DURHAM NORTH CAROLINA BAT REMOVAL
Get Rid Of Bats – Durham County, NC
Our Durham Bat Removal Services
Durham North Carolina bat removal and control keeps us very busy. Bats in the Durham area of North Carolina are some of the most misinterpreted wildlife. When it comes to their value to our ecosystem, bats don’t receive a lot of the credit they are due. They are fascinating mammals that serve as pollinators, seed dispersers and help to control insect pests. The United States is home to approximately 45 species of bats, three of which are common in the area of Durham, North Carolina. Using echolocation or bio sonar, bats can find their way into the tiniest of spaces often gaining entry in an opening of 3/8” or larger. Bats are mysterious in appearance and are typically only seen at night. They are often feared by humans whose inhumane and unnecessary removal techniques threatens their population worldwide. Bats in the Durham area of North Carolina are known to form colonies in their chosen roosting areas. While in search of dark and quiet places to raise their young, bats are known to invade attics in the summertime. Each species of bat is unique and poses its own challenge for people. Durham Wildlife Removal is your local experts for bat removal in the Durham and Durham County areas of North Carolina. We safely and humanely remove bats as well as bat proof your home to eliminate the chance of future bat infestation.
Identifying Durham North Carolina Bats
The most common bat species found in Durham, North Carolina include the Big Brown Bat, Little Brown Bat, and the Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat. Listed below is a brief description of each:
- Big Brown Bat (Eptesicusfuscus): These are one of the largest of the species found in North Carolina, with a wingspan of 13-16 in. Their fur is long and oily with the colors ranging from light to dark brown.
- Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadaridabrasiliensis): These bats are characterized by their free tails which are roughly half the length of their bodies. Their fur is brown in color and they have a wingspan of approximately 11-14 in.
- Little Brown Myotis (Myotislucifugus): Often called the little brown bat, they are known for their glossy brown fur which can be of various shades. Their wingspan ranges from 8-11 in.
Bats do not chew their way into your home or businesses like people think; instead, they enter through very small gaps and other openings. They are skilled at locating and entering holes approximately 3/8” by 1” in size. Home owners often have no idea that these holes exist and many of these openings are the result of architectural design or poor upkeep of the structure.
Durham North Carolina Bat Habitats
Bats typically fall into two categories, tree bats or cave bats. Most of the bats that take up residence in Durham and Durham County homes are cave bats. They are very adept at living among people and in making our home their home. It is very common for bats to roost in attics, walls, eaves and chimneys of homes. The big brown bat and little brown bat species of North Carolina often make noises just prior to exiting their roost site. They also tend to have a musky odor and commonly leave their droppings (bat guano) underneath their roosting location.
A question we often get from people that are looking to do bat removal themselves is, “I read on the internet that all you need to do is wait for the bats to leave at night and then seal up the entry points. Why can’t I just do this and save myself a lot of money?” The short answer is because this is dangerous and you may end up forcing bats into the interior living quarters of the structure. All bats don’t leave structures every night and they don’t exit the structure at the same time.
Durham Wildlife Removal is provided by local animal removal experts that specialize in the removal of bats common to the Durham and Durham County areas of North Carolina.
Bat Control and Safety
Bats in Durham, North Carolina are known to be infected with the rabies virus and other threatening diseases. Although bats generally will not harm you unless provoked, it is best to leave all bat removal services to your local wildlife removal technician. They have the proper training and equipment necessary to safely and humanely get rid of bats occupying your home.
Ways you can help with the bat remediation process include listening to the sounds made by the bats in your home or business, you should be able to identify the general area where they are roosting. Providing any known areas of bat infestation will be useful to your technician as they assess the problem and develop a personalized bat removal plan. Also, it is important to remember never handle any bats without leather gloves and proper safety equipment. Along with various zoonotic diseases, bats can also carry fleas and mites.
If you come in contact with a bat and are bitten, it is often difficult to see bite marks due to their tiny teeth. However, if you have been bitten or encounter infectious material, such as saliva entering your eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound, then wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seek immediate medical attention.
Bat Damage, Bat Trapping, and Bat Removal
The local bat control technicians in Durham and Durham County are Certified Wildlife Specialists with the knowledge and tools to eliminate bats that have invaded your home or business. Bat droppings are called guano, and these differ from mouse droppings because they tend to have a shiny, speckled appearance and cluster together as they pile up. These droppings may contain Histoplasma capsulatum fungal spores which can cause histoplasmosis which can be fatal if spread throughout the body. You should NEVER attempt to clean or remove bat guano by sweeping or vacuuming them.
Bat droppings, along with a bat’s urine can also damage wood by causing an increase in decay if left over a long period of time. Bats emit waste 20-30 times a day and the smell is unpleasant and can attract other pests. Our bat control technicians in Durham NC are equipped and experienced in the removal and cleaning of bat waste. Do not hesitate to call our local office and schedule your next appointment at (800) 928-4057.
Diseases and health risks associated with bats include rabies, histoplasmosis and bat bugs (very similar to bed bugs) to name a few. Some unscrupulous bat removal companies may use scare tactics to sell their bat remediation services. Don’t be fooled by such techniques. While the threat of contracting rabies from bats is real, the chances of being infected by a rabid bat is less than 3 percent.
Additional information on bat diseases can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you’re looking for a local bat removal and bat control specialist in Durham or Durham County North Carolina to remove bats from your attic or to get rid of bats in other locations in your home, give us a call at (800) 928-4057.