Bats can cause serious wildlife conflicts in homes and businesses. We often see bats in neighborhoods in the evenings as they hunt and eat insects. Bats are very helpful to our environment and can eat as many as 600 misquotes in one hour. The conflict with bats occurs when they choose homes and businesses as roosting sites. Bats can gain entry to homes and attics through very small openings and will also roost in the gable vents and soffits of homes. Bats in your house can lead to a very strong odor caused by the accumulation of bat guano below the roosting site. Bat guano is hazardous to human health and should be removed by a professional. If you discover bats in your attic call a bat removal and bat control professional at 803.233.3355 as soon as possible. We are the South Carolina specialists at bat removal, bat exclusion, and attic restoration after bats have contaminated your attic.
Bats are among South Carolina's most interesting and unique mammals. Bats are, for the most part, harmless. They rarely, if ever attack people. In fact, most bats in South Carolina are biologically useful mammals. They feed primarily upon insects, many of which are pests to agriculture. However, bats can be pests when they take up residence within South Carolina homes and businesses. There are some species of bats that are protected by state law so we treat them all as if they are. It is recommended that before conducting any type of bat control or relocating any bats that have been captured, contact a professional bat removal specialists. People occasionally inquire with ordinary pest control professionals as to whether or not the nuisance bat colony can be "exterminated" by applying some kind of poisonous material. This is not an acceptable control alternative because there are no poisons that can be legally used for bat control. Besides, poisoning bats might only worsen the situation. The bats may die in an inaccessible area within a building, thereby creating an odor problem. Also, bats affected by the poison could disperse over an entire community before dying. This may increase the chance of contact with a child, dog, cat, etc., thereby increasing the potential for a "rabies scare" and/or a possible rabies exposure. Bats in the living space of your house or business should be removed immediately. If you suspect you have a bat in your attic, in your walls, in sheds, in a utility building or bats in your chimney you should call our bat removal specialists immediately. Our bat control technicians have the necessary training and skills to get rid of your nuisance bats and complete the necessary repairs and exclusion techniques stated above to keep bats out of your home.
There are good reasons for not tolerating the presence of bats. The scratching and squeaking noises they create can be a nuisance. Their droppings (guano) and urine will stain walls and ceilings, and can cause objectionable, persistent odor that may attract insects and other bat colonies, even after the original colony is eliminated. Long-term accumulation of these droppings in attic spaces has been associated with the respiratory disease Histoplasmosis. This disease is caused by a fungal spore called Histoplasma capsulatum. Bat and/or bird droppings that have decomposed from 2-5 years or longer provide an ideal habitat for spore growth and reproduction. And finally, there is a slight chance of someone contacting a rabid bat, although the great majority of house-infesting bats in South Carolina are NOT rabid.