Bats in the Attic
Florida is home to thirteen species of bats that either live here year-round or are seasonal residents. While they are incredibly beneficial to the environment, bats can become a problem for homeowners when they begin roosting in large numbers inside of their attic.
Bats can be considered a nuisance when they begin making a lot of noise and leave droppings, which are not only messy but can also be harmful to your health. Bat guano can produce a terrible ammonia smell as it decomposes caused by the scent gland, become a breeding ground for microorganisms such as histoplasmosis, and attract insects such as fleas, ticks, mites, and cockroaches.
Because bats are an endangered species, there are particular laws in regards to removing them from your attic. Exclusion is the only legal and humane method, which can be done from April 16 through August 14. Never use pest control methods such as poison, relocation, or fumigants, as they are not only ineffective but also illegal to use on bats.
To perform a bat exclusion, you must first identify where the bats are entering and exiting the attic. Then, a one-way device is installed to allow the bats to safely leave but not re-enter. Finally, all entry points can be permanently sealed to prevent bats and other wildlife from getting into the attic in the future.
Rely on Professionals
Although bats are not aggressive in nature, they should be removed by professionals who understand the risks and have the expertise on how to safely get them out of your attic. A thorough cleaning will also need to be performed to keep the droppings from growing fungus or mold over time.
At Critter ControlÂ® of Tampa, we will ensure your home is completely clear of any nuisance wildlife and perform an in-depth cleaning process to keep you and your family safe. For a free estimate, contact us today by calling 813.948.0870