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Benefits of Bats

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

Bat in flightInsect 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 mosquitoes 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.

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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


 

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 your home, which is why we offer bat removal services in the Chicago area.

If you have a bat in your home, call our professional bat removal in Chicago area team! CALL NOW: (847) 464-1861

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.

 

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Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Nuisance Animal in Illinois?

Permit to Remove Nuisance Animal in Illinois

You may not realize it, but that nuisance animal in your attic, shed, garage or on your property might be legally protected in Illinois.

Most wildlife is protected by law and cannot be killed or even removed without a permit.

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Raccoons carrying disease into your home

The Illinois Department of National Resources is tasked with conservation and management of wild species in Illinois. By Illinois law, a property owner or tenant needs a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

By Illinois law, property owners or tenants need a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit (PDF) to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

Is the animal you want to remove a protected species? We’ve listed the most common nuisance animals in Illinois below. 


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Mice, Norway rats, moles, voles, gophers, and shrews

dangerous rats, are rats dangerousThese small mammals may all be removed with no permit needed.

Exceptions to this rule include the eastern woodrat and rice rat, which are endangered species in Illinois. These two species may not be removed.

Related: Rat and Mice removal and control

Ground squirrels and chipmunks

The eastern chipmunk and the thirteen-lined ground squirrels may be removed without a permit.

Franklin’s ground squirrels are listed as threatened in Illinois and may not be removed.

 

Raccoons, skunks, opossums, beavers, muskrats, red foxes, gray foxes, mink, river otters, badgers, weasels, woodchucks, coyotes, and bobcats

striped skunkThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove fur-bearing animals. If you want to remove a fur-bearing animal yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, the IDNR encourages removal of most furbearers during open hunting and trapping seasons whenever possible. All Illinois hunting regulations must be followed. For more information on hunting and trapping regulations, visit the IDNR Licenses & Hunting site.

Related: Common animal entry points

Gray squirrels, fox squirrels, red squirrels, and southern flying squirrels

Tree SquirrelThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove squirrels. If you want to remove a squirrel yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, gray squirrels and fox squirrels may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Related: How to Squirrel-proof your home

Rabbits

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove rabbits. If you want to remove a rabbit yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, rabbits may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Bats

The (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional bat removal service to capture and remove bats.

Bats inside rooms will usually exit on their own. Close off exits to the room and keep windows open overnight.

Related: How to get bats out of the house

White-Tailed Deer

white tailed deer fawnWhite-tailed deer are protected under the Illinois Wildlife Code as a game species. It is illegal to take live deer from the wild unless you have received a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) or are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

IDNR Deer Removal Guidelines (PDF)

In rural areas,  deer hunting is permitted in season. All state hunting regulations must be followed. Outside of hunting season, or in situations where hunting is not allowed, a deer removal permit may be issued by an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist.

A person who hits and kills a deer with a motorized vehicle can legally claim the deer to salvage the meat, hide, and antlers.

For more information on hunting and trapping in Illinois visit the Illinois Department of National Resources.

Apply for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit (PDF)

 


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Bat Removal

Disease in Bat Feces

Bats are great to have in the wild because they help control insect populations from getting out of control, but they are not so great to have in your home.

Bats in Illinois are well known to be carriers of rabies and are more likely than any other wild mammal to carry the disease. Less well known is that their feces (bat guano) can carry disease as well.

Bats living in your attic can cause problems and most concerning among them is disease carried in their guano.

Related: How to get bats out of the house

Histoplasmosis in Bat Feces

Piles of bat excrement in attic

Piles of bat excrement in attic

Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease which can be contracted by inhaling the spores of the histoplasmosis capsulation fungus.

The disease is not actually carried in the bat feces. Instead, it is a result of mold which grows on the bat guano.

Bats can create large piles of feces in your attic. Where a rodent such as a mouse will spread its feces throughout its range, bat feces will usually accumulate in a single area.

If you don’t notice the bats in your attic or home right away, piles of guano can accumulate. Over time it can begin to become the perfect environment for the histoplasmosis fungus.

