What do bats look like?

Little brown bats have silky, dark brown hair, often compared to the color of cinnamon. They have pale gray coloring underneath and their hand-like wings are black. We are often asked if bats make noise and they do, however people cannot usually hear it. They make sounds by echolocation, which are too high pitched for our ears. You may hear a click or squeak as they fly right over head.

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Are bats dangerous?

Although bats are beneficial to our environment, they are like any other animals and will defend themselves if provoked or threatening. Unfortunately a bat bite can be very serious as they are known carriers of rabies. Histoplasmosis is another health risk associated with bats and is a fungus that lives in soil enriched by bat droppings or guano; when air-borne spores are inhaled it can produce flu like symptoms but can also be more severe. An accumulation of bat droppings can also contaminate attic insulation and other building materials. For these reasons, you should contact Thomas Pest Services right away if you notice a bat in the house.

Why do I have a bat problem?

Small holes, gaps and openings on the exterior of a structure will welcome these opportunistic pests and once inside, they’ll have no reason to leave unless forced.

How do you get rid of bats?

At Thomas Pest Services, we offer comprehensive bat control services in Albany and throughout our service area that take care of bats from start to finish. Our bat removal process includes:

  • A thorough inspection to locate the colony of bats and to find entry points.
  • Humane removal of the bats
  • Sealing of areas where bats are making their way inside (openings ¼ of an inch and larger).
  • Removal of bat droppings using specialized vacuums.
  • Sanitization of areas where guano are located in order to prevent Histoplasmosis.
  • Removal and replacement of contaminated insulation.

Contact Thomas Pest Services if you need help getting rid of bats. In addition to providing bat removal services, our team of wildlife control professionals can also take care of raccoons, skunks and other nuisance wildlife common to Upstate New York.

Bat prevention tips

To prevent bats from entering your home or structure, you should:

  • Seal any openings on the exterior of the dwelling that would allow bats to enter.
  • Consider installing a bat house(s) on your property to entice these pests away from your home.
  • Repair any loose shingles or fascia boards.
  • Cap chimneys and install mesh covers over vent.

If you’ve discovered a bat in the house or on the exterior of the house, are concerned you may have a colony of bats roosting in your attic or elsewhere, contact the bat control experts at Thomas Pest Services.

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