brazilian free-tailed bats also seek out areas near water with large insect populations.

Florida Bonneted Bat

The largest bat species found in Florida, the Florida bonneted bat is 6.5 inches in length, and has a 20-inch wingspan. Their color varies from black and brown to gray, with a white-ish band across their chests. They roost in trees and on cliffs, but due to habitat loss, often invite themselves into buildings. Despite their alarmingly large appearance, it’s crucial to avoid getting rid of Florida bonneted bats on your own—they’re considered endangered in Florida, and should always be handled by local pest experts.

Southeastern Myotis

The southeastern myotis bats are particularly tiny, ranging from 1.9 to 2 inches in size with wings measuring 11 inches wide. They’re often gray, brown, or brown-orange. Like the Mexican free-tailed bat, the myotis often roosts in caves, but may flap its way into your attic, office, or trees. They are drawn to ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water, as they feed on mosquitoes and water beetles that reproduce in them.

Signs of Bats in the Attic

Like many homeowners, you may not spend much time in your attic. As bats seek out dark, quiet areas, the lack of human activity in attics makes them prime roosting spots. If you suspect bats may have made themselves at home in your attic, keep an eye (and ear) out for the following signs:

  • Droppings: Look for bat droppings, or guano, on decks, window sills, and the attic floor.
  • Chirping: Listen for bats’ chirping at night or in the early morning when they’re active.
  • Scratching: When not flying, bats use their claws to scratch and crawl along walls.
  • Stains: The grease on bats’ fur will leave a shiny stain on the areas they contact.

Bats in the Attic Vent

Due to their slim bodies, bats can easily enter your attic through the vents. Even if your roof is properly sealed, it’s crucial to fit covers over your attic vents. Not sure where to begin with bat-proofing your attic vents? Contact the local pest experts from Critter Control of Tampa for advice.

How to Prevent Bats in the Winter

Many bat species, such as the Brazilian free-tailed bat, migrate further south in the cooler seasons. However, some species, such as the Florida bonneted bat, will look for a winter home right here in the Sunshine State. Before cold weather sets in, get your home or business inspected for potential entry points that bats may take advantage of.

Get Bats Professionally and Humanely Removed

Regardless of the bat species that has flapped its way into your space, these furry flying creatures are a key part of Florida’s many ecosystems, and are often protected by state law. At Critter Control of Tampa, we’re committed to protecting your property and the bats that find their way onto it.

We utilize humane trapping techniques for removal, and then provide you with effective exclusion solutions to prevent bats from returning. From netting to proper vent covers, it’s our mission to prevent a bat infestation before it even happens. If we do remove bats from your property, we can also remove any signs of their activity—from guano removal to urine removal, our cleaning services will make it seem as if your bat infestation never happened.

Schedule Your Free Bat Inspection with Critter Control of Tampa

Protect your home or office without endangering bats—call an expert from Critter Control of Tampa. We’re dedicated to helping residents and business owners in Tampa solve their critter problems in humane ways and return to a pest-free life.

In addition to our free inspection, valued at $299, we also offer a service guarantee. In the event that bats return, we’ll provide additional removal and exclusion efforts, free of charge. Give your local pest experts from Critter Control of Tampa a call, or contact us online to schedule your free inspection today.

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