Expert Author Sarahbeth Kluzinski
It may be a little scuffle, a continuous chirp, or a mysterious fluttering, but you are sure you hear something alive inside your wall. Wild animals like squirrels, chipmunks, and birds are commonly discovered nesting inside walls. One of the most common nuisance animals found living inside walls are bats. Continue reading to learn what you should do if you suspect that you have bats in the walls of your home or commercial property.
Bats Fit Through Small Openings
Bats in this region are classified in the suborder Microchiroptera, which has recently been revised as Yangochiroptera. These are colloquially referred to as "microbats" because they are very tiny. In fact, the common nuisance bat species in the United States is so small, it can fit inside an opening as little as 3/8 of an inch wide. That's close to the width of a dime.
With this information, you can trust that bats can easily find their way into residential and commercial properties and structures. They generally choose places that are dark and cozy, like attics, crawl spaces, barns, sheds, and garages; but sometimes, they find themselves stuck in the wall.
Tell-Tale Sounds
Bats are active between dusk and dawn, so these are the hours you can expect to hear them in your walls. The noises generally come from their attempts to bite and scrape their way out. Listen for common noises that indicate a bat infestation, such as thumping, knocking, fluttering, chirping, chattering, screeching, hissing, and scraping.
Health Concerns and Structural Damages
Wild animals, especially bats, can cause a large amount of costly damage and destruction. They can also pose several health and safety hazards, as well as, liability claims. They rip and tear through attic insulation for nesting and breeding needs, leave behind mountains of bat droppings and urine, and threaten the structural integrity of dry wall and wooden foundations, and much more. Depending on the extent of bat damages, the total cost to fix all of it can be overwhelming. It is best in the situation to contact your homeowner's insurance company and review the policy you have them.
What To Do
If you suspect that you have a bat, or other wild animal, in your wall, it is vital to act fast. When you have a bat in the house, your first step is to contact a professional wildlife control company for safe and humane bat removal service. They retain the proper licenses, training, and knowledge to safely remove bats and implement strategies to prevent them from coming back. They may also provide cleanup and restoration services for bat damages.