How histoplasmosis is transmitted

Histoplasmosis infections are caused by breathing in the spores of a histoplasmosis capsulation fungus. This will happen if the spores become airborne, which is most likely to occur when you are trying to clean up the bat feces or another work project that disturbs the mess, causing the dried feces to break up and become airborne. This will result in an infection of the lungs.

Histoplasmosis is not contagious from person to person

Because it is a lung infection caused by inhaling the spores, an infected person cannot transmit the disease to another person.

Symptoms of histoplasmosis

Possible symptoms include fever, dry cough, chest pain, joint pain, red bumps on your lower legs. In severe cases, symptoms may include: excessive sweating, shortness of breath, coughing up blood.

Most people who are infected with histoplasmosis will not actually contract any symptoms. It will often disappear in less than two weeks without treatment.

If a severe infection is untreated, a person could incur scarring on the lungs from the infection, which can cause lasting damage to the lungs, blood vessels, and other internal organs.

However, it is usually only a danger to people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children.

Increased or continuous exposure to the source of the spores can increase the severity of the infection. This is why proper cleanup is so important.

Related: Why attic restoration is important

Bat feces cleanup

Attic restoration

A cleaned and restored attic

Before doing any cleanup, you will need to make sure all the bats are removed from the attic and that any points of entry have been sealed so they can not return.

It is recommended that you use a professional bat removal and attic restoration service to clean up after bats.

Bats are a protected species in Illinois and must be handled by trained professionals like our team.

We are experienced and well equipped to perform bat excrement cleanup. We have protective clothing and respirator devices to protect ourselves so we can get into infected areas and perform a thorough cleanup.

We can make repairs to your property and take preventative measures so you don’t have to worry about those pesky bats returning.

 

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Bats in the attic

How to Get Bats Out of the House

 

Do you have a bat in the house?

Is it flying around in circles in your living room right now?

Remain calm!

Catching a bat is not necessarily easy, or recommended by us. But if you’re the DIY type, we won’t try to stop you.

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Will a bat attack people?

Bats are generally not aggressive but if it feels like you are threatening it, the bat could potentially bite you.

That bat doesn’t want to be in your house either. He’s trying to figure out how to get outside too.

The bat doesn’t want to fly into your hair and get stuck. The bat doesn’t want to bite you or suck your blood. That’s just what television makes you think.

However, a bat is still a wild animal, and wild animals can be unpredictable, they can bite, and bats can carry rabies or other diseases. Keep your pets away and proceed with caution!

Related: Bat myths and facts


Here is what you can do to get that bat out of your house.

If the bat can be isolated in a single room, that’s ideal. Start by closing interior doors to that room so the bat won’t escape to another part of your home where it may be even harder for him to escape or you to capture.

We don’t suggest you try catching a bat, but if you’re going to try, wear gloves, long pants and long sleeves, shoes and socks.

Open your windows and doors

Your first and easiest option is to open all the windows and doors in your home. Bats use echolocation to find their way around and they may be able to find their way out an open door or window without any help or coaxing.

Turning off interior and exterior lights may help. If there is something noisy such as a TV or an air conditioner in the room, it should be turned off as well.

Catch with a butterfly net

dangerous bats, are bats dangerousIf the bat takes a moment to land, you may be able to safely capture it with a butterfly net (if you have one).  Catching the bad mid-flight can be very challenging.

When caught, pull the top of the net closed or cover the opening with something like a piece of corrugated cardboard from a box. Be careful not to crush the bat or to touch it. Carry it carefully outside and release.

Related: Bats in the attic during winter months

Catch it with a container

You can use a bucket, Tupperware container or a large plastic bowl to try and capture the bat when it has landed. Carefully place the container over the bat on the wall and then use a piece of cardboard to slide under it before removing. Take it outside and release it.

Catch it with a blanket

You can use a blanket to try and capture a bat that has landed. Place it over the bat and gently bunch it up so it is closed inside. This method may not be best for the bat, because it could be easy for you to accidentally injure it.

