Our Team Can Rid Your Home of Bats
Bats are not the first critters that come to mind for most people who think about wildlife removal, but when they invade your home, you want a proven expert to help you get rid of them. All Star Pest Management serves that role masterfully for homeowners in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding area. We have spent years in the wildlife removal and pest control industry, so we know all the tricks of the trade. Our customers span the spectrum from small residential property owners to large commercial property managers, and we have yet to find a pest we cannot best. Bats are especially tricky because of their mode of transportation, but we can remove them from your home or business safely and effectively. Our team of wildlife professionals has compiled answers to some frequently asked questions below, but please call us with any bat removal questions of your own.
What Types of Bats Could Infiltrate My Home?
There are at least 10 different types of bats in Maryland. However, the types of bats that may form colonies and seek shelter in your residential or commercial property are typically limited to little brown bats, big brown bats, northern long-eared bats, and evening bats. Additionally, Indiana bats have been documented in Pennsylvania buildings, so you must be wary of those. Most of these species will leave on their own during the fall to seek hibernation shelter, but big brown bats may remain. Regardless of the type of bats on your property, it is critical to remove them as soon as you can to avoid harm. All Star Pest Management can help.
Are Bats Harmful?
Yes. Bats can have negative effects on your health, as can their droppings. The first concern when a bat colony forms in your home stems from their propensity to enter your living space and bite you or a family member. Many bats carry rabies, which can be fatal if transferred to humans. We recommend having a rabies vaccination if you have bats in your home, regardless of whether you are aware of being bitten, because bats can bite you in your sleep without you even knowing. Another concern following a bat infestation pertains to the droppings they leave behind. When bat droppings are disturbed – whether by sweeping or walking through them – particles can become airborne and cause Histoplasmosis, a disease that attacks the respiratory system.
How Do I Prevent a Bat Infestation?
Bats may enter your house to forage for food or seek shelter from the weather and predators. But you can protect your home and family from bat infestations through a process known as bat exclusion. Essentially, this effort seals any potential entrance holes in your property. It is important to have a professional inspect your home or business before beginning the process so that you do not trap bats or baby bats who have already entered. Typically, bat exclusion projects occur during the fall and winter, after bats have begun hibernation. All Star Pest Management can perform the bat exclusion process without disrupting your routine or forcing you to leave the property.
What Signs Indicate Bats Are in My Home or Office?
Unlike pests that are subtle when they enter your home and begin wreaking havoc, bats have an abundance of warning signs that should alert you to an infestation. The most common signs include:
- An accumulation of bat droppings; known as guano, bat droppings have a shiny, speckled appearance and tend to cluster
- Milky white urine stains on windows
- Stains around entry holes
- Unusual odors
- Squeaking, scratching, or crawling noises in your attics and walls
What Does the Professional Bat Removal Process Entail?
All Star Pest Management can remove bats from your home during the fall and winter months. We cannot perform the process during the summer because that is when bats are born. Baby bats are unable to fly and would not be able to leave with the adults. As a result, they would starve to death and cause additional problems related to their decomposing carcasses. Once the temperatures drop and bats leave for hibernation, we can begin the bat removal process. Our team of experts will identify any entry points – which may be as small as a human thumb – and seal all except one with caulk. During the night, when bats leave to hunt, the lone hole can be plugged to deny reentry. We can also install a “bat house” next to your home as an attractive alternative to ensure bats do not return to your attic.
Contact All Star Pest Management for Bat Removal Today
Bats can be exciting to read about in comic books or study at the zoo, but you do not want to share a home or office with them. They can introduce disease and disrupt your peace and quiet. Once they enter your home, it may be challenging to get them to leave. When that happens, rely on the experts at All Star Pest Management. We are bat removal experts in Baltimore, MD, and we want to restore normalcy to your property. Contact us today for a consultation, estimate, or inspection.