If you wake up in the middle of the night and find a bat flying around your home, it is likely not by luck or a coincidence, you may have a bigger Bat problem. There are signs that usually occur prior to that Bat showing up in your home that is sometimes minimized before further evidence forces you to take action. The following 5 signs are those which point to a bigger bat problem:
- You are sitting on your deck early in the evening around dusk admiring the night sky when you notice a silhouette of a bird flying around the roof of your home. This is likely not a bird and further monitoring reveals a number of bats exiting a point from your home to head out to feed for the night. Bats will come and go from gaps or holes throughout your roof line in fascia, vents, under roof endings, or from you chimney.
- You wake up through the night to hear scratching coming from a wall or ceiling on the second floor of your home. The noise is a faint scratch and it comes and goes all night. The scratching doesn’t move around but stays in one location. You get up to listen closer and it sounds more like scraping. You then hear a chirping which is weird because you have never heard that sound before except for those baby birds outside during Spring time. This is the moment you realize you could have a rodent, bird, or a bat in your home. These sounds are typical of bats that move around in wall voids or under your insulation in the attic. The sounds are usually the wings of the bat scraping behind them or the sounds of scratching as they move their body. The chirping is typical of bats as they communicate with each other in the colony sometimes to indicate danger is near.
- During the day you bravely enter your attic space looking for evidence of that sound you heard in the middle of the night. While in the attic you notice an odor that reminds you of Ammonia. If you do have bats, guano is likely to build up where they’re roosting, and that can lead to an ammonia-like smell. The only problem with this symptom is that by the time you notice it, you probably have a very serious issue on your hands
- While in the attic space, you notice mouse droppings, but these are a little different. They don’t have the oval endings like those mouse droppings you saw at the cottage, they have pointy endings and a rougher shape. These droppings are clumped together down the center of the attic. What you are seeing is Bat Guano. Remember Bats feed on insects and as such, their Guano (droppings) is made up of insect parts. This leads to odd shapes and pointy ends. Guano will typically accumulate below the peak of the attic as this is where you will most likely find bats roosting.
- The final sign is of course is seeing a roosting bat in your attic space hanging from the rafters. Bats are nocturnal and seeing them in your attic during the day is a sign of a bat problem.
While bats are extremely beneficial to the environment, they are not beneficial to your home. Managing a bat problem is an area that should be left to the pest control professionals. With an All-Star team of Solace Wildlife Technicians that applies safe & effective humane wildlife solutions, we can truly say, “Relax, we’ve got this.”