This month, Alaska Fish & Wildlife News released the below article on their website about their endeavors to learn more about bats in Alaska. We get comments often from people that they were not aware that there are even bats in Alaska until they have an issue with their home or business. Bats are thriving in Alaska and there is a lot to learn about their habitats and distribution. But, we also need to learn how to live with these unique creatures.
Bats in Alaska can cause serious health issues and property damage if not removed from your home or business. Some bats carry harmful diseases like rabies and histoplasmosis which may be present in their droppings, especially if the droppings accumulate in moist areas. With the health risks that are associated with bat removal, it is important that you look to a certified professional bat removal specialist dedicated to the safe removal of bats and bat guano.
Proper bat housing needs to be installed to provide a place for them to live and bred. Varmint Gone supports conservation practices and highly recommends installation of bat boxes on your property as an alternative residence for the bats in your area. Varmint Gone Anchorage can assist you with bat removal from your home or business and bat control around your property in Alaska. Call us today for more information at 907-390-3099.
Bats in Alaska
Volunteers needed to monitor bats
By Riley Woodford
On a pleasant evening in mid-May I watched 1,213 bats emerge from a roost in Juneau. A steady stream of one, two, or three bats flew out every few seconds for a half-hour, between 9:45 and 10:15. I know the exact number because a state wildlife biologist carefully counted them.
With the help of almost 150 volunteers in a half-dozen communities across Southeast Alaska, biologists have learned a great deal about Alaska’s bats in the past three years. They’ve documented the presence of species that were not known to be found in Alaska. They’re gaining a better understanding of habitats where bats are found, and their distribution.