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As a homeowner, it is your duty to be informed of the possible threats to your property, including the various wildlife specimens that live in your area and that are most likely to pop in for a visit. You can inform yourself of this matter by either contacting local wildlife removal companies, talking to neighbors, or scouring the internet. It’s also a good idea to have a plan in case of such an invasion (e.g. have the number of a wildlife removal company on hand), and to be aware of the various types of damage that different pests can cause. Being properly informed on the matter will save you time and allow you to act accordingly as soon as you discover the creature
on your property.
In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at the type of damage bats can cause inside attics, one of their favorite hang-out spots.
This is easily the biggest threat a bat on your property poses for you and your family. They carry a wide range of viruses, fungi, bacteria, and so on, as do their droppings and their dead bodies, which you’re quite likely to encounter inside your attic in case of invasion. Bats are responsible for spreading Ebola, rabies, as well as numerous pulmonary diseases, possibly including the coronavirus.
Granted, this is not property damage, but it is something you need to be aware of and act in accordance with. If you suspect a bat is living in your attic, always wear suitable protective gear if going up there to attempt to remove it or even just to check out the situation.
There is a certain chemical inside the bat droppings themselves that makes them doubly dangerous. Once because of the bacteria within, of course, but secondly, for their destructive properties. Left alone, bat feces and urine will create guano, which can easily lead to the destruction of various structures inside the attic, and can also damage insulation. In fact, one of the main issues with having bats living inside your attic is that over time, they will destroy your insulation and you will be forced to remove it (which can be quite costly).
Well, in all fairness, these aren’t necessarily bat friends, but they are quite likely to arrive at the same time the bats do. The various parasitic entities that often follow bats into your home include:
And while they followed the bugs to come into the attic, they may not follow the bat once you finally get it out of there. Of course, mites, ticks, and other creepy crawlers can cause problems and endanger your safety, as well as lead to property damage.
If left unchecked, the bat urine and feces on your property may lead to permanent discoloration of fabrics, wood, structures, and so on, as well as encourage the development of mildew and mold, which will in turn lead to other health hazards in the long-term.
What bats won’t do to your attic, however, is bite, scratch, or claw at structures or objects inside the attic. While bats have sharp teeth and sharp claws, these are used for self-defense or for catching insects and prey. Unlike other wildlife intruders, bats are not aggressive in this sense and they can live inside your attic for a long time without weakening or damaging the structure through chewing or scratching. However, this doesn’t mean you should leave them at it because as we’ve seen, they can cause other types of damage.
Many homeowners are alerted to the presence of bats and other intruders on their property through nighttime noises. Since bats are nocturnal creatures, it’s quite likely you’ll hear them navigating in the dark.
If you have reason to suspect a bat is living inside your attic, you shouldn’t attempt to deal with it yourself, unless you have experience in the field, are not easily scared or grossed out, and of course, provided you wear appropriate protection.
But by far your best bet, if dealing with a bat invasion, is to call a professional wildlife removal company that specializes in bat problems (and ideally one that uses humane trapping and removal methods). They may also advise you on how to clean and fix up your home, so as to prevent future invasions.