Bats are an unwelcome invasion in any home. If you think there are bats in your attic, you’ll want to act right away. Bats can carry diseases harmful to both humans and pets. They can also reproduce in your home, leading to an even bigger problem later.

Here are a few signs to look out for and steps to take if you have a bat infestation.

Bat hanging outside of house.

Why and How Bats Get Into the Attic

It’s well known that bats like caves — they’re dark, secret and quiet. The only issue is that caves tend to be cold. Attics are warm, especially in the south. Drawn to the high temperature and darkness, bats feel right at home in a rarely used attic with no windows. 

They get into the attic through small holes and gaps in the roof. Once they are in, they begin making a home for themselves.

When Are Bats Most Active?

Bats are nocturnal animals. They sleep in the day and fly out at night. Typically spotted in the moonlight, these creatures spend their nights hunting for food. They usually begin waking up at sunset and return to shelter right before dawn.

3 Signs You Have Bats in Your Attic

How do you know if you have a bat infestation? Look out for these three signs. If you experience any of them, you’ll want to call a wildlife removal service immediately.

Video: Extreme case of a bat infestation. Guano, or bat droppings, piled around entry point.

1. Guano, or Bat Droppings

Guano refers to bat droppings that are brown or black in color and round. Bats usually leave them in piles in a corner, on a wall or by an entry or exit point. Don’t try to remove guano without proper protection. Bats carry disease, and their droppings are dangerous.

2. Black Stains on Your Home Exterior

Bats have a coating on their fur that is similar to grease or oil. When fitting into small holes and gaps, this greasy substance rubs off and leaves dark staining on the entry points they use. It only takes one bat to leave residue behind, so a bat infestation can result in dark black stains that you’ll be able to identify quickly.

3. Bats In or Around Your Home

If you see bats flying around your house, there’s a chance that they have taken up residence in your home. If you wait outside quietly, you may be able to spot them coming out of the gaps and holes of your roof. Sit out at dusk or dawn and watch your roof for activity. If bats begin flying in or out, you know your answer.

Urban Jungle Wildlife Removal Creates a Customized Solution for Your Home

A bat infestation is inconvenient, but there is a solution. Urban Jungle Wildlife Removal can draw up a customized solution for your home’s pest problem. We can trap and remove the bats and perform exclusion services to keep them from getting back into your house.

We serve areas in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. To learn more about our services and to get assistance, contact us today.