Bats are flying mammals found all over the world. There are forty-seven types of bats living in the United States but twelve species of bats are listed as endangered, and one as threatened. Bats are an important part of our ecosystem responsible for insect control, pollinating flowers, and dispersing fruit seeds.
Bats can enter a building, commercial or residential, through very small holes and cracks, openings around the chimney, or loose boards that are falling. Most of the times bats can be found in the attic, behind chimneys, between windows and screens or around drainpipes. They are always looking for cool and dark places. Many times bats residing in a building are a maternity colony.
Bats do not physically harm a building upon entering it. They do not create the holes they are using to get in the house but bats can still damage a commercial or residential property because of the waste they leave behind. Sometimes the accumulated waste can drip through the ceiling or it can damage the insulation and the interior walls. This can also affect property value and it can be an inconvenience for a property transaction. Another reason for which bats are not considered good companions is the risk of diseases. Bats can carry rabies and bats’ feces (guano) can lead to Histoplasmosis, a dangerous disease affecting the lungs and possibly other organs. Bat mites can be mistaken for bed bugs and are also a threat to human hygiene and health.