Bats are very beneficial creatures, consuming over half their weight in insects (especially mosquitoes) nightly! The problem arises when bats enter our homes. While the instance of rabies in bats is no more common than most wildlife creatures such as squirrels, raccoons, or opossums, it is possible for them to carry the disease. They can also be hosts for bat bugs and other parasites, and there is a health concern associated with their droppings. Because of these factors ( and because, let's face it...they are scary looking!) people don not want bats roosting in their attics or flying around in their homes.
Types of Bats
Here in NW Indiana and NE Illinois we have two types of bats. The Large Brown Bat and the Small Brown Bat.
Large brown bats enjoy roosting in tree cavities, bridge overhangs, and buildings (especially attics) during the summer months. Large brown bats stay here all year and in the winter they usually enter caves or buildings to hibernate. Colonies can consist of hundreds of females, although smaller colonies are more common.
Small brown bats are very similar in appearance and behavior to the large brown bat with the exception of their smaller size and the fact that they are migratory in the winter months.
Control and Removal
Because bats are so beneficial and their numbers are decreasing every year, they are protected against extermination (killing them) for hire. If a pest control company tells you that they will come out and kill your bats for you, you are not talking to a reputable company. Monroe Pest Control Company will inspect your home and get the bats out by safe and humane methods of exclusion; we do not use any lethal methods for bat control or removal. Once we are finished you may need to contact a contractor to make permanent repairs to your home to insure the bats do not re-establish themselves in following years. Call us for a free inspection and estimate if you see or suspect bats in your home.
Both species breed in the fall of the year and give birth to their young in the late spring. Because the bat pups are dependent on their mothers for survival for the first 9 weeks of their lives, we cannot perform exclusion services during the months of May - July.