Benefits of Bats


Bats don’t always have a good reputation. We can understand why. They’re usually not cute or cuddly. The biggest concern is that bats can have rabies and other diseases.

They can enter into homes where they are certainly not wanted. We do a lot of bat removal services throughout Chicagoland, usually in attics, sometimes in walls and other places.

Bats do have a lot of benefits to humans and the environment. Let’s review some of the reasons you shouldn’t be afraid of bats and should even support them. (Just not in your house)

But first of all…

Do bats bite people?

Vampire Bat Movie PosterBats can bite people, however, they are not aggressive animals and will almost never bite a human unprovoked. Almost 100% of people who are bitten by bats get bit because they picked up or tried to touch a sick or injured bat. Don’t attempt to pick up a bat!

Like many wild animals, bats will stay away from people when possible and have no interest in interacting with humans.

Bats also do not get stuck in people’s hair, despite what you may have seen in TV and movies. It makes for a funny visual but in real life, a bat will never fly close enough to you to get in your hair.

Related: How to get bats out of the house

Benefits of Bats

  • Insect control
  • Pollination
  • Seed dispersal
  • Bat guano used as fertilizer
  • Food source for predators
  • Support balanced ecosystems

Related: Why attic restoration and cleanup is important

Insect control – Bats are outdoors every evening feeding on thousands of bugs. Bats can eat a thousand insects or more in a single hour. They eat nuisance insects such as mosquitos and also many insects that destroy farmers crops and your own backyard garden.

Pollination – Over 300 species of fruit depend on bats for pollination. Illinois bats may not be fruit pollinators but they may pollinate fruit from some of the trees you eat.

Seed dispersal – Especially in parts of the world with rain forests, bats are critical for dispersing seeds across the forest and its outskirts.

Fertilizer – Bat guano (feces) has been used as a fertilizer for centuries and is very rich in nutrients.

Food source – Hawks, owls, and falcons all feed on bats as a food source.

Ecosystems – Besides keeping insects in check above ground, many insects, fish and other creatures that live only in caves depend on bat guano as a source of nutrients.

To have a professional remove bats or any unwanted animal from your home or business, call tel:847-464-1861 


Related bat benefit resources:

The Vampire Bat (movie) – Wikipedia
Top 5 Benefits of Bats – Birds and Blooms
Benefits of Bats – National Park Service
Bats and Bat Exlusion – Illinois Dept of Public Health
What You Thought You Knew About Bats is Probably Wrong – BatWorld
How to Use Bat Guano as Fertilzer – Gardening Know How


 

The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

Back in 1959, the famous “Little Golden Books” series released a book titled The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets by Roy Pinney.

The premise of this book was that it taught children how to capture wild animals such as turtles, snakes, owls, chipmunks, raccoons, and others in the wilderness and care for them at home as pets.

Times have changed, haven’t they?

Can you imagine a parent telling their child they could keep a wild raccoon as a pet nowadays? Today we get calls to have raccoons removed from homes and attics not to bring them home as pets.

Raccoons can carry rabies, distemper and other diseases. So can their feces. They are wild animals and shouldn’t be kept as pets. In fact, it is illegal to keep

Pets from Wood, Field and StreamNot only does keeping a wild animal as a pet place you in danger of diseases, it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets in Illinois and many other states.

In the simpler times of the 1950s and 60s though, a parent might buy a child a book and encourage them to go outside and catch a new pet.

Did that really happen? Absolutely, says Steven Mintz of the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Huck’s Raft, the authoritative history of American childhood. “There truly was a sense that childhood needed to be a period of freedom, of group bonding, of risk-taking,” he says, “and it had to be spent out of doors as much as possible.”

One reviewer of the book online even said that this book “started (his father) along his path into (becoming) a wildlife biologist.”

A lot of us today would say that kids probably do need to be outside playing more often, getting dirty and making their own imaginary adventures.

Just as long as they don’t bring home any skunks as pet.