For professional bat removal in Chicagoland call us at (847) 464-1861

 

Bats in the Attic During Winter Months

Brown bats in attic during winter

As the winter months approach, common bats will either migrate to warmer climates or more commonly, hibernate from November to April.

It’s quite possible bats may be hibernating in your attic!

It was once thought that bats usually hibernated in caves during the winter months but it is actually much more common for them to find a safe spot in homes and buildings. We just usually don’t realize it because bats don’t just find a spot at the top of your attic to hang as we might imagine.  They often will hibernate beneath your insulation or find a space in between the walls.

For bat removal in the Chicagoland region, call (847) 464-1861 

 

What not to do with bats in your attic

Evening BatDon’t seal their exit! The most common mistake people make is to seal all of the entries and exits during the day. The problem with this is that now you’ve trapped them inside. Those bats will now be desperate to get out and will very likely find their way into another room in your house, creating an unpleasant situation.

Don’t Kill the bats You may not realize this, but in Illinois, as in most states, bats are a protected species. They are so valuable in helping control insect populations that they are protected at both the state and federal level.

Related: Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Nuisance Animal in Illinois?

Don’t use poisons, glue boards, or high-frequency noise emitters Although you might be able to buy these products online, there is actually a federal ban on ultrasonic pest control devices. It is illegal to poison bats in Illinois.

 

What to do about bats in the attic

Inspection Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional bat removal service, the first step is a thorough inspection to find bats, their locations, entry and exit points.

Exclusion You need first to locate the primary entry and exit points while observing the bats in the evening. During the winter months, bats may exit your home to search for water if the temperature moves above 45 degrees. When all bats have left the home for evening hunting, this is when you should seal all entry points.

Professional Removal Bats in your attic during the winter months will spend a majority of the time being inactive. This is a good time to contact a professional removal service to have them safely removed. Remember, bats are a beneficial and protected species, so do not attempt to remove them yourself during hibernation.

Related: What is attic restoration?

 

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Image Source: Wikipedia Commons
Post Sources: The Bat Guy & MIBat Control

Bat Bugs: The Pest You’ve Never Heard Of

bat bugs

What is a Bat Bug?

Bat bugs are blood-sucking parasites that feed on the blood of bats. They will also bite humans. These parasites are closely related to bed bugs and often mistaken for them. In fact, microscopic identification is one of the only ways to distinguish between them. Bat bugs are flightless and travel by crawling.

Where Do They Live?

Bat bugs are moderately common in the Midwest, including Illinois. They are found in buildings and homes in which bats are present. They usually reside close to the bat’s roosting area, but will venture throughout the building if the bats leave or are removed. They do not live on bats, but may travel on a bat while they fly.

Feeding

Bat bugs feed on the blood of bats but feed on other warm-blooded animals. They will feed on humans if given the opportunity. They can survive a year without a blood meal, but will search for human hosts if bats are not present.

Are They A Threat To Humans?

Bat bug bites are nearly identical to bed bug bites. There are a variety of different reactions that come from a bat bug bite. Some experience inflamed, swollen spots, others have intense itching, and others show no signs of bites. Bat bugs are not known to transmit any diseases currently. Though they are not dangerous, they are pests that can breed fairly quickly and become an infestation.

What To Do

If you discover bats in your home, garage, or nearby property call animal control immediately. Removing bats from your property will immediately decrease the risk of bat bugs. Be especially vigilant for bat presence in old or abandoned buildings like barns and sheds. In addition, minimize risk of bats and bat bugs entering your home by sealing small entrances between the roof, siding, foundation, windows, and doors.

If you believe you have bat bugs, call a pest control service to identify and eliminate them.

Bat Myths

In this post, we review a list of myths about bats and their behavior. It turns out that many things people believe about bats are not true.

Bats

Bats Are Blind

You’ve heard the phrase “blind as a bat,” but it isn’t true at all.

Bats are not blind and all species can see. Because they hunt at night, they use their echolocation to help them locate prey, perhaps leading to the idea that they don’t use their vision at all.

However, bats use both echolocation and vision to hunt and navigate their way home.

 

Bats Attack People

swarm of bats flyingMost species of bats eat insects and fruit and have no interest in attacking humans for any reason.

