Bats in the belfry, attic, basement or chimney? Scratching or scurrying noises in the ceiling? Foul odors in your home? Critter Control can help eliminate bats in your home and prevent them from re-entry. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective bat removal services. Photos Play Audio Pause Audio Identifying Bats Bats are extremely beneficial to humans. They're generally insectivores and help with controlling populations of mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles, and moths. One large colony of bats can eat up to 500,000 pounds of insects each night! Appearance The little brown bat is the most common bat species encountered by humans. Bats will share very similar characteristics and can be fairly easy to identify. Wings that resemble broad webbed hands Wingspan of 9-15 inches Short legs Sharp claws Large ears Light tan or yellowish to dark brown or black in color Bats have an ability to make high-pitched squeaks that aid in navigation and communication. Outside humans are generally not able to pick up on the noise. When you have a bat invasion in your chimney, attic, or walls, slight squeaks may be audible. Habitat Bats will roost in a dark and safe area during the day by clinging with their feet and hanging upside down. Due to their diet, they will prefer to roost near ponds, lakes, or pools because of the insects near water. Bats will roost inside attics, walls, chimneys, barns, and garages. Bats will awaken at dusk and begin hunting for food. If you notice bats flying around your home at dusk, you may have bats in the home. Bat Problems Bat Entry Bats are small animals that can enter a home in very small areas. They will enter your home in search of a perfect roosting area. In the summer bat pups are old enough to begin learning to fly and have been known to accidentally enter buildings through open doors or windows. Bat Damage Bats are not aggressive animals. Generally, humans and bats coexist. The main problem associated with bats living in the home is the droppings that will accumulate. Bat guano poses as a potential health hazard, and if inhaled can cause serious health problems. Stains and terrible odors will also cause problems for your attic, walls, and chimney. Bat Control Despite their reputation for carrying rabies, less than half of one percent of bats actually carry the virus. Nevertheless, bats should never be picked up or grabbed. In order to keep colonies of the creatures from roosting in attics, proper precautions should be taken to cover or seal all vents, holes, chimneys, windows, and gaps leading inside homes. Trapping and Exclusion Since bats may carry disease, individuals should never approach them. Bats also bite and scratch when they feel threatened and can easily injure humans. Critter Control of the Greater Pittsburgh area is trained to humanely remove any bat problems plaguing residential and commercial properties. We can help you get rid of bat problems! Call our local Pittsburgh office today! 412.767.4067 Critter Control of Greater Pittsburgh Service Area Apollo, Arnold, Aspinwall, Baldwin, Bethel Park, Blawnox, Brackenridge, Braddock, Braddock Hills, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Canonsburg, Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Cherry Valley, Cheswick, Churchill, Clairton, Delmont, Dormont, Duquesne, East Butler, East Mckeesport, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Etna, Export, Finleyville, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Glenshaw, Green Tree, Greensburg, Homestead, Indiana, Indiana Township, Leechburg, Leetsdale, Lower Burrell, Mckeesport, Monroeville, Mount Oliver, Mt. Lebanon, Munhall, Murrysville, New Kensington, North Apollo, North Braddock, North Irwin, Oakmont, Osborne, Penn Hills, Pitcairn, Pittsburgh, Pleasant Hills, Plum, Port Vue, Scottdale, Sharpsburg, Springdale, Swissvale, Tarentum, Timblin, Turtle Creek, Upper St. Clair, Vandergrift, Verona, Versailles, West Homestead, West Mifflin, White Oak, Whitehall, Wilkinsburg, Westmoreland County, Indiana County, Butler County, Allegheny County This franchise is independently licensed and operated by L & I Wildlife, Inc., dba Critter Control of Greater Pittsburgh For wildlife control services call Critter Control of Pittsburgh NE.