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Bat Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Bats

What are bats?

Most species of bats typically have black or brown fur covering their bodies. They have large ears that sit at the top of their heads that provide them with excellent hearing. They are most well known for the leathery membrane covering their arm bones and finger-like structures, which create their wings and allow them to take flight.

Bats are unique creatures and live throughout Grants Pass, Oregon. Below are some facts about bats.

  • Bats are the only mammal capable of actual flight.

  • They are essential pollinators.

  • Their feeding habits help to control insect populations.

  • These nocturnal animals move easily through the dark using echolocation.

There are different types of bats living in our region. The best way to accurately identify the species on your property is to reach out to an experienced wildlife professional.

Bats flying at the camera

Are bats dangerous?

Bats are wild animals; like any wild animal, you should always be careful when around them. Wild animals want to survive, and if they feel trapped or think they are in danger, they will lash out to protect themselves.

The biggest concern with bats is that they are vectors of many diseases, including rabies. If you come across a bat, avoid capturing it or purposely handling it.

When bats are in our homes, the build-up of their feces produces an unpleasant smell and can contain a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum, which causes lung disease in people.

Though bats are eco-important, when they decide to live near or in our homes, their dangers outweigh their benefits, and you need to take action to remove them.

Why do I have a bat problem?

Our Oregon yards offer bats plenty of places to roost, insects to hunt, and multiple sources of water. Outdoor light fixtures attract the attention of many insects; those insects then draw bats to your home. When living near our homes, it is common for bats to become a problem after discovering an entrance into your house.

Where will I find bats?

Bats in houses take up residence in dark, dry, and quiet places. Bats regularly use our attics, chimneys, and wall voids as a place to roost during the day. Additionally, barns, garages, and sheds are places we often discover bats.

Residential properties with or close to wooded areas, ponds, and pools, are most likely to experience problems with these pests. Signs of bats in the attic or somewhere else in your home include regularly seeing these creatures swooping around your house or yard at dusk or hearing scratching sounds or other noises behind your walls or above your ceilings

How do I get rid of bats?

The best way to control bats in Grants Pass is to partner with a bat pest control expert. Never try to trap and remove bats on your own; it will put you and your family in danger. Here at Bugs Northwest, we are committed to our customers and offer exceptional wildlife control services.

To remove bats from your property, our professionals will first discover where the bats are active and living. Next, we will install and one-way door that allows bats to leave your home but not return.

Please call today for more information about bats or our bat removal services!

How can I prevent bats in the future?

Use the following prevention tips to help protect your property from opportunistic bats:

  • Carefully check over your home's exterior, sealing any holes you discover, especially around the roofline. 

  • Keep caps on chimneys.

  • Eliminate standing water from your property.

  • Keep outdoor lights off whenever they aren't necessary.

  • Maintain your yard by removing yard debris and tall grass that attract insects.

  • Use bat houses to draw bats away from your home. Install them at the perimeter of your property.

Our best prevention tip is to partner with a pest control expert to control insects and bats on your property year-round. Year-round pest control services are the best solution to any pest problem. Call us today to learn more about bat control near you!

Customer Reviews

I thought I had bats inside my chimney, but they discovered it was a nest of birds, and also took photos of the chimney to show me that the crown was crumbling. They repaired it, got the birds out, and capped the chimney for me all in one afternoon, for a reasonable cost. I was pleased with their services.

David C. | 12 August 2023
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