Bats are not aggressive and do not behave aggressively toward humans; in fact, they usually try to avoid people.

 

Vampire Bats Suck Blood From People

There are three species of vampire bats that live in South and Central America, all of which do not eat human blood.

These bats prefer to take meals from sleeping animals, livestock or birds, and take about an ounce of blood at a time.

 

Bats Are Flying Mice or Related To Rats

Bats are not rodents or related to rats and mice. Bats are more closely related to primates and lemurs than rodents.

 

Bats Become Tangled In Hair

Bats occasionally may fly near your face but they avoid it with ease. Their echolocation is so incredibly efficient that it helps them avoid obstacles as small as a piece of string.

 

Bats Carry Rabies

Most bats do not have rabies, and they contract rabies much less than other animals.

Less than half of 1% of all bats may catch and contract the disease. However, if a bat bites you, immediately seek medical attention. The most common way to get rabies from a bat is handling a bat inside or near your home.

Always call animal control services to safely remove a bat from your home.

 

Get bats removed from your home and attic

If chipmunks are causing damage to your home or wreaking havoc on your yard, you can call a professional to have them safely removed.

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Sources:
6 Bat Myths Busted: Are They Really Blind? – National Geographic
7 Myths About Bats – Mental Floss
Myths and Facts – Bat World
Bats – Wikipedia

Attic Solutions Alert: Rabid Bats in Chicago Area

Bat, rabies, rabid batsAccording to a recent news report on ABC 7 Chicago, a local Naperville, Illinois family required rabies treatment after finding a rabid bat in their home. The family called Animal Control upon discovering the bat, which tested positive for rabies. Animal Control advised the entire family be inoculated against the disease since bats have such tiny teeth and could penetrate without leaving a mark.

Dr. Leroy Schild of Will County Animal Control advised that there were 13 cases of rabid bats in 2014 and 11 cases already this year. “This year is particularly bad because of the wet spring-… A lot of moisture, a lot of insects [sic] big food source for ’em,” he said.

Another family in Homer Glen found six rabid bats living in their garage and were also treated for rabies as a precaution. Animal Control authorities passed out flyers to neighbors in the area so they were aware of the situation.

It may seem unlikely that bats could get in your home, but you would be surprised how easy it is. Because bats are so small, it is not difficult for them to sneak in through a crevice, window, or chimney and move into your attic or basement.

As soon as you suspect you may have a bat infestation, call Attic Solutions immediately at 847-464-1861 for removal. We are trained professionals and equipped to deal with bat exclusion and removal. We will remove the bats and fix any property damage they may have caused.

White Nose Syndrome Cure For Bats?

white nose syndromeOver the last decade, white-nose syndrome has killed more than 5.7 million bats across the United States and Canada. The disease was originally discovered in New York in 2006 and has spread at a rapid pace across the country since then. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently issued a statement cautioning Illinois residents that entire bat populations were dying throughout the Eastern United States while they hibernated in their caves and mines.

White-nose syndrome is named for a white fungus or mold (Pseudogymnoascus destructans [SU-doh-JIM-no-ASK-us DIH-STRUK-tans], also known as Pd) that grows on the nose and wings of infected bats. The fungus eats holes in the wings of bats, which causes them to become too weak to hunt. The bats eventually lose their fat reserves, which they need to survive during the winter and then starve to death. Interestingly, this same fungus does not kill bats in Europe because it seems to have evolved.

So far, while researchers and scientists have explored many white-noise treatments, none of the tested bats have been returned to the wild. That is, until May 19, 2015. On that night, a group of scientists released 150 bats that had been treated for white-nose syndrome back into the wild near Hannibal, Missouri. As recently as last fall, those same bats were suffering from the fungus. While the results are encouraging, since this was the first group of bats returned to the wild after being treated for white-nose syndrome  we still have yet to see what happens. Craig Willis, a biologist at the University of Winnipeg in Canada who studies bats, but was not involved in this project says “there’s still a lot we need to know [about bats and the treatment] before we can get close to calling this or anything else a ‘cure.’”