Category Archives: Bats

Bat Guano in CT attic

 

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Bat guano in CT attic

If you are in your attic and you notice a pile of droppings like the one pictured above you most likely have bats. It is very easy to tell if the droppings are that of a bat or rodent such as flying squirrels. Bat droppings will turn to powder if they are pressed on. Squirrel droppings will smear if fresh or be hard if older. If the bat droppings are examined closely you will notice bits of insect exoskeleton in them. If you spot a pile look up that is where the bats are roosting, or the entrance exit point is located. Caution do not assume that if you do not see bats, that it is OK to ciel up the hole you may have found. Bats have a very good sense of hearing, and may have hidden under the insulation or behind of wall when detecting you entering the attic. Even as a professional bat control expert many times I do not locate the bats themselves. They are very fast even when crawling.

I have personally witnessed the aftermath of home owner bat removals that have gone wrong. A trapped bat will follow air currents in an attempt to escape. Often these currants will bring the trapped bat into the living quarters of the home. One home ended having 15 bats flying around the living room. The other possibility with a misguided bat removal is dead bats, and depending on the size of the colony the smell is horrible. Imagine letting ten pounds of meat rot inside your walls.

Bat removals and exclusions are best left to professional wildlife control companies.  A recent trend is pest control companies getting into bat removals. Pest control (bugs experts) are not the same as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Pest control companies tend to treat bats the same as they do insect control. This is a huge mistake, bat removals take a lot longer to do, and very close attention to detail must be used. I am not telling you that you have to use us for your bat infestation. I am just warning you that wildlife control companies are the true experts in this field.

Frozen Bat Guilford CT

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Frozen bat found outsid a chimney in Guilford CT today

Here is a bat I found frozen this morning on a home in Guilford CT. I did not disturb it on the off chance it was still alive. Seems that the weather we are having this winter has our bat friends confused. I did look at its muzzle, and could not detect any signs of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) a fungus that is killing off a huge amount of our bat population. WNS causes the bats to wake frequintly from hibernation to clean it off. This burns up their much needed fat supply and basically they starve to death during winter.

Bats will sometimes hibernate in your home during the winter months, from late fall until spring. Temperatures above 45 degrees is acceptable for a hibernation roost , and it is common for Big Browns to hibernate in homes and buildings. Rarely do we find  Little Brown bats hibernating in structures but it has been shown that they will also hibernate in structures.  Bats hibernating in homes may move roost positions within the structure, sometimes scratching or squeaking sounds will be heard when they are moving around. They may also find their way into basements for the winter hibernation period. The bats may even accidentally find their way into your living quarters during the winter months. This typically happens with either a rapid warming or cooling trend. I have also noticed that prior to or just after a snow storm bats may move around some.   Hibernating bats may respond to a sudden warm-up in outside temperature and some may be seen flying outside on warm winter nights. This will usually be a one night occurrence. Many houses that call with complaints about flying squirrels also have bats. It is believed that such houses have bats in the summer and flying squirrels in the winter, but it is possible both species can occupy the same space at the same time. Flying squirrels will eat bats that they find if they can get to them.