Bats are magnificent mammals that serve a vital role in our local ecosystems. But sometimes, their innate behaviors and survival instincts cause problems around our properties. Everything from bat urine and droppings, to structural damage, health risks, threats, and more, are possible issues that arise from having heavy bat activity in or around your house.
Continue reading to learn how to identify the signs of bat activity to confirm whether or not you have a bat problem on your hands.
Benefits of Local Bat Populations
A few bats flying around at dusk are not a bad thing. Bats are highly important to us for many reasons, which is why we should support the local bat populations and preserve them the best we can. However, when you have too many bats handing around your property, there is a very high risk of them gaining access inside, which is where the major destruction and health issues can occur. But even if bats are not inside, they can still cause a wide range of problems for you; problems that are both unsafe and costly to repair.
Here are the most common signs that bats are becoming too heavily populated around your property, or have gained access inside:
☑ Bats in the Attic
If you have bats in the attic, the signs are hard to miss. Mostly, bats in the attic are discovered as a result of hearing strange noises every night. Another common sign is urine stains on walls and ceilings as a result of too much waste accumulation. It can saturate the attic insulation and seep through floorboards, causing brownish and yellow stains on drywall. Along with waste stains comes odors, which is another common sign that you have bats around the house.
☑ Lingering Odors
As just mentioned, when bats inside or outside the house hang out for too long, their urine and droppings will begin to accumulate in mass quantities. As a result, you can smell the ammonia and other foul smells radiating from any areas where this accumulation exists. Common places include attics, wall voids, windowsills, door frames, roof edging, awnings, and archways. This brings us to our next sign.
Bat droppings are also known as guano, which can be a tell-tale sign of bat activity around your house. Bats hang out in areas that have light, since light attracts insects, but also in areas that are safe, dark, and cozy. These areas are where you will find piles of guano, which looks much like rodent droppings. Along with guano, bat urine marks are often found on sides of buildings and homes. These streaks also smell, which is mentioned above.
How to Get Rid of Bats
So, you found some bats during spring cleaning? No problem. Just contact a local Indianapolis wildlife control company for emergency bat removal services you can trust. For further help, see our blog, “Where to Get Affordable Animal Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Indianapolis” if bats or other types of wildlife have damaged your property.
Safe Bat Removal and Control in Indianapolis
Call Budget Animal Removal at 317-875-3099 for fast and affordable removal and control for bats in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding areas. Our DNR licensed and insured wildlife rescue and control specialists offer nuisance wildlife abatement services, cleanup and minor restorations for animal damages, 24 hour emergency service, free estimates, and much more! Get started by requesting a free estimate or advice, today.