Bats have a bad reputation. While they can be scary and creepy, it is not a common occurrence for bats to fly freely through your home. Bats are actually quite docile creatures and will ignore people. They will not attack or fly at humans. For any questions regarding our bat removal services feel free to give Trapper Johns a call at (561) 844-4866.
Another myth is that bats fly like rodents. They are not. Although they may look like a rat, they are actually a mammal. They aren’t blind. Bats have five senses, plus an additional sonar ability called “echolocation,” which helps them find and capture insects in the dark. Many believe all bats can be rabid. However, only a small number of bats actually contract rabies.
Bats are an integral part of all ecosystems. More than two-thirds of all bat species eat insects, including pests such as mosquitos and other insects that can cause serious and expensive damage to crops. One-third of all bat species eat nectar or fruit from plants. These bats then pollinate and disperse many plants’ seeds.
There are 13 species of native bats in Florida. All are insectivorous, meaning they eat insects. Both the Brazilian free-tailed bat (or evening bat) and Broward County’s main bat species are found in Palm Beach County.
The most common species of South Florida bat is the Brazilian free-tail. It has a body length of 3.5 inches and a wingspan of 8 inches. The musky smell that this bat species emits from its scent gland is what homeowners notice when they discover there are bats in their attic. One baby is born to a pregnant female in June. The bat can fly in early August after it matures and only takes two months.
Why are bats attracted to living in attics? They have been forced from their natural habitats by constant urban development. Homes with barrel tile roofs in South Florida are particularly vulnerable because of the easy access to their tiles. They may also be able to fly through tiny holes in vents, eaves, and fascia boards.
Bats can leave behind large amounts of urine and feces. Large colonies of bats can cause piles of waste in an attic, which can cause damage to insulation and wood. The drywall can absorb urine, which can cause stains on ceilings and walls.
Histoplasmosis can be caused by bat guano, which is a fungus. It is important to do the right bat removal. If bats are living in your attic, it is best to stay clear of them. Also, don’t touch bat guano, or inhale any dust from the dried guano. Any cleanup caused by bats in your attic should be left to professionals who are familiar with Bat Removal.
Although bats are the most commonly associated with rabies, there are very few bats that are rabid. Statistically speaking, human rabies is most commonly transmitted from bats in the United States. However, only one to two cases of human rabies are reported each year.