 

If you need professional humane animal removal services in the suburban Chicago region, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.


This post inspired by Kids, Go Catch a Raccoon, by Ben James for The Atlantic | Cover image from Dogear Diary Blog and used for purpose of criticism, comment, news reporting.


 

Do Raccoons Attack Humans, Cats and Dogs?

Do raccoons attack humans, cats and dogs?

Some people think of raccoons as being cute little precocious animals. Others mistakenly think that maybe they’re even cuddly.

The truth is, they are wild animals, not domesticated. They don’t make good pets and like all animals in the wild, they should be left alone in the wild. Sure there may be cute videos on the internet of raccoons sweeping the floor, that doesn’t mean you should approach a raccoon.

For those of us without illusions of their cuteness, we may still wonder: Do raccoons attack humans? Will they attack my dog or cat?

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ – What Can Raccoons Do?

Do raccoons attack humans?

Generally, raccoons will not attack humans, but occasionally they will. Most often they will hiss, turn away and run from humans. That does not mean they won’t attack humans though. Raccoons have been known to attack people if they feel threatened, and most worryingly, if they are rabid.

Related: Rabid animals in Illinois warning

Raccoons should be treated like all wild animals: with extreme caution.

It’s not hard to find videos of people being attacked by raccoons on YouTube.

Why do raccoons attack?

A raccoon is most likely to attack you for two reasons: because it is cornered and feels threatened, or because it is aggressive from a disease.

You should never approach a wild raccoon and you should never make a raccoon feel like it is cornered.

Related: Signs a Raccoon is Rabid

While a raccoon normally won’t attack a person, they may hiss, grunt or charge at you if they feel threatened or cornered. In most cases, they will only be trying to scare you off so you’ll leave them alone. They will often back off from you on their own.

If you have been scratched or bitten by a raccoon you should immediately see a doctor. Aggressive raccoons are much more likely to have rabies.

Related: Suburban Raccoon Populations Are Growing and Getting Smarter

Aggressive RaccoonDo raccoons attack dogs?

Much like with humans, raccoons will not usually attack dogs, but they have been known to and they are a risk to your dog. Usually, a raccoon will simply flee from your dog and other large animals, but they have been known to attack dogs. They may attack a pet for the same reason they attack a human: because they are cornered or because they are rabid.

Unlike a human though, a raccoon can do a lot more serious physical damage to a dog. This is dangerous for dogs because sometimes they may pursue the raccoon and corner them, making a physical confrontation much more likely. A dog’s instincts may cause them to confront a raccoon. A raccoon can even kill a small dog and they can easily pass rabies to your dog.

If your dog has a confrontation with a raccoon, you should immediately take it to see a veterinarian.

Do raccoons attack cats?

A raccoon will usually not attack a cat, which is good because an adult raccoon could easily kill a cat if it wanted to. However, a raccoon is likely to leave your cat alone and a cat is very unlikely to provoke a confrontation with one. Unlike dogs, cats will usually stay away from raccoons and are unlikely to approach, corner or become aggressive with one.

A raccoon attacking a cat is possible though. Raccoons love to eat pet food and if a particularly stubborn cat doesn’t let a raccoon eat from its food bowl, a confrontation is possible.

Attacks are much more possible with a rabid raccoon. If your raccoon has an altercation with a raccoon, you should take it to see your veterinarian right away.

How to prevent raccoon attacks

  • Never corner a raccoon
  • Never approach baby raccoons
  • Secure your trash cans
  • Don’t leave dog and cat food outdoors
  • Clean vegetables off the ground in your garden
  • Use caution when letting pets into yard after dusk

Stay away from wild raccoons at all times and don’t make your property attractive to raccoons. An aggressive raccoon is likely to be rabid so always see immediate medical attention if you or your pets have come in contact with one.

Attic restorationDo you need help removing a raccoon from your home or property

Attic Solutions can provide you humane raccoon removal services in the Chicagoland suburbs

We can also safely restore and sanitize your home to remove dangerous raccoon feces.

