Like spiders, bats play a unique and essential role in our ecosystem, but they often don’t get the respect they deserve. Many people are uncomfortable with bats swooping around, especially when they get indoors and fly around.
At Seitz Bros., we understand how bats make some people feel uncomfortable, but we also believe that bats are essential. We make sure that our bat control methods are humane, legal, and will help preserve the dwindling bat population in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
Common Bats That May Enter Your Living Space
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the following species of bats are ones that you are most likely to encounter.
Little Brown Bat
Little brown bats are between 3.1 and 3.7 inches in length with a wingspan of 8.6 to 10.5 inches. They weigh up to .35 ounces, are brown or bronze with a dark spot on their shoulders and black wings.
Northern Long-Eared Bat
Northern long-eared bats are similar in size and color to a little brown bat. The most distinguishing features are long ears and a longer tail. The length and wingspan are nearly identical to little brown bats, but they Northern long-eared bats weigh slightly less.
White-nose bat syndrome is responsible for wiping out nearly 99 percent of the Northern long-eared bat population in Pennsylvania. It’s important to note that white-nose syndrome does not affect humans.
Since most bats only have one offspring per year, Northern long-eared bats may be less common in the area.
Other bats include:
- Indiana Bat
- Small-Footed Bat
- Silver-Haired Bat
- Tri-Colored Bat
- Big Brown Bat
- Red Bat
- Hoary Bat
You can click here for more in-depth information on their characteristics.
How Bats Get into Your Home or Business
While many bats search for food at night, it’s not uncommon to see some flying around at dawn or dusk. Experts estimate that a bat will consume nearly one million insects per year. As they fly around and eat, they also look for places to roost such as eaves, attics, and other dark and quiet areas around your home.
Bats don’t need much space to enter your home. Simply opening the door and having a gap in a screen are just a few entry points for bats. The most effective bat control method is to close off all entry points to your home or business.
Even if bats don’t bother you, you don’t want them to take up residence in your home. Contracting rabies from a bat is possible as is Histoplasmosis, which is a lung disease resulting from exposure to a fungus on bat guano (droppings).
Bat bugs, which resemble bed bugs, also may invade your home after leaving their host (the bat).
Getting rid of bats on your own can be challenging, and if you aren’t careful, you can end up getting bit or accidentally injuring or killing a bat. It’s best to leave bat removal up to the expert technicians at Seitz Bros. Not only will we find a human removal solution that works best for you, but also significantly reduce the chance of bats returning to your living space in the spring.
Call us today for a free quote and to schedule an appointment to assess your bat situation. Have a busy schedule? Don’t worry; we accommodate to your schedule.