Bats are one of the strangest pests you’ll ever encounter around your New Jersey property, and many people have questions about this species. They are not rodents, but they are the only mammals that are truly able to fly. Their wings are comprised of bones in a structure almost like a human hand and covered with leathery skin. They also have a claw-like portion that sticks out of the end of their wing.
There are around 1,400 unique species of bats found throughout the world, but luckily, there are only a few that are prevalent in the area. Two of the most common are the little brown bat and the big brown bat. These are a chocolate brown color with grey to black wings, and they have large eyes and rounded ears. The little brown bat is only about two inches long when fully grown while big brown bats are about five inches long.
One of the reasons these two varieties are seen the most on New Jersey properties is that they often sleep in attics or along rooflines. In this guide, you’ll learn about the risks of bats and how you can prevent and control them.
Why Do Bats Come Around Area Properties?
The one thing most people know about bats is that they can hang upside down. They sleep while hanging vertically like this, and when they get around a home or business, they will search for areas such as rooflines or eaves to dangle from. If they are able to find a way inside, they will also nest in attics as well as outbuildings like sheds or garages.
Bats are usually attracted to a particular area because of food. Bats wake up at night to find food, and they eat many different kinds of insects including mosquitoes and gnats. This means that infestations of small bugs can bring them around your property. Since their prey is often in areas with lots of flowering plants, bats themselves can also be attracted to yards with lots of fragrant vegetation.
How Dangerous Are Bats?
Bats have a rather notorious and somewhat unfair reputation, but this doesn’t mean they are harmless either. While bats don’t normally attack humans, they can act defensively. Since they can spread diseases, a bite from a bat is a health risk. Bats can occasionally carry rabies as well as other illnesses like the bubonic plague.
The other main concern with bats is their feces. Bat droppings, called guano, is a substance that can build up on the side of buildings or inside of attics. This can cause property damage over time and can also be a health hazard. Guano can release a spore that transmits histoplasmosis. This fungal infection is especially worrying if bats have invaded your attic or any other enclosed space.
What’s The Easiest Way To Remove Bats?
If you’re dealing with bats around your New Jersey home or business, the easiest and safest way to remove them is with help from the experts at Amco Pest Solutions. You are more likely to suffer from a bat bite when trying to remove them than at any other time. Instead, let our trained technicians remove these dangerous pests as quickly as possible.
We are a family-owned company, and our residential and commercial pest control plans will also prevent bats from coming back. Just give us a call today to request your free inspection.