Many homeowners throughout Westminster discover they have a bat problem at some point during their homeownership especially if they live in an older home or a home with a slate roof. Bats can enter any pre-existing gap or openings around the rooftop that is a ¼” inch or larger. They can only enter pre-existing holes because bats do not chew or dig to get in. Homeowners usually come across signs of bats in the attic before they actually see the bats. The most obvious sign that you have a bat problem is if you see bats flying in and out of your roofline. Another obvious sign is if you actually see bats roosting in your attic. The discovery of bat droppings (guano) in piles on the floor of your attic or on a ledge or between the louvers and screening of your gable vents is one of the signs that bats are roosting in your attic. Besides their droppings, you will also see stains from their urine. The longer period of time the bats are roosting in your attic the more urine stains you will see. Bat urine and droppings also have a pungent ammonia odor and the longer the bats have been roosting in your attic the stronger the ammonia-like odor will become. Since bats roost together their droppings usually pile up together. Bats have natural oils in their fur and over time as they go in and out of the hole that they use to enter a home dark smug marks will appear around the hole. These smug marks will be very obvious if the bats are entering a hole through a soffit or fascia board or gable vent that is a lighter color.
The photo above was taken at a home off of New Windsor Road, Westminster 21157. Bats had been entering this gap in the slate roof of this home for years and roosting in the attic. The homeowners didn’t care that the bats were roosting in the attic until the noise from the bats started waking them up throughout the night. Most of the noise bats emit are high frequency and humans cannot hear them however they do emit some chirping like noises that humans can hear. Many homeowners discover they have bats roosting in their attic or walls or chimney when they hear this chirping like sound. Bats may also make some scratching sounds as they navigate inside of a wall or ceiling or as they go in and out of the hole they use to access an attic. Most homeowners don’t know how to get rid of bats and must rely on bat experts from bat removal companies in Westminster like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. If you discover signs that bats maybe roosting in your attic give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct].
A homeowner off of Horns Point Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 discovered bats flying around in his bedroom and master bathroom around 9 pm as he was getting ready for bed. He called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control for emergency bat removal services. At 10:30 pm a bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control Arrived to capture the bats that were flying around in the bedroom and to conduct a thorough inspection to determine how and why the bats got in. The homeowner had a new roof installed the day before. The bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control conducted a thorough inspection of the exterior rooftop and the attic. He discovered that the roofers used spray foam to seal up some holes they encountered around the roofline structure of the home including some holes that lead from the attic to the exterior bathroom wall. By doing this the roofers unknowing sealed a colony of bats in the bathroom wall. The combination of the banging from the roofers and the recent warm weather along with the return of insects like mosquitos must have woke the bats up. The only exit point the bats could find was a gap in the air conditioning vent that lead to the master bathroom. The homeowner had no idea that bats were roosting in his master bathroom wall and most likely they were hibernating in the wall all winter. The bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control removed the spray foam to allow the remaining bats to exit the wall. Since the bat expert also found additional gaps and openings around the roofline the homeowner had him do a bat seal up to prevent the colony that was roosting in the bathroom wall and other bats from getting into the attic or walls in the future. The photo below shows the hole where the bats were entering this home. You can clearly see the dark oily rub mark on the white drip edge where the bats were getting in. Once inside the attic, the bats would make a sharp turn and crawl down the wall. Since this is a plaster wall there are wooden lath strips down the entire wall which allowed the bats to crawl down the wall and also gave the bats something to hold onto while roosting in the wall.
According to the bat experts at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control many homeowners encounter problems similar to this when they have their roof replaced and they don’t know how to get rid of bats. Due to the potential risk of rabies and the fact that the average Gaithersburg homeowner doesn’t know how to keep bats out of an attic, it’s highly recommended that they contact a bat removal company in Gaithersburg. If you find a bat flying around in your home or discover a colony of bats roosting in your attic contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at [Direct]. A bat expert is ready to help you and answer all of your bat questions.
There are 10 different species of bats in the state of Maryland but only 2 of these species are usually found roosting in attics. Even though bats can be a nuisance when they get into a home they are very beneficial. One Big Brown Bat can eat as many as a 1000 mosquitoes in one night. Simply put bats are the best pest control company in Maryland and their service is free. Without bats, humans would be overwhelmed by mosquitoes and other insects and we would have to use a lot more pesticides than we already do now. Farmers love bats because they eat a lot of insects that cause very costly crop damages. In fact, many farmers are installing bat condos which are very large bat houses that can house up to 2000 bats at one time. The bat condo serves two purposes for the farm. The first purpose is that it houses the bats that eat the moths that cause farmers costly crop damages. The second purpose is that the design of the bat condo allows bat guano (bat droppings) to accumulate under the condo on the ground. Bat guano is a very expensive and very beneficial fertilizer. Over the past decade, several of the bat species have been plagued by a devastating disease called the White Noise Syndrome. The White Noise Syndrome has been responsible for killing millions of bats causing a drastic decline in the bat population. In addition, many irresponsible pest control companies kill bats that are roosting in their customer’s attics which is against the law. Even the larger nationwide pest control companies’ use pesticides to kill bats roosting in attics instead of following the laws which protect bats, humans, and pets.
Maryland bat removal companies like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control abide by all of the laws and guidelines set forth by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The only time it is legal to physically remove a bat or bats from a home is if the bat is flying around on the interior of the home such as a bedroom or living room. If you do find a bat flying around in your bedroom or in a room where people are sleeping or in a room where young children are then it is a good idea to contain the bat then call animal control and request to have the bat tested by the health department for rabies. Bats have very small teeth and many people have contracted the rabies virus when they were bitten by a bat while sleeping. So having the bat tested by the health department is a precautionary measure in case the bat has rabies. If a dog or cat had any physical contact with the bat it also may be a good idea to have the bat tested for rabies as well as contact your vet. If the bat was flying around inside the house and you are sure there was no physical contact with the bat then it is ok to release the bat outside. If you want to know how to get rid of bats in an attic or how to stop bats from getting into the roof the right way then give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct]. You can also give them a call if you just simply have a question about bats or any other wildlife in Maryland.