While bats are most known for living in caves and dark creepy houses, they can also take up residence in your attic. The dark and often unused space is perfect for bats, who just want a quiet place to sleep during the day. Bats are nocturnal creatures that feed mostly on insects like mosquitoes, making them wonderful to have around during the summer months. However, you may not want bats getting comfortable INSIDE of your home. As with any wild animals, there are certain risks that come hand in hand with bats moving into your attic.
Since bats are silent creatures, you often won’t hear them moving around too much in your walls unlike other animals. If you do hear them, it would often only be when they are leaving and coming back, or if you slam a door in the house. The only sound you would hear would be a slight rustling. The best way to identify a bat issue is to actually SEE the bats, often you can do this by sitting outside around dusk (when the bats would be leaving for the night) and seeing if you can spot any bats flying out of an area.
If you are experiencing a bat issue, you will want to contact a wildlife removal specialist immediately. It is very tricky to get rid of bats, and the help of a professional is often needed to remedy the problem quickly.
DRACULA: THE ORIGINAL BAT
When most people think bats, they think vampires and most importantly Dracula. While vampire bats are a real thing, and yes they do want to suck your blood, many bats are harmless to humans and simply want to live their little bat lives eating bugs and fruit. So, where and how did bats start to get such a creepy reputation?
While Bram Stoker brought the idea into a mainstream view with the release of his novel, the idea of bats being associated with vampires has been around for quite some time. More than likely, it does have something to do with vampire bats and the gross bat poop, as many ancient cultures probably experienced either their cattle or themselves being fed on by these creatures. The idea that Vampires can transform into bats makes sense, as bats are nocturnal and so are vampires and they each have an air of mystery and creepiness to them.
Many of the bats you may see in your neighborhood or just flying through the night sky are either fruit bats or brown bats, both are common in North America and neither have any interest in you or your blood. While being bitten by a bat may not turn you into a vampire, which would actually be really cool, they can spread diseases that are not as fun as vampirism.
Make sure if you come into contact with a bat you use all necessary precautions and safety measures and contact a professional or seek medical attention should a bat bite you or come into direct contact with you.