Bats pose a unique challenge in California and Nevada due to the strict regulations surrounding the protected status of some species. When dealing with bat issues in or around your home or business, it is important to consult a licensed professional to make sure the issue is being addressed properly and humanely.
How do bats get inside?
Bats can enter a structure through holes as small as a nickel. Most commonly bats get into roof or attic spaces through vents, but they will also fly in through chimneys or windows if given the opportunity. If you live in a bat-heavy area, screening windows and doors is advised if you like to leave them open.
Do bats pose health risks?
Yes, exposure to bats or their guano (droppings) can pose many health risks, including but not limited to Histoplasmosis and Rabies. Bats can also bring ectoparasites, fleas or mites, indoors. Although not aggressive in nature, some bats will bite if they feel threatened.
Can a bat infestation cause property damage?
Bat guano can accumulate over time leading to significant, costly damage. Their guano and urine can also stain interior and exterior walls. Insulation damage is common for bat infestations in attic spaces. Due to the health risks, damaged property often needs to be stripped or replaced to avoid potential disease transmission.