Signs and evidence you have bats in attic

Many people don’t think about this, but other critters will try to make their entrance into your house to make it their own home. This can include such things as raccoons, squirrels, and birds. Most of these are quite innocuous in terms of the danger that they post your home. While these kinds of animals carry diseases and parasites, in less you come in direct contact with the animal you were often fairly safe.

This is not true of the bat, however. Not only do you have to worry about these creatures attacking you, your family, or your pet, but they are vile creatures that carry a great number of diseases and parasites that can be quite dangerous to you. In fact, when their fecal matter dries the parasites in the matter actually become airborne and can be ingested by you are attached to your skin making you sick. This is definitely a good reason for wanting to ensure you don’t have any bats in your home.

How Can I Know

Yes, it is true that you want to make sure that you don’t have a bat or a group of bats in your home but trying to figure out if they are there is a real problem. First of all, you should understand that bats live in large populations, referred to as colonies. If this is the case it’s both a good case bad case scenario. Yes, you will know you have bats because it’s hard for them to hide when there are hundreds of them. However, no one wants to have hundreds of bats in their home. Disgusting is not a big enough word to describe how horrible that would be.

You may just have one or a few bats in your home and that makes the challenge of figuring out if they are in there a lot more difficult. If you are concerned that bats have taken up shop in your home here are some things to look for.

Smell - bat urine is very strong, having a very strong scent or odor like ammonia. A bat hangs from your ceiling in an area like your attic or garage and simply urinates and defecates on the floor below. After a short period of time you will clearly smell this. If you do smell a strong nitrogen or ammonia odor, start looking through your attic and other similar areas.

Openings - another area that you want to look for to see if you have bats is by checking to see if there are cracks, holes, or loose boards in the siding of your home that allow access for a bat into your attic or other area. If you find that there is even a couple of inch area for a bat to sneak through then you may have an issue.

Do a Check - one of the best things that you can do is to go up during the daytime, while the bats are asleep, and search your attic with a flashlight. Don’t go fully into the attic and ensure that you don’t leave the opening in the attic so that the bats can get into the main part of your home. They will be asleep in the daytime so you should have a few hours where you can do a quick observation without fear. If you decide to do this, and ensure that you cover all of your exposed skin, protect your eyes with goggles, and cover your nose and mouth with a surgical mask.

Noise - if you have a large number of bats in your home, you can be sure that they’ll be making noise at nighttime. If there is unexplained scratching or it sounds like birds are trying to fly in your attic, then you may have a bat.

Read more educational articles:
Home remedies to keep away bats and get rid of them
Will homeowners insurance pay for bat damage?
How to find a bat hiding in your house
What areas can bats enter a house through?
What if a bat got inside my house?
How long do bats live in a house?

NEED LOCAL HELP? We have wildlife removal professionals servicing 95% of the USA. Click here to hire a local bat removal expert in your home town. Updated 2018. It's best to be educated on the subject, so browse this site and especially read the bats in the attic home page, or email me if you have any more questions about Signs and evidence you have bats in attic

Wildlife Education - Information and Advice for the Safe Removal of Bats from Attics