Bats as Pests – Bryan Pest Control
There is no question that bats provide a huge benefit to humanity. For example, they provide Billions of dollars worth of free pest control services for farmers all across Texas. For you and I, those free services equate directly into cheaper food prices. However, bats can become a huge problem for homeowners and commercial properties.
The Trouble with Bats
One problem with bats is that they have a very specific temperature range for roosting. This is why roosting in wall spaces and attics is such an attractive option for bats. It’s great to have bats around the yard as they eat mosquitoes and other flying insects that can also be pests for the people who live there. Bats come in a range of sizes from the tiny to those that are quite large. Many of the bats that we see around Bryan Texas are the Mexican free-tailed bats but there are the big bear bats and some of the pollinating bats as well.
If bats should Roost in your attic or your wall they can be noisy as they tend to roost in colonies. Some of the biggest colonies can contain as many as a million bats. The problem for homeowners and commercial properties where bats Roost is guano and urine that that bats leave behind. Bats are one of the few mammals who poop and pee in the place where they live. If where they live happens to be your attic or in your walls then you have an accumulation of both guano and urine from bats. Guano and urine both can contain diseases that can spread to humans. They can also cause damage to the home because both are acidic and can lead to issues such as dry rot. In cases where bats roost in the attic and you have a roof leak the water can cause the urine and guano to seep down your walls and stain the inside of the living space and ceilings. Not only is this a stinky problem but it also is a physical problem and can become a health issue. Urine contains ammonia and breathing ammonia fumes can exacerbate lung conditions such as asthma.
Bats can also spreads diseases as they are known to be a carrier of rabies. However, just because you have bats around the yard does not mean they have rabies. Like many mammals, and bats are mammals – they can be infected with rabies. Because of the huge benefits to Agriculture and also to our individual Comfort around our home that bats provide it’s important to conserve them rather than to exterminate them. In situations where bouts have been removed lethally from residential roosting locations those homeowners have had an increase in pests such as mosquitoes.
Getting Rid of Bats
The challenge of dealing with bats who have become pests is not to exterminate them but to relocate them and that process is fairly easy. If you have bats around your home and they are a nuisance then reach out to our team because we have ways to get them out of your attic and wall spaces and to help them find new locations around your yard where they provide a benefit to you and stop becoming pests.
Learn more about the benefits of bats and how to reduce the likelihood of them becoming pasts by reaching out to our team. If you have a bat infestation just give us a call. We provide comprehensive pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station communities.