The Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) and the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) are one of the most common bats that Terminator Pest Control finds in Wisconsin homes and businesses. Unfortunately, the little brown bat and other cave dwelling bats are threatened with a fungal disease, known as white-nose syndrome (WNS). According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, WNS poses a severe threat to all four of Wisconsin’s cave bat species: big brown bat, little brown bat, northern long-eared bat and eastern pipistrell. Little brown bats are a very beneficial insectivorous mammal since they can harvest 1000 mosquitoes an hour!
Can bats harm me?
Bats can bite and have been known to be linked to several diseases. Bats have been known to carry rabies. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a small percent of bats in the wild carry rabies. You can reduce your risk by never touching a bat on the ground or one that looks injured. Bats have been known to carry Histoplasmosis which is a fungus that grows in large numbers of bat droppings (guano).
Do bats cause damage?
Bats can cause structural damage from their guano and urine in a house or business. Bat guano and urine can build up to large quantities over time that could weaken the ceiling of drywall or sheetrock. If bats have been occupying a home or business space for many years, the insulation and guano should be removed and replaced with new insulation after bats have been excluded from the structure.
What can I do?
It is best to call a professional bat exclusion expert. Make sure that they have been doing bat exclusion for several years and follow the Wisconsin moratorium for bat exclusion. Stay away from any company that uses poisons or fumigant to remove or kill bats. This is one pest you do not want to tackle on your own!
Why contact Terminator Pest Control?
The best way to control and exclude bats is to call Terminator Pest Control. We will inspect your home or building for points of entry and structural conditions that may contribute to a bat infestation. We will seal off and exclude all entry points including a one-way door for the bats to escape and not return. Note: Due to WNS, the Wisconsin DNR enforces a moratorium from June 1st thru August 15st where we typically refrain from bat exclusion.