Bats roost in spring and summer, most commonly in attics, behind shutters, and in other protected areas on homes, garages, barns, sheds, etc. Bats are important to the environment in many ways, especially because they consume insects. However, you do not want them in your home. Once they get in, they defecate everywhere and tear up insulation. They also carry mites, fleas, and ticks. A major sign that bats are in your house is the presence of bat feces, called guano. It can be found in attics and below the bats’ entry point to the building. It causes staining on siding. Another indicator of bats is hearing them in the walls at night or seeing them exit the building at dusk.
The Health Risks
Histoplasmosis is a fungus found in bat guano. When the spores become airborne and are inhaled, it can cause an infection in humans. For most people it’s mild and presents like a minor case of influenza. But occasionally it can cause high fever, blood abnormalities, pneumonia, and death.
Bats carry mites, fleas, and ticks on them that can infest homes and transmit illnesses like Lyme disease and tularemia to humans and pets. Lyme causes nerve pain, stiffness, and inflammation of the brain or spinal cord. Tularemia causes swollen lymph nodes and ulcers.
Bats can carry the rabies virus. They can transmit it to humans and pets through their saliva, and usually from a bite. It causes muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, fever, delirium, aggression, and eventually death if not treated promptly.
The Modern Solution for Bat Removal and Control
The Wildlife Control Team starts by thoroughly inspecting the exterior of your home for evidence of bats. We look for possible entry ways like holes or gaps in where roofs come together. We also check for bat guano (droppings) around possible entry sites. We will also inspect the attic for any signs of entry and guano. If the presence of bats is detected, our Wildlife professional will install one-way doors in access points so the bats cannot return after they leave to look for food. Any gaps will be sealed up. Eventually the one-way doors will be removed and the holes sealed with mesh wire.
When you partner with Modern Pest Services, you’ll never have to worry about a pest, rodent or wildlife issue again!
Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildlife Damage?
Since every homeowners insurance policy is different, it’s important to talk with your agent and find out exactly what is covered by yours.
Most standard home and mobile home insurance policies will cover damage to your home by a wild animal if the animal is not a rodent. Some common nuisance rodents are mice, rats, chipmunks, flying and ground squirrels, groundhogs, and porcupines. Bats, birds, raccoons, and weasels are not rodents, and are often covered.
Usually, the damage must have occurred in a single, identifiable event. If it occurred over a gradual period and preventable action could have been taken, it might not be covered.
When you’re shopping for a policy, talk with an agent about possible wildlife damage scenarios you could face. They will be able to inform you on whether the policy offers coverage in each scenario.