Bats are found in a variety of habitats across the state of Florida including grassland, woodland, and urban. As the human population continues to grow, bats are forced to look for homes elsewhere, often inside of your attic, barn, or shed. And, while you may fear bats because of negative things you have always heard (they are bloodsuckers, dirty, carry rabies, etc.), bats provide an invaluable pest management service and are significant pollinators that enable us to enjoy many of our favorite fruits and flowers.
What to Do if You Encounter a Bat
Contrary to belief, not all bats have rabies and not all bats seen during daylight hours are sick. While they are nocturnal and typically active at night, it is not unusual to see a bat in the daytime.
Regardless of the time of day you see a bat, you should never try and approach it or handle it. Watching wildlife from a distance is fine but getting close to it puts you at risk of getting sick.
Common Symptoms of a Sick Bat
Although many bats are healthy, they can become ill just like any other mammal. Therefore, it is important to know what signs to look for should you ever encounter a bat on your property or out in the wild.
Some signs of illness include erratic movement, aggression, unusual flight pattern or inability to fly, foaming at the mouth, and loss of fear of humans. If you encounter a bat showing any of these symptoms, it is best to leave the area and call a Critter ControlÂ® of Tampa wildlife removal experts right away.
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If you need to remove bats from your home or business, contact the professionals at Critter ControlÂ® of Tampa for assistance. With over 30 years of experience, we can solve your bat problems safely and effectively. Call us today at 813-948-0870 or fill out our online form and we will get back to you shortly.