- Posted by Critter Control
- On July 19, 2018
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Summer nights are finally back. The late sunsets and warm evenings make it easy to spend time out on your patio or front porch with family and friends. But the upkeep is half the battle, and as you sweep off your driveway and patio, you may notice way more droppings than you see during the fall and winter months.
The bats are back! And after long nights full of eating mosquitos and other insects, the result is more clean-up work around your outdoor spaces as a result of their guano or bat poop.
Bats are great to have around your home as they eat almost 100% of their body weight every night. And sure—bats aren’t the biggest creatures, weighing in around half an ounce each—but, they live together in large groups, so the numbers add up quickly. Each night, they cut back the number of nasty mosquitos and other insects to bother you during the pleasant spring and summer nights.
Say you see the droppings but never the bats—you may be asking yourself where they roost during the day. Typically, they roost and forage in the trees and areas around neighborhoods where the insects are the worst. If you aren’t sure if they are around your home, try sitting on your porch or in your backyard in the early evening and keep an eye on the street lights. You can often find them flitting between the lights as they start their insect hunting for the night.
As you may have guessed, bats don’t always find places to live where the bugs are, so they improvise. Sometimes that improvisation means that they decide to use your home as their roost. Bats can enter an opening as small as a dime or the diameter of your pinky. They can sense drafts of hot air escaping from your attic gable vents, ridge vents, or soffit gaps. Once they find these areas, they can hang on the underside of your gable vent (those slats of wood on the side of your home that look like large shutters) or crawl into any gap they find. Once they begin to roost in your home, word gets out to their fellow flying mammals to come to the new (literally) hot spot to sleep.
Your next question is, “Well how do I get rid of these bats?”
To get them out you will need tools, hardware cloth, a one-way valve, tall ladder(s), and most importantly—to not be afraid of heights! A lot of the gable vents in North Carolina require a 40’ or 48’ ladder to reach them, and that is WAY up there. Instead of risking life and limb to get rid of your tiny houseguests, experts are the way to go to serve their eviction notice. Experts do this work every day, they have qualified, and insured wildlife technicians and they can even provide a warranty for their work to give you peace of mind that the critters are out killing bugs and not taking up residence with you.
Critter Control of the Triangle has the experience, knowledge, and insurance to rid your home of these bats. We can be reached 919-382-0651 and cover Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties.