If you see them hanging upside down calmly, bats can be very cute. These small mammals look very peaceful when they are resting. However, even if you are the biggest bat fan in the world, you don’t want them in your house. They can carry many diseases, including rabies, so homeowners should know how to identify when bats may be living in their roof. If you notice any of the following signs, it is time to call our Skedaddle bat removal team in Madison.
1) You Find Guano
Perhaps the simplest way to know that you have bats living in your house is if you find guano (bat droppings) in or very close to your home. This may be seen scattered in the attic even if no actual bats are visible. You may also find it near entryways, especially small gaps that lead to dark spaces such as the attic or eaves of the roof.
2) You Find Stains or Scratch Marks Near Entryways
Another sign is damage around potential bat entryways. This may take the form of small scratches or a greasy substance that rubs off of bats’ bodies. Other small animals may leave similar marks, so this isn’t a sure sign of bats. However, it is a clear indicator of some sort of wildlife problem.
3) There Are Often Bats Around at Dawn or Dusk
Bats like to nap during the day. They come out to find food when the sun goes down. If they are living in your home, you should notice them most often around dusk and dawn. These are the times when they are departing and returning to your house. Other than seeing bats inside your home, frequent sightings is one of the strongest indicators that they have set up shop in your roof or elsewhere on your property.
4) You Notice Unusual Noises or Smells
Like all wildlife, bats have an impact on the area they are living in. They will make noises when they are inside your home. This can include high-pitched squeaking, a sound they use to talk to each other. You may also hear sounds of movement as they fly about in your roof rafters. Bats are typically quiet during the day, so you are more likely to hears sounds at dawn and dusk.
Another indicator is an ammonia-like smell. This is caused by the buildup of guano. If you notice a strong smell of ammonia, you likely need to call for bat removal services.
5) You Find a Carcass
Finally, if you find a bat carcass, that could mean that there are other bats in your home. While different species behave differently, bats often stick together. Finding one, especially inside or very close to your home, is a good indicator that there may be a more serious problem.
What You Should Do
Despite their diminutive size and skittish nature, bats are serious business. If you suspect you have an infestation, call for professional help. Trying to get them out by yourself could be dangerous. Even looking for them on your own could be dangerous as you may startle the animals, causing them to rush past you and potentially rubbing against, scratching or biting you. If you get bitten or suspect you may have been bitten, call animal control or go to the emergency room right away.
Get Professional Bat Removal in Madison
For successful bat removal, Madison residents can count on Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to deal with the problem quickly and reliably. We apply a three-step process that removes the problem from your home, cleans up the area and protects against future infestations. Our expertly trained technicians know how to handle bats to protect your home and family. Contact us today.