Satisfaction guaranteed!

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Growling raccoon photo by Alan Vernon licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Animals That Enter Your Home During the Fall

Animals that enter homes in fall

When summer ends and the temperatures start to go down during the fall months, animals start to prepare for winter.

One of their favorite ways to get ready for winter is to find a nice warm and dry place to stay for those cold months.

Your home is the perfect place for a winter vacation!

Fall is the most likely time of year where you may end up with an animal trying to take up residence in your attic or home.

Attic restorationWhat animals enter your home in the fall?

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats

The rodent trio of mice, squirrels, and rats account for the majority of animal invaders to the home during fall and winter. They can all be problems at any time of year but they are especially prone to enter the home in the fall.

Mice and rats look for warm places to feed and breed when cold weather hits. Squirrels and raccoons do not breed in the fall but they sure do love a warm spot for an extended rest. Neither squirrels or raccoons hibernate but they are much less active. Bats may enter your attic in winter and hibernate until early spring.

Related: How to tell what kind of animal is in attic

You don’t want any of these animals in your home or attic. Squirrels cause hundreds of fires every year by chewing on wires. Raccoons will make a mess and leave behind disease-ridden feces.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ

How do animals enter the home?

How animals get into your homeAnimals will enter your home in the fall if you give them the opportunity.

Inspect the exterior of your home using this Guide to Common Animal Entry Points

You should inspect the exterior of your home every year to make sure there are no openings for them to enter. The harsh summer rain, humidity, and heat can create just the tiny opening they need to get inside.

The harsh summer rain, humidity, and heat can create just the tiny opening they need to get inside.

Related: How Do Animals Get Into Your Home?

If you need help with animal removal in Chicagoland or animal cleanup and repair services, contact us Attic Solutions for help.


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How Do Animals Get Into Your Home?

How animals get into your home

As more and more animals learn to adapt to living near humans and our suburban landscapes and gardens support more wildlife, your home starts to become more of a potential target for animal invaders.

Many of us don’t mind having animals nearby and sharing our environment with them. None of us want them in our homes though. Wild animals need to be left wild, not allowed to move into our homes.

It does happen though. Bats and raccoons will move into your attic, skunks, and raccoons can move under your deck or shed, and mice can move into your basement or walls.

Beware of raccoon feces in attic

Animals in your home can create all kinds of problems, from squirrels chewing electrical wires to raccoons and bats leaving behind disease ridden feces. You can also expose you and your pets to rabies and other hazards.

Getting an animal out of your home can be done, but it is challenging, stressful and an unwanted expense. Cleaning up after an animal in your attic can be hazardous.

Your best option is to keep them out of your home in the first place.

 

Where animals enter home

  • Soffits
  • Chimneys
  • Attic exhaust opening
  • Attic & soffit vents
  • Pet doors
  • Window wells
  • Basement or foundation
  • Decks & porches
  • Roof corners
  • Roof and shingles
  • Overhanging trees
  • Holes around pipes
  • Weather stripping
  • Where to materials meet

Common points animals enter the home:

Interactive common animal entry points diagram

To prevent animals from entering your home, make sure you inspect the interior at least once a year, checking all the common entry points.

Check your home after winter to make sure the harsh weather hasn’t created a small opening for animals. Most of them don’t need much space. You should also inspect the home at the end of the summer before the cold weather hits. If you find any weak points you’ll still have time to fix them before unwanted critters are looking for places to get out of the cold.

Animals that will move into your home

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Skunks
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Wasps

Rodents are the most likely wild animal that will move into your home. Mice, rats, and squirrels account for about 75% or more of all unwanted critters in houses.

The favorite place for animals to take up residence is in your attic. It’s an inviting habitat for a wild animal because it’s low traffic, warm, dry and usually has nice out of the way places to hide.

Related: What animal is in my attic?

If you need professional animal removal services in the Chicagoland area, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.

Identification of Bees, Wasps and Hornets in Illinois

Bees, Wasps and Hornets in Illinois

Bees and wasps, although feared by humans for their stings, are very beneficial to the environment and play a key roll in pollination and insect control.

Honey bees pollinate over half of all fruit and vegetable crops. Wasps are predatory insects that attack and consume many pests that are harmful to these same crops. They are both an important piece of the ecosystem in Illinois.

Related: Why we need bees

In this post, we review the most common types of bees, wasps, and hornets in Illinois and how to identify them.

It can be a challenge for many people to tell the difference between bees and wasps. They are both members of the Hymenoptera order of insects, which includes sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants.

Differences between bees and wasps

  • Yellow Jacket Nest in GroundHoney bees are hairy; wasps usually have smooth, shiny skin.
  • Wasps have narrow waists; bees do not have a narrowing of the abdomen.
  • Most bees are about 2.5 centimeters long; wasps are usually longer.
  • Bees may have black or brown bodies with orange or yellow striations. Wasps are brightly colored, with black and yellow patterns.
  • Bees feed nectar and pollen to their young while wasps feed their young insects and spiders.
  •  Yellowjackets and hornets will scavenge for food including fruit, sweets, meats, and carrion.
  • Both bees and wasps can be solitary or live in colonies.

Illinois bees identification

Honey Bees

Honey Bees

  • About 15 mm long
  • Light brown in color
  • Golden yellow bands
  • Tiny hairs on body
  • Live in large colonies of up to 50,000
  •  Lives in cavities of trees, rock formations, and buildings
  • Protected species in Illinois

Bumble BeeBumble Bee

  • 1/2 inch to 1 inch long
  • Buzzing sound
  • Fuzzy black and yellow abdomen
  • Live in old rodent burrows, under porches, and in wall voids.
  • Small colonies of 50-400

Carpenter BeeCarpenter Bees

  • Similar to bumble bee
  • All-black abdomen
  • Solitary
  • Nest in holes chewed in wood

Illinois wasp identification

Paper WaspPaper wasps

  • Very similar in appearance to yellowjackets
  • Black body with yellow markings
  • Slender body with tiny waist
  • Commonly nests on structures
  • Umbrella-like nests hang upside-down from eaves and overhangs
  • Nests can harbor up to 75 wasps

Yellow JacketYellowjackets

  • Aggressive and most likely to sting
  • Smooth and thin body
  • Narrow body and waist
  • Predatory and consumes insects
  • Will feed on human food; attracted to trash and picnics
  • Yellow jackets can sting multiple times

Related: Yellow Jacket Identification and Nest Removal

Illinois Hornet Identification

Here are the Illinois Hornets you will encounter outdoors.

  • Bald Faced Hornet
  • European Hornet
  • Mud Daubers
  • Cicada Killer

Bald faced hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

  • About ¾-inch long
  • Black and white
  • White face
  • Live in paper nest
  • Round oval nest usually hangs from tree branches

European Hornet

European Hornet

  • An inch long or more
  • Reddish brown in color
  • Yellow stripes on the abdomen
  • Nests in trees, attics and wall voids of structures near forested areas

Mud DauberMud Daubers

  • About ¾-inch long
  • Brownish-black with yellow markings
  • Construct tubular nests of mud
  • Hunt spiders to feed young
  • Solitary

Cicada KillerCicada Killer

  • Up to 1.5 inches long
  • Largest wasp in Illinois
  • Mostly black with yellow markings on the abdomen
  • Hunt cicadas in trees to feed young

If you need professional yellow jacket and wasp removal services in the Chicago area, please contact us online or call us (847) 464-1861.


Related information: Illinois Department of Public Health

Skunks invading Chicago and Suburbs in Record Numbers

Skunks Invading Chicago and Suburbs in Record Numbers

Have you been noticing that unmistakable skunk smell more often lately?

