Bats get a bad rep for their status as a pest inside of business facilities across Texas. Not only are they capable of causing damage to structures after roosting and leaving their urine and feces, but they can also transmit several pathogens. Bats in your Texas facility or any type of property where people congregate for that matter are a serious health hazard and should be taken care of right away.
But before we go on to talk about how to prevent bats from causing a disturbance in your business, our Houston pest control professionals at Holder’s Pest Solutions would like to point out that bats are beneficial when outside in their natural element. They are great for controlling insect populations, especially mosquitoes. Unfortunately, if there is access, bats may find that roosting inside of your facility is a better fit than out in nature.
There are many different species of bats in Texas and throughout the country but most common to Houston are little brown bats and big brown bats. Bats are most active at night when searching for insects to eat so it leaves the daytime, when the business is open, for bats to be most easily found.
In order to avoid the threat of bats and their negative impact to your business’ hard earned reputation, here are a few bat prevention tips from roosting inside of your facility:
- Keep windows and doors closed, especially during the night hours.
- Repair or replace any damaged screens around the facility.
- Seal off openings around the facility because bats can fit into areas as small as 1/2 inch.
- Cap chimneys.
- Avoid heavy vegetation outside as this will attract more insects and thus, more bats to the area.
Because the nature of many businesses is to have doors opening on a regular basis, if you do find that a bat has gotten into your facility, simply contact Holder’s Pest Solutions. Bat control should always be left to the professionals because of the dangers associated with handling bats. While not aggressive by nature, bats can bite if they feel threatened and they do carry pathogens that can be harmful to humans.
For more information on bat control in Houston, please contact Holder’s Pest Solutions today. Our Texas exterminators offer commercial bat control and pest control in Houston, as well as all points in between and are ready to help your company get rid of bats and other pest that are a problem for businesses.