Minnesota is home to eight species of bats, one of which is protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1974 and two more being considered for protection. Five out of the eight species (the little brown myotis and large brown bat) have been observed roosting inside residential buildings – Minnesota Wild Animal Management can assist you in identifying what species might be present and provide solutions on how best to remove them.
Bats, being nocturnal animals, tend to become active at night, making noise when flying in and out of your home. But more serious are the bacteria-laden organisms they carry which spread via urine and fecal matter from bats in your home over time causing sickness in family members. Furthermore, bats may transmit rabies.
Signs That Indicate A Bat Infestation
Bats may be heard entering homes, leaving visible evidence of their presence behind. Over time, evidence may appear confirming an infestation.
Black resin can be used to fill in holes around your home’s exterior walls and attic, leading to high pitched squeaking noises coming from either or both areas. You may hear high pitched squeaking noises coming from walls and attic areas at night and later detect something flying through it; you might also smell an ammonia pungent smell in the air or see bats around your property.
Keep Bats Out Of Your Home By Eliminating Them
As bats feed on insects, poison is unlikely to be an effective deterrent. Indeed, in many states it is illegal to poison bats due to their essential role in the ecosystem. Instead, wear protective clothing and goggles, seal any holes with boards, caulk, and screening material once all bats have left for winter and use an enzyme cleaner if odor occurs.
Bat Infestation Prevention Tips
Bat infestation can be reduced through taking several measures. Exclusion techniques are particularly successful if conducted late fall after bats have left structures for winter, such as using mylar tape on carports or chimneys to keep bats away from entering attics; mothballs, screens, bright lights, or ultrasonic sound machines may also work to deter bats.
Don’t let bats cause you or your family to be constantly worried; our bat prevention services can give you peace of mind. Call Minnesota Wild Animal Management today at (612) 237-8282 for more information regarding their bat prevention service available in your area.