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Are Bats Dangerous Pests In Houston?

October 15, 2021 - Bats

There has been a big stigma placed on bats these last couple of years. Some people believe that these leathery fliers are the reason why Covid began. We are not here today to deep dive into whether this is true or not. We are here to break down what we know about bats, including the threats they pose to people in Houston.

Which Bats Live In Houston?

This might come as a surprise to you, but Houston is home to several species of bats. We have Mexican free-tailed bats, big brown bats, eastern red bats, tri-colored bats, Northern yellow bats, evening bats, and many more. The good news is that not all species invade homes. The most common home-invading bat in our area is the Mexican free-tailed bat. Identify this pest by its medium size, reddish to dark brown to tan fur, long tail, and narrow, leathery wings.

Do Bats Spread Diseases?

Often called rodents of the sky, bats have many things in common with, you guessed it, rodents. One thing they share in common is their ability to spread diseases. Bats pick up diseases from bacteria and then spread them inside homes through their fecal droppings. Some of the most common diseases bats spread in Houston are histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, and yersiniosis. These pests also carry around parasites like fleas and ticks. These smaller, blood-feeding parasites fall off bats as they come indoors and find their way into living areas to bite both humans and their pets.

Do Bats Bite People?

It is rare for a bat to bite, but they are fully capable of doing so. You are most likely to be bitten by one of these pests if you try to interact with one in a tight space. If a bat is flapping around your living areas and seems a bit off, it could have rabies. To reduce your chances of contracting this disease, do your best to trap the bat inside an unoccupied room before calling in a professional.

Why & How Bats Invade Houston Properties

Bats invade area properties in a variety of ways. Most often, these pests squeeze in through damage to a home’s roofline, down through a chimney, or in through an open window. Attic spaces are where bats prefer to live as they are dark and secluded, like caves. If these leathery pests find a way into your living areas and find them suitable for daytime sleeping, they will be quick to reproduce, making your problem exponentially worse.

How To Keep Bats Out Of Your Home

Bats are tricky pests to prevent. Keeping this in mind, here are some exclusion and prevention tips to use around your property:

  • Seal holes and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  • Make sure your window/door screens are in good working condition.
  • Install caps on your home’s chimneys.
  • Repair damage to your home’s roofline and shingles.
  • Pick up fruits, vegetables, and other produce that falls into your yard.

What To Do If Bats Invade

Other steps to prevent and eliminate bats are best left to the professionals. To make sure these pests get and stay out of your Houston home, feel free to involved the experts at Caraway Pest Control. We have done our research and know the absolute best ways to identify, eliminate, and keep out troublesome pests like bats.

If your home is in need of protection or a detailed service visit, let us come over and take a look. Reach out to us today to discuss your home pest control or commercial pest management options with one of our friendly service representatives and schedule your Houston home for a visit.

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