Bats are some of the most misinterpreted wildlife. When it comes to environmental benefits, bats do not receive a lot of credit. However, they serve as pollinators, seed-dispersers and help to control pests. North America is home to 45 species of bats, three of which are common in the Triangle area. Using echolocation or bio sonar, bats can find their way into the tiniest spaces. These mammals are mysterious in appearance and typically are only seen at night. They are often feared by humans, which contributes to threats to their population worldwide. Bats in the Triangle are known to form colonies in their chosen roosting areas. While in search of dark and quiet places to raise their young, bats are known to invade attics in the summertime. Each species of bat is unique and poses its own challenge for people. Critter Control of the Triangle is the expert in Raleigh, Durham and the surrounding region for bat removal. We humanely remove bats as well as examine and repair your home to eliminate the chance of future bat infestation.
Typically found in caves, bats can live in almost any feasible shelter. As their natural habitats diminish, many bat species choose to live in homes or storage-type buildings. It is also common for bats to roost in attics or caves. The big brown and little brown bat species of North Carolina often make noises upon exiting their roost. They also tend to have a musky odor and commonly leave droppings underneath their roosting area. Critter Control of the Triangle specializes in the removal of bats common to the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill communities.
Common North Carolina Bats
- Big Brown Bat (Eptesicusfuscus): These are one of the largest of the species found in North Carolina, with a wingspan of 13-16 in. Their fur is long and oily with the colors ranging from light to dark brown.
- Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadaridabrasiliensis): These bats are characterized by their free tails which are roughly half the length of their bodies. Their fur is brown in color and they have a wingspan of approximately 11-14 in.
- Little Brown Myotis (Myotislucifugus): Often called the little brown bat, they are known for their glossy brown fur which can be of various shades. Their wingspan ranges from 8-11 in.
Bats do not chew their way into your home or business; instead, they enter through gaps and other openings. They are skilled in entering holes the size of quarters. Property owners often have no idea that these holes exist because bats are able to squeeze through the smallest of spaces.
Bat Control and Safety
Bats carry rabies and other threatening diseases. Although generally bats will not harm you unless provoked, it is best to contact Critter Control of the Triangle and take a few steps to prepare for a technician’s arrival. By listening to the sounds made by the bats in your home or business, you should be able to identify the general area of where they are roosting. Providing any known areas of bat infestation will be useful to your technician as they assess the problem. Also, it is important to remember never handle bats without gloves or proper equipment. Along with various diseases, bats can also carry fleas and mites. If you come in contact with a bat and are bitten, it is difficult to see signs of bite marks due to their tiny teeth. However, if you have been bitten or come in contact with infectious material, such as saliva entering your eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound, then wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical advice right way.
Bat Trapping, Removal, and Damage
Critter Control of the Triangle Technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists with the knowledge and tools to eliminate bats from invading your property. Bat droppings are called guano, and these differ from mouse droppings because they tend to have a shiny, speckled appearance and cluster together as they pile up. If left alone over time, these droppings will begin to grow fungus and spores which can cause histoplasmosis in severe cases. The dusts from these droppings can potentially become an irritant to humans. Along with their droppings, a bat’s urine can also damage wood by causing an increase in decay if left over a long period of time. Bats emit waste 20-30 times a day and the smell is unpleasant and can attract other pests. Our Critter Control technicians are highly equipped and experienced in the removal and cleaning of bat waste. Do not hesitate to call and schedule your next appointment at (919) 382-0651.