Since 2011 there has been a decline of our state's bat species due to White-Nose Syndrome (fungal disease that is deadly to bats). The most commonly seen bats in Ohio are big and little brown bats. Between the different species in Ohio the fur colors can range from light brown, dark brown, chestnut, reddish brown, and grey. The wing membranes are typically dark brown or black. Some of the species have a furred muzzle and some do not. The wings of bats are thinner and have more bones and flexible joints than wings of birds, allowing bats to be more maneuverable and dexterous. Bats are known to be blind but they actually are not. They have poor vision but no bat species is actually blind. They use their vision to guide them while traveling between their habitat and feeding areas.
What You Need to Know:
Reproduction: Bats mate in the fall typically starting in September, they exhibit a behavior called “swarming” where large numbers of bats congregate just prior to hibernation. Sperm is transferred to the female during this time but ovulation and fertilization are delayed until the following spring when the females are active after hibernation. The female then gestates between six and nine weeks and has her pups in late May to late June. Females typically only have one to two pups but they can have up to five. The pups usually start flying about 30 days after they are born.
Nuisance Concerns: Bats love attics and buildings as they can easily find a crack or opening! Unfortunately they can use these locations as their habitat and form into large colonies with numbers in the hundreds. Their guano (droppings) can accumulate fast especially with large colonies and can pose a serious health risk as it becomes a feeding ground to a fungus call histoplasmosis.
Did You Find a Bat In Your Home?
If your bat problem extends beyond a single chance encounter, your solution may require a bit more work.
Obviously, the first step to getting your home bat-free is to physically remove any bats who may be hiding out unseen. Often, bats will congregate somewhere dark and undisturbed with access to the outside - attics, roofs, and crawl spaces are some of the most likely hiding places.
How to Deal With Bats:
Removing bats requires experience and knowledge. Many bat jobs are extremely challenging and involve very difficult to reach areas. Our certified and knowledgeable technicians will come and provide you with a thorough evaluation. Based on your specific situation our technicians will exclude them from the premises and ensure that the bat or colony will no longer use your home or business as their habitat. Although bats can cause nuisance they also are a benefit to our environment and many bat species are protected by law. Without killing the bats we will exclude them and ensure they do not return. When we remove the bats from your premises we can thoroughly clean the biohazardous droppings and deodorization to eliminate odor that will attract new animals to your house, thus making your house or business a safer place. This cleaning and deodorizing will also kill the mold and spores that can grow on the bats guano (waste).