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What are bats?

Bats are a common wildlife problem that occurs throughout homes in Rhode Island and New England; they carry disease including rabies and therefore should be dealt with by bat control professionals. They look to homes to find a safe place roost in during the day, and then leave during the night to forage for food.

What do they look like?

There are two common types of bats in Rhode Island and throughout New England; they are the little brown bat and the big brown bat.

  • Little brown bat-They are 2 ½ to 3 ¾ of an inch in length, with females being on the larger side. They are glossy brown in color with a wingspan of 8-11 inches. Their ears are rounded and black in color.

  • Big brown bat-They are larger than the little brown bat at about 4-5 inches in length with a wingspan of 11-13 inches. Their fur is medium in length and dark brown; their ears, feet and face are dark brown to black in color.

Do bats bite?

Bats do have the potential to bite humans if they are cornered or feel threatened, because of this and their potential to have rabies they should not be handled. If you have detected bats in your home contact Big Blue Bug Solutions today.

Are bats dangerous?

Bats do pose a serious threat to humans as they carry many pathogens and parasites that can be passed on. They are most known for being a carrier of rabies and their feces can introduce a fungus called histoplasmosis that can lead to lung disease. They will also introduce fleas, mites and bats bugs into your home.

What are signs of a bat infestation?

Signs of a bat infestation in your home include, squeaking and scratching in your attic or behind walls, and seeing bats flying around your home (both inside and out) and property at dusk. Also, bat droppings (AKA guano) in your attic or other areas of your home, or strong urine smell especially on hot days are indications of a bat infestation.

Why do I have a bat problem?

Bats look for places to live that are around a lot of insects and areas with ponds, pools and bird baths provide that environment. Bats choose homes to live in or that have an abundant food and water source; such as areas with heavy vegetation and a lot of landscaping.

How do I get rid of bats?

If you have bats living in your home you should not try to handle or remove them yourself. They are carriers of rabies and therefore should only be handled by trained bat control professional. Big Blue Bug Solutions has been providing effective pest control and wildlife removal solutions for over 75 years and can help you evict bats as well as prevent them from returning. Contact us today for more information about bat control services in Providence, Shrewsbury, Worcester, and throughout our New England service area.

Bat prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

  • There are many things that you can do around your home and property to keep bats out including:

  • Sealing any openings around the roof line and fix any loose roof tiles

  • Making sure all windows and doors are completely sealed and that screens are intact

  • Chimneys and vents should be properly covered

  • Keeping grass trimmed short

  • Trimming back any over grown trees or bushes

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