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Is It Dangerous To Have Bats On My Latham Property?

June 15, 2021 - Bats

Where else but upstate New York can people visit a Himalayan salt cave for some natural health and healing? It may seem quite unique to rest and relax in a cave, but there are two flying mammals in the Latham area that make their homes in caves. As long as these mammals stay in their cave, property owners do not mind them. But when they decide to visit our properties, they become a problem.

What Everyone Ought To Know About Latham Area Bats

Bats are warm-blooded, have fur or hair, and nurse their babies with milk. Since bats are nocturnal, they will feed on insects at night and sleep during the day. They sleep in groups called roosts. Bats can become a problem for Latham property owners when they return from wintering in the springtime. This is when they are most active and likely to invade your space.

Two common bats in the Latham area are the little brown bat and the big brown bat. If you encounter a bat in the Latham area, it is most likely the little brown bat. This is the most common bat in the state.

While they are a cave bat, little brown bats will often occupy buildings during the summer. They can also be found in cracks and crevices in trees and under loose bark. Their coloring is uniformly dark brown and glossy on the back with slightly paler grayish fur underneath. As with all bats, little brown bats have wings that are made up of a thin membrane stretched over elongated finger bones. They have a wingspan of eight to eleven inches and weigh less than half an ounce on average.

Big brown bats are the largest of the cave bats in New York. They are one of the most common summer bats, and do not mind setting up shop in a building during the winter months. In fact, big brown bats are one of only two bat species that raise their young in buildings as well as trees. This bat has a dark face and ears with glossy, light to dark brown fur. It can weigh two to three times as much as other cave bats and has a wingspan greater than a foot wide.

Where Will I Find Bats On My Latham Property?

Beginning in spring and continuing into the fall season, little brown bats and big brown bats like to gather in the upper parts of warm buildings, especially attics. Bats access these areas through crevices as small as a quarter inch wide or holes as small as a half inch around. Bats typically stray on your property when they are on the hunt for flying insects. They will sometimes stop and rest in cracks and crevices of buildings and may even hang beneath your porch or breezeway.

How Dangerous Are Bats On Your Latham Property?

Property owners should always be aware of bats on their property as they can carry rabies. Another issue with bats is their guano or excrement. Guano is a breeding ground for mold and can also cause respiratory problems. Because of these issues, even outbuildings such as garages and barns should be cleared of bats.

The Secret To Safety On Your Latham Property

With the threat of rabies and respiratory issues associated with bats, it is best to leave removal to the professionals. With Absolute Pest Control your safety is our primary concern. We are committed to providing you with expert help in ridding your property of bat infestations. Call Absolute Pest Control today for pest-specific recommendations that will set your mind at ease. We offer both home pest control as well as commercial pest management services.