Most bats live near human habitations without ever making their presence known, but they will sometimes colonize our homes, living in our attics or other seldom-accessed parts of the house.

A gap only 3/8″ x 1″ is all that some bats need in order to gain access to your home.

Once a bat colony is established in your home (in an attic, for example) steps must be taken to correct the issue:

  • Removing the bats from your home
  • Sealing the home to prevent reinfestation
  • Removal of fecal matter left by the bats
  • Removal of insulation contaminated by the bats
  • Disinfecting and deodorizing the area

Bats are the only major predator of night-flying insects and eat a variety of other insects, as well; in that regard they are beneficial to humans. But it’s best to keep them out of our homes!

A white-throated round-eared bat (Tonatia silvicola) catches — and munches — a katydid on Barro Colorado Island in Panama. Katydids are “the potato chips of the rain forest,” scientists