Bats are unique creatures that resemble rodents. They have fur on their bodies and range in different colors. They are the only mammals that have wings in the place of hands or arms and can fly only at night. Unfortunately, they are not the most admired creatures and have received a bad reputation as being a carrier of diseases. In fact, they frighten many people.
Fortunately, the Freedom Home Package can combat your bat infestation and provide you yearlong protection.
Bats feed on human blood!
Bats suck and feed on the blood of their victims. Like any other animal that has self- defense mechanism, bats only bite when they are mishandled. But they do not feed on blood. That only takes place in movies that portray them as evil. The reality is some bats nourish on insects, and others feed on fruits and plants.
The Truth About Bats
In the United States alone, there are estimated to be over 40 different species of bats and 1,100+ species around the world except for Antarctica and other islands. In fact, a colony of Mexican Free-Tailed bats comes to stay in summer right here in South Texas. Like bears, bats will either hibernate in winter session or migrate to warmer places. Bats in South Texas consume approximately I million pounds of small insects and bugs a night. In addition to this, the large number of insects that are eaten positively benefits farmers in that area.
Contrary to the popular misconception by movies that bats feed on human blood. They don’t. In fact, they do not like human blood and prefer the blood of herbivorous animals such as cow and horses. Usually, the animals rarely notice them as they are sleeping.
Here at Freedom Pest Control our technicians are specially trained to combat infestation and control the problem directly from the source.
Potential Problems With Bats
- They can bite and spread rabies
- Their droppings contain fungus known as Histoplasma capsulatum that causes breathing difficulties
- The three blood-drinking bats that live in Latin America generally feed on domestic animals such as cows
- Fruit bats can pose a threat to fruit farmers who depend on the fruit harvest as their means of economic support
- Bats can be annoying and potentially destructive when they choose to settle in human houses for colonies
- They leave unpleasant smelling droppings
- They can carry ticks, fleas and other parasites that they may bring into your home, lay eggs and spread
- The parasites such as ticks and fleas also carry with them diseases that can be a harmful to the homeowners and their families
Minimize Potential Problems
While there is no way to prevent bats from infesting or entering of your home completely, there are most certainly preventive measures you can take. Be on the lookout for guano, white milky stains that can be bats urine, and scratching, crawling, squeaking noise coming from the attic from dusk to dawn.
The most efficient method is to have your home on a pest control program, such as Freedom Home Package which protects the interior of your home for a number of potential pests and as well as provides quarterly services to the outside of your home to keep bats and other potential pests at bay.
Other proactive measures that you can include:
- Seal cracks in your walls or hire a professional to it for you
- Installing a bat house and making repairs to places such as attic to prevent access to places where bats nets
- Applying a particular poison on the neck of your cattle’s to prevent the bats from sucking their blood
- Seal all opening into your home and place a mesh wire over your chimney