Did you know there are ten different types of bats in Maryland? These small winged creatures play several important roles in our environment, from pollinating flowers to controlling pests.
However, all ten species are considered of great conservation need, meaning they need extra protection to prevent extinction. One of the most important ways a homeowner can help bats is by learning how to know if bats are in your home. A house is no place for a bat, so this knowledge will help Shumaker Animal Control humanely trap and remove the animal in order to safely relocate them to an area where they will be able to prosper.
Strong Smell of Ammonia
Along with other wildlife, bats are terrified of humans and will try to avoid them at all costs. So while the chances of a homeowner seeing bats in their home is low, the chances of smelling them is high.
Bat urine and excrements emit a strong odor that is similar to ammonia. Urine trails can even be seen on the wall or rafters, while droppings can be found spewed across the floor.
The small creatures are not known for their cleanliness. In fact, many bats have a dirty, greasy residue that covers their fur.
Bats find their way inside homes by squeezing through small cracks or gaps in the roof or walls. After coming and going a number of times, the film on their bodies eventually rubs off enough to leave a noticeable buildup. If you see dark grease marks around holes in your attic or basement, then you most likely have bats in your home.
Fun fact: bats communicate with each other using a high frequency. Since they are nocturnal creatures, they also use this method to help them navigate and locate food in the dark.
Humans would not normally be able to hear the frequency when outside, but when there are numerous bats in your home at once, it is easier to pick up the high-pitched chirps, screeches, and songs.
Homeowners should also be listening for the sound of scratching or wings flapping as these are indicators of bat infestations.
Bats Outside Home
While it might seem counterintuitive, another way to know if you have bats in your home is by looking for bats outside your home. If there is a bat outside your home, it might be searching for an entry point or even following another bat inside.
Have A Bat Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a bat problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.