Bat Removal in Northern Virginia
For quick bat removal in Northern Virginia, look no further than Virginia Pest Removal. If bats are giving you trouble or have gotten into your attic or your house, give us a call. We are experts at removing bats (and all other sorts of wildlife) and even have the tools to fix the damage they cause.
The Colonial bat, or little brown bat, is most commonly found in and near buildings. A body of water is usually nearby so they can forage for insect prey. Summer colonies live in loosely organized communities. They roost in dark hot attics and roof spaces where maternities colonies may include a hundred to a few thousand bats. Colonies sometimes also form beneath shingle and siding, in tree hollows, beneath bridges and in caves. In the winter, little brown bats abandon buildings to hibernate in caves and mines. The life span of the little brown bat has been known to be as great as 31 years, but averages life expectancy is probably limited to only a few years.
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Bat problems in Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia
Bats are the only mammal that fly. Their ability to fly, their secretiveness, and nocturnal habits have contributed to bat folklore, superstition and fear. The Colonial bat species most common around human building in Northern Virginia are the little brown bat. Solitary bats roost in tree foliage and occasionally inside your home or office!
Bats in Northern Virginia are virtually insectivorous. They feed on flying insects. Many of these insects are harmful to humans. A single bat can consume ⅓ of it’s body weight in just a half hour!
Bats generally mate in the fall and winter, but the female retains the sperm until spring, when ovulation and fertilization takes place. Pregnant females will congregate in buildings, behind chimneys, beneath bridges, in hollow trees, and other dark places. No nests are built. Birth occurs May thru July. Young bats can fly within about 3 weeks. Weaning takes place between July and August, where the colony will disperse. Bats prepare for winter around the time of frost. Depending on the region, some will go far, but may stay close in warmer areas.
Bats and homes & buildings in Northern Virginia
Bats often fly around swimming pools to catch insects and white lights commonly used for porch lights. Street & parking lots may attract insects, which in turn attracts bats. Bats commonly enter buildings through openings such as the roof edge, eaves, apex of the gable,chimneys, attic or roof vent, dormers and siding. Bats are able to squeeze through very narrow slits. Slits as narrow as ¼ inch by ½ inch. Some holes are no bigger than a dime!
Bats can cause serious damage
Surface areas where bats are coming and going, such as walls, loose woodwork, or between bricks often have a smooth polished appearance. This stained area is slightly sticky, may contain a few bat hairs, and is yellow-brown to blackish in color. The smooth gloss of these rub marks is due to the oils from their fur, along with other bodily secretions. Openings marked heavily means it is heavily used by bats.
Bats become particularly noisy on hot days when leaving the roost at dusk and returning at dawn. These noises are crawling, scratching, climbing in attics, vocalization and grooming.
Fecal pellets indicate the presence of animals. They are found on the attic floor, in wall recesses, and outside the house at its base. Bat droppings tend to be segmented, elongated, and friable. When crushed they become powdery. Bat excrement produces an unpleasant odor when in an attic, wall space or other voids. In a long term colony this odor can be smelled outside the building even! The guano can also provide a growth medium for microorganisms, some of which are pathogenic like histoplasmosis to humans. The guano can fill spaces in walls, floors, and ceilings. Bat urine crystallizes at room temperature. In warm conditions under roofs exposed to sun and chimney walls the urine evaporates so quickly it crystallizes in great accumulations. Board and beams saturated with urine acquire a white powder-like coating. When there are a lot of bats, this can look like stalactites.
Bats can be carriers of rabies! After an incubation period of two weeks to six months they become ill with the disease for as long as ten days. During the latter period a rabid bat’s behavior is not normal. It may be found during the day or on the ground not able to fly. At this point it is capable of transmitting the rabies disease through a bite. As the disease progresses the bat will become increasingly paralyzed and die. The rabies in a bat carcass can remain infectious until decomposition is well advanced. Rabies is the most important public health hazard associated with bats. Bats rank third behind racoons and skunks in the incidence of wildlife rabies in the US.
Here in Virginia, bats are protected by law! Although they have certain risks to humans they still provided benefits by keeping some of the harmful insect population down.
To prevent bats from doing damage to your home, exclusion is best. When bats have invaded your home, give us a call for expert bat and wildlife removal! We are training and have the resources to prevent and fix the damage caused by bats.