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What are bats?

Bats have a unique distinction of being the only species of true flying mammals. Instead of traditional front legs like other animals, bats have leathery wings that allow them to take flight. A bat’s wings are void of hair, but their bodies are covered in black or brown fur.

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Bats are eco-important, as their diet mainly consists of insects, and they help reduce populations of dangerous and nuisance insects. But when living on or in our homes, they become unwanted pests. When living near or with people, their benefits outweigh the dangers and structural damage they cause.

Are bats dangerous?

The presence of bats on our New England properties is cause for concern for many different reasons:

  • Bats spread many diseases, including rabies, which is a serious concern for people. 

  • Bat feces contain dozens of pathogens and fungi that can cause lung problems and other health issues.

  • On their bodies, bats carry and spread parasites (mites, fleas, bat bugs) to properties and into homes.

  • The build-up of bat urine and feces leads to unpleasant odors and the erosion of surfaces.

  • Bats are wild animals and are unpredictable and should not be living with people.

Why do I have a bat problem?

Bats are attracted to properties that offer them sources of food. Yards with many trees, gardens, and standing water attract insect activity and the bats that want to feed on those insects.

Like most other pests, bats are opportunistic. They often view our homes as a place of refuge. They move inside through spaces they discover in chimneys, roof intersections, vents, or spaces around windows and doors. Bats are nocturnal and will hunt for food during the evening and overnight hours. During the day, they will retreat to their resting spots.

Where will I find bats?

In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, bats are most active from late winter through late fall when temperatures are above 30 degrees.

If bats live near or in your home, it is common to see them swooping around your yard at dusk. They are especially drawn to properties with wooded areas, pools, or ponds.

When bats decide to roost in our homes, they typically rest in dark, quiet areas like roof eaves, attics, crawl spaces, and wall voids.

How do I get rid of bats?

Bats aren’t something that people want to see swooping to and from their homes. If you see bat activity on your Massachusetts or New Hampshire property, it is best to contact a professional for help quickly. At Freedom Pest Control, we will eliminate bats from your home through effective and humane bat removal and exclusion services. We are dedicated to our customers and providing innovative and eco-friendly pest management that provides peace of mind and a pest-free property. Get freedom from unwanted pests; give us a call today and learn more about our bat control services!

How can I prevent bats in the future?

The best way to keep bats away from your New England property is to partner with a professional and implement the following prevention tips:

  • Place a cap or screen on your home’s chimneys.

  • Place screens over vents entering into your home.

  • Seal spaces around pipes, wires, and other utilities moving into your home. 

  • Repair openings in your home’s roof.

  • Fix any opening you discover in your home’s exterior walls; bats can squeeze their bodies through tiny spaces.

  • Make sure weather stripping is placed around windows and doors.

  • Eliminate standing water from your property.

  • Maintain your yard and garden areas on your property. Overgrown vegetation often attracts the insects that bats like to feed on.

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