Small animals have a habit of getting into various areas of our home that leave us asking “how?” Even if your home is newly constructed or you think it has always been well maintained, small critters such as bats have slender bodies that allow them to squeeze through the tiniest openings to gain access to your attic. Even freshly built homes have gaps or spaces between building materials that can be large enough for a crafty bat to fit through. If you’re struggling with a bat infestation, here are some areas to inspect for possible entry points:
- Window Edges
- Broken Roof Shingles
- Gable Vents
- Fascia Boards
- Dormer Peaks
Signs of Bat Activity
Squeaking, chirping, or shuffling sounds at any time of day, but especially around dawn or dusk, is a good sign of bat activity in your house. To make sure you’re dealing with bats and not another animal, it is important to look for concrete signs of their presence. Bats often void their bowels when entering or exiting a building, so if you see droppings around your home, especially on walls underneath openings or on window sills, you’ve likely found a bat entry point.
You can’t see it, but bats are also covered in a layer of a grease-like substance that helps repel water and protect them from the elements. When they enter or exit your home, they may leave some of that coat behind, leaving dark brown or black streaks where they enter and exit your house.
Dealing with Bats
Bats can be difficult or even illegal to deal with on your own, as they are a protected species. It is unlawful to hurt or kill a bat, and the legal repercussions can be severe. At Critter Control® of West Palm Beach, our technicians are familiar with all relevant laws and regulations surrounding bat removal, and we can return your home back to normal in no time. For your fast, free estimate, call us today at 561-274-0224.