Bats: The most common bat people might encounter is the Little Brown Myotis. A bat known to nest in attics and small gaps in buildings during summer months. Furthermore, weighing less than an ounce, makes it a fast flier for hunting insects at night. They average a wingspan of between 9-11 inches. Bats are beneficial to have around in the sense that they are prime insect hunters. Contrary to what some may believe they have little interest in humans or the desire to interact with us.
One symptom people may experience is a large cluster of what seem like mouse droppings on a front or back patio, or seemingly out of place. If this is seen, take a look upward for small gaps in the building or areas that bats may be hanging from to rest during the day. Due to these species being at-risk and mostly protected, eviction can only take place during the migration period when bats leave the structure.
There are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of your building becoming the bats choice of home. Installing bat houses or bat boxes away from the structure up trees or on tall poles. The goal is to create an ideal home for the bats, similar to what’s done with bird houses. Also walk around and ensure all attic vents mesh screenings are in good working order, and any gaps in siding that may lead to an attic be property sealed. Lastly, bats are attracted to insects, so keeping lights off at night and having pest issues controlled alleviate food sources for them.
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