With the arrival of Spring on the horizon, bats are making their way back to the serine land of Alaska. During the Winter season, bats migrate down south, to Mexico, in search of warmer weather where they will begin creating large maternity colonies to begin raising their young. Once winter is over, they work their way back up north to Alaska, with their young in tow. In saying so, the bats will be searching for a new site to house their ever-growing colony, making your attic the perfect choice.
In Alaska, the most widespread and commonly spotted bat is the Little Brown Bat. Their fur varies in color from dark to cinnamon-brown on their back, and pale gray on their underside. They feed on insects throughout the night, using echolocation to track and find their prey. These bats typically weigh 5–9 grams and are 3–4 ½ inches in length. With a wingspan of only 8–9 inches, the Little Brown Bat can reach speeds up to 22 miles per hour. Additionally, this bat species has been spotted in habitats ranging from temperate rainforests in southeastern Alaska, to the birch and spruce forests of the interior, as well as the the treeless communities in the western region of the state.
Bats love Alaska due to its lakes and the homes surrounding them, that offer a warm, dark location for their colonies to live and make particularly attractive maternity roost sites. Bats can enter your home or business through gable vents, ridge vents, open windows or unscreened fireplaces. With an average of over 300 bats in each colony, the amount of bat defecation and urine can pile up rather quickly, resulting in severe foul odors, sheetrock damage and infestation of bat bugs.
It is imperative to know the signs of bat infestation so that they can be removed as quickly as possible. This will ensure that your home does not undergo further damage or put you and your family at risk of serious health problems. There are a few key factors to look out for if you are wondering whether or not you have a bat infestation on your hands. Some of these signs include, hearing disturbing sounds at night around your home, noticing droppings or stains on the side of your house or business, as well as seeing bats flying in and out of your home or business around sunset. It is important to get rid of bats as soon as possible in order to avoid additional internal property damage or hazardous health risks.
In saying so, it is also critical to understand what health risks are involved with having bats in your attic. Many bats transmit diseases and the defecation of bats in known to cause health problems. Some bats carry harmful diseases like rabies and histoplasmosis may be present in their droppings, especially if the droppings accumulate in moist areas. Histoplasmosis is an airborne infectious disease caused by fungus spores attached to the bat guano and are easily spread through the home or business. Many sufferers complain of flu-like symptoms including fever, chest pains, loss of appetite, dry cough, headaches, shortness of breath, impaired vision, and possibly joint and muscle pains. Some cases if not treated can be fatal. For these reasons, it is important that you look to professional bat removal specialists to eliminate your bat problems.
Ultimately, if you do not stop the entry of bats into your attic, then they WILL return each season. That is why it is highly important to call Varmint Gone as soon you notice the first sign of bats in or around your home. After Varmint Gone has completed the initial inspection, they will remove all bats from your home or business. Following this, they will then clean, sanitize and deodorize the area and complete the project by sealing all holes and vulnerable areas using galvanized steel or mesh to ensure the bats cannot reenter. Varmint Gone provides an unprecedented five-year warranty on all repairs and construction exclusion work against bats after project is complete and your home or business is secure from bats. Schedule an inspection with the specialists at Varmint Gone to help you assess your bat situation.