It’s not your imagination. Wildlife experts and animal control workers are all saying the same thing: they’re seeing more skunks than ever in the suburbs, Kane County, and even in Chicago.

The skunk populations in the Chicagoland region are growing because of many factors.

One reason is that there have been a couple of very mild winters. More skunks have been able to survive the winter and have been having litters of skunks earlier in the year, giving the offspring a better chance at survival.

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell

Walking Skunk Wildlife Portrait Striped Black

Wet, buggy summers have given skunks a steady supply of insects to feed on and support a growing population. There has been a decrease in the number of great horned owls, the primary predator of skunks. This has been attributed to the use of rodenticides, which poison not just rodents but the animals that feed on them.

An economic recovery and increasing home values has also meant that people are spending more on their lawns. Healthy lawns can mean more lawn grubs in the soil, a favorite meal for skunks as they prepare for winter.

Another reason is that diseases that held skunk populations in check over the past decades have decreased. Both distemper and rabies in skunks have reduced in the past few years.

Skunks also seem to be growing more adapted to the urban environment. They’ve been spotted more and more right in the city. They’ve been captured in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, in the very urban heart of Chicago.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources keeps track of the skunk population by measuring the number of skunks captured by licensed skunk removal companies and the number picked up by city and state workers as roadkill. Licensed animal control companies captured 6,700 striped skunks in the Chicago area in 2010. Just six years later, the total doubled to nearly 13,000 in 2016.

That’s a lot of skunks wandering around through the Chicago area. It means more holes in lawns from skunks hunting grubs. It means more encounters with skunks and dogs, which can be a really stinky and challenging situation to deal with. It also can mean more human and skunk encounters, and skunks searching for homes under people’s patios and porches.

Related post: What to do when your dog gets skunked

Is there anything that can be done about the skunk population? Homeowners can make sure they don’t make their homes and properties attractive to skunks. By implementing a grub control program on your lawn, you can remove one of their favorite food sources.

Related Post: Repel skunks

Other than that, at some point nature will probably take over. Animal populations move through cycles of lower and increased numbers. At some point weather, disease or predators will bring the skunk population back down.

For now, though, watch out for these stinky neighbors.


For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

Contact us online or call 847-464-1861 


Related news stories:

Experts Warn of Skunks Migrating to Chicago

Why you’re seeing more skunks than ever in Kane County

Tips for dealing with growing number of skunks in Chicago

Meet Your New Neighbors, Chicago — Skunks

Increase in skunks raising a stink in Fox Valley

Skunks – and their stench – on the rise in suburban Chicago

Raccoon behavior FAQ

Raccoon Behavior FAQ – What Can Raccoons Do?

In this post, we answer some frequently asked questions about raccoon behavior. People want to know what raccoons can do. Can they dig through walls? Here are the answers.

Beware of raccoon feces in atticWill a raccoon have babies in my attic?

Yes, definitely. Finding a safe warm den to have babies is the most likely reason a raccoon will move into your attic in the first place.

Can raccoons scratch through walls?

It is very unlikely if you hear raccoons in the wall that they will dig their way through the walls. A panicked raccoon that is trapped would certainly try to get out through a wall but it’s unlikely they would be able to dig through. A raccoon is unlikely to get stuck in a wall unless you’ve sealed it in with no other way to get out.

Can raccoons break through the ceiling?

It is rare but yes, it has happened. A raccoon that has lived in one place for long enough may be able to damage the ceiling with urine, making it softer and weaker over time. That is not a pleasant situation! If you think you have a raccoon in your attic, don’t wait to call a professional raccoon removal specialist.

Raccoons carrying disease into your homeCan a raccoon climb a wall?

Raccoons are very good climbers. Raccoons can climb nearly any surface with the exception of glass and un-weathered sheet metal. They are known to climb wood, stone, brick, masonite siding and downspouts.

Can raccoons get on the roof?

Raccoons can get on the roof of a home. The preferred method to do this would be to climb a nearby tree with overhanging tree branches. Trimming branches close to your home can help keep them away. However, they still may be able to climb a downspout and a determined raccoon may climb up brick or siding.

Related: How to Keep Raccoons Away from Your Home

raccoon family on propertyCan raccoons climb trees?

Raccoons are excellent at climbing trees. In the wild, raccoons will climb up trees to build a den in a hollow nook of a tree. Trees near your home should be trimmed to not be too close to your house. You can also wrap a two-foot wide sheet metal beginning two feet above the ground to keep them out of your trees. This may also work for squirrels.

Can a raccoon climb a downspout?

Raccoons are excellent climbers and most adults can easily climb downspouts.

Can raccoons climb brick walls?

Raccoons are excellent climbers. In nature, they will climb and live in trees. A brick wall can be climbed by most raccoons. Their preferred way to get onto a roof or into an attic would be by climbing a tree, but a determined raccoon can climb bricks.

Can raccoons swim?

Raccoons can swim. They can stay in the water for several hours at a time if necessary and can swim at up to 3 mph.

What do raccoons eat?

Raccoons are opportunistic and will eat almost anything. In the wild, they will eat fruit, nuts, berries, snails, earthworms, snakes, clams, birds, eggs, fishes, frogs, and small mammals. They will eat corn from fields and vegetables from gardens. In urban areas, they will eat almost anything they can find in a trash can. They are also fond of eating pet food that is left outside.

How do you get a raccoon out of your attic?

If you have raccoons in your attic, you should hire a professional animal removal specialist. If you have a raccoon living in your attic, it is very likely that the raccoon is a female with a den and baby raccoons. Their instinct is to remain quiet, so you may not even be aware they are in the attic. The mother will need to be trapped and the babies will need to be removed by hand. All of them should be released into nature together. Your attic should also be professionally cleaned because of the diseases carried in raccoon feces.

Attic restorationDo you need help removing a raccoon from your home?

Attic Solutions can provide you humane raccoon removal services in the Chicagoland suburbs. 

We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

Satisfaction guaranteed!

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Illinois Rabid Bats and Animals Warning 2017

Rabid animals in Illinois warning 2017

Watch Out For Rabid Bats & Animals

In this post, we discuss Rabid animals in Illinois and the methods for treatment of bites and removal of bats.

A bat and his fangs - Does it have rabies?

More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has sent out a public announcement stating that people need to be aware of rabid animals, including bats because they have become more active than normal at this time of year.


IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. says “Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost always found in bats, you can’t tell just by looking at a bat if it has rabies so it’s important to avoid handling bats and to make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in.”

Rabies - How it spreads, symptoms and common carriers

People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. The nervous system is affected by the rabies virus. You can also contract the virus when saliva from the rabid animal gets directly in your eyes, mouth, nose or an open wound.

Because of the size of a bats mouth, people may have difficulty finding the actual bite mark. If you are not sure if you were exposed, but were within close proximity, and wake up to find one in your room, don’t kill it, or release it before calling a doctor, or local Department of Health to make sure you haven’t been exposed to rabies and needing immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of Rabies

Similar to other illnesses, rabies will produce a fever, headache, and general discomfort and weakness. With the progression of the virus, specific symptoms will show up: Such as anxiety, confusion, insomnia, partial paralysis, hallucinations, and excitation. Within days of the onset, death usually occurs.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have been bitten by any animal!

A bat that is active during the day, on the ground, or unable to fly is more likely to have Rabies. An animal doesn’t have to be aggressive or exhibit symptoms to have Rabies. Changes such as these can be early signs of Rabies. Even though these creatures are approached with ease, you should never handle them.


To prevent the spread of Rabies, follow these tips:

  • All vaccinations should be kept up-to-date on all cats, dogs, ferrets, and any other animals you may own. Contact your veterinarian if your pet is exposed to a rabid animal.
  • Do not unintentionally attract wild animals by touching, feeding, or leaving garbage cans or litter exposed.
  • Never bring them into your home, or adopt them. Do not nurse sick, or wild animals to health. Call Animal Control or an animal rescue agency to handle them.
  • Children should be taught to never handle unfamiliar animals, (wild or domestic), even when they seem to be friendly. A good way to explain this is “Love your own, leave other animals alone”
  • To prevent bats from getting inside your home, maintain homes and buildings.
  • Do not release the bat outside if you find one in your home until after speaking with animal control or public health officials.

You may need to capture the bat after consulting with animal control or public health officials, for Rabies testing to determine if preventative treatment is necessary.

Related: Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

Steps to take to capture the bat:

 

  • While wearing gloves, place a box or coffee can over it when it lands.
  • Trap the bat inside by using a piece of cardboard underneath the container.
  • Secure by taping the cardboard to the container and make small holes in the cardboard to allow the bat to breathe.

Related: How to Get Bats Out of the House

 

To have a professional remove bats or any unwanted animal from your home or business, call tel:847-464-1861 

Related resources:

IMAGE SOURCE: http://www.wikihow.com/Catch-a-Bat-in-Your-House

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SOURCE: http://www.dph.illinois.gov

All About Bat Houses

All About Bat Houses

In this post, we discuss bat houses: What they are, why you would want one, how to build one and where to install a bat house. Learn more here.

Bats are not something you want in you home, which is why we offer bat removal services in the Chicago area.

That doesn’t mean bats are bad though. Bats are amazing insect predators and the average bat will consume 6,000-8,000 insects every night. It’s one of the reasons that bats are protected species in Illinois.

Because of these reasons, it has become popular in recent years to build bat houses on your property. When you build a bat house, not only do you help protect an endangered species and encourage bats to eat insects in your neighborhood, you also give bats a place to live so they don’t need to move into your attic or garage.

What are bat houses?Bat house mounted on telephone pole

Bat houses provide a safe place for bats to roost during the day and to raise their young. Many bat species tend to roost under the bark of dead trees but due to habitat loss that resource is becoming more and more scarce.

Related: Illinois Bat Species

Why build a bat house?

Bats are helpful animals and are a great source for organic pest-control. A single bat can eat more than 1000 insects in just one night. They are great hunters of mosquitoes and other annoying insects.

Bat populations are declining due to pesticide use and habitat loss. By making your yard bat-friendly you are not only getting rid of insects you are creating a habitat for many bat species.

Bats are not dangerous animals. Less than 1% of bats have rabies as they are not carriers of the disease, it is fatal to bats. Also they are not as likely to catch the disease as other animals, and even if they do, you’re less likely to come into contact with them.

Related: How to Get Bats Out of the House

Brown bats in attic during winterHow to build a bat house

Bat houses are a great way to provide a habitat for bats. It is best to use rough, nontoxic woods such as plywood or cedar to make your box. Keep the roughest side of the wood to the inside of the house. The rough surface will make it easier for bats to climb in and out of the house. Bat houses work best if they’re at least 2 feet tall, 1 foot wide, and 3 inches deep. Use appropriate mounting materials to attach the bat house.

Best place to install a bat box

It is important to consider the location of your bat box when it comes to to install it. The ideal location is 15′-20′ off of the ground. Either mount it to a pole, stand-alone tree or on the side of a building. Try to mount the box in a place that gets plenty of sunlight so it can absorb plenty of heat. If you decide to install a bat box on the side of a building, be sure there is ground beneath for the droppings to collect as opposed to allowing them to sit on a roof.

How to attract bats to your bat housedangerous bats, are bats dangerous

Bats like places with plenty of insects such as ponds and water features. Having plenty of night blooming flowers will also help attract bats. A few great plants include datura, moonflower, four-o’clock, yucca, evening primrose, night-blooming water lily, night-blooming jessamine, cleome, and nicotiana.