What are bats?
Bats are essential to our environment and protected under federal law. These nocturnal critters help to control insect populations. They are common predators of mosquitoes, which any Floridian knows are the absolute worst pests. Not only do bats help with insects, but some species are also pollinators of mangoes, bananas, agave, eucalyptus, and more!
Common bat species in our area include:
- Southeastern Myotis
- Tricolored Bat
- Big Brown Bat
- Eastern Red Bat
- Evening Bat
- Northern Yellow Bat
- Seminole Bat
Are bats dangerous?
While bats are essential to the environment, they can be dangerous if they live in excess populations on your property or get inside your home. Bats can spread diseases and parasites, including rabies. Potentially worse than the diseases they spread is the unsanitary environment they create. Guano, which is bat waste, can build up on your property or your home and is hazardous to human and pet health. In severe cases, guano buildup can cause ceilings to collapse.
If you suspect there is guano on your property or in your home, you shouldn’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, contact professionals to perform this task safely.
Why do I have a bat problem?
There are several reasons you might have a bat problem in your home other than easy to access entry points. These reasons include supplying an adequate water source; this might be in the form of a pond, birdbath, fountain, or other water landscape feature.
If you have gardens on your property, you are probably attracting the insects bats eat, making your home more attractive. Pale-colored plants like thyme, honeysuckle, and dahlia tend to bring more bugs, so if you want to deter bats, don’t use these plants.
Where will I find bats?
Bats are usually in hollowed trees under structures like bridges, eaves, and abandoned buildings outside. However, bats can also get into houses and unused outbuildings like sheds and garages. Bats will stick to attics where they are not likely to be bothered.
How do I get rid of bats?
If you have a bat problem on your property, you should contact us at Rowland Pest Management. We have a bat exclusion process that includes using a bat cone or one-way door to let bats out but not back in. Our trained technicians will help seal up your home, so these pests can’t keep coming back, leaving you with a bat-free home!
To learn more about our residential pest control options and commercial pest management solutions, or schedule a free inspection, please reach out to us today! We offer financing options to ensure our customers throughout Florida have access to the pest control services they need. We are always here to help. "When we roll in… bugs roll out!"
How can I prevent rats in the future?
The best thing you can do to prevent bats from getting into your home is to seal all potential entry points. When it comes to these pests, you should do the following:
- Install screens on all windows and doors that you leave open.
- Make sure windows and doors close tightly.
- Use chummy caps.
- Fill in holes around utility lines using steel wool and caulk.
- Install draft guards on doors that lead to the attic.
- Inspect the roofline to ensure there are no holes that bats